The kingdom of God, also known as the kingdom of heaven, refers to the realm or sphere in which God rules as King. It is not limited to God’s rule in heaven, but also includes the kingdom of God on earth, where Jesus reigns as King. Jesus told many parables to describe the kingdom of heaven. His first parable on the kingdom, the parable of the sower, was meant to provoke His listeners to think about how they would respond to the message of the kingdom of heaven. The imagery was that of a sower sowing seeds which fell on different kinds of soil. The types of soil represented different kinds of people according to how they responded to the message of the kingdom. As we study this parable, we too should consider how to respond to the truth we will encounter.