The kingdom is likened unto seeds. Three seed parables, one conclusion: the kingdom of God is breaking into the world and one day will be the ultimate reigning force.
But, I want to ask a question, if you read the seed parables again, what does the Markan Jesus seem to be telling us about the seeds and the soils?
# 1 — the seed is the Word
# 2 — the seed is good
# 3 — there will be opposition to the growth of the seed
# 4 — the seed will grow without any help from the sower
This last point intrigues me. If disciples are called merely to proclaim the good news of the arrival of the kingdom, than it is up to God to grow the seed. Ministry styles, and budgets aren’t nearly as important as the message of the arrival of the reign of God.