The Word can become more clear when you actually see where Jesus would have been as he taught and did miracles. In Galilee, the Parable of the Sower takes on new meaning as you see the kind of rock He speaks about and the birds circling over head. On each of our 2017 Israel tours, travelers will gain a new perspective on this parable which Jesus told to the people in Galilee.
Here is the scene in Galilee from Matthew 13:1-2:
That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.
Jesus talked about seed falling to the stone in verse 5. As you wander the hilly terrain of Galilee, you’ll notice many black basalt rocks scattered around the land. Farmers would have had to clear each one of those large rocks before planting their seed. Otherwise, as we see in scripture, the seed would fall on the rocky ground and eventually die because the soil wasn’t deep enough.
Another interesting thing to understand about the location where Jesus spoke about the parable of the sower, is the amount of birds that frequent the area. There are many birds that migrate through this region because of the mild climate. Birds will swarm as farmers begin planting and have to be swooshed away, so they don’t take control of the fields. We read in verse 4 how, “some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.”
In verse 6 of the parable, the heat came and beat down on the seed. Without enough soil or water in this region, drought can bring dry seasons and sometimes crop failure.
Jesus didn’t just speak in vague terms, but painted a picture that was familiar and relevant to these Galileans. Join an Israel tour to explore the land where Jesus told the parable of the Sower. Gain a new perspective as your faith is increased in the land of the Bible.