Saturday, February 21, 2015 4:00 AM

The Soil and the Seed

Saturday, February 21, 2015 4:00 AM
Saturday, February 21, 2015 4:00 AM

A chiasm in Mark 4:26–29: Parable of the Seed Growing Secretly

The emphasis in a chiastic structure is the main point of the teaching. You recognize correctly that the surprise consists of the fact that the soil produces grain all by itself without any help from the planter.

a    This is what the kingdom of God is like.

   b    A man scatters seed on the ground.

         c     Night and day,

         c    whether he sleeps or gets up,

         c    the seed sprouts and grows,

               d    though he does not know how.

               d     All by itself the soil produces grain,

         c    first the stalk,

         c    then the head,

         c    then the full kernel in the head.

   b    29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it,

a    because the harvest has come.[1]

[1] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (28). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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