The parable of the sower depicts the different ways the human heart responds to hearing the good news.

Jesus never wrote a book. This is another remarkable sign of how much he emptied himself as he worked to save mankind. Jesus did not insist that we have the absolutely definitive version of his words and actions as written and checked editorially by his own hand. In the language of communication, the Gospels are feedback. They were editorially controlled by the Holy Spirit through men—for instance, using Luke’s gifts as an investigative reporter and historian.

This means that Jesus’ message was not just proclaimed. It was heard and understood and retold to a reporter (Luke) before it went down on paper. In the business of communication, the best way to make sure something will be understood is to have it fed back from somebody who has heard and understood it.

Through the agency of his disciples, Jesus got across to Luke his love for people—all sorts of people.

Note the people Luke mentions. He talks about men and women, old and young, children and even babies. He talks about fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters. He refers to engaged people, a bridegroom, husbands, wives, mothers-in-law, daughters-in-law. He mentions the barren, the divorced, and the adulterous. There are neighbors, relatives, and friends.

And what a variety of occupations Jesus moves among. Luke speaks of shepherds, farmers and their laborers, pig breeders, and fishermen. There are soldiers and their officers, guards, and police. There are those who make their living as thieves, prostitues, and beggars. He speaks of doctors, bankers, managers, tax collectors, and other officials. There are innkeepers, water carriers, housewives, builders, teachers ...

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