Denise Day Spencer

September 25, 2008

Children’s object lesson: Parable of the Sower, part 1

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 2:45 pm

SCRIPTURES: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Luke 8:4-8, 11-15

OBJECT: a few seeds and a flat rock

Today we’re going to begin looking at one of the parables Jesus told. It’s usually called “The Parable of the Sower,” and it’s about a farmer who was trying to plant his crop.

You may not know much about planting crops but that’s OK, because the farmer in this story didn’t plant the way a farmer would do it today, anyway. Back then they didn’t have all of the machinery we have now. The farmer in this parable does something very simple: (act this out by pantomime) He takes the seeds in his hand and scatters them on the ground. He would come along later and plow the seeds under.

Jesus told about four different things that happened to this farmer’s seeds, and we’re going to look at the first one today. He said that some of the seed fell on the path. Let’s pretend that the path he’s talking about is a street or a sidewalk. It would be like seeds falling on this flat rock, wouldn’t it? (Put some seeds on the rock.) Is there any way the seeds could grow? No. They would just lie there, and in no time some hungry birds would come along and gobble them up.

That’s just what happened in the parable; birds flew down and ate all the seeds. Why on earth was Jesus talking about farmers and seeds and birds? Well, he tells us later on in the gospel. Jesus said the path was like people who hear the good news of God’s love but they don’t really understand it. So the love of God through Jesus can’t get inside them, into their hearts and their lives.

Why are some people like that? Maybe nobody explains the story of Jesus to them. Perhaps they don’t really want to understand because their hearts are hard. Either way, the seeds don’t even have a chance because they’re snatched away before they can take root. But you see, there’s nothing wrong with the seeds. The problem is that the path is too hard to let them in. And even though the birds take the seeds away, they might still turn into plants. Those birds might drop some seeds on good soil and the seeds may begin to grow after all, someplace where we’d least expect it. God sometimes surprises us like that.

If you know someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus, maybe you can help him understand. And you can always, always pray that his heart will be softened so he can take in the seed of God’s love.



  1. This comment is not for children, but your post reminds me of this lesson. The parable of the sower is all about the types of soil, wheter good, or stony, or weedy, etc. This story takes for granted that the seed being sown is good. “Salt that has lost its saltiness” is a gospel message that isn’t really the gospel. In today’s world we have to contend with the prosperity gospel, health and wealth, Oprah, easy believism, etc. All of the these things claim to be the gospel; they’re what Paul calls “another gospel” in his writings. We must be sure that the seeds we sow are good, that is, that the gospel message we share is the true good news of Jesus Christ, not some other version of it that we have added to or taken away from. Good seed must fall in good soil in order to yeild fruit.

    Comment by Clark — September 25, 2008 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

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