Mark 4:26-29 – The Sleeping Farmer
MK4:26 Then Jesus said: “God’s Realm is as if a person scattered seed on the ground, MK4:27 then goes to sleep at night and rises the next day. The seed sprouts and grows and the person has no idea how. MK4:28 For the ground produces by itself: first the blade, then the stalk, and finally the full head of grain. MK4:29 But, when the crop is ready, at once the sickle is put in, for the harvest has arrived.”
 God’s Realm: Jesus uses the designation to refer to the Church, or the Realm of Profession, the domain or territory over which Christ reigns by God’s power. This parable is unique to Mark and there are several views.
 The person has no idea how: The growth of the Church has occurred miraculously as without any outside help, like a seed that grows of itself to produce fruitage. Here the Sower has planted the seed, and then it would seem to the world, showed no interest in how it develops. Like a planted seed, the grow of the Church has amazed historians, and certainly no one could have predicted that within three centuries such a small movement would become the state religion. As a comparative analogy see Paul’s example in 1 Corinthians 13:9-12.
“9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 However, when full maturity arrives, the part will be rendered useless. 11 When I was an infant my speech was infantile. I thought like an infant. I reasoned like an infant. When I will have finally become an adult man, I will have made the infantile things useless. 12 For right now we are looking through an enigmatic mirror, but then face to face. Right now I know in part, but then I shall know completely just as I am also completely known.” (1Co 13:9-12 mhm)
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:1-9 – Teaching in Parables
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:10-13 – How Will You Understand?
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:14-20 – Sower Parable Explained
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:21-23 – Light Exposes
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:24, 25 – Hearing and Responsibility
- Sow and See
- Daily Devotion – Mark 4:26-29
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- Playing Your Part
- Scattering Seeds
- A Growing Seed
- “God Changes Things!”
- Mustard Seeds