Mark 4:26-29: The harvest will come.

 26 He also said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces corn – first the stalk, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 As soon as the corn is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.’”

As a preacher I love this short parable. It contains so much. God’s Word is ‘’living and active. It is powerful. It is productive. That potency is expressed in the words: ‘’All by itself…’’ (28). Note:

  1. We are responsible to ‘scatter’ the seed of the Word (26). Men do this. People are required for the work of sowing. How is anyone going to hear without a preacher? (Romans 10);
  2. The power is in ‘’the seed’’ (27). If we communicate the Word, that Word will go to work. Everything is not dependent on us. We can rest; we are able to sleep.Even a hard-working farmer needs sleep; and he may sleep. The seed works continually. We don’t have to. We can take our day off because we should. It is part of the creation order. God’s supernatural Book, however, requires no holidays. It is continually at work. It only needs to work ‘’Night and day…’’ (27). We should never be lazy, but let this truth deliver you from workaholism;
  3. There is a mystery to our work: ‘’…though he does not know how’’ (27b). Actually, the mystery concerns its work We can’t explain everything. We don’t need to. The Word works; it goes on working. It’s enough to know this. The passage indicates that the seed is not simply active in the moment of sowing. It continues to work over time;
  4. When the seed is sown, there will be a progressive work towards maturity (28, 29). Patience will be required, but the harvest will come.