Mark 4:26-29 (NIV)
The Parable of the Growing Seed
26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Interesting Insights From Bible Knowledge Commentary:
This is Mark’s only unique parable. Like the Soils Parable, it presents a comprehensive picture of the coming of God’s kingdom:sowing (v. 26), growing (vv. 27- 28), and harvesting (v. 29), with emphasis on the growing phase. Only one person, the sower (not identified), appears in all three phases.
The initial words in this parable could be rendered:”The kingdom of God is as follows:it is like….” In phase one, the sower scatters seed on the ground.
In phase two the sower appears but is not active. After planting the seed, he leaves it and goes about his duties night and day without anxious thought for the seed. Meanwhile it germinates, sprouts, and grows in a way he did not know and cannot explain.
The soil (lit., “the earth”) produces grain which develops to maturity in successive stages. The soil does this all by itself hautomatê; cf. the Eng. “automatic”). This key Greek word (emphatic by position) could be translated “without visible cause” implying “without human agency,” and thus refers to work done by God (cf. similar situations in Josh. 6:5; Job 24:24; Acts 12:10). God works in the life- bearing seed which, when planted in good soil, grows stage by stage and produces grain without human intervention.
The sower’s ultimate interest is phase three, the harvest. Whenever (future) the grain is ripe, he immediately heuthys; cf. 1:10) puts the sickle to it (lit., “sends forth the sickle,” a figure of speech for “sending forth the reapers”; cf. Joel 3:13) because the harvest has come hparestêken, “stands ready”).
Some interpreters view this parable as a picture of evangelism. Some take it as depicting spiritual growth in a believer. Others see it as a picture of the coming of God’s kingdom by the mysterious, sovereign work of God. Its emphasis is on growth under God’s initiative in the interim phase between the proclamation by Jesus (the lowly Sower) and His disciples and the ultimate manifestation of the kingdom by Jesus (the mighty Harvester). The third view is preferred in light of Mark 4:26 a and the overall context of the kingdom parables.
Things to grasp here:
1-a man scatters seeds to produce a harvest. Nothing else said here about it, he’s a man and he does it… That’s what men do?
2-the seed grows all by itself
3-all the real work of it is from God…