When Jesus told this parable, he felt the frustration of planting seeds (teaching and preaching) that would never produce grain – and he knew the disciples would later feel this same frustration. To press every detail of the story into service for all the incidentals about the kingdom is going to far. That psalm was written at the restoration of Israel from the captivity. had had the sanctuary, the priesthood, the prophets, the scriptures for centuries. One should have a consistent use of the figures employed, both within the context and the general use of Scripture, except where specifically otherwise stated. The disciples truly believed in Jesus, and so accepted what He was saying, namely, that the message of the kingdom was at a critical turning point. The parables do not contain esoteric truths that only the initiated or enlightened could understand--they seem pretty clear. Bible Verse of the Day – Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time, Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary … In biblical usage the “mysteries” to which Jesus refers are plans or decrees often presented in veiled language and made known to the elect. In the Parable of the Growing Seed, Jesus tells of a man who scatters seed on the ground and then allows nature to take its course. It is presented without elaboration, a bare comparison that’s pregnant with possible meaning, and the interpretive task is left to the listener. Its fragmentary presence in Thomas makes it plausible for it to have ultimately derived from the Q Gospel, though it is unusual for it not to also be present in either the Gospel of Matthew or that of Luke. Some hear the message with great joy, but like the rocky soil he does not let it take root. Every three years, the cycle of readings for Mass starts over again. And yet, year after year, they would persevere, knowing that some seeds would grow and ripen, even if many did not. This is followed by the explanation of the reason for using parables by Jesus (10-17). The soil on the path was hard because it was packed down. lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Verse 53 of the chapter makes it clear that these seven parables were delivered on one and the same occasion by Jesus. The Savior was still among them, and they could still follow Him and trust Him. This parable is found between two other seed parables. 5 For this people’s heart has become dull, 7’ lest they should perceive with their eyes. Some of those people would be hardened in their unbelief; and the simple theological truth is that the revelation of the mystery of the kingdom was not given to them. 16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 The Parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the shorter parables of Jesus. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, So what was it that the disciples possessed and the others did not? He was a teacher, here teaching people about the kingdom. They usually refer to eschatological events. What is being revealed to the disciples is not the person of Jesus or the nature of God, but the coming of the kingdom into history in advance of its glorious manifestation (Ladd, Presence, pp. So the parable is probably about the ground, which would mean the people who heard Christ’s message. 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