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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.—26And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
27And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
28For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
29But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
In the parable, Jesus likens the growth of the Kingdom of God to a man scattering seeds on the ground: they sprout and grow without the man doing anything more, or even understanding the process by which they grow. In time the grain ripens and the man harvests it. The Gospel of Thomas only contains the last part of this, the cutting down; the initial part is only implied.
Most scholars interpret the parable as meaning that one cannot, and should not try to, understand the process of spiritual growth, any more than other obscure and complex processes, though the end results themselves are rewarding. Most Evangelical Christians have similar opinions, but additionally interpret the parable in a similar manner to Dr R.A. Cole (in New Bible Commentary) - that one need not understand spiritual growth in order to share it.
Parable of the Growing Seed
Parable of Wheat and Weeds
Parables of Jesus
Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Parables of JesusCanonicalDrawing in the Net • Faithful Servant • Budding Fig Tree • Friend at Night • Good Samaritan • Great Banquet • Growing Seed • Hidden Treasure • Lazarus and Dives • Leaven • Lost Coin • Lost Sheep • Master and Servant • Mustard Seed • New Wine into Old Wineskins • Pearl • Pharisee and the Publican • Prodigal Son • Rich Fool • Sower • Strong Man • Talents • Tares • Ten Virgins • Two Debtors • Two Sons • Unforgiving Steward • Unjust Judge • Unmerciful Servant • Wicked Husbandmen • Wise and Foolish Builders • Workers in the VineyardThese two allegories found in the Gospel of John are usually not considered parables.Non-CanonicalThe eleven other parables in Thomas have parallels in the New Testament.
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