And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Because this kingdom of God would not come by an armed Israeli uprising to throw out the Roman invaders, what kind of a kingdom is it? one whose steady growth at first is underground and unseen, but finally produces a harvest?
As this kingdom is like a growing crop, who are its people and how do they grow up? who is their king and does he care for them?