By: Katie Calonje, Talon Staff Writer
Through stories and parables, Jesus taught people how to go about their lives and moral values. Every word he said had meaning and although some people didn’t understand, Jesus did what God wanted him to do. Stories and legends of all our different cultures are learned from stories past down from generation to generation and it’s what keeps our beliefs alive. Whether it’s writing stories, hearing stories, or telling stories, we create an atmosphere of unique ideas and interpretations that can be spread that are about our history as humans. How we react, communicate, connect with one another and our behavior is all based on what we hear and learn from others and stories are a part that helps us understand more about ourselves.
Jesus used to tell stories that were relatable to people to help them learn from their mistakes and to see what is wrong in the world other than was just within governmental laws. In Luke 8:4-15, Jesus tells a parable about a sower and the seed.
Jesus said to a crowd, ” A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. As for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.”
Although it is pretty explained in this passage as to what the sower and the seeds means, we should listen to others more because we can learn from them and their stories as well. God will always will be there to listen too and show you stories of others to teach you too.