Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) by Octavia E. ButlerIn 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.
Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.
When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.
Parables of Jesus: Parable of the Sower
Jesus tells of a farmer who scattered seed across his land, but only the seed that fell on good soil grew to produce lasting crops. What kind of soil are we and what do our lives produce? In it, Jesus explains our part in the kingdom of heaven, what we must do to become and remain a part of it, and how we are to share the good news with others.
Octavia E. Butler
Coloring: Parable of the Sower and the Seed
Two thousand years of tradition has produced a Parable of the Sower that is not what Jesus taught. Much of the traditional teachings of this parable have caused people to miss the truth. This article takes you back to the Bible and presents the Parable of the Sower stripped of tradition. Beware of tradition what is commonly taught about a Bible passage. Always go to the Bible first, meditate on it, see what it says, understand what it says, and then consider what others say.
In the story, a sower sows seed and does so indiscriminately. Some seed falls on the path wayside with no soil, some on rocky ground with little soil, and some on soil which contained thorns. In these cases the seed is taken away or fails to produce a crop, but when it falls on good soil it grows, yielding thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold. Jesus then only in the presence of his disciples explains that the seed represents the Gospel the sower being anyone who proclaims it , and the various soils represent people's responses to it the first three representing rejection while the last represents acceptance. Behold, a sower went out to sow.
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When in truth the point of this story is that similar seed sown in different soils bear differing results. So this may more exactly be called the parable of the soils. As the farmer broadcast sows the seed it fell on various types of ground soils. Jesus is going to use this para- ble to describe how people hear and respond to His teaching and message. As the farmer sows the seed by hand it was impossible to control accurately where all the seed would fall. Question: What are some factors that may determine where the seeds fall? Most often these paths roads were near the edge of the fields around the borders but sometimes these paths crossed through a field as well.
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