Mark 4: 26-34

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scattered seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seeds sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”

With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

A Thought

Jesus Christ came to the earth to explain the mystery of the gospel to all that would believe by faith. Jesus spoke in parables about heavenly things to the people of the earth by using things on the earth to explain spiritual things. The truth is simple to understand but we are influenced by the imperfect world around us. When we accept by faith the good news of Jesus Christ, we also receive the Holy Spirit that helps us to understand spiritual things found in God’s Word. As we believe God’s word to always be the truth, we will obey it, grow in our faith and our understanding of spiritual things will also grow. When we have fully submitted to God’s word and our work on earth is complete, God will send forth his Son to gather his bountiful harvest to his eternal home. Praise the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God our Redeemer!

Our Prayer

Father we know that your word is truth. Help us to live and grow to become like your Son. Awaken us by the Holy Spirit to plant righteous seed of your love and mercy everywhere we go. We desire to obey, to grow and to bring you a harvest of souls for your kingdom, in Jesus’ name, amen.