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Jesus Uses a Story About Seed

26Then Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man that plants seed in the ground. 27The seed begins to grow. It grows night and day. It is not important if the man is sleeping or awake; the seed still grows. The man does not know how the seed grows. 28Without any help, the ground grows grain. First the plant grows, then the head, and then all the grain in the head. 29When the grain is ready, the man cuts it. This is the harvest time."

The Kingdom Is Like a Mustard Seed

30Then Jesus said, "What can I use to show you what the kingdom of God is like? What story can I use to explain it? 31The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. The mustard seed is the smallest seed that you plant in the ground. 32But when you plant this seed, it grows and becomes the largest of all the plants in your garden. It has branches that are very big. The wild birds can come and make nests there and be protected from the sun." 33Jesus used many stories like these to teach them. He taught them all that they could understand. 34Jesus always used stories to teach the people. But when Jesus and his followers were alone together, Jesus explained everything to them.

Jesus Stops a Storm

35That day, at evening, Jesus said to his followers, "Come with me across the lake." 36Jesus and the followers left the people there. They went in the same boat that Jesus was already sitting in. There were also other boats with them. 37A very bad wind came on the lake. The waves were coming over the sides and into the boat. The boat was almost full of water. 38Jesus was inside the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The followers went to him and woke him. They said, "Teacher, do you care about us? We will drown!" 39Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and the waves to stop. Jesus said, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind stopped and the lake became calm. 40Jesus said to his followers, "Why are you afraid? You still have no faith?" 41The followers were very afraid and asked each other, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him!"

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