How the kingdom grows on earth

Matthew Bible Background

02.22.2019 – New Testament: Mark 4.26–29

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 4.21–41 on February 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Jesus knew that we would not understand how the kingdom grows. Therefore, He taught that the kingdom grows even as crops do. We may not understand all that makes a crop grow, but we still plant seed and gather a harvest:

And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come” (Mark 4.26–29).

The man did not concern himself with how seed thrown on the earth sprouts and grows into a plant that produces grain, which he can reap later. He just goes out and farms and receives a blessing.

We need to do the same. Often we become concerned with whether our efforts will produce anything, but sow His word and in time a harvest will sprout up.

Questions:

  • What are you doing to sow the seed of the kingdom?
  • Do you believe God’s word has power to convert people?

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