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With this second episode on the Parable of the Sower, let’s have a discussion.
The parables, it is important to realize, are insider language. Yeshua intrigues crowds with his mysterious stories and at the same time builds his inner circle. Parables require concentration, puzzling out what Yeshua meant, having ears not only to hear, but to listen.
What do Yeshua’s stories for his inner circle mean for us as we desire to be insiders with Yeshua in the context of our own time and place?
Please share some thoughts, keeping in mind the five themes from the Sower that are often repeated in Yeshua’s parables:
–Delay – everyone thinks the reign of God will come easily for Israel, but first will be a call to follow and many will fail to listen.
–Yield – God expects a return of productiveness and fruitfulness from his servants.
–Restoration – God is saving Israel and the world from exile and oppression.
–Imminence – The reign of God on earth, in some sense, starts with Yeshua.
–Upheaval – The ones in power do not reflect the power structure in the time of God’s reign.