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Colored Pencil, 40″X30″ (Each panel: 28″X9″)

Description and Inspiration

From left to right (1st – 4th panel). The top half of each panel is Jesus’ “The Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:1-9). The bottom half of each panel is Jesus’ interpretation of The Parable of the Sower to His disciples (Matthew 13:18-23).

First Panel

Top Half
Matthew 13:1-4
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Bottom Half
Matthew 13:18-19
18″Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

Second Panel

Top Half
Matthew 13:5-6
5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.

Bottom Half
Matthew 13:20-21
20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.

Third Panel

Top Half
Matthew 13:7
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.

Bottom Half
Matthew 13:22
22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.

Fourth Panel

Top Half
Matthew 13:8-9
8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear.”

Bottom Half
Matthew 13:23
23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

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