The Rabbi taught us, "The malchut shamayim [kingdom of heaven] is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows.  How?  He himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

The Rabbi presented a parable to his students, saying, "The malchut shamayim [kingdom of heaven] may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat, and went away. [Darnel is a poisonous weed (Lolium temulentum) that resembles wheat and parasitizes wheat fields.]  But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the darnel became evident also.

The Rabbi was travelling from one city and village to another proclaiming and teaching about G-d's kingdom.  When a large crowd had come together, he spoke by way of a parable:

"The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great."

As he said these things, he would call out, "The one who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The Rabbi taught us, "When the promised son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him; and he will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and he will put the sheep on his right, and the goats on the left. Then he will say to those nations on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was travelling, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.'

The Rabbi spoke to his opponents saying, "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER [Isaiah 5:1-4], and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce.  The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third."

The Rabbi spoke with his opponents and said, "What do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go work today in the vineyard.' The son answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to his second son and said the same thing; and the second son answered, 'I will, sir'; but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?"

The Rabbi taught about the malchut shamayim [kingdom of heaven] saying "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a dinar for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. "And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; and to those he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And so they went.

The Rabbi's teachings were well received by many, and tax collectors and other sinners were coming near him to listen to him. The Prushim and the sages began to grumble, saying, "This man accepts sinners and eats with them." So the Rabbi told them this parable,

Once a man said to the Master, "Rabbi, please tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

He responded, "Son of man, who placed me over you as a judge or arbitrator?  See and guard yourselves from dishonest gain, because a person's life does not depend on the abundance of his possessions."

The Rabbi took up his parable and said to those present,