What Jesus Did! 'The Mystery of Seeds' — Mark 4:26-29

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Then Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man that plants seed in the ground. The seed begins to grow. It grows night and day. It is not important if the man is sleeping or awake; the seed still grows. The man does not know how the seed grows. Without any help, the ground grows grain. First the plant grows, then the head, and then all the grain in the head. When the grain is ready, the man cuts it. This is the harvest time."
— Mark 4:26-29
Illustration of Mark 4:26-29 — "The kingdom of God is like a man that plants seed in the ground."

Key Thought

The Kingdom of God is progressing toward an end. While we may not fully understand all that goes on, we can be sure that it is growing, and when it comes to full maturity, the harvest will come. There is movement and mystery, but ultimately, there is harvest. We also need to understand this about the Kingdom: the power of the Kingdom moves despite our lack of complete understanding about all that is going on in this work of God. One thing is certain, however; when all things are ready, the harvest will come. The one question for us is whether or not we will be a part of this movement and mystery?

Today's Prayer

LORD God Almighty, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God of Deborah, Esther, and Mary, I want you to be Sovereign Lord in my life. Just as clearly as you have worked in the history of Israel's past, I pray that you will work in your Kingdom to your glory at your time ... and may I be part of this movement and mystery of your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man that plants seed in the ground. The seed begins to grow. It grows night and day. It is not important if the man is sleeping or awake; the seed still grows. The man does not know how the seed grows. Without any help, the ground grows grain. First the plant grows, then the head, and then all the grain in the head. When the grain is ready, the man cuts it. This is the harvest time." Then Jesus said, "What can I use to show you what the kingdom of God is like? What story can I use to explain it? The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. The mustard seed is the smallest seed that you plant in the ground. But when you plant this seed, it grows and becomes the largest of all the plants in your garden. It has branches that are very big. The wild birds can come and make nests there and be protected from the sun." Jesus used many stories like these to teach them. He taught them all that they could understand. Jesus always used stories to teach the people. But when Jesus and his followers were alone together, Jesus explained everything to them.

Mark 4:26-34

Related Scripture Readings

Death happens to people because of what one man (Adam) did. But the rising from death also happens because of one man (Christ). In Adam all of us die. In the same way, in Christ all of us will be made alive again. But every man will be raised to life in the right order. Christ was first to be raised. Then when Christ comes again, the people who belong to Christ will be raised to life. Then the end will come. Christ will destroy all rulers, authorities, and powers. Then Christ will give the kingdom to God the Father. Christ must rule until God puts all enemies under Christ's control. The last enemy to be destroyed will be death. {Like the Scripture says,} "God put all things under his control." When it says that "all things" are put under him (Christ), it is clear that this does not include God himself. God is the one putting everything under Christ's control. After everything has been put under Christ, then the Son (Christ) himself will be put under God. God is the One who put all things under Christ. Christ will be put under God, so that God will be the complete ruler over everything. If people will never be raised from death, then what will people do who are baptized for those who have died? If dead people are never raised, then why are people baptized for them?

1 Corinthians 15:21-29

God made us free from the power of darkness (evil). And he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Jesus). The Son paid the price to make us free. In him we have forgiveness of our sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

You were raised from death with Christ. So try to get the things in heaven. I mean the things where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth. Your old sinful self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. Christ is your life. When he comes again, you will share in his glory.

Colossians 3:1-4

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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