The Parable of the Seed (and the Science of Germination) - John Van Sloten

April 26, 2015

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to listen to Jesus’ parable of the growing seed and ponder the mysteries of germination and plant growth and then see what both teach us about the kingdom of God.

“[Jesus] also 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 head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Mark 4:26–29, NIV

Defn: “Germination can be thought of, in a general sense, as anything expanding into greater being from a small existence or germ…”

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:6, NIV

“Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.”
James 5:7-8, MSG

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 10:15, NIV

At just the right temperature, with just the right amounts of water, oxygen, light, darkness and soil nutrients, a seed’s cellular metabolism kicks in and the seed embryo begins to mysteriously grow causing the seed coat to break apart, making room for the first root - the radicle - to emerge and head downward into the nutrient filled soil while the plant’s first shoot - the plumule - grows upward and breaks the surface of the soil in search of light, which, through those first leaves, enables the plant to grow and thrive.
John Van Sloten

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