1. Exposition

Does this story reveal a carefree or possibly very generous sower?

Mark 4:4 (ESV)

4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.

The idea that this concerns a strange and carefree or possibly abnormally generous sower cannot be based on the fact that seed falls on the path, among thorns, and on rocky ground. All of this reflects the circumstances of the small fields in Palestine. When the sower casts the seed with his hand there, it stands to reason that some seed will fall on the path (probably a path across and beside the field that is not bordered by a hedge or a wall).1