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Understanding the Parable of the Sower Part 3 – The Seed

seed of life(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 3 in the Bible lesson series focused on the subject of Understanding the Parable of the Sower.  We have already covered the basic introduction and one of the essential positive elements called the Sower.   Today we will be continuing to increase in learning concerning the second very positive parable element named the Seed.  I certainly believe that this “seed” element can easily be called the greatest and most important element in the parable.  Without it none of the other symbolic elements would have any purpose.  However, it is difficult to determine the greatest element of importance in this parable because of God’s design of how many of the symbolic elements work together in unison to produce His desired end positive product called “fruit”.  For example, the vital symbolic seed is ineffective without the existence and the participation of both the sower and the right soil.  The sower is completely unproductive without the correct and proper applied seed to be sown in the correct timing and type of soil.  Of course the soil is completely worthless (dead) unless it is prepared to be good ground without all of the enemy elements (birds, stones & weeds) that work diligently to fight the awesome seed from producing the positive fruit.  We will primarily be focused upon the seed in this lesson.  But, like the last lesson we will still need to cross into other subject boundaries in order to understand the overall concepts given. If you have not read the entire series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you go back and begin the series with “Part 1” first.

This is an amazing Bible subject.  We could spend a lot oftime writing books and books on it.  However, that is not reasonable for a blog Bible study.  There are many people who want only a couple of paragraphs on any subject and if it is too long they just won’t read it.  There are also those like me that enjoy reading and studying the Bible and can’t get enough to read.  Whichever one you are I pray you will at least give it your best effort.  I will try not to write too much or too little on the subject of the seed.  I pray that I will cover what the Holy Spirit desires me to teach.  Let’s begin.

 

INTRODUCTION

In the last lesson I asked some good basic fundamental questions about any Bible study subject.  Answering the basics of who, what, when, where and why found in the subject will help us to gain understanding of the fundamentals found in the topic.  Today we will be again looking into finding the answers to these questions concerning the symbolic “seed” element.  I may keep referring to this element “seed” as being symbolic but nothing could be further from the truth.  I have discovered that this “seed” element is actually a naturally created substance of truth that reveals a far greater spiritual reality.  This spiritual seed that I am referring to is by far superior to the natural seed type but both truths contain many of the exact same parallel characteristics.  Here are just a few basic natural seed sowing truths that are exactly analogous with the spiritual process being described in the Parable of the Sower:

  1. Selecting the Right Seed is one basic requirement for a good desired outcome
  2. Selecting the Right Environment (location, weather, timing, etc.) for the seed to be productive is absolutely imperative for the good outcome
  3. Planting the correct seed at the exact and correct time in good prepared ground is required to be successful
  4. Managing the growth process and protecting the seed to keep out the crop enemies that destroy the process is also a requirement for a productive good outcome

Hopefully we will begin to see how these truths run parallel in the natural and the spiritual processes.  We already addressed the “who” question concerning the sowing of the Good Seed in the last lesson.  It should be easy to logically reason that it’s totally up to this sower “what seed’ is planted.  We should have learned in the first lesson, that the sower was originally Jesus. However, when Jesus was here He still worked with the Holy Spirit’s leading to know what to plant, where to plant and when to plant.  That took Jesus through steps 1, 2 and 3 of the natural parallel truths between the natural and the spiritual.  But, Jesus also actually tried to perform step 4 to manage the growth process for those that would permit him.  For example, Jesus saw how Satan had demanded to sift Peter like wheat (Luke 22:31) and then warned Peter and informed him that he had prayed that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:32).  This was Jesus attempting to manage the seed that was already sown into the heart of Peter.  Perhaps we will talk more about this part of the subject later in another lesson.

After Jesus, the seed sowing spreading process was transferred to those that God used to originally spread the gospel in the book of Acts and this process has now produced a growing church that includes us now that are called to be believers, disciples and Christ followers.  It is truly an amazing process of multiplication through one seed.  Do not ever underestimate the power of planting one successful seed!  One seed can produce a tree that produces a whole lot of fruit for many years.  Each piece of fruit contains many more seeds that can be further planted in other soils to produce more trees to produce more fruit to produce more seed and on and on the process grows.  It is actually impossible for humans to number or measure the end process outcome of one successful seed.  This is exactly why God promised Abraham this:

Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy (ONE) seed be.

 

This is a mind boggling statement.  God promised Abraham a production level of fruit that is uncountable from just the planting of one successful seed and this One Seed was revealed to be Jesus Christ in Gal 3:16.  In this verse and chapter Paul writes that the statement was not naming seeds as many but only one seed that was given to us to be the promised Son to come.  This incredible promise that God made to Abraham was concerning one future spiritual seed crop of fruit.  I believe with all of my heart that this promise was describing the process given to us in the Parable of the Sower.  Jesus the Seed/Word of God incarnate came to the earth as a man to speak/plant God’s Words in human hearts to cause them to become trees of righteousness that produce fruit that permit the continued spread of seeds from their fruit to produce more trees of righteousness that produce more fruit that spread more seeds and on and on we could go.  Let’s review a few quick verses that teach us about this coming concept:

Psa 92:12  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Pro 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

 

Did you notice the theme of these three witnesses in the Bible?  They are all about “righteous” trees.  These all had to come from the planted Word of God seed.  These all produce fruit trees that produce fruit and more seeds to spread.   I really love Proverbs 11:30 because this literally teaches us that the spreading of seed is contained within a soul winning process that produces life.  We will be talking about this more very soon.

We should have been introduced to the answer of “what is the Good seed” question in our last lesson.  We should remember that the Good Seed was a natural symbolic representation of a far greater parallel spiritual reality of the Word of God.   We learned that the Good Seed sown by the Sower to produce “fruit” was specifically said to be the God’s spoken Word.  That knowledge will be expanded today to better understand new questions like “What was and still is the main purpose for sowing God’s Good Seed?”  “When is the Good seed effective or productive?”  “When is the Good seed ineffective or unproductive?”  “Why is this seed even important or necessary to the process of producing fruit?”  “Why does the Good seed work sometimes and at other times it does not produce any lasting fruit.”  “Why does the Good seed produce varying levels or amounts of fruitfulness in good soil?”  We may not be able to cover every answer in detail in this lesson but we will attempt to cover these answers in more detail later as we dig deeper into the subject of “soil types”.

Before we dive deeper into the subject of the seed, I would like for us to review some of the basic fundamentals of the subject of Bible faith.  I believe that understanding the subject of Bible faith is essential to understanding the Parable of the sower.  Without an understanding of Bible faith and how it comes and how it works, a complete understanding of Seed Sowing is difficult.  I believe that we will better understand this statement as we continue through the lesson series.

 

A FAITH FUNDAMENTALS REVIEW

I would like to begin this lesson with a short review of just a couple of the fundamental truths concerning the subject of “Bible Faith”.  I believe this review will help us to see some of the key parallels of subject of faith found in the “Parable of the Sower”.  The intimate knowledge of faith will especially help us as we study the subjects of the seed and the fruit.  If you have read the Bible series on “Understanding Bible Faith” you should have learned that real Bible Faith is a spiritual substance that God describes is observable, quantifiable and measurable (Part 3).   Jesus observed some people with a level of zero also known as “no” faith (Mk 4:40) and then commented on others with “little” also known as weak, tiny or small faith amounts (Mat 16:8).  Jesus also observed others with increasing levels of faith (Mt 9:28) to even a couple with stated “great” also known as big or large faith amounts (Mt 8:10, Mt 15:28).  Stephen mentioned in Acts 6:5 was declared to be “full” also known as packed or covered over or complete with faith.  Therefore, the implication to these revealed truths is that a human must possess some type of unseen faith container that permits God to be able to measure and quantify their faith levels from it being an empty bucket all the way to it being a full or overflowing container.

What is this quality that God can see and measure and how can we cooperate with Him to allow it to become filled?  Or do we even have a choice in the amount of faith that we can have at any time?  Of course, I believe with all of my heart that we do have the very clear choice, responsibility and a very significant role in the determination that helps God define the amount of faith contained in our spiritual heart container.  We will hopefully learn more about this as we continue in the lesson.

Please keep these facts concerning the variable nature of the amount of faith a person possesses in the forefront of your mind as we move later into the subject of fruit.  Remember that we were introduced already in lesson 1 that the amount of fruit produced in the life of a human is also variable, quantifiable and measureable as either a). 0% level b). 30 % return, c). 60% return d). all the way to 100 times production in 4 different types of soil.  I believe these two faith and fruit variable factors are important parallels of truth.  This knowledge will help us to better understand why some have no fruit and others in variations of increasing levels.

The next key Bible Faith verse that is infinitely important to learn for us understanding the “Parable of the Sower” is found in the book of Romans.  This verse very clearly reveals to us how our faith container (heart/spirit) can either be empty or full or somewhere in between based upon the amount that we choose to hear the Word of God.  Let’s read the verse and see what God says about how faith comes:

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

We should be able to learn from this verse how the Bible Faith spiritual filling up process begins, continues or can even end by a human choice of hearing or not hearing the Word of God being spoken audibly.  This truth represents a very significant and powerful perspective describing how the God designed faith process for human salvation begins, continues or also potentially ends.  I know that this verse alone does not plainly mention that it is a hearing process for salvation but, it is certainly an implied application based upon the verse context and the application of other Faith subject verses.

