Having begun the discussion about Jesus’ parables—and the Parable of the Soils in particular—we next discussed the parable itself.
The parable is not one of command, but description. Or, to use the common phrase, it’s about indicatives, not imperatives. We are not to read this parable and immediately say, “I need to be good soil” or “I need to stop being shallow, rocky soil” or “You need to stop being thorny, weedy soil.” The secrets of the Kingdom are given, not deciphered or discovered (4:10-12).
This parable is a picture of what God’s reign as King looks like. He is generous with His word, giving it even to those who refuse to hear it. He is still King over all, not just those who believe Him.
Notes and audio are available here.