What credence is there to looking at the parable of the sower (Mt 13, Mk 4, Lk 8) as Jesus’ comment on the nation of Israel, not as a parable about the condition of an individual’s heart? Does the agricultural imagery for the nation of Israel like field, vineyard (‘field of noble quality’), garden, and harvest found in passages like Jeremiah 26, Isaiah 5 and 37, Psalm 80, or Ezekiel 16 indicate that I’ve been misreading this passage or been mistaught? How should we think about this parable in light of this?
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While it is very far from the most articulate or well-ordered treatment of the subject (like the rest of my videos it is done without any notes or preparation, off the top of my head), the following is a brief introduction to the priest-king-prophet paradigm for understanding Scripture. Hopefully some of you will find it helpful.