Parable of the Sower
Mark 4:1 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.
They pressed in to where he needed to be in the boat to be able to speak to them. Sound travels well upon the water. The Living Water of the word, the Spirit water of the Word is amplified by the natural water. Is not baptism both Spiritual and natural? The baptism of the Holy Spirit cannot be seen, as it is as the wind. The baptism in water is for the seeing of natural eyes, as a symbol of belief and identity with Jesus.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Using words like wind for Spirit and water for the word, are metaphors; sentences using a word to make a mental picture of another. An elaborate or pictorial way of expressing something.
Mark 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
Parables are stories, a story intended to teach a basic truth or moral principle. Jesus often used parables to be understood on two levels, the natural understanding and the Spiritual truth.
Mark 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
Mark 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
Mark 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mark 4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus intended that those who were of his spirit would be able to understand the spiritual story behind the natural story. He would explain the parable to his disciples.