Consider the truth that if Bible faith can come to a human then it certainly must have an implied beginning.  In other words, if a human has never heard the Word of God preached they would not have any faith for salvation!

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 

These two verses are found in the context of Romans 10:17 and we can clearly see how God defines and applies the process of word of God planting to be a requirement for salvation to occur.  The progression is clearly stated for a human requirement to hear from a preacher.  We learned in the last lesson on the “sower” that a preacher of God’s Word is simply a word seed sower.  Thus we have an emerging direct connection to the Parable of the Sower already.  These verses in this chapter are amazing parallels to our subject study.  This salvation process describes a sower that is sowing seed into a human heart soil by the sower speaking and the soil people hearing.  Then this planted seed produces an implied plant that grows to produce levels of faith for salvation that bears and this corresponds to having spiritual fruit.  I just gave away a lot of what we will be talking about in this lesson series.

Based upon this knowledge it must be the freewill choice of a human to participate in this process of salvation through their cooperation to hear and listen to God’s spoken Word that will cause faith to even begin to accumulate in their hearts.  Furthermore, if faith can “come” (begin) or be in a “filling up” state by our right choices the implication is given to us by reverse antithesis truths that faith can also “leave” or be “emptied” by our own wrong choices.  It further implies that it is even possible for “faith” to not exist at all in our heart if the Word of God was NOT HEARD or NOT VALUED or NOT LISTENDED TO, or NOT UNDERSTOOD.  It is evident to me that if faith has a beginning (an empty 0% state) that it must also have an implied ending (full state) along with an implied middle time period of increasing or decreasing filling.  I pray that you can see this and agree.

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

I also believe completely that the amount faith in a person’s “Bible Faith” container will only grow or increase to be filled by continuing to hear the Word of God over and over. The fact that Romans 10:17 includes the Greek Word G189 translated as “hearing” twice together joined with the Greek word G1161 translated as the word “and” implies a required repetition or continuation of hearing and not just a one-time experience of having heard.  The Greek Particle G1161 translated as “and” is a connecting word in this verse that further embraces the concept that the hearing of the Word of God is not a “One Time” action of an isolated choice.  We will hopefully soon see other verses in this lesson later that help confirm the fact that hearing God’s Word represents a lifetime commitment.

I take away from this verse in Romans that it means that we must be hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing and I could type forever and not get the point across strongly enough.  I believe viewing Bible faith in this way alone defines it to be a repeated step process for filling us up with “faith”.  I also view the filling process of faith to be like an automobile gas tank that when filled provides power for the engine to move it forward.  But, just because the gas tank was filled to capacity once does not mean that it will still be full in a week or more time of going forward.  You see even in the book of Acts the disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost in Acts 2 and this filling process occurred again in Acts 4.  Why would it be necessary for God to keep filling the same vessels again and again?  I believe part of the answer is because we are imperfect vessels.  We can hear something great today and totally forget about it tomorrow.

Why did some people in the Bible have so little faith and what caused some others to have up to very significant levels of faith, when they all potentially had the same opportunity to hear Jesus speak the same Word?  If everyone can hear the exact same Word of God to get filled with faith, it is a bit challenging to think why faith levels can be missing in some completely or at dissimilar levels in some others or even be increased to being at great or the full level in still others.  I mean think about what that is teaching us.  If it was God’s fault that some don’t have faith and others do, then that would make God a respecter of persons and we should know this cannot be (Rom 2:11).  I just refuse to believe that God causes diverse faith amounts by His sovereign choice in humans based upon my knowledge of scriptures that teaches otherwise.

It is exactly the same in the natural.  The Ford Motor Company builds automobiles but they are not responsible for filling up the gas tank to cause the power to be released.  This is the driver’s responsibility.  God created humans but is He now totally responsible for filling you with His Spirit, His Word or His power?  I don’t believe that is true.  Therefore, the responsibility for the level of faith must be placed on the human side of the God created Faith project and process.  There must be some human factor after hearing God’s Word that determines how much of a level of faith a human can receive or possess in our spiritual container.  I think Jesus gives us one important clue to answering this question about “how faith levels can vary so much” in this verse:

Mar 4:9  And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

I believe sincerely that one major determining factor for us having Bible faith is definitely based upon how we choose to listen to and hear the Word of God.  What are we focused upon or thinking about when the Word of God is being spoken or taught to us?  What levels of importance and priority do we give to hearing God’s Word?  Are there any distractions that easily take us away from giving our full attention while hearing the Word of God and on and on we could go asking other similar questions.

It is really not difficult to sit in a church service and observe people and see how they listen.  Many are paying close attention, reading along in their Bibles and taking notes to not let it be forgotten.  These people place great value in what is being said.  That must be a major contributing factor in the amount of growth in their faith level.  Others are listening halfhearted and are easily distracted by any noise of commotion that someone makes around them.  These types of listeners are clearly placing a greatly diminished level f importance on what was said and the Words spoken are easily lost.  Others are not listening at all and are reading messages on their cell phones or even playing games or flirting with their neighbor.  This attitude towards the Word of God makes sitting in the service under the sound of the Word of God entirely worthless.  The spoken Word of God can be a chosen priority or be just a background noise. We can all choose how we value the Word of God.  We can all choose the ranking position and precedence that we give the Word of God.  What we focus on and how we focus will be one of the most significant determining factors to learn what level of faith we will obtain from hearing God’s Word and His Seed spoken.

This Bible lesson series will hopefully help us to see a potential different perspective on answering these questions on how faith applies to understanding the “Parable of the Sower”.  I believe that the LORD wants to teach us that having faith is not a one sided formula or God only responsibility but rather more like a divinely designed project and process requiring our freewill choice to become a devoted person in cooperation to participate in the planting and growing development.  Let’s move on and grow in the “seed” study.

 

 

UNDERSTANDING THE SEED POSITIVE ELEMENT

There is literally so very much that I can teach on this one element alone that it is impossible to cover it all in a single lesson.  We will begin the study of the seed by reconfirming what the symbolic seed in the parable represents.  We were introduced to this element in the last lesson and even learned that the seed represented speaking God’s Word which we said was Good Seed.  The Good seed was then compared to the evil seed as words coming from Satan.  Let’s read our basic seed verse from Mark:

Mar 4:14  The sower soweth the word.

 

Let’s get past the preliminary subject introduction and setup to now direct our full attention on the extremely consistent & positive element that Jesus called the “Seed”.  Technically speaking the word “seed” was not found in the verses of the sower written in Mark 4.  But the word “seed” (G4703) is clearly used in the Luke 8 parable explanation more than once.  Also, Jesus’ selection of the word “sower” in Mark 4:3 clearly implies the participation of “seed” even though it is not specifically stated.  We should already clearly understand that this symbolic seed sowing represents a preacher speaking audible words.  We can see this truth in the definition again in the above Mark 4:14.  However, we will dig deeper into this confirmation to relieve any doubts.

In Matthew 13:19 the soil hearer is stated to be listening to the “word of the kingdom”.  This general reference could be words spoken from any kingdom being earthly, heavenly, natural or spiritual but we can comprehend logically that it is meant to be referring to the Kingdom of God based upon these are the recorded words of the speaker Jesus.  Jesus of course should be viewed to represent God’s Spiritual Kingdom.  In John 18:36 Jesus again speaking to someone asking him about his kingdom said clearly “My kingdom is not of this world”.  We gain from this statement three profoundly essential facts.  First, Jesus has a Kingdom, second it is not of this natural world and third therefore it must be a spiritual kingdom.  Keep these truths in your mind as we continue to study the subject of words/seeds and their origins.  This knowledge will certainly help answer the “where” the seeds came from further.

Luk 8:11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 

Recall that in Mark 4:14 we saw another general/generic reference that the seed is stated to just represent “the word”.  This vague type of reference implies any spoken words can be viewed as seeds as we learned in our last lesson.  But, in Luke 8:11 Jesus clearly states that the seed represents “God’s Word”.  The Greek word translated as “God” in this statement is G2315 and is transliterated as “theos”.  This Greek word is found in over 1100 verses and less than 1% of the time do they refer to any being other than our Omnipotent Creator.  It appears self-revealing that Jesus was referring to God’s spoken word is the seed sown in this verse in Luke’s explanation of the Parable of the Sower.

This information helps us to understand and confirm “who” MUST be speaking words in the attempt to plant Good seeds in human hearts to produce fruit.  I know that I keep calling God’s Word Good Seed but that is backed up scripturally and is not just my opinion.  For example, Hebrews 6:5 informs us very clearly that God’s word is good and this was a written warning to Christian people not to turn away from it.  I also believe that we should take note again of the Greek word G2098 which was translated as “the gospel” because it literally means “good news”.  There are so many verses with this Greek word in it which refers to God’s Word that it is impossible to deny that God’s Word and Good News are very synonymous terms.  Therefore, we can easily conclude that God’s Word is equivalent to Good Seed and I pray that you can agree.

