Bible Cartoon: Matthew 13 - Parable of the sower - Scene 06 - Seeing and hearing

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Bible Book: Matthew
Bible Book Code: 4001301001
Scene no: 6 of 10

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Matthew 13:10-17 (NLT)
10 His [Jesus’] disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”
11 He [Jesus] replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables, ‘For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.‘

14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says,

‘When you hear what I say,
you will not understand.
When you see what I do,
you will not comprehend.
15 For the hearts of these people are hardened,
and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’ [1]

16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”

Isaiah 6:9-10.


Unspecified in the Bible narrative. I have set this scene in the mid afternoon, a little after the time in scene 01!

The sun (unseen & off to the right) strongly illuminates this scene, casting shadows to the left of figures and objects.

Jesus is the central figure, I his usual blue outer robe.
All twelve of the disciples/apostles are present in this scene.
From left to right, facing Jesus (with faces visible to the viewer): James/Cleopas (son of Alphaeus), Judas Iscariot, Bartholomew/Nathaniel, James (son of Zebedee), John (son of Zebedee).
In the left foreground from left to right, (facing away from the viewer so we can only see the backs of their heads!): Matthew/Levi, Thomas/Didymus, Philip.
The two figures in the boat are Andrew (standing) & his brother Simon/Peter (sitting.
In the right foreground from left to right, (facing away from the viewer so we can only see the backs of their heads!): Thaddeus/Judas (son of James) & Simon the zealot (I always draw him with scruffy looking hair!)

Just as in the first scene in this set, this picture is set on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The boat that Jesus was sitting in, in that first scene, can be seen on the right, with Andrew standing & Simon/Peter sitting on the fishing nest, in the bow (front). The rest of the twelve disciples/apostles are arranged in a semi-circle, listening to Jesus. John (son of Zebedee) & Judas Iscariot are both sitting on old wooden boxes.

Notice that Judas Iscariot is clutching the groups’ money bag. In John’s Gospel we read about Judas’ objection to the woman pouring expensive perfume on Jesus, prior to the Christ’s arrest, crucifixion & resurrection. John 12:6 states, “He [Judas Iscariot] did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.” That’s why I decoded to draw him clutching the money bag in this scene!

Here is the scene without the figure or birds in the foreground.
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Matthew 13 – Parable of the sower – Scene 06 – Seeing and hearing – Landscape