Jesus Likens People who Hear His Word to Four Soils

Based on Matt. 13:3-9, 18-23


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Peter (Also serves as Narrator)
Voice (of Jesus)

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.
Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.



Peter  Jesus helps people understand the Kingdom of Heaven by likening it to common, earthly things; for example, how one’s heart compares to soil. Listen.
Voice  A sower goes out to plant grain.
Planter  Yeah, this sack of seed is heavy. Why bother going way out in the field?
I’ll just sow some seeds here by the road. (Pretend to scatter seeds.)
Peter  What do you suppose happens to these seeds sown by the road?
Planter  Oh, oh! Birds are flying this way!

Mr. Mimic, show us what those birds look like.

Mimic  Twitter! Twitter! (“Fly” flapping your arms like wings.)
Here come those crows! I had better get these seeds before those crows gobble them up.
(Stoop and pretend to snatch up a few seeds with your hand and pretend to eat them.)
Tweet! Tweet!
Prompter &

Tweet! Tweet! (Flap wings and eat seed, as Mimic did.)

Planter  Oh, no! Those birds are snatching up all my seed before it can take root!     
Voice  When one hears the word of the kingdom and fails to grasp it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.

I will not sow this seed by the road again, where those hungry birds hang out.
I’ll sow it here among these rocks. They will hide it from the birds.
(Pretend to scatter seed.)

Peter  What do you suppose happens to these seeds sown in rocky soil?
Planter  Oh, I’m sure I’ll get a good crop now! 
Peter  Well, they spring up immediately, because they have no depth of soil.
Planter  Oh, oh! The sun is beating down very hot today!
It scorches the new plants because they have no root; they are withering away.
Mimic  (Stretch arms out like branches of a plant and look up. Then, shield your eyes and “wither”, dropping slowly to the ground). I am drying up!
Prompter &

Drying up! Drying up!

Voice  The rocky soil illustrates those who hear the word and receives it with joy, but have no firm root in themselves. As soon as affliction or persecution comes because of the word, they fall away. Those who have ears, let them hear.
Planter  I guess I had better not sow this seed among the rocks again.
I will sow it here in the shade of these other plants.
They have thorns, but at least they will shield the new plants from the hot sun.
(Pretend to scatter seed.)
Peter  What do you suppose happens to these seeds sown among thorns?
Planter  Now I will get a good crop!
Peter  But the thorns take over and choke the new plants out.
Mimic  (Stand up with arms outstretched like branches of a plant.)
Peter  (Sneak behind Mimic – the ‘plant’ – and put your hands around his throat – carefully).

(Pretend to try to remove the hands, but fail. Then fall.)  



Prompter &

Strangled! Strangled!

Voice The thorny soil illustrates those who hear the word, but worries of the world and the treachery of wealth choke the word, and they prove unfruitful.
Planter At least I’m learning how not to farm!  This soil is not rocky, has no weeds and is far from the road where those birds hang out. (Pretend to scatter seed.)
Peter What do you suppose happens to these seeds sown in good soil?
Planter They multiply, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
Mimic (Stand straight and slowly lift your hands toward heaven, smiling.)
Praise God for a great harvest!
Prompter &

A great harvest! A great harvest! (Do the motions as Mimic did.)

Voice The good soil illustrates one who hears the word, grasps it and bears fruit thirty, sixty or a hundredfold. He who has ears, let him hear.




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