Jesus was about to introduce a new teaching and he wanted to make sure he had everyone’s attention. He didn’t want them to just hear his words, he wanted them to listen.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” NIV
As the crowd scattered after Jesus finished teaching, those who stayed around afterwards and the twelve disciples asked him about the parables.
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