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Mark 4:27

ESV He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.
NIV Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
NASB and he goes to bed at night and gets up daily, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.
CSB He sleeps and rises night and day; the seed sprouts and grows, although he doesn't know how.
NLT Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.
KJV And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

What does Mark 4:27 mean?

In Mark 4:21–22, Jesus tells the disciples that God has several mysteries He will reveal at the appropriate time. These include that Jesus is the Messiah, that He will die to redeem sinners (John 3:14–15), and that His salvation is for Gentiles as well as Jews (Ephesians 3:6). In the parable of the growing seed, He hints at another—the future work of the Holy Spirit. The teacher teaches, but does not know how the message creates spiritual growth in the students. The Holy Spirit, who dwells in believers forever (John 14:16–17), convicts the world of sin (John 16:7–11) and reveals truth (John 16:13), including who Jesus is (John 15:26). Thee Holy Spirit also gives believers gifts to build up the church (1 Corinthians 12) and displays God's attributes through us (Galatians 5:22–23).

This is an important message for evangelists, teachers, mentors, and especially parents. We need to stay connected to the Holy Spirit for our own growth and to make sure we are obeying God as we relate the truth to students, mentees, and children. But we cannot force spiritual growth. "So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth" (1 Corinthians 3:7).
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