America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Blade, Ear and Corn

Mark 4:26-29

   Mark 4:26-29 reminds us of Isaiah 61;11 where we are told, 'tFor as the earth bringeth forth her bud, .and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to sprin~ forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring ¬£orth before all the nations." With this in mind let us note Mark 4:26-29:

   "And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as ii a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, tie knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, alter that the full corn in the ear.

   "But when the fruit is brought forth immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

   These two scriptures, the one from the Old and the other from the New Scriptures, clearly refute the notion that the restoration of the kingdom of God on earth will take place instantaneously and with great display of power and glory.

   It is true that the present world order will pass away with a great noise amidst unprecedented world-wide upheaval and destruction, but the Kingdom of God on earth is to come forth as the things that are sown in a garden as we noted in Isaiah 61:11 and as we read in Mark 4 where Jesus said, "So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground .... For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, alter that the full corn in the ear."

   Seed sown in the ground does not come forth in an instant; neither does it spring forth with a great manifestation of power and beauty. It comes forth gradually and at first it is often difficult to discern what is actually coming out of the ground.

   This is as we have seen in the teaching of the parables of the tares, the mustard seed, the leaven, and the kingdom parable of the net cast into the sea - all found in Matthew 13.

   In all of these kingdom parables we are taught that the nation that was the restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth would not be recognized as such until it became a great nation, and this would be in the "last days."

 

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