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Matthew 13:1-58

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. 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. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 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." 10The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" 11He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' 16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. 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. 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. 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. 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." 24Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27"The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 28"'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 29"'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'" 31He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches." 33He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." 34Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world." 36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." 37He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. 44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. 47"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51"Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied. 52He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." 53When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked. 55"Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" 57And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor."

58And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

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Scattered Seeds

“Scattered Seeds” is episode #101 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker and Phil Lollar, and originally aired on January 27, 1990.


Connie directs one of Whit's plays called 'The Sower and the Seeds', but when her cast starts abandoning her, she has to find ways to deal with it.


Connie is reading through some of Whit's short stories and wishes aloud that she could write like Whit. She feels that something interesting is always happening to Whit, while she is as boring as a glass of water. But Whit disagrees and reminds Connie of an incident that recently happened to her, which would make a great story.

Connie directed one of Whit's plays, "The Sower and the Seeds," based on the parable of the sower. Everyone around Whit's End had roles. At first, they each were excited about their parts, but soon the actors began to behave just like the "scattered seeds" in the parable.

Eugene was snatched from the play by his college computer club, just like the seed in the parable was snatched up by the birds. Monty Whittaker-Dowd was like the seeds sown among the rocks - enthusiastic in the beginning about his part, but when things got tough, he left. Jenny Whittaker-Dowd was worried about what other people would think of her if she didn't do a perfect job. She was so worried, in fact, that she choked - just like the seeds sown among the thorns. Tom Riley and Lucy Cunningham-Schultz were similar to the good seeds who stuck with it, worked hard, and produced a good crop - the play.

Connie realizes she has lived out a modern version of one of Jesus' parables, and she thanks Whit for pointing that out. Whit smiles and tells her that we're surrounded by parables in our daily lives - we just have to learn to look for them.

This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »

Discussion Questions

  1. Monty was excited about his part at first, but then his enthusiasm petered out. Has that ever happened to you?
    • How so?
  2. Jenny choked and couldn't do her part at all. Have you ever "choked" on something you were involved in?
    • What did you do?
  3. Eugene became so busy with other things, he couldn't do his part. Is there something important you're neglecting because you are too busy?


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Jeremy Forsythe Connie Kendall
Jane Forsythe Connie Kendall
Morty Moscowitz Jenny Whittaker-Dowd


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] In the broadcast version of this episode, Chris begins the episode from her greenhouse where she has rare plants, and one way of entertaining them is by playing the AIO theme. After she plays it, though, the plants all start choking.

  • Eugene says, "Down to the last microbyte." "Kilobyte," "Byte," and "Bit" are computer terms (for decreasingly small memory), but "Microbyte" doesn't mean anything! Perhaps Eugene was too preoccupied to think.



Connie Kendall: Actually, uh, I did the play while I was in elementary school. It was called 'Little Flip-Flop Meets Mean Old Mr. Gum'. It was an anti-litter program!

John Whittaker: Have you tried?
Connie Kendall: Yeah, I've tried. I start with a pencil and a blank piece of paper.
John Whittaker: And?
Connie Kendall: And, I end with pencil and a blank piece of paper!

Tom Riley: The computer club has something urgent? What could be urgent?! It has a fractured floppy disk? A cracked keyboard?

Tom Riley: I guess everything is taken care of now, Eugene?
Eugene Meltsner: Down to the last microbyte!

Connie Kendall: Monty, you can't leave!!
Monty Whittaker: Hey! This is one thing I can do as good as my sister! Goodbye!

Connie Kendall: <reading lines to Monty> The news of it has spread...
Monty Whittaker: The news of it has spread... Um...
Connie Kendall: Even out to these lonely...
Monty Whittaker: The news of it has spread even out to these lonely... Um...
Connie Kendall: And nethermost...
Monty Whittaker: And nethermost...
Connie Kendall: Regions.
Monty Whittaker: Regions!
Connie Kendall: <exasperated> Monty!
Monty Whittaker: Monty!