Mark 4:26-34 26 He also said, "The
1. The kingdom is like the seed cast into the ground (4:26). The sower lives through his sleeping and waking hours. The human being, has nothing to do with the seed’s growing into the blade that cuts through the soil, then the green ear, and finally the ripe grain. He returns to the action only when he puts in the sickle for the reaping of a harvest that owes nothing to his efforts.
2. The image of harvest and the usage of sickle for the same recall the prophetic description of the end time and God’s final judgment in Joel 3: 13.
4. It is known to us all the mustard seed is not the smallest of seeds, but it is used only to show its smallness. A mustard seed did in fact grow into something very like a tree. A traveler in
5. This parable says, never to be daunted by small beginnings. It may seem that at the moment we can produce only a very small effect; but if that small effect is repeated it will become very great. Everything must have a beginning. Nothing emerges fully grown.
We give credit to the organization of an event only when the minute details are taken care. Diligence in small things adds to the degree of perfection. We give paramount importance to small things simply because we take bigger things for granted. When a person builds a huge house spending a lot of money, he is more concerned about choosing the colour of the paints, type of electric switches, design of the taps and other small details. We need to take a little more care in little things. If a person who loves his/her beloved wholeheartedly fails to smile at him/her, the love which he/she has for his/her beloved does not make much meaning to him/her.
The Gospel of Mark a Commentary – Francis Moloney
William Barclay the New Daily Study Bible