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own. The insiders are fully explained the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but it is up to them to believe it and to carry the message outward. They are called to make a decision; they can listen and follow or turn the other direction. However, even if there are those who wish to deny Jesus, The Kingdom of God will still rise above and flourish over them. “It is also a promise that despite the opposition and rejection of Jesus’ person and teaching, the seed sown will bear abundant fruit. Those inside should not lose hope or confidence in the ultimate victory of the kingdom of God over evil and opposition” ( Moloney 2002, pg. 88). The Parable of the seed, verses 13-20, represents the growth of the Kingdom and the word of God. The kingdom is like the mustard seed, “when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests
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Bordeaux 3 in its shade” (Mk 4:31-32). It starts off as the small seed that is planted into the ground were the kingdom roots would grow. These roots stabilize it to the ground and allow it to withstand harsh situations. This symbolizes the Kingdom overcoming and constantly growing no matter what obstacle is thrown in its way. However it also means that many things can go wrong before the kingdom can flourish and become a reality. The sower of the seed represents Jesus and whoever spreads the word of God to others. The seed is capable of being cast out into many different environments. The Birds that take the seed away represent Satan and him taking the word away completely. The rocky grounds are the people who give up when conflict arises or when persecuted. The thorns are the people who are unaffected or distracted by the word. They hear it, but choose not to listen or follow it. And then there are is the good soil, which represents the people who accept and respond to the message. When the seed lands on the good soil, fruit begins to grow. The message taken from this parable suggests that even if you are small at the beginning, you are significant and capable of spreading the word of God and building his Kingdom. Encouragement is placed within the parables to reassure the audience that they too can act as the seed and grow and to help the kingdom grow. Though it is still the followers decision to choice the “good soil” to be planted in.
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