The Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil - and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day and the seed sprouts and grows - how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the MATURE GRAIN IN THE HEAD. Then WHEN THE CROP PERMITS, He immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.
The Lord has really been speaking to me about this parable of Yeshua. Who is the head? Who is the grain? What does it mean to have mature grain in the head?
Yeshua likened the Kingdom of God to a farmer waiting for the maturing of his crops. During the harvest season, farmers are concerned about two primary things:
The farmer in this parable is, of course, Yeshua Himself. Why is He concerned about the quantity of the crop? Because He wants that not one little "grain" would perish! And why is He concerned about quality? He has to wait until He sees that there are "mature grain in the Head." He is not only the farmer, but He is the "head." And not all of the grain is going to "mature in the Head." Ephesians 4:15 says, "we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Messiah." But not all the grain will mature. Some of it will wither and die; some will lose focus and be blown about in the wind; some will choose to stay immature and they won't reach harvest. Ephesians 5:27 tells us that Messiah tends to his body (the grain) by washing her with water through the word, in order to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Now, that is a picture of "mature grain in the Head!"
And so Farmer Yeshua washes and watches and waits. He waits to see who will respond to the washing in the word, becoming mature and set-apart from the other grain. He will not put in His sickle for the harvest UNTIL THE CROP PERMITS! God's crop is growing in two fields. In the field of Yeshua's beloved Jewish grain, He waits to see who will answer the call to salvation through His blood and grow up into Him, who is the Head. In the Gentile field, scattered all over the nations, He eagerly washes the grain in the Truth of the Torah, waiting to see who will mature into the "fullness" of the Covenant, and learn to keep His commands.
He holds his breath -- as these things are all beginning to come to pass -- as the Restoration of all Israel is about to burst forth into full bloom. And then it is time. The grain is ready to be harvested. The crop permits. He is coming soon!
Kelly Ferrari Mills