Mark 4: 26 ― 34
Ordinary 11 Year B
26 He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; 6 it is
27 and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would
28 Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then
29 And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for
30 He said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
31 It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the
32 7 But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest
33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them as
34 Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own
6 [26-29] Only Mark records the parable of the seed’s growth. Sower and harvester are the same. The emphasis is on the power of the seed to grow of itself without human intervention (⇒ Mark 4:27). Mysteriously it produces blade and ear and full grain (⇒ Mark 4:28). Thus the kingdom of God initiated by Jesus in proclaiming the word develops quietly yet powerfully until it is fully established by him at the final judgment (⇒ Mark 4:29); cf ⇒ Rev 14:15.
7  The universality of the kingdom of God is indicated here; cf ⇒ Ezekiel 17:23; ⇒ 31:6; ⇒ Daniel 4:17-19.
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