Scattering the seed. This is common enough among the people to be understood as one way to plant a field. Obviously, some seed would be wasted, but it’s hard to say just which seed would take root, so sow generously!
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At first glance, this is what I thought:
The crazy farmer takes some desperate action. Instead of carefully working the soil, he simply scatters the seed in all directions. The agricultural audience that heard Jesus speak this parable must have been chuckling as he shared the story. As in classic humor, woven into the funny story is a truth that penetrates.
But the NIV Study Bible notes provide this clarification:
Gulp. I stand corrected. Seems odd to me, but there you have it. The method, of course, is not the point of the parable. Jesus taught in parables in an effort to relate to people and perhaps to give them something to discuss without being religious and therefore immune to persecution. So let’s look at the details first:
The concept is a great metaphor for us to examine. It is my hope that by spreading the Gospel everywhere we go we will create lights and color-mass of the beauty of Christ for the entire world to see.