Today we will cover the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-9).
Jesus sez (NIV):
|The Parable of the Sower|
The cultural context
This is one of the simpler parables. It specifically addresses a farming practice of the times, namely, manual broadcasting, or, in layman's terms, throwing your seeds all over the effing place and hoping some of them land in the right spot.
Obviously, this didn't work very well. Since Jesus was God and thus omniscient, He knew that people in the future would invent efficient mechanical devices called "seed drills" that would put seeds in exactly the right spot at exactly the right depth. He also knew that the Sumerians and Chinese had already respectively invented basic seed drills 1500 and 200 years previously. Yet His own Chosen People were somehow not up to the task.
Jesus found this stupidity and waste (which often led to famine) very frustrating, but He couldn't just give the people seed drills. He knew that He mustn't disrupt the time line or Reapers would appear and devour the entire human race within hours.
|Jesus knew what would happen if He disrupted the time line|
The meaning of the parable
So the meaning of the parable, i.e., what Jesus really wanted to say, is "THE SUMERIANS INVENTED THE SEED DRILL 1500 YEARS AGO, ME DAMN IT! WHY THE HELL CAN'T YOU?! AT LEAST LOOK WHERE YOU'RE PLANTING YOUR SEEDS! DON'T JUST THROW THEM ALL OVER THE F***ING PLACE! THROW THEM ON THE GOOD SOIL, YOU F***ING IDIOTS!"
And the final line of the parable, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear," was simply Jesus' way of saying, "YOU PRIMITIVE F***S HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, DO YOU?!"
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