Hello and peace to you. This thread is an offshoot of a topic raised in another regarding Jesus' parables. One interpretation of the Parable of the Sower came from Artful Revealer who said (bold added):
Artful Revealer Wrote:The parable of the sower exactly about interpretation of Jesus' words.The birds that gathered the seeds on the road = those who are satisfied with the literal interpretation.
The seeds that fell on rock and didn't take root = those who did not receive the message at all.
The thorns that choked the seeds = those who choked scripture from its hidden meanings (the scribes and Pharisees).
And the seeds that fell on good soil, which produced good crop = those with two ears to hear.
A man just doesn't say he is the Son of God and expect hearers to believe him. He must say things that, when interpreting it on every level, people come to the conclusion that he is in fact, Son of God.
Damien agreed with him in that and offered an interpretation for the Parable of the Talents, (thank you Damien) however, I would like to focus on this parable since it seems to be the touchstone for interpreting Jesus' words as Art said, and Jesus himself offered the explanation to his closest disciples which I have highlighted in red below:
Quote:That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.I consider myself a follower of Jesus and I love him very much. I want to be one of those with ears to hear, so I began to ponder on this parable of Christ while considering how to interpret it. It seems that there are no set guidelines as to how we are supposed to interpret the parables. If there are then I hope a Christian reader will point them out in a reply to this thread. I visited gotquestions? To make sure I understood what a parable was and why Jesus spoke in them according to Christian theology. This is what I found:
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 7 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Quote:A parable is, literally, something “cast alongside” something else. Jesus’ parables were stories that were “cast alongside” a truth in order to illustrate that truth. His parables were teaching aids and can be thought of as extended analogies or inspired comparisons.
Jesus explained that His use of parables had a two-fold purpose: to reveal the truth to those who wanted to know it and to conceal the truth from those who were indifferent.
This last statement gave me pause. Who wanted to know the truth of Jesus’ message? Who would have been indifferent to it?
It is recorded in Gospels according to… that Jesus said he was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel (Matt 15:24) and he instructed his disciples to preach only to them as well. (Matt 10:6)
With that in mind, I though about who the lost sheep of Israel were and where would Jesus be preaching to them these parables? Were they not the common Israelites who had been led astray by their religious leaders and scribes, whom Jesus vehemently opposed? Weren't they those who “were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." (Luke 7:16) Those who knew Jesus was sent from their God - "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." (Matt. 21:11)
Yes, they were the ones who wanted to know the truth of Jesus' message as is evident by those verses and the fact that Jesus spoke to them in large crowds throughout the countryside. They wanted to hear Jesus while the ones who would have been indifferent, whom Jesus wanted to conceal his message from – would have been the other commoners dwelling alongside the Israelites: the Greek speaking Romans.
This is why I believe as I mentioned in the "Language of Jesus' Ministry' thread, that in these instances, when addressing the large crowds mixed with Israelites and Romans, Jesus the Messiah spoke in Greek.
This post has gotten quite long so the rest is to be continued, God Willing ....