Bible Cartoon: Matthew 13 - Parable of the sower - Scene 07 - Seed snatched (Man version)

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Bible Book: Matthew
Bible Book Code: 4001301801
Scene no: 7 of 10

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Matthew 13:18-19 (NLT)
18 [Jesus said] “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.”


Unspecified in the Bible.

Most of the light for this scene comes from the ball of light being snatched out of the man’s hands.

A man, a new believer on the left of picture, wearing an orange-brown outer robe.
Satan, the devil, snatching the man’s new-found belief.

There are two versions of this scene:
01) (This page) Matthew 13 – Parable of the sower – Scene 07 – Seed snatched (Man version).

02) (Next page) Matthew 13 – Parable of the sower – Scene 07 – Seed snatched (Woman version).

I thought it would be nice to offer this scene with a man & a woman in it, hence the 2 versions.

I wanted some way to visually represent the seed, or message about the Kingdom (of God), which Jesus talks about in this parable. He explains to his disciples that, “the seed that fell on the footpath represents those people who hear the message about the Kingdom, but don’t understand it”. Jesus went on to explain that for such people, “…the evil one (Satan, the devil) comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.” So I decided to represent the gospel message (which is the same as message about the Kingdom (of God)), as a mysterious little ball of light. The man in this scene has just heard about the kingdom, and received the ball of light, but immediately the devil uses a net to snatch it away from the bewildered-looking man.

I have used my drawing of the devil, which I drew in Matthew 04 – The temptation of Jesus, although in this version I have drawn him with giant bat-like wings, to make him seem more menacing!

Bible Doctrine Notes
13:18-23 MISSIONS, Results (6.25)

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus used well know environmental conditions to draw attention to what he was describing: four responses to evangelism and mission. The seed is the same in all four conditions, but the result is vastly different due to the different environments the seed fell into. God’s kingdom is represented by the seed in the parable. The hearers of the parable respond in four different ways, represented by the four environments in the parable…
01 The hard-hearted. It would be well know in Biblical times that the edges of fields & any paths running through them would be made up of hard, unyielding, compacted soil. Like this soil, hearers of this type have heard the gospel message so many times, & dismissed it so often, that they have become gospel-hardened. They have rejected its beauty & life-giving hope.

02 The emotional responders. In the Holy Land, fields occasionally lie amongst surrounding rocky terrain. Although a seed might fall on a little patch of soil among the rocks, & germinate, it’s roots can’t penetrate the underlying rocky. Thus the scorching sun withers and kill the little plant. This type of hearer makes a quick, emotional response to the gospel message, but that decision quickly shrivels up through lack of personal commitment. The first bit of spiritual trouble stunts their growth, & they run, looking for the next emotional calling to grasp at.

03 Those unwilling to pay the price. Thistles, thorns & weeds often grow alongside crops in a field, & are prone to overshadow it. In the same way, many people are attracted to Jesus, but are unwilling to pay the price of that commitment when the time comes (see Matthew 6:33; Like 9:23).

04 The faithful disciples. God always prepares a fourth type of hearer: genuine believers, with willing hearts to follow Jesus & the good news, come what may. This fourth type of “seed” hears the good news willingly, they understand it’s nature & importance & positively respond to it with true commitment & faith. Then, with the power of God inside them, they are changed (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). This promise of positive response encourages the witness, the pastor, the evangelist, the missionary & the whole church.

13:19 EVIL AND SUFFERING, Satan (2.31B)
Satan understands that the fate of God’s kingdom resides in the understanding & responsiveness of the person hearing the good news. Satan seeks to get us to ignore God’s word, to divert our attention from God’s message of salvation for us.

13:19 THE CHURCH, God’s Kingdom (5.13A)
Those who respond positively to the good news are lead by God to life & hope. Satan seeks to steal life & destroy it. Human beings face the choice of believing either God & His word, & accepting His leadership, or else accepting Satan’s leadership towards eternal death & destruction.