‘A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.’ (Mark 4:26-27)
Possibly one of Jesus’ most famous parables is that of the sower and the four soils, which Mark records earlier in chapter 4. On the other hand, his parable of the growing seed, only found in Mark 4:26-29, is much less well known. In spite of this, they go hand-in-hand, as the parable of the growing seed perhaps gives a more in-depth look at what happens to the seed that falls on the good ground. The parable depicts the seed of the gospel being planted in a person and it undergoing a growth that we cannot truly understand. This growth is the result of the Holy Spirit working in us. Nurturing, protecting, and causing the seed to grow; all of these are the unseen workings of the Holy Spirit.[perfectpullquote size=”17″ align=”right”]This growth is the result of the Holy Spirit working in us. Nurturing, protecting, and causing the seed to grow; all of these are the unseen workings of the Holy Spirit.[/perfectpullquote]
As the parable progresses and the crop grows, we come to the climax: the harvest. The harvest is immediate and necessary. If the seed being sown is the gospel being preached resulting in a person believing the message, then the harvest is their being caught up to be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-17). This is in contrast to the parable of the sower, because here we see none other than God himself reaping the harvest of the individual. This is the culmination of the gospel message:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Rom.1:16)
Praise God for this hope that we have in his soon coming!
Jake Williamson, The Church of God in Trinidad