Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Seed Planting

October 14, 2008

I once heard it said that the Bible is so simple that you need an intelligent person to mess it up for you.  Sometimes it can be cryptic, when talking about the end-times and such, but so much of it is straight forward.  Take for example:

Matthew 13:3-9 CEV
(3)  Then he taught them many things by using stories. He said: A farmer went out to scatter seed in a field.
(4)  While the farmer was scattering the seed, some of it fell along the road and was eaten by birds.
(5)  Other seeds fell on thin, rocky ground and quickly started growing because the soil wasn't very deep.
(6)  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and dried up, because they did not have enough roots.
(7)  Some other seeds fell where thornbushes grew up and choked the plants.
(8)  But a few seeds did fall on good ground where the plants produced a hundred or sixty or thirty times as much as was scattered.
(9)  If you have ears, pay attention!

Fairly simple set of verses that I am sure that you have heard and/or read hundreds of times.  Now without looking at the following verse, tell me, who is the person that is represented by the farmer?  Come on, you have read this set of verses.  If you are average, it breaks down to only a couple of choices.

  1. The farmer is Jesus, as He is the only one that can convict people and the soil is the people who will accept or reject Him.A 
  2. A preacher/minister is the farmer.  They tell people what the Bible says and they either accept or reject it like the ground. 

Guess what.  I do not think either of them is right.  I could be wrong but lets look at some other verses, the one where Jesus starts to explain this parable:

Matthew 13:19 CEV
(19)  The seeds that fell along the road are the people who hear the message about the kingdom, but don't understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches the message from their hearts.

People who hear the message but do not understand it.  But how do people hear the message.  Jesus said in the Great Commission to 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.'  If Jesus told us to tell others then we must be the farmers.  We are to sow seed into the life of people we meet.  Jesus has given us a very important job to do.  Many sometimes act in fear cause they think they will mess it up for someone else to witness to a person.  Guess what? You are not always going to have success.  Jesus tells us so.  In fact, only one of the four types may accept the word.  You have no excuse to tell others about Jesus.  Go plant some seed. 

Read through the Bible in historical order
Matthew 13:1-58, Luke 8:1-56
Matthew 8:14-34, Mark 4:1-5:43, 
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