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The Parable of the Sower (Four Soils)

The Parable of the Sower, also known as the Parable of the Four Soils, takes place by the seaside; Jesus is on a boat, and on the coast is a multitude of people who are ready to hear his message. Jesus was on this boat because such a vast number of people were there to hear his word that he had to be on the boat to ensure that all could hear him. Jesus said to the people, in Mark 4, “3Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:4And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.5And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:6But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.8And 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.…

The Parable of the Cloth and the Bottles

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14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 16No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
This is the Parable of the Cloth and the Bottles. Let’s find out what Jesus is trying to say here. To begin, the reason behind this parable is that the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answers them, in verse fifteen, saying, “…