Mark 4: 26-29….Wait until it is ripe!

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Comment: Jesus lived in an agricultural area and many of His parables are lessons about the Kingdom of God hidden in the experience of His farmer-listeners. Here the lesson is that if a farmer doesn’t wait through the whole time from germination, through growth, until the ripened seed is harvested he ruins the whole purpose of planting. The lesson – at the right time God will do His harvesting, His summing up, His Judgement of all things. Remember all maths is not summed up in 1+1=2 and although this parable is ‘true truth’ Jesus taught us much more in many other parables and in other forms of teaching!

Prayer: May I listen intently and learn well Your lessons. Jesus

One thought on “Mark 4: 26-29….Wait until it is ripe!

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. It is so true that when a seed is planted, we must wait for it to germinate and grow, and wait for it to be ripe and ready to be harvested. So it is with the Kingdom of God when His Word is sown in people’s hearts. There is a time of planting, and germinating, and growth, and being ripe and ready to be harvested. God is the One who knows when hearts are ready to be harvested. God bless you.


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