Then Jesus said, "God's kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man
who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows - he has no idea how it happens.
The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain.
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