"'Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly , because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.'" NIV translation
This first parable speaks of farming which all of the people would have been familiar with. This parable introduces us to the mystery of physical life. We can see that three things (water, light, & time) are required for the plant to sprout (be born). Three of the four groups of seeds made it to this point but the one that did not didn't have enough time for the process to be completed. We also see that three things (water, light, & good soil) are required for the sprout to grow to maturity. Only two of the three made it to this point while the third did not have sufficient water to live. Finally, we see that only one group of seed actually produced fruit while the other was choked out by the weeds which kept it from getting all of the water, light, and nutrients from the soil that were required.