By parables Christ illustrates what to do and not do with knowledge of God. To let it shine is better than dousing it. To sow it and let it grow is better than leaving it unplanted. Knowledge of God must be dispersed.
God had been preparing Samuel in secret for decades. Preparing him to influence Israel towards obedience and unity. Here we see one man’s influence by faith and prayer bring victory, that would influence kings.
Jesus now teaches in parables; convicting and educational illustrations about God and people. He begins with the parable of the sower, the ground being metaphor for the types of reactions to hearing God’s word.
For seven months the Philistines possessed Israel’s ark of the covenant which disobedient Israel lost on the battlefield. God and God alone demonstrated that He did not lose, but He recovered the ark to prove it.
Having seen the miracles and hearing His profound teachings, some family, friends and foes still made some insane accusations about Him. He handled His misguided family’s fears and blasphemous foes firmly.