And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;…
There is first the convert in the young days of his godliness — the green blades just breaking through the soil, and giving witness to the germination of the seed. This is ordinarily a season of great promise. We have not, and we look not for the rich fruit of a matured, well-disciplined piety, but we have the glow of verdant profession — everything looks fresh. The young believer scarcely calculates on any interruption, and as though there were no blighting winds, and no nipping frosts, and no sweeping hail to be expected, in the spiritual agriculture, the tender shoot rises from the ground, and glistens in the sunshine.
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;