Lectionary Study Guide

But more than a casual glance at these parables also reveals perhaps a bit more complication than first realized. Ask any farmer: making seeds grow to harvest is a lot of work. You can't just nap and wait for the harvest to come. Indeed, as they are banished from the garden, God promises to Adam and Eve that grain will never grow again without human toil. With regard to the second parable, meanwhile, anybody who's ever seen a mustard plant knows that it's a bit of a stretch to call that weedy green the king of the shrubs, a nesting place for innumerable birds. So what do you think Jesus means here by exaggerating these commonplace experiences? What might this mean for the kingdom of God? What does it mean with regard to God's choices of and for each of us?

Other helpful resources

Comments, Observations, Questions
The Center for the Excellence in Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. J. Barrington Bates, Church of the Annunciation, Oradell, NJ

Robert B. Kruschwitz, Center for Christian Ethics, Baylor University

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Donna Schaper, Theolog: the blog of The Christian Century

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