We should remember the difference between “good seed words” and “evil seed words” in the last lesson in the series.  And we should know that the God seed words spoken are always revealed to be a God designed plan to produce ONLY HIS GOOD FRUIT.  In other words, the spoken Word of God seed can never produce weeds (evil fruit) just from learning the information found in the parable of the sower descriptions or explanations.  God’s Seed can truly only be GOOD seed that produces GOOD fruit and the evil seed can only produce evil fruit which potentially causes the Good Seed to fail.  This is in fact the true created nature of every seed.  For example, an apple seed can only produce an apple tree.  An orange seed can only produce an orange tree.  On and on we go.  This is the stated law of Genesis 1.  God informed us that every seed type of any create entity can only produce another one of the same kind.  God said this clearly 5 times in Genesis 1.  Please go read it if you don’t remember.

What we have just established is a basic truth of seeds.  Except for perverted seeds through controlled manipulation every pure naturally create seed type that has existed will always produce another variety of the exact same type of being.  Therefore we learn that God is good (Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19) and whatever that He produces from His good seed/word must also be good of His same type and nature.  We learn this again from Genesis 1 very clearly.  At least 6 times once in every day of creation God said (spoke seed) and then observed the outcome and said it was either “good” or “very good”.  Wow that speaks literal volumes of key information to understanding the Good Seed in the parable of the sower.    Furthermore, this exact same good truth is also true in the antithesis speaking of God’s enemy Satan.  Satan is evil (1 Jn 2:13-14, 1 Jn 3:12, 1 Jn 5:18) and whatever he produces from his spoken seed/word must also be evil and of the same exact same type, kind and nature.

It is certainly possible for both types of spoken word seed to be sown into any single human heart and even co-exist as we will explore when we study the subject of soils.  We will be primarily focused upon God’s “Good Seed” in this lesson. But, I may still briefly address the antithesis evil seed type that produces weeds also.  Let’s now explore further what this Good God Seed actually represents in the Bible and we will do this by starting to understand the original Greek words related to the Parable message of sowing.

Mark 4:14 stated very clearly that the symbolic seed type found in the Parable of the Sower represents the “word”.  This Greek word translated as “word” is G3056.  This Greek word is included in every explanation of the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:19, Mark 4:14 and Luke 8:11.  Also G3056 occurs in around 313 other verses of the New Testament.  This makes it a very popular and important N.T. word.  The transliteration of this Greek word is “logos”.  I have already referred to the transliteration “theos” before, but if you do not understand what a transliteration is I will attempt to explain it quickly.

A transliteration simply occurs when someone changes a word from one language into a new language using only the corresponding alphabet letters in an attempt to produce as similar of pronunciation sound as possible.  In a transliteration there is no concern for conveying the original word meaning of the original language’s name or word.  If we cared about this we would translate the word from one language into a word with the closest meaning and definition in the new language without any regard to the sounds of the two words.  Language transliterations emphasize sound alike words and language translations emphasize identical meaning.  Normally speaking and thinking, I believe transliterations have limited usefulness.  However, that does not mean they are not used in our Bible translations.

For example, transliterations are a very common technique used in many Bible translations especially with the names of people or places referenced in the Bible.  For instance, the name Jesus in the N.T. is a Greek to English transliteration originating from the name “Iesous” in the Greek language which was also transliterated from the original Hebrew name Jeshohua (Joshua).    I just gave you an example of two transliterations that occurred from three different languages to get us to the name “Jesus” that many English speaking people use today to name our LORD and SAVIOR.  This process of transliteration does not make any of the names wrong nor does it make one name superior, more important or more relevant than the others.  They are all the same name just written and pronounced in different languages using letters from the language’s alphabet being spoken and God understands them all and answers to them all when called by or spoken to using that name.  Let’s get back to the Greek to English transliteration word “logos”.

Logos is one of the most popular New Testament words used in reference to God’s written and spoken Word.  It is used more than once in reference to God’s Old Testament Word written by the prophets. It is clearly used to describe the Words of Jesus like those found in this Parable and others. Even angels were said to speak “logos” words to several people with messages from God. However, logos can also be used for other human spoken words.  Logos words can even be someone speaking words not of a divine nature and therefore logos spoken words can either be good or evil words.  This just further verifies that a spoken seed type can be of either good or evil.  If you search your Bible for H3056 to find all of the occurrences of this word’s usage you will discover that what I just said is easily confirmed.  I’ll give you a couple of scriptures that can verify this truth and to help prove the point:

Mat 12:37  For by thy words (logos) thou shalt be justified, and by thy words (logos) thou shalt be condemned.

 

In this verse Jesus is speaking to you and me.  He is warning us all that every human will either be justified or condemned by our own personal spoken “logos”.  It is infinitely clear to me from reading this verse that this means humans can choose to say right words (logos) or wrong words (logos), good words (logos) or evil words (logos).  Jesus clearly states that human beings speak one of these types of logos by their own personal choice and freewill.  Let’s explore that “logos” represents two types of seed in the Bible.  We will look at another example verse to confirm that “logos” spoken words can also be negative and fear based:

Mar 5:36  As soon as Jesus heard the word (logos) that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

 

This is one verse in a longer narrative.  In this story a ruler in the synagogue came to Jesus for help with his daughter who was on her death bed very sick.  Jesus was delayed in going to his house to heal her by another woman with an issue of blood that also came by faith to get healed.  Faith always gets God’s attention.  This is actually one of the primary qualities that He is looking for in every human.   We should all remember that in Hebrew 11:6 God states that it is impossible to please Him without having faith.  This is how we know that the ruler of the synagogue pleased Him or he would not have set out to go to his house.  We’ll get into this more very soon.  However, notice what this verse says.  The Greek word G3056 “logos” is used here for a negative report that came from the ruler’s house.  These men with the negative message said “Don’t bother the master any further for your daughter is dead”.  God calls these spoken words a “logos” message.  What was the designed purpose of the negative seed message?  Jesus addresses it very clearly by asking the ruler to “fear NOT” but rather continue in faith and believe.

Wow, this is some amazing information about “logos” seeds that are found in spoken words.  Jesus countered the negative logos seed with a positive instruction to continue the ruler’s believing.  Jesus did not allow the bad news seed to overrule the previously spoken faith word seeds.  The ruler clearly had a choice to make in who he would believe.  He was wise and kept quiet and his daughter was raised from the dead.  We will be looking into this factor of believing good seeds and ignoring the negative bad seeds later.  This is such an important connecting concept to understanding the Parable of the Sower and how seeds work.

I am not going to teach the entire story about the ruler that came to Jesus with faith.  But, I do want you to understand that this ruler had to have heard someone telling him about Jesus and His ability to heal people that caused him to seek Him.  Someone sowed a seed into the ruler’s heart and this caused an action/reaction to take place.  Satan killed the girl before the answer fully came and then he sent human messengers that brought the negative seeds designed to overrule the positive message that was previously sown into his heart but Jesus helped him to keep in faith and to shut his mouth not to agree with the bad news seed and circumstances.  Can you imagine the battle of thoughts that were racing through the ruler’s mind after hearing the bad seed sown?  Jesus was clearly not fazed by the negative seeds.  This is a major factor for understanding how spoken words work and what type of spiritual battle we have every day.

We should hopefully be able to see that logos words can be used to produce either faith (believing positively) or for fear (believing negatively).  Both of these types of “logos” represent seeds that will produce a type of fruit outcome.  Only the good faith based logos will be a good resulting fruit.  The negative seed type of logos will only produce the opposite of faith type of the force called “fear”.  This is exactly why I believe the Parable of the Sower is a representation of a spiritual battle of words between two opposing spiritual forces.  Jesus immediately countered the negative seed planting attempt designed to remove every faith life producing seed from the ruler’s heart with His encouraging seed of redirection back to faith.  We could probably spend a lot of time on this subject but we are getting into soils and types of human reactions to the words that are being spoken to them by the enemies.  Let’s keep researching the word “logos”.

The literal definition of this Greek word H3056 “logos” from Strong’s Concordance is “something spoken”.  This definition appears to state that any human with a brain, mouth and working vocal cords is capable of emitting a “logos” (word spoken) to anyone.  This Greek word was translated as some of the following English words: utterance, speech, word, mouth, preaching, question, communication and account (not to list them all).  However, they all appear to mean the same general action of spoken words coming from a mouth.

In the previous lesson in the series which was focused upon “the sower” there were verses given that stated how others besides Jesus were sowers of seed.  But, I like to have a lot of witnesses to affirm the truth.  Let’s look at another scripture that relates to future sown seed and sowers as well as the key purpose for God using people for sowing His Word in human hearts:

Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word (logos);

 

Here in this verse is a part of the prayer that the LORD Jesus was praying for both the church saved believers and for those that were unsaved non-believers.  This verse represents further confirmation that seed sowing was meant to continue indefinitely even after Jesus was taken up and back into heaven.  Notice that Jesus very clearly states that people after him will be sharing “logos” seeds with people and He very clearly says it is for the purpose to get them to believe in Him.  There are three main facts that can be derived from this single verse that are relevant to our Parable of the Sower lesson:

  1. Christian disciples following Jesus can still speak the LOGOS seed (Word of God) into the hearts of other people.
  2. The main purpose for speaking the LOGOS seed (Word of God) is to produce a belief (faith) in Jesus Christ.
  3. It is because of someone choosing to hear the spoken LOGOS seed (Word of God) that Faith can be produced internally for salvation to begin the process of making fruit.

