Read Mark 4:1-20

v 14   The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 

Here the harvest parable is about the scattering of seed and the development of the plants that follows. The emphasis is on the nature of the ground on which the seed falls. The seed is seen as good, but the land on which seed falls is very variable, from the downright dry and barren path to the tilth of the cultivated soil. Hence the variety of the outcomes does not depend on the quality of the seed but the condition of the soil. Nor is the farmer understood to represent God – rather farmers are seen to stand for ordinary humans called to scatter the seed of God’s word into human hearts. Now, that is a very expressive picture of ordinary folk just like you and me spreading the good seed of God’s word into the hearts of those around us. The outcomes depend on the state of the hearts into which this word goes. The point of the parable is about learning to be faithful in sowing the seed – God’s word – into good places. It is about taking responsibility for one part of the process by which individuals come to know and follow Jesus as Lord. Paul imagines a similar scenario when he writes in 1 Corinthians 3 ‘ It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

So the emphasis in this harvest tale is about human responsibility in spreading the Good News of Jesus to the world around us.

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