Sowing, Growing, Reaping
a sermon based on Mark 4:26-34
by Rev. Randy Quinn
Jesus used parables and
stories to tell about and explain the
God. He used many, many
parables, only some of which are recorded in the gospels.
These are only two of
No one parable is
complete in its comparison, yet each has a significant thing to say about the
Kingdom of God.
I think that Jesus used
parables because of the limitations of language. There is no way to
accurately describe God, nor can we expect to describe God's Realm. Jesus
instead tries to help us understand it with pictures and stories that focus on
one aspect or another of the Kingdom of God.
So let's look at these
parables and see what we can learn and discern about God's Realm.
The first thing I notice
is that this is not about farming. Too often, I think people want the Bible
to be something that it isn't. It isn't intended to teach us about
horticulture or biology. This parable doesn't pretend to be about good
The farmer in this story
doesn't even plow. The farmer has no concern about the weather or about
weeds. Unlike any farmer I've ever known, this farmer simply sits back and
You've all probably
heard about the gardener who had a beautiful garden. Everything was neat,
every plant seemed to add to the overall beauty. One day a man came by as the
gardener was tending his garden. The man commented about how wonderful God is
that he could make such a beautiful garden, to which the gardener responded,
"yea, but you should have seen it before I started helping."
Clearly, this parable is
not about farming or gardening. It's about the seed, the seed that
miraculously grows, the seed that becomes something very different than when
it was planted.