The disciples heard the parable about the farmer. So did the crowd.
Jesus explained it to the disciples, saying, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you.”
And then, we explain the explanation that Jesus gave. Those hearing Mark for the first time may have heard the parable, and then heard the explanation Jesus gave, leaned back and said, “Awesome! I get it.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t say, “Here’s the link to the parable and the explanation. I can’t do much better.”
I can offer, however, one little key.
This was a farming story, familiar to anyone who has ever walked in a field or planted grass in a yard. It’s possible that as Jesus told this story, some people could see a farmer in a nearby field.
A farmer, Jesus says, went out to sow seeds. Walking, not riding on anything. The farmer was broadcasting the seeds, taking a handful at a time and tossing them. The way my grandfather did when he planted hay. It doesn’t take any equipment. It’s generous with seed.
It’s generous with seed. But it’s inefficient. Seed goes everywhere.
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