Seeds & Leaven
The parable of the sower reveals the fertility of God’s kingdom. Three soils are barren (wayside, stony, thorny), but three other seeds go into good ground and bear fruit a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. You might think the kingdom would cover the earth in one season and call it good. But the parables of the wheat and tares, mustard seed, and leaven reveal the need for patience and hope while the grace of God fills the earth.