Week of July 12
- Have you ever planted a garden?
- If so, how did you get the ground ready to plant?
- What do seeds need in order to grow well?
Read Together: The Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed (Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23)
13 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Watch the Story
- What part of the story did you like best?
- Where do you imagine yourself in this story?
- What different kinds of ground did the farmer plant the seeds on?
- What does Jesus say this story is actually about?
- Jesus said the seed that falls on good soil is like those who “truly hear and understand God’s word.” How can we prepare our hearts to be like that good soil, so we truly hear and understand God?
- What is the harvest in the story?
Dear Father, Help our hearts to be like good soil. Help us to listen to your Word and grow up to be kind and loving people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Illustrate the Parable
Include in your drawing the different types of ground that the seeds were sowed onto, with some plants growing in the good soil.
Draw a few big flowers on a sheet of paper and then glue some seeds in the middle of the flowers or to form an outline around the flowers. Write a part of the parable that is meaningful to you on the stem and leaves of the drawing.
Soil and Seed Walk
Give each child some seed and take a WALK outside to place those seeds on the types of soil that was discussed in the parable. Watch and see how your seeds grow in the different types of soil. You could even keep a log book to track how well they grow.
Let the children plant some seeds and watch them grow in GOOD SOIL. Take a picture of the child/children in front of the new pots first and then a picture of the child/children in front of the pots of flower after they have grown. Discuss how the seeds will grow in GOOD soil as in our bible lesson today.
In the parable, Jesus said the Word of God is like a seed that is planted in four places. Write down what each type of ground represents by looking up the passages. Then draw a sample of each of these types of ground.
Snack Idea: Dirt Cup Dessert
Put chocolate pudding in the bottom of a cup and then sprinkle it with crushed up cookies to look like the soil in today’s lesson. Sow some sprinkles on top as seeds, and enjoy.