I pray that you will agree that the primary purpose of sowing God’s word/seed is to produce faith for salvation.  I believe that “salvation” is definitely the principal definition for what the successful “fruit” represents in this parable.  No fruit simply means no lasting salvation occurred.

So far we have been focused on the “logos” seed type.  But, there is another Greek word that needs to be made known in this seed subject discussion.  This Greek word “for spoken words” is the Greek word G4487.  The Greek word G4487 also means something spoken but we need to begin to grasp the difference and the similarities between rhema and logos seed types in order to understand why some soil types produce fruit and others do not.  I certainly believe that both Greek Words H3056 (logos) and H4487 (rhema) are “SEED” types and represent God’s Word Spoken as we will soon discover.  Let’s reread a verse that we covered in the Faith Fundamentals review section of the lesson:

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

This verse defines the basis of how Bible faith comes to enter into a human heart and this is where we begin to make an important connection to understanding the Parable of the Sower.  You see, both the Parable of the Sower and this verse in Romans are clearly stated to be about the spoken Word of God.  Therefore, they must both be directly related to our study topic based upon God’s design of an identical direct subject matter.

We will very soon discover that Romans chapter 10 was written to describe another very important view into the basic process of human salvation through faith by hearing the spoken Word of God.  The Parable of the Sower is stated to be about the subject of speaking the Words of God to humans in order to produce “fruit”.  Based upon mathematical laws of truth created by God almighty if “Spoken God Words planted in human hearts can produce faith for salvation” found in Romans 10 and “Spoken God Words planted in human hearts can produce fruit” in the Parable of the Sower then “the resulting fruit” must correspond or be equal with “the resulting faith for salvation”.  This is based upon basic laws of physics also.  These are called “Cause and Effect” principles.  Because the Word of God can cause both results of fruit and faith for salvation they can be viewed to be very much alike or akin to each other.

I pray that you are getting into what this is teaching us.  We are using basic rules of interpretation that are very important and sound.  These are commonly used techniques in practically every Bible lesson that has been taught on this blog.  They are based upon laws and logic that were created by God, not me.  I believe that when we discover the fundamental laws of right interpretation it reduces or eliminates human opinions of interpretation.

But, you might question that each of these two scripture references use a different Greek word, doesn’t that change the direct relationship?  It could, but I believe the answer in this case is no.  I have discovered that God sometimes uses synonymous terms to increase our subject knowledge.  God uses synonyms very consistently to connect subjects together.  I believe that He does this in an intentional technique to cause us to search for the truth in a deeper way.  For example, why wouldn’t God want the whole Bible written in the same language?  It sure would be simpler if He had not changed languages from Hebrew in the Old Testament to Greek in the New Testament.  God automatically caused a challenge to be created by this language change.  Now we have subjects written in Hebrew that must be connected correctly to subjects written in the Greek.  Are any of these subjects meant to be joined?  I believe firmly that they are.

I believe that God changing one word in two verses can provide a different perspective that opens an entirely new aspect of a subject.  I believe God’s usage of “rhema” does not mean that Romans 10:17 is a completely different or new subject; but rather I believe that “rhema” only means that Romans is a narrowed more specific application or revelation of the broader “logos” subject.  It could be very analogous to the general subject of screws.  There are a wide variety of “screws” manufactured and sold in a hardware store.  If I asked you to go to the store and buy us some screws to fix a project that we were working on, you would probably get us the wrong kind simply because I was not very specific in the type of screw to buy.  I should be much more specific and say please go to the store and get us some inch and quarter stainless steel flat Phillip head wood screws.  Now you know exactly what we need for the project and all the other screw types have been eliminated.

In other words I believe the Parable of the Sower is God stating that FRUIT is potentially found in “any” human heart by the entrance of the general Word (logos) of God.  But, in Romans 10:17 God is specifically stating that a specific man’s “FAITH for salvation” is produced by the entrance of the very narrow specific and personal RHEMA application of God’s Word into their human heart.  I believe the Rhema seed is a more in-depth and personal revelation of a specific type of the Word of God seed.  This was very much like my example of the specific and personal “screw” type for our fix it project.  Any screw might work but only one type would truly do the personal and specific job correctly.  Let’s get into researching the differences between these two Greek words for “spoken words” also known as “spoken seed”.

I believe that there is a direct connection from the “logos” found in the parable to Romans 10:17 “so then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”.  Both are definitely teaching the exact same concept concerning God’s Word being spoken audibly and then being heard by humans.  Perhaps you have already done a deep study on these two Greek words before.  I believe that they both are essential to understanding the New Testament, faith, salvation and the Parable of the Sower.  You are welcome to share what you have discovered about these Greek Words with me and with other readers if you would like in a comment.

I would love to go into every element about the differences between “rhema” and “logos” but that would take an entire book.  I will try to summarize what I believe is important for this lesson in a few short paragraphs.  I believe the Logos Word of God is more of a general seed type that can be spoken to all humans.  Thus “logos” (seed) can appear in book form or sermon/spoken form which can be made available to anyone who chooses to read it or hear and listen to it.  But, it appears to me from several scriptures that the “rhema” Word of God represents more of a personal seed type that can actually even activate “faith” for spiritual life.

For example, Luke 4:4 when Jesus was tempted by Satan to change “stones” into “bread”, Jesus said “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word/rhema seed of God”.  God connects a human having spiritual “life” to receiving a special specific seed type called the “rhema” Word of God.  This Word type (rhema) is compared to be like a natural food/bread and it is also implied to be very direct and personal only given to a specific individual or specified group.  In other words someone feeding on God’s Word by hearing it personally does not cause any benefit to anyone else.  Only the eater’s personal hunger can be satisfied while everyone else not feeding or hearing remains empty and therefore gains no benefit to cause life to be produced in them.  Rhema appears to be a personal message spoken for a very special intentional designed purpose of producing or sustaining personal and individual life.  I’ll give some more examples to help clarify this belief:

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words (rhema) that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Joh 6:68  But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (rhema) of eternal life.

Act 5:20  “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words (rhema) of this life.”

 

Here are three verses that contain the Greek word “rhema” used in conjunction with the Greek word G2222 (zoe) that is translated as “life”.  The Greek word “zoe” represents a very specific type of spiritual life associated with God Almighty.  All three verses convey the same basic truth that the “rhema” seed can produce life eternal in human hearts. First, John 6:63 is Jesus claiming that His spoken “rhema” words are a personal “life” (zoe) producing force.  This appears to be related to the Parable of the Sower since His Seed Words (logos) planted in hearts potentially produce new life called “fruit” in some people.  What makes it work in some and in others it does not produce?  Could it be some did not take the logos seeds and make it personal rhema seed words?  I believe that is true and we will find other confirmations as we continue.

Next, in John 6 verse 68 after Jesus asks the disciples if they wish to leave him also, they reply “Only you have the “rhema” of life.  They appear in this wise answer to be making His Word (logos) seeds personal rhema to them.  They spoke this while others in the hearing audience disregarded the spoken words, the disciples exemplify a much different attitude towards what was being spoken.  This is so very important in understanding why some people produce “fruit” and others do not.

Finally, in Acts 5:20 an angel releases Peter and other disciples from prison and then commands them to go speak to the people the rhema of this life.  Wow, this is really good stuff if you can begin to put it together with the Parable of the Sower.  You see the rhema seed that causes this spiritual type of “zoe” life comes from the logos seed that was originally spoken in the parable.  Something has occurred that we will get into more later that I believe changes the seed type from only being general “logos” seed to a specific personal life producing “rhema” seed.  I’ll introduce one additional verse that will begin to confirm our understanding of this seed transformation process.

Joh 5:24  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word (logos) and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life (zoe), and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life (zoe).

 

According to Jesus believing in God through hearing the spoken logos seed appears to be a major part of allowing God’s connecting force that produces successful eternal life (zoe).   You see in this verse it references the same logos seed G3056 that begins the process of sowing seeds.  But, then Jesus connects the logos spoken to a requirement of human belief in God in order to be transformed out of the status of “everlasting death” into a new greater state of “everlasting life (zoe).  Wow, this is great news for some and really bad news for some others.  It places the entire responsibility of producing spiritual life on a human choice to believe and in the right attitude.  To believe or not to believe, that is my choice and your choice.

We are going to go into this more when we begin to focus on the soil types in this series.  But, I wanted us to begin to make the connections.  The “fruit” in the Parable of the sower from one viewpoint represents people obtaining new spiritual “eternal life” that they did not possess before they received the “seed” and “believed”.  Without “logos” seed being placed in the soil people were a dormant spirit and a spiritually dead piece of property that belonged to Satan.  But God the Seed producer sowed logos seed into human hearts and these spiritually dead people have the ability to receive it and believe it to begin the process of beginning a new life of being saved out of Satan’s kingdom.  Of course the fruit can also represent other additional spiritual truths simultaneously but this is certainly one that is essential to be understood.  We will continue to dig deeper into this subject with a verse from Matthew spoken by Jesus:

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (Rhema) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

Jesus makes an amazing statement in this verse.  He is quoting a verse from Deuteronomy 8:3.  I found this fascinating.  Think with me if you will.  Jesus is speaking the Word of God, yes?  This is clearly the words that were written by the Prophet Moses in the Book of the Law.  Therefore, Jesus must be quoting God’s “logos” written words.  But, there is a major change taking place by His word selection to teach that this was also a reference to “Rhema” words.

