A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
Jesus encourages His followers to proclaim the gospel of the king–dom of God as He did, in other words, to sow the seed among all human beings.
- The parable describes how the kingdom of God has come into the world and the various conditions it en counters.
- In the image of the four–fold field, Jesus illustrates how different human beings deal with God and His word, and the consequences their response entails.
- In the image of the sower, Jesus motivates His disciples to work for the gospel in patience and confidence.