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The Parable of the Growing Seed

(Mark 4:26-29)

The parable of the Growing Seed in Mark 4:26-29 reads:

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.”

I heard Andrew Wommack teach on this principle. He shared an illustration which was interesting and bears repeating here. There was a man who had come to his Bible College who had never been employed in his life. He was a simple, uneducated man who had many struggles understanding English or comprehending most things, but he had a definite call of God on his life.

This man went to the Bible College to learn for a short period of time. Because he never earned an income, he lived his entire life on welfare. One day, he went to Andrew with plans to renovate a city building which was going to cost three million dollars. He had some grand plans for making apartments and leasing them back to the government with assured rents at a profit. He told Andrew that he felt God wanted him to do it!

Andrew told him that it all looked good on paper and seemed as though it would work. This man’s Pastor carefully explained to him that the man had never held down a job in his life. He did not know what it was like to work, let alone, become a manager of such a large project. He had never had a huge amount of money in his hand, so how could he handle large sums of money for this project? He had never gone to work and had never managed other people. Andrew shared with him that, although the plan was a good one, it was not God’s will for him to do it. Andrew finished off the story by saying that the man is now working as a manager at a service station and is still going on with God’s teaching.

This is what the parable of the seed really means. It means that a seed bears fruit after its own. A person who has never worked, never handled large sums of money and never managed other people can not go on to deliver a project that needs superior skills. Andrew says that we only build trust with God with big projects when we have been faithful with similar medium ones.

Let us take a look at this parable. “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.” (Mark 4:26-27)

Certain ministries teach that a Word of God is “a seed” and when you donate money to a Christian ministry to the lost, it is an act of “sowing seed” into God’s kingdom. It is being equated to seed because the money is used to spread the Gospel. Now this is true. When Paul was having disputes with the apostles as to who was greater, he said that some sow the seeds, some water them, but God gives the increase (I Corinthians 3:6).

We know that God is love; so when love is sung about in the right way, it can touch someone’s heart and bring healing to their lives. There is a song about “tears” in Heaven, for instance: would we cry tears in Heaven? There is another song that says “When I am in Heaven will you remember me there?” Certain songs that mention Biblical things sow seed in the hearts of people. It’s not up to us to understand how God grows the seed and brings in the harvest.

I, for instance, have been writing articles for four years. These are published on an article database site and are found on Google searches. I initially started writing articles in order bring a personal prophecy website high up on Google searches. This web blog that I was subscribed to: told me how I could get my website better recognized in search engines. It said a new way of having a site recognized was to write a number of articles with a URL at the bottom linking to your website. They said if you would write enough articles, your website would slowly climb in the rankings and be found on the first page of Google, Yahoo and Bing.

So, I initially started the articles, not so much to teach people Christian things, but to increase the position of my ministry website. When I started to write ten or twenty articles about my Christian faith, I really enjoyed expressing myself. I have a database that tells how many people have read the articles; have given comments and their rating. Soon, I became carried away with a love for writing.

I have been doing that consistently for four years now. As the inspiration would come to me, I would write articles of various lengths. The earlier ones were rather long but later I could condense my message to fewer lines, but they were all seed. All of the articles are about the Gospel and expounding Biblical truths that are reaching people.

It’s not up to us to wonder how God multiplies seed. The fact of the matter is that if you sow seed in good ground, the seed will sprout and grow a crop that will rise out of the ground. First, the blade will come; then the head; then the full grain. When the wheat has ripened, then it is time to harvest.

For non-Christians, the harvest is the time when they actually make a decision for Christ. Everyone who has shared the Gospel with a person, either by words or actions, showed a practical demonstration of Jesus Christ to that person. All of these things contribute to the ripening of the crop until it is time to harvest—when the person finally decides to give their life to Jesus Christ.

Seeds are “Truth” words e.g. Jesus not only died for our sin, but He also died for all our sicknesses and diseases. Psalm 103:1-3 says: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” The psalmist linked forgiveness with healing, because that is exactly what Jesus did on the cross!

This is an Old Testament verse but there are many healing verses in the New Testament, example: I Peter 2:24. This says that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed. That severe whipping He silently undertook before His crucifixion was the full payment for all of our sicknesses: both physical and emotional.

How do we claim our healing? Mark 11:23-24 is a wonderful passage: Jesus said “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray believe that you receive them and you will have them.”

“The mountain” is any problem you have that does not line up with the Word of God. “Whatever things” are things that we know God wants us to have.

The believing prayer of faith is settled in Heaven when we pray, but the physical evidence to you is a process. Don’t nag God to do what He has told YOU to do. We are to speak to the situation (the mountain) out loud and command it to go in Jesus’ name. Every day keep doing this. Ignore the outward appearance but keep focused on the fact that God has heard! The situation will change in God’s due time.

Tell the devil out loud “By the stripes of Jesus I have been healed.” This is Scriptural and he knows it. Tell him to go in the name of Jesus and he has to go! So many times we talk to God about our problems instead of talking to our problems about God.

These are all principals that work. We need in depth teaching of what the Bible says. It takes time to learn the right principles of healing and your divine rights through the blood of Jesus Christ. Many cannot say that the harvest has come straight away but you need to plant the seed in your heart and it will bring its fruit in season. A book I strongly recommend on healing is called “Healing the Sick” by T.L. and Daisy Osborn.

Maybe someone prayed for you in a church meeting and you received instant healing – this is called a miracle. Healings are happening all over the world by the power of the name of Jesus Christ. People are being radically healed of blindness, deafness, quadriplegia and life threatening diseases—through faith in God. So, healing verses are good seed than can be planted, watered, nurtured and harvested in our life.

Anything wonderful can manifest with enough of the right Word of God and the right nourishment by the Holy Spirit. God can accomplish anything.

We go to sleep, as it were in the parable, and wake up and see the thing that has sprouted and we wonder, “How did that happen? How did that person go from being such a bad sinner, such an angry, swearing, rebellious, hypocritical person into such a loving and compassionate person, full of mercy? What happened there?” Someone has done a lot of claiming God’s promises and has had faith in God’s awesome power. The seed of God is maturing and bearing its fruit. It is the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, the work of His holy angels and His saints, the body of Christ, nourishing a person from a place of despair to a place of full healing and full nourishment in the proper things of God. They go from a place of tragedy to a point of blessing, where their attitudes, their behaviors and everything else have been changed.

So, I hope my little teaching here has given some explanation on how the seed principle works.



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