The Parable of the Sower
From a series of six landscapes with Biblical Scenes
Pieter Bast, Flemish, c. 1570 - 1605. Published by Claes Jansz. Visscher, Dutch, 1586/87 - 1652.
In this parable a sower drops seed in three places where it does not grow, and in one place where it does. The seed sown along a path is gathered by Satan, the seed sown on rocky ground does not take root, and the seed sown among thorns is choked. When spread on fertile ground, however, the seed thrives. Jesus explains that the seed is the word of God, and the path, rocky ground, and thorns are people who hear the word but cannot live by it. The fertile ground represents those who are receptive to God’s teachings.