Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Parable of the Sower

And it came to pass afterward, that Jesus went through every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and certain women which had been healed, Mary Magdalene and Susanna, and many others who ministered unto him. And they went into an house. And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And while he talked to the people, behold his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, "Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without desiring to speak with thee." But he answered and said unto him that told him, "Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?"

And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples and said, "Behold my mother and my brethren! for whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother and sister and mother."

In the mean time when there were gathered together a great multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, Jesus said unto his disciples, "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."

And he began again to teach by the sea-side; and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship and sat in the sea, and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow: and it came to pass as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and devoured them up; and some fell on stony ground, where they had not much earth, and forthwith they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth; but when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them, and they yielded no fruit. And other fell in good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up, and increased, and brought forth, some thirtyfold, and some sixtyfold, and some an hundredfold."

And his disciples asked him, saying, "What might this parable be?"

And he said, "The parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the wicked one and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are they which, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root, which for a while believe and in time of trial fall away. And those which fell among thorns are they which, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But those on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."

And Jesus said unto them, "Again the kingdom of heaven is like onto treasure hid in a field, the which when a man hath found he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath and buyeth that field.

"Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls; who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it."