Approach: Examining all of the accounts of the Parable of the Sower found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Hermeneutic objective: Learning how to use a table to record your observations of each account and how they differ and contribute to your overall understanding of the parable.

Theological objective: In contrast to Jewish expectations, the kingdom of God was not about political power or land. In His Parable of the Sower, Jesus indicates that the good news of the kingdom will be heard by all kinds of people, but only a small number will hear, understand, accept, and have an abundant spiritual life from it. The Parable of the Sower is in a small way a paradox: a common story about farming but understood by only a few of the farming community.