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What is the scattered “seed”?

October 10, 2023

Daily Scripture

Matthew 13:3, 18-19, Mark 4:14; Luke 8:11

Matthew 13
3 He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed.”

18 Consider then the parable of the farmer. 19 Whenever people hear the word about the kingdom…

Mark 4
14 The farmer scatters the word.

Luke 8
11 “The parable means this: The seed is God’s word.

Luke 4
But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of God’s kingdom in other cities too, for this is why I was sent.”

Daily Reflection & Prayer

The gospel writers gave different aspects of what “the seed” in Jesus’ parable stood for. Mark, the shortest gospel, left it at “the word,” spoken or written. Luke was more specific: “The seed is God’s word.” That’s a helpful qualifier—our world is awash with “words,” some of which can harm rather than help us. Matthew tied it most closely to Jesus’ teachings—it was “the word about the kingdom” (cf. Matthew 4:17, 23). Jesus’ good news is the seed we need to welcome and allow to grow in our hearts.

  • “Jesus was declaring that God’s kingdom, the sovereign rule of heaven, was approaching…. Jesus believed his contemporaries were going in the wrong direction. They were bent on revolution… military resistance to occupying forces…. His message was… that they should go the other way, towards God’s kingdom of light and peace and healing and forgiveness, for themselves and for the world.” * What made that message a “seed” that could truly change the world?
  • But Jesus’ message was likely, from the beginning, to get at best a mixed reception. It challenged standard human ways of thinking, like “we have to be violent because the only language they understand is violence.” As scholar William Barclay said, “There are different ways of accepting the word of God, and the fruit which it produces depends on the heart of [the person] who accepts it.” ** How did Jesus’ parable lead hearers to reflect on the state of their own heart?

Lord Jesus, such a simple story—a farmer scattering seed. But such significant implications! Help me open my heart to hear and nurture the seed you plant in me. Amen.

GPS Insights

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Donna Karlen

When Donna Karlen wrote this blog in 2020, she served with the Communications Ministry on special projects. She's since left the staff, but we are still grateful for all she added to our ministry, of which this blog post is just one example. Jesus said "the seed" is "the word about the Kingdom."

When someone signs up for a mission trip
to help rebuild or teach or equip…
Here comes the kingdom of heaven!

When a blood donor rolls up his or her sleeve
sharing the gift of life for others to receive…
Here comes the kingdom of heaven!

When a family serves as God’s hands and feet
through FaithWork – so many needs they can meet…
Here comes the kingdom of heaven!

When volunteers enter a partner school
as tutors and buddies – they make school so cool…
Here comes the kingdom of heaven!

When kids go home with healthy snacks for weekends
or a prisoner is visited by compassionate friends…
Here comes the kingdom of heaven!

When donating furniture or clothing helps give a new start
or just listening to another heals a hurting heart…
Here comes the kingdom of heaven!

When we seek out and find the least and the lost
and share with them the hope of the cross…
Here comes the kingdom of heaven!

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Scripture quotations are taken from The Common English Bible ©2011. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

* Wright, N. T., Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15 (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 29-30). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.
** William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew—Volume 2 Chapters 11–28 (Revised Edition). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1976, p. 59.