The parable of the sower and the seed (Luke 8:4-18) is a beloved and well-known parable appearing in all three synoptic gospels. So important is this parable that the Lord Himself undertakes to explain the parable, lest there be any misunderstanding. The sower is the Lord Himself and the seeds are the words of the gospel which are sown into men’s hearts. Whether the divine life proclaimed through the gospel takes root or not and becomes fruitful depends on the condition of the recipient’s heart. While the parable is familiar by virtue of repetition, each gospel has its own distinctives and that is certainly true in Luke’s gospel. Read the rest of this entry
For the first part of this year, my small group will be reviewing selected parables and illustrations from the Gospel of Luke during our weekly Friday night meetings. This series of posts will be a summary of some, but certainly not all, of the highlights.
The first group of parables we considered were in Luke 5:36-38:
And He also spoke a parable to them: No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise, he will tear the new garment, and also the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be poured out and the wineskins will be ruined; but new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. Read the rest of this entry