From small beginnings …
People like to hear stories. Jesus told parables, stories from everyday life that also have deeper meanings. He told the disciples parables which he then explained to help them understand what God’s kingdom was like. Some of his parables were about SEEDS that they would see planted and then growing in the fields. How wonderful! What a mystery! A small, still, dry thing could grow into a living plant which produces more seeds! Here are this week’s two seed stories:
Jesus said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain-first the stalk, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. As soon as the corn is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like… It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade." With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.” NIV Bible for Children Mark Ch 4, vv. 26-34
(Sickle = a tool, used mostly in the past, for cutting grass or grain crops.)
I wonder if you have ever planted any seeds?
I wonder what seeds need to help them grow?
I wonder what the disciples needed to do to help their understanding grow?
Look at seeds. You can use our pictures. Just like a seed, we need things to help us grow. Amongst other things, we need food and drink but reading Bible stories, praying and caring for each other help us grow well too. A plant grows on to produce more seeds. So we can go on to grow well, do good things and share God’s love with others. Then they can grow well too.
Thank you, Jesus, for your stories. Help us to listen and understand your words. Amen.