And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went…
Looking out upon the cornfields of wheat we see —
I. UNITY IN VARIETY. To the unaccustomed eye the wheat seems one, and yet it is various. There is the white wheat, the rod wheat, and beneath these, varieties and sub-varieties in great number. Yet what unity in the variety. Variety, too, meets us as we look out upon the vast field of humanity; yet what unity. One hand has made us all; in Christ "there is neither Greek nor Jew, bond nor free." In Him "all we are brethren."
II. FRUITFULNESS THROUGH DEATH is taught us by the fields of wheat. The field of burial shall become the field of resurrection.
III. THE PERMANENCE OF CHARACTER is suggested to us by the ripening fields of wheat — "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
IV. THE VAST PRODUCTIVENESS OF GOOD is suggested by the fields of wheat — "And bring forth fruit, some an hundredfold." Christianity, truth, work for God, yield "much fruit."
V. HUMAN DEPENDENCE is taught us by the cornfields; God giveth the increase.
(G. T. Coster.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.