In this statement Jesus takes literal natural bread which is very important for natural survival in this life and compares it to a far greater and superior substance inferring it to be like spiritual bread that produces spiritual life.  This spiritual bread is called the Rhema Word of God spoken to us personally and received individually.  This concept is very similar to the Old Testament type of manna (Exo 16:15) that came down to the children of Israel in the wilderness.  The children of Israel were commanded daily to go out and take enough mana home to eat for that day and they then were required to go back tomorrow and repeat the same steps.  This is an amazing natural pattern for Christians to follow in the spiritual realm today.  Reading and studying God’s Word logos daily is us feeding our spirits on a force of power that brings to us spirit life (zoe).

This is actually an amazing truth to apply to the entire Parable of the Sower.  Those that will produce new spiritual life/fruit will be those that continue in the Word of God daily.  Those that do not produce any fruit will be those that hear the Word once or twice and forget it.   We will get into this more later when we talk about the subjects of soils and the fruit.  But, let’s continue to examine a few more verses that reveal the importance of transforming a logos seed word written or spoken to everyone into a rhema seed word that is personal.

Luk 1:38  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word (rhema). And the angel departed from her.

 

Again here is a quick confirmation that Words can be received as a special personal revelation.  In verse 31 that I did not give you the angel tells Mary that she will conceive a son and this was also a logos prophecy written by God’s prophet in Isaiah 7:14.  But, notice how this general and basic logos word written to everyone is being transformed into a personal rehma unveiling of truth to just one woman and then notice what occurs from it.

Do you understand the concept of what a “revelation” represents?   A revelation in simple terms is basically the unveiling of a previously hidden message that was unable to be seen or understood clearly before it was revealed.  The virgin birth of the Messiah was long before written down in a general logos form for every reader to receive, but no one really got it and it was completely unproductive to fulfill its purpose.  It took this hidden God breathed logos word being spoken/planted at the right time to the right person in the right way in order for it to bring forth the right fruit.

Mary is receiving a God revelation spoken from an angel of an intense personal nature.  Notice that the seed message is not to anyone else but to her alone.   This makes it extremely individual and special.  The message is also being brought to her in the symbolic form of a seed from God that will produce a new life on the inside of her “IF” she chooses to cooperate, believe and receive it.  If we read the context we should discover a very important reason why this “seed” message from God represented a personal revelation that was successfully received to produce fruit.  I do not have the time today to explain that last statement.  But, it is true.  We will hopefully dig into this part in the lesson on “fruit” to come.

After the angel told Mary that she would have a son, she asked him a very important question about how this would be possible seeing that she has never known a man.  Obviously Mary understood how babies were made.  The term “known” is a nice way of saying I am a virgin and virgins don’t have children.  The angel of course explains how this will be possible and Mary says “Be it unto me according to your “Rhema”.  Wow, this is so awesome. She obviously believed the God seed spoken to her and received this rhema seed into her spirit and the rest is history.  These are very important concepts being spoken of about why some seed bring fruit success and others bring only fruit failure.  Believing is one major factor for fruit success and understanding what was spoken is another.

Let’s take a look at a different opposing view of some people in the Bible that choose not to believe and not to understand a spoken Rhema Word from God that was delivered to them.  Notice in these verses how the clear role of their lack of understanding caused the seed failure to occur:

Mar 9:31  For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. 

Mar 9:32  But they understood not that saying (Rhema), and were afraid to ask him.

 

Ok, in these two verses Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples and giving them a chance to understand a revelation of what is about to happen to him on the cross and his subsequent resurrection after 3 days.  Verse 31 is clearly Jesus giving them some LOGOS seed even if it is not plainly stated that this is what it represents.  But, notice in verse 32 God clearly states that the disciples did not understand the Rhema words that were being spoken (revealed) to them.  Jesus is again uncovering a great hidden mystery to them personally.  He has just taken the lid off of the most significant reason why He (GOD) had entered into this natural world in the likeness of human flesh.  Yet these 12 men had no clue what was just opened to them personally because they did not choose to understand the Rhema word’s meaning.  Instead they allowed a spirit of fear (from Satan) to take the seed away from their hearts.  I have just crossed again into the introduction of the subject of the “wayside ground” element found in the parable and why this “tread on firmly packed soil” type did not produce any fruit.  We can begin to see that it was Satan that came immediately as symbolic birds to eat the seed to cause it to be ineffective.

The disciples in these two verses are an amazing parallel example of how easy it is for Satan to steal away the Good God Seed that is being planted from a human.  But, this time the crop failure occurred because they failed to ask Jesus to explain how this could be.  They acted unlike a much wiser woman named Mary when she asked the angel  how.  I believe that a human must possess the passionate desire to understand God’s words spoken to them more than to remember or memorize words that have no personal meaning or application.

Understanding a personal spoken “Rhema” revelation from God appears to me to be a very important factor for obtaining faith and for producing fruit.  It also appears to me that God is teaching us a very significant difference between general logos and the specific personal rhema Word seed types.  Logos words are for everyone and anyone that choose to hear and ask to understand them and rhema words are specifically personal spoken words for one or only a few to also ask right wise questions.  Logos words are generally given to produce faith for any listener that will take hold of the Seed and chooses to make it a rhema for them personally.  And sometimes rhema words are targeted at specific individuals for a specific purpose at a very specific time.  Always remember that no faith or no fruit occurs when the hearer did not fully understand what was spoken to them.  Let’s look quickly at Matthew’s explanation of the parable of the sower describing “way side” soil that I just taught about for further confirmation to this truth:

Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

 

Here in this verse of Matthew Jesus explains a very significant part of the “way side” soil type’s failure to produce “fruit”.  It appears to me by the facts given that when a person hears the “logos” Word of God it is the easiest for Satan to steal it away from their heart and mind because of their choice to not “understand” what was spoken.   We just learned that asking the right question can help overcome this lack of understanding.  This same concept is true for any learning experience.  A child in school can hear the teacher tell them about the subject but cannot make them understand it.  For example, I struggled with algebra at first when I was in school.  But, I chose to keep at it until it clicked on like a light bulb and this is when I really learned how to apply it.

Wow, this is really important to know.  I believe that if a person hears the Word of God Logos or Rhema and does not understand them, then they better start asking God, the Bible teacher or someone with wisdom to help them and make the choice not to give up until the light bulb comes on.   I further believe that when they do this they begin a process of making the Word Logos Seed spoken to them a personal Rhema word and not just a general statement of unimportance.

 

UNDERSTANDING BASIC SPIRITUAL SEED QUALITIES

I have gone a long time on this subject of the seed but I believe we should continue into a different point of view of it using a new Greek Word.  The Greek word that is often translated as “seed” in the Bible is G4690.  The transliteration of this Greek word is “sperma”.  Yes, we get the English word sperm from this Greek word.   The male sperm is a natural seed that is planted in a sexual union in the body of the wife to produce new natural human life.  One perspective in the Bible describes this process as the two (male and female) becoming one flesh. I hope you can agree with this because the one male sperm cell (seed) joins with the one female egg cell (soil) and this union becomes an entirely new living person.

Another perspective in the Bible calls this sexual reproductive process as having “knowledge” of that person.  I just spoke of this in the previous section when describing Mary having not “known” a man.  Both of these realities of natural truth apply to the Parable of the Sower.  Both descriptions are direct parallels to the spiritual concepts found in the Parable of the Sower.  The same principles in the natural and the spiritual process came about by God’s design.  Let’s move into reading the first verse in this section.  This verse will begin to help us to understand why some seeds produce fruit and others do not:

1Jn 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed (G4690) remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

 

I am going to begin this section of the lesson on “seed” with this strange verse for us to read and study and then connect to the Parable of the Sower.  This verse unveils some basic vital secrets that teach us why some seed work and produce new life in the symbolic soil and why some seed do not work to produce new life.  I do want to emphasize repeatedly that the end result of the seed is to produce new life.  A new life production is the goal either in the sexual union or the Parable of the Sower.  If there is no “new life” then the spreading of the seed does not achieve God’s designed purpose.

Notice the terminology being revealed to us in this verse in 1st John.  According to what we can clearly read God’s Seed potentially causes births the same as a human male’s seed can cause births.  However, the “God kind of birth” is now a spiritual birth process for salvation.  We certainly learned that God sent His word/seed to Mary through an angel and she became physically pregnant with the baby Jesus.  We know that Jesus was born from this natural woman as a natural human male child even though his Father was the Holy God.  Therefore we know that God’s word can produce a natural child if He desires.  However, John chapter 3 describes a greater birth process that the Word of God can also produce.   Jesus speaking to a man named Nicodemus and tells him “Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God”.  Jesus provides a spiritual law for the human entrance into God’s kingdom.  Let’s quickly explore another verse concerning the Word of God:

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word (logos) of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 

Here is another confirmation of God’s primary goal of His Seed (Word).  According to Peter through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we are born again not of corruptible seed (the human male sperm) but by the incorruptible (everlasting, ever living, immortal) seed called the Word (logos) of God.  This is an amazing statement.  The Greek word in this verse for seed is G4701 that literally means “a sowing”.  The implied meaning of this word is an action that initiates “parentage”, “fatherhood”, “paternity”, “maternity”, “motherhood” or “parenthood”.  Wow, did you get that?  In natural terms this is a sexual relationship between husband and wife that produces children.  Likewise, in spiritual terms it is the implied receiving of the Word of God that also produce a spiritual birth and a new child of God. I pray that you are receiving this.  God is describing the intended purpose for giving us the knowledge of His Word (logos).

