I was at a woman’s bible study that I have been going to (vineyard) and today we were discussing Mark 4:26-29.
**26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” **
Our group leader said this passage tells us that we should invest in God’s kingdom and God will give us a harvest. She read a portion from a book by Rod Parsley (pentecostal preacher) who defended this interpretation, and then gave us an example of how she invested $100 in someone ministry and God gave her $500. Now, she’s not trying to raise money from us. She doesn’t have a ministry of her own and is just a leader at the church, but she thought it was important for us to understanding this sowing and reaping principle.
I told her that I disagreed. I thought the man in the massage refers to God who sows a seed of faith in humanity and reaps a harvest of a people. But she said that the man can’t be God because it says, he does not know how the seed will sprout. Thus, it can’t be God since God knows everything.
While I am generally wary of this seed and harvest thing (prosperity gospel), and I think she’s wrong, I just didn’t know how to respond to that point. Is there another way to think about that passage?