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The kingdom of God grows and becomes great.

BibleGateway: Mark 4:26-34

ESV Text: Mark 4:26-34

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:8 and ends at about 4:21

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26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. 30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. 33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. 34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 132:
O God of God, O Light of Light

— Organ Audio

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1. O God of God, O Light of Light, 
Thou Prince of Peace, Thou King of kings! 
To Thee where angels know no night 
The song of praise forever rings. 
To Him who sits upon the throne, 
The Lamb once slain for sinful men, 
Be honor, might, all by Him won, 
Glory and praise! Amen, Amen. 

2. Deep in the prophets’ sacred page, 
Grand in the poets’ winged word, 
Slowly in type, from age to age, 
Nations beheld their coming Lord, 
Till through the deep Judean night 
Rang out the song “Good will to men!” 
Hymned by the first-born sons of light, 
Reechoed now, “Good will!” Amen. 

3. That life of truth, those deeds of love, 
That death of pain, mid hate and scorn, 
These all are past, and now above 
He reigns our King, once crowned with thorn. 
Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates; 
So sang His hosts, unheard by men; 
Lift up your heads, for you He waits. 
We lift them up. Amen, Amen. 

4. Nations afar, in ignorance deep, 
Isles of the sea, where darkness lay, 
These hear His voice, they wake from sleep, 
And throng with joy the upward way. 
They cry with us, “Send forth Thy light, 
O Lamb, once slain for sinful men; 
Burst Satan’s bonds, O God of might; 
Set all men free!” Amen, Amen. 

5. Sing to the Lord a glorious song, 
Sing to His name, His love forthtell; 
Sing on, heaven’s host, His praise prolong; 
Sing, ye who now on earth do dwell: 
Worthy the Lamb for sinners slain; 
From angels praise and thanks from men; 
Worthy the Lamb, enthroned to reign, 
Glory and power! Amen, Amen.