It is interesting to note that this Greek word G4701 used in 1 Peter 1:23 is only used one time in the entire Bible, but this word is derived from the Greek word G4687 that was directly used in the Parable of the Sower to describe the sowing seed process.  No doubt we are on the right track to understand what Seed represents and its designed sovereign purpose.  All of this may sound pretty tough to understand for some but Jesus explains how this is possible.

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Joh
3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Joh
3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 

Starting in John 3:3, Jesus begins to uncover the mystery of how a naturally born human can be born again without reentering their natural mother’s womb.  He says “Unless a man is born of water (the natural mother birth process) and then be born of the Spirit (a spiritual mother birth process) he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God”.  Jesus just described a dual birth requirement for being saved.  The first was completely natural and the second is totally spiritual.  One is a natural male sperm and natural female egg union and the other is the word (seed) of God being united with the human heart (soil).

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (zoe)

Continuing to read in John 3:16, Jesus says “ For God so loved the world that He gave his ONLY begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  The Greek word translated as “only begotten” simply means there was only one natural birth that occurred or will occur to be called “His Son”.  According to the Bible no other naturally born children are coming from God.  However, this does not mean there are no spiritual children resulting from the hearing and believing of His Word.

This is very significant information.  Believing in God and His Son sent gives us a pathway to the never ending “zoe” life.  This again is confirmation for the reason that every human born on this planet must choose to receive His Seed into their heart (soil) to allow it to produce a new spiritual birth and a new spiritual life.  I just love the Word of God.

 

Conclusion

I am going to end this lesson here.   We could continue on the subject of the seed for a very long time.  There is just so much to learn about it.  I truly have only scratched the surface.  I hope you have learned something new to help you in your understanding of the Parable of the Sower and the purpose of us telling others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to plant God’s Seed into their hearts.  This seed is designed by God to create new spiritual children of His kind.  This spiritual seed planting activity has enemies and is not successful every time.  But, this does not mean we stop trying.

If the Lord is willing, I may continue this series with a study of the fruit next.  I believe this is the lasting goal of the seed and we have already seen that it points us to the Saving Grace of God.  The fruit is the last potential positive element found in the parable.  As I stated before the soil can be either good or evil making it changeable and variable.  I love you all and appreciate your participation in this website.  Please share it with a friend and help spread the Seeds of the Kingdom.  God Bless you.

 

Understanding the Parable of the Sower Part 2 – The Sower

Planting-seeds2(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 2 in a series of very essential basic Bible lessons concerning the subject of Understanding the Parable of the Sower.  The first lesson was simply the introduction to the subject and it contained an overall perspective of the information taught by the LORD Jesus.  In that lesson we read the parable given to us in the Book of Mark.  We followed this by reading the explanation of the Parable in the same chapter given from the lips of Jesus to his disciples.  From this information we derived a list of the main named elements.  There were 8 in my list 1) a sower, 2) seed 3) soil, 4) enemy birds, 5) enemy stones, 6) enemy sun heat, 7) enemy thorns and 8) fruit.   I then called the sower, seed & the fruit to represent positive good elements and the 4 enemy elements to be recognized as negative evil elements opposing the good.  That only leaves the soil and I called this the variable element that will change.  I hope and pray that you were able to read this because this information will not all be repeated in today’s lesson.  If you have not read from the beginning of the series I would highly recommend that you go back and start with “Part1”.   We will begin the subject again with this outstanding foundational claim spoken by the LORD Jesus:

Mar 4:13  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

From this statement in Mark 4:13 we should begin to understand that if we do not know and understand this parable that no other parable understanding will be entirely possible.  Today we will be diving deeper into one of the fundamental positive elements taught by the LORD Jesus.  Our key subject today will be focused on the key positive essential element called the “Sower”.  This is an extremely indispensable part of the parable as evident by the name of the story being called “The Parable of the Sower”.  I believe this topic will be a blessing to us to learn.

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE SOWER

I believe Jesus was teaching his disciples a natural story about a significantly higher spiritual subject using an indirect third party viewpoint perspective.  Jesus actually used this technique of speaking frequently.  In this teaching we will soon learn that Jesus is given to be the ultimate sower example to follow.   I believe that Jesus is the pattern that  truly saved disciples must attempt to grow up to become.  The “Sower” is certainly one of the greatest elements at the time this parable was originally taught.  Without the work of a sower the seed is unable to produce and really could be considered dormant.  It is as if I owned a farm and had a barn that was full of seed but yet my fields were bare because I had failed to plant them.

 Mat 13:18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

 According to the LORD Jesus He named this lesson the “Parable of the Sower”.   Therefore we all should agree with Him that this is the name.  This name implies the importance of this type of worker.  In this lesson today we will be focused upon answering the basics of “Who”, “What”, When”, “Where” and “Why” of the specific “sower” subject.  For example, “Who is this stated worker?”  “What is their intended purpose?”   “When does the work occur, begin or stop?”  “Where can the work take place?”  “Why is this work necessary or important?”   There are literally so many questions that we could ask that I could not write them all down or even attempt to answer them all in one lesson.  However, we will attempt to answer the major questions even though the answers may be expanded into other lessons because many of the subjects being discussed cross over into other subject element boundaries.

 

WHO IS THE SOWER IN THE PARABLE?

The Greek word translated as “sower” in this verse is G4687.  This Greek word according to the Strong’s Dictionary reference literally means to “scatter” seed and that simply means to “sow” seed.   This Greek word is found in 42 N.T. verses.  It was translated in a number of forms of the root word “sow”.  For example, “sower”, “sown”, “sowed” and “soweth” are just some of the most popular translated English words.  However, this Greek word was also translated as “received seed” in several verses.  Both definitions are technically true simultaneously and both are directly related to the subject of seed scattering.  Seed scattering is the dual release of seed as well as the catching process.  Both actions occur based upon the single active work of a sower.   Notice that it is not the sower’s responsibility to catch the seed but only to throw it or place it where he would like for it to go.

It is very much like someone throwing a small rock into a pond.  The single motion of tossing and releasing the rock into the water automatically causes the water to receive the rock and react with the laws of physics to cause waves extending from the entry point.  This is in effect what is occurring with seed scattering paradigm with some differences.  Also note that one seed throwing action causes the release of power to potentially cause other designed laws to become effective.  Let’s look at another verse that was spoken by Jesus in the book of Mark concerning this subject of the “sower” to understand what kind of sower is being spoken of in this Parable:

Mar 4:14  The sower soweth the word.

In this verse both the translated words “sower” and “soweth” are the exact same Greek word G4687.  This information simply confirms further that the scattering concept being discussed is about someone throwing word seeds out and someone listening to take the power.  This power can represent words that make it possible for new potential life producing results that previously had never occurred before.  This is how the natural process works but notice that Jesus is speaking spiritually to what seeds represent in the parable.  Jesus is clearly not speaking in literal natural terms and He explains His lesson is spoken in the “figurative” spiritual application.

Jesus is teaching an amazing spiritual concept using a more easily understood natural description.  According to this verse spoken by Jesus in the book of Mark, a “Sower” (the described seed scattering worker) is defined to be literally anyone that is speaking “words” to implied listeners.  This verse provides us the spiritual definition of what “seed” represents.   We will be discussing “seeds” in the next lesson in the series, God willing.  But, according to Jesus ALL spoken words are potentially a type of a seed.  That is an amazing claim if you take the time to think about.  Jesus is literally implying that we all should think to our self before speaking.  Ask is what I am saying to others the result that I wish to plant and grow in them?  What kind of seed am I speaking to people?  I know a lot of people will not believe this, but it is true none the less.

Jesus does not actually define who the sower represents directly in this verse nor does he answer the “who” question in any of the other parable explanations found in Matthew or Luke.  But, I do believe very strongly that Jesus was speaking this parable of Himself and His work using the external third person point of view.  Jesus actually did this frequently in many of the things that He talked to people about.  It is actually a very common method of speaking or writing.  Many people do this and it if you go through and read the Gospels with this in mind you should be able to easily see it.

This verse in Mark 4:14 has some far reaching impacts of implied meanings even beyond the direct context.  In the first lesson I introduced the concept of this Parable of the Sower to be a spiritual battle of spiritual words.  I believe this so deeply that I pray that you will join me in this understanding very soon.  What this verse implies is that anyone speaking audible words that are either good or evil is potentially planting seeds within the lives of human minds and hearts that choose to hear, listen, pay attention and understand.  If you do not yet see this up till now, please don’t throw it in the trash until you read some other verses on the subject.

What I believe is that we should begin to understand that this sowing principle is how human life operates from the beginning birth to the ending death cycle.  If you have ever had children and watched them grow up, you must certainly agree with this concept of seed planting being Words that can positively teach, direct, help, guide, encourage, praise and correct a child to get them headed in the right direction for the rest of their life.  No child comes out of the womb speaking complete understandable sentences.   We are required to speak seeds into them for literally many months before the first meaningful seed planted will be returned to us.  But, finally they say “mama” or “dada” or whatever you taught them to say.  These are examples of positive seed plantings.  It is truly an amazing process of a good life.  But, we can also speak negative, mean, angry or evil words that will also have the same effect in reverse being returned to us from their mouths.  That is certainly not a positive of fruitful outcome.

Of course the main emphasis in this parable is focused primarily upon “Good Seeds” spoken by the “Good LORD Jesus” spread to all humans in order to produce “Good” fruit” in return.  But, the antithesis of this Good truth return objective is still true also and I’ll introduce a new parable very quickly by giving you an additional part of a direct related story spoken by Jesus on the subject of sowing.

 

OVERVIEW OF the PARABLE of the WEEDS

Mat 13:24  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 

Mat 13:25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

This parable was spoken by Jesus in the same context of the Parable of the Sower directly after the explanation in Chapter 13.  Notice the fact that again this parable is spoken in the external “third person point of view”.  But, we will soon discover that this reference in verse 24 to just “a man” that sowed good seed is a directly defined reference about Jesus.  Also we need to notice that this verse contains the exact same Greek word G4687 that was used in the parable of the sower.  This makes this parable related by both the laws of contextual reference and the more direct named word selection and subject matter reference.

It is also very important to take note of two other Greek words that follow the Greek word G4687 in verse 24 and these were translated as “good seed”.  This is really amazing truth after you learn it.  The Greek word G2570 that is translated as “good” literally means “valuable” and “virtuous”.  Wow I hope you are seeing the type of seed being described here.  This Greek word is a qualifying adjective that severely limits the type of “seed” being described.  I personally believe that this Greek word describes God’s Word Seed perfectly.  The usage of God’s limitation of “Good” also implies by the law of antithesis truth that there must also exist “evil seed” and that the two are extreme opposites.

Then we need to notice the next word translated as “seed” as being the Greek word G4690.  The English transliteration of this Greek word is “sperma” and yes we get the English word “sperm” from this Greek word.  Natural human sperm is just one type of “seed” listed in the Bible.  Therefore a human male was designed by God to be a natural sower of seed into a female.  This process of producing natural human life is also called bearing fruit and we will probably talk more about this when we get to that part of the subject lesson.

But, this Greek word G4690 translated as “seed” comes directly from the “Sower” Greek word G4687.  In other words without a “sower” speaking words there would be no “seed” word to be planted.  It really is teaching us that seed sowing is literally dependent upon the existence of sowers.  Do you believe that the seed word originating from a sower is an accident or is found by chance random occurrence?   I do not.  I believe that this is a statement of designed truth concerning who produces “Good” seed and how this process works in us.  I believe that God’s Word is His Seed that produces His Life in us to be born again spiritually and we are going into this much deeper later in this lesson series when we discuss the seed and the fruit.

This new parable story spoken by Jesus is often called the “Parable of the Weeds”.  According to Jesus the Kingdom of heaven seed represents “Good Seed” that produces symbolic “wheat” that is harvestable and the “tares” represents evil seeds sown by an enemy into the same ground.  You see in verse 25 Jesus speaks of two very important factors.  One is the Greek word G2190 that was translated as “enemy”.  This Greek word literally means “to hate”.  That word represents the opposite description of God who is described to be “love” (agape, G26) in 1 John 4:8.  Hate and love are antithesis opposing definitions of forces of power.  These are clear descriptions of two opposing extremes.  God is Love and the enemy being spoken of is Satan who is “hate”.  Satan hates you and me and he hates God.

Next we need to notice the Greek word G4687 that is translated as “sowed” in verse 25.  This is again the exact same Greek word translated as “sower” in the Parable of the sower and “sowed good seed” in verse 24.  They are all connected directly together.  We are beginning to put some major pieces of the puzzle together to understand the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Weeds.  Both are concerning the subject of sowing words.  There are stated “Good” words that produce harvestable symbolic “wheat” in the Parable of the Weeds and the implied “virtuous” words of God that produce symbolic “fruit” in the Parable of the Sower.  God is giving us a very detailed look into the enemy in both parables and how Satan operates.

Here in both Parables is found amazing parallels of truth using similar representations.  I am not going to go into this parable in much further detail today.  I mainly wanted to show the divine connection to why “weeds” appear was because of the stated work of a hateful spiritual enemy called the devil.  God is introducing us to the fact that there is a described spiritual battle for humans and their end is determined by whose words these humans value.  Some will become children of Satan by valuing his lies of deception and some will become children of God by valuing His Virtuous TRUTH.  We will move into this more later.  But, I do want you show you that Jesus claimed that He was this stated man that sowed the Good Seed mentioned in verse 24:

Mat 13:37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

When this Parable was first taught to the disciples and the natural people of Israel, Jesus was the named “Sower” mentioned in the Parable.  When we read further in his explanation of the Parable of the Weeds in verse 37, we discover plainly that the “Good seed” originated from the spoken words given by the “Son of man” (Jesus).  There are over one hundred verses in the Bible that refer to Jesus as the “Son of man”.  I will not give you them all here because you can easily go and search them for yourself.   There are so many confirmations that there is no refuting that this refers to Jesus.  This teaches us that any “good seed (sperma)” will originate from God and Jesus.

We understand that a natural sower is defined to be someone that sows (plants) seeds by scattering them in or on the natural ground (soil).  But according to what we just learned from Jesus a Spiritual Sower is someone that scatters good or evil “Words” on or in the ears, minds & hearts of humans.  We must understand that Jesus was only sowing “Good” (valuable and virtuous) words.  We will learn the good type of Word in next lesson concerning “seeds” that Jesus spoke the “Word of God” (Luke 8:11).   It makes logical sense to me that Jesus was speaking only God’s Words.  However, we can confirm this when we search further in the Bible to learn that Jesus actually claimed to be a spokesman for His Father.   Verify this claim here in John:

Joh 12:49  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Jesus claimed in this verse that the “Seeds” or “Words” that He spoke including those that were found in the Parable of the Sower must have come directly from His Father in heaven by a divine command.  In fact we should learn from this statement that every word spoken by Jesus in our Bibles were direct words from the Almighty God.  This makes these Words directly inspired and divinely essential messages.  There were no imperfections or untruths that could be found in them (Tit 1:2).  These “Seeds” had to have an extremely important purpose.  We will be diving into this subject in the next lesson when we further discuss in more detail the “Seed”.

 

ARE THERE ANY SOWERS TODAY?

We all should know that Jesus died and was raised from the dead and ascended back to heaven where He currently sits at the right hand of the Almighty awaiting the time of His return.  Therefore, we need to ask a new question since we know that Jesus is not physically present on the earth to sow more seeds in any new humans born in the last 2000+ years, did this Parable end?  Did the death of Jesus mean that sowing of seeds into humans has ceased?  There are some denominations that have beliefs like this, but they usually do not extend them to seed sowing for some reason.  But, should we just assume that the seed sowing process of the Parable of the Sower stopped or does it still continue today?  We actually need verses to fix our beliefs on, in order to answer this question to remove any doubts.  But, we can learn and know the answer from reading further in the New Testament that any man or woman speaking, teaching, or preaching the Word of God can also be named to be a seed planter aka a “sower”.  For example, notice this verse written by the Apostle Paul written to the Corinthian Church:

1Co 3:5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man

1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase

1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

These verses here contain some amazing truths.  Notice what is claimed by the Apostle Paul?  Paul informs the church that he was a minister and that his work performed to them was to “plant” seeds (verse 6).   The Greek word G1249 in verse 5 translated as “ministers” is not a high claimed position of great authority in the church.  This word literally can be translated as a servant, or someone that runs errand, or even as a “waiter” of tables for those that are present eating.  Paul is an extremely humble man that is not claiming to be anyone special or important in any of these statements.  If Paul felt this way who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, how can any of us ever think we are any better?

Why am I bringing these verses into our lesson on the Parable of the Sower?  I would pray that it is already very obvious.  Paul is repeating a significant number of positive elements found in the Parable of the Sower here in these three verses.  Paul in these statements is focused on how seed planting successes occurs and who gets the honor and the praise for any of it.  Paul is teaching us about his contribution and participation in the common elements of “being a sower”, “possessing seed”, “sowing seed” into “soil” in order to produce “fruit”.  They may not all be mentioned directly but they are understood to be present by the direct mention of the words “planting” and “increase”.

The Greek word G5452 that was translated as “planted” literally means “to set out in the earth”.  In other words this Greek word G5452 means “to implant” seed in the natural realm which must represent the parallel spiritual reality of imparting God’s Word in the human heart (symbolic soil).  Earth in this Greek definition G5452 is a clear synonymous reference to the successful and fruitful soil type that we have yet to discuss in detail.  The Strong’s definition goes further to state that this word figuratively means to “instill doctrine” into humans.  Therefore we are definitely on the right track to speaking words to people.

The Greek word G837 translated as “increase” in verse 6 literally means “to cause to grow”.  I introduced in the first lesson that “fruit” represented “salvation” and “spiritual fruit”.  But we have not discussed this yet either.  But that is exactly what Paul infers by verse 5 stating what he preached caused these people in the church to believe and believing God’s Word is the foundation of Bible faith and salvation.  We will discuss later that faith is a basic requirement for salvation and there are many verses that will confirm this truth such as John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10 and Ephesians 2:8.

Then Paul adds a new unstated element not found in the Parable of the Sower called “watering” or “water”.  If you have read all of the Bible lessons on this blog, you will already know that the same Word of God represents multiple facets of essential life producing forces called “seed”, “water” and “light” and these are the basic requirements that must be combined with the soil to produce new “fruitful life”.  We will be going into much greater detail later when we speak about other elements after the “sower”.  But, let’s first move to two further verses in the Paul letter to the Corinthians:

1Co 3:8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 

1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

The Greek word that I wish to focus on first in these three verses is G1091 that was translated as “husbandry” in verse 9.  This word literally means “a farm”.  This should be another obvious connection to the Parable of the Sower using God’s law of selection of synonymous terminology.  A farm is usually defined as an area of land that is used to produce and grow crops for harvest.  Humans are literally called to be the spiritual ground that grows spiritual fruit from the implanted spiritual Words of God.  But, yet this does not occur automatically or magically or forcefully.   We will be discussing this aspect of the discussion later in the elements of “soil” and “fruit”.

These verses found in Corinthians are just one major proof text that God desired everyone in the church to become His “farm land to produce His fruit” as well as simultaneously growing up spiritually to become His “seed planters” or “seed waterers”.   We may not all be called into the office of “Apostle”, “Prophet”, “Evangelist” or “Pastor” or “Teacher”, but we are all still called servants of God.  Notice again in verse 5 the ending statement.  Paul claims they were minister servants of the LORD and then claims this responsibility was given to “EVERY MAN”.  Then in verse 9 God calls the church body to be His “co-laborers”.  This word literally means we must cooperate and coordinate our efforts with His planned work for our lives.  These are just more ways to proclaim the great commission given from the LORD Jesus to everyone in the church:

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Go into the entire world, and sow seeds in the entire world by proclaiming out loud of His exceedingly Great News.  Jesus is commissioning all of His people to become “sowing servants” of His Word.  If we are just receivers collecting His Words and not spreading the seed to others then we are being disobedient barn storage facilities.  The Greek word G2784 translated as “preach” in this verse literally means someone who is like a town crier that brings good news to the people of a city.  Clearly this is a “seed” planter that is attempting to follow after the LORD Jesus’ patterned example found in the Parable of the Sower.  What is the purpose of being a seed planter for God?  If we read the next verse we will learn God’s designed goal:

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

We are being introduced to God’s primary purpose for speaking His Word to people in the world.  According to Jesus it was God’s design for His Words to be believed by a human faith choice and then this belief would place us onto a course or pathway whereby we could be saved.  We actually read this in 1 Corinthians 3:5 also.  We learn the fact of salvation is dependent upon our beliefs in God’s Word by reading verses like this as well as Ephesians 2:8 and even John 3:16.  Whoever believes God Word to the end is the one that receives the free gift of His Great Grace.

But, then comes the bad news if any human does not choose to believe His Words spoken by His sowers, they are damned.  Wow, that is so strong.  What a significant warning.  What a great responsibility that we are given.  Is it possible if someone does not state the right words in the right way at the right time with the correct attitude and motive that the responsibility for why some are not saved could be on the sower’s hands?  That is something that I believe we must take into consideration.  I believe that we all must be led by the Spirit of God in everything that we do including sowing seeds.

Perhaps you have already deduced that sowing seeds is why I do a Bible study Blog on the internet.  This blog is an attempt to spread God’s “seed” to every nation on planet earth.  By the immense Grace of God these Bible lessons have gone into over 250 different nations already.  That would be an extremely difficult physical effort for anyone to travel to reach each one personally.  I praise God for using an insignificant man like me to spread His Word and I pray that you will also join me in becoming a “seed of God sower”.

 

CONCLUSION

I will end this section on the “sower” with this stated truth.  When the LORD Jesus was teaching the Good News while Sowing Seeds into the hearts of people on the earth in His physical body during His short 3 ½ years of ministry, this was the closest to perfection that was possible for the Parable to have successful crops of fruit.  However, we also know from reading the Gospels that most of the people that heard Him teach and preach these “Seeds” were possibly the same ones that killed Him on a cross.   Think about it.  There were only 120 believers in the 50 days from His death in the upper room in Acts 2 awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  We know that when Jesus was on the earth that he sometimes taught to over 5000 people at one time and over 4000 at another time.  He traveled wide and far throughout the region to preach the Word of God to people. Where were all of these thousands of people that heard the “Seed”?  I think that is amazing.

This truth only proves that imperfect humans today that are attempting to follow Jesus’ example of sowing should not expect to make everyone accept what they are teaching them as “Good News”.  The servant is never greater than the master Jesus said.  If they persecuted me Jesus said, they will certainly persecute you also.  Believe me I know this for sure.  Some people are such very nice Christians that say good things about my lessons even if they disagree with something, and others sound like demon possessed people and say the meanest things.  Just learn from Jesus and don’t let the praise of anyone or the condemnation of anyone else be the motivating source for preaching or teaching God’s Word.  Remember what Paul said, it is not the sower of the seed or the one that waters that is anything, but rather it is God that that causes the increase of the fruit to grow that is important.  Okay we answered some basic questions about the sower today so we will review:

  1. WHO?   Jesus was the initial Primary Sower Example.
  2. WHO?   But, Christians today have the same responsibility to sow seeds.
  3. WHAT? Being a Sower is simply sharing God’s Word with someone.
  4. WHAT? The reason we sow God’s seed is to get someone saved from a certain eternal death in hell.
  5. WHEN?  It is implied that the time to sow is now.
  6. WHERE? It is implied whenever the opportunity presents itself.

In the next lesson in the series we will move into the very positive subject of understanding the “Seed”.  I know we could have covered a lot more information in this subject of understanding the sower. If you have any specific questions on this part of the subject I would welcome them.  I pray that you have enjoyed this lesson but I believe the next lesson will even be better.   God Bless you.

If you would like to continue to study in this series please go to “Part 3“.

 

Understanding the Parable of the Sower, Introduction – Part 1

 

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(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 1 in a series of very essential basic Bible lessons concerning the subject of Understanding the Parable of the Sower.  This may be a very familiar subject to many Christians but this assumed familiarity could cause some to not open their heart and mind to receive from God something fresh.  A spirit of pride caused by an assumed broad knowledge of a subject will too often cause some to not accept exactly what was new that God wanted to teach.  However, I believe that many of the fundamental concepts found in this Bible lesson series should be a delight for most Christians to receive, learn and apply.  We do appreciate your prayers and the time reading these Bible lessons.  We hope they are a blessing and we pray for all our readers. We will begin the subject study with this outstanding claim by the LORD Jesus:

Mar 4:13  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

 

We will be diving deep into some of the fundamental principles that were taught by the LORD Jesus from this parable.  Many of these are deep spiritual truths that are not easily found even though they were given to us in a simple natural parable form.   According to Mark 4:13, Jesus claimed that to know and understand this parable was the most important parable there is.  It is significantly stated by Jesus in this verse that if we do not know and understand this parable then grasping even the basics of any other parable would probably be futile.  This is why I believe the LORD wanted us to study this subject today.  Today will be the first basic lesson and subject introduction in the series.  Then we will break down the spiritual elements in more depth in subsequent lessons.  Let’s get started.

 

INTRODUCTIION:

From an in-depth study of this subject it has become evident that the Parable of the Sower is a direct lesson on how and why some humans obtain “faith” for “eternal salvation” and why many others fail to receive.  I have concluded that there are two disparate types of people being described in this parable.  There were those at the end of the parable that obtained “faith for salvation” and produced spiritual fruit and then there were those at the beginning and middle of the parable that either never had faith to be saved or abandoned their faith to produce no lasting spiritual fruit.  Those that produced lasting “fruit” live and those that do not produce lasting “fruit” eventually die and go to hell.  The entire process of faith, salvation, human choices and how each work together to produce fruit is God’s design of the seed sowing process.   It is also revealed that this process of seed sowing has revealed enemies that assisted in the process to cause wrong human choice for a crop failure.  These truths are all summarized in this parable.

Bible faith is one of the central and primary themes of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  I believe that it is essential that we all learn and understand as much as we can about what has been revealed to us by God on this vital subject of Bible Faith.   We know from reading Hebrews 11: 6 that if we do not have any faith it is absolutely impossible to please God.  We also learn from reading Ephesians 2:8 that we are only saved by God’s grace through our faith.  Based upon just these two verses alone, God makes it sound like that if we do not have faith we are in serious trouble.  This to me is why we need to study the subject of “Bible Faith”.  I am mentioning this first to inform all readers that understanding Bible Faith is one key to understanding this Parable.  If you have not read the series on this website about this subject I would strongly recommend that you do so by clicking “Understanding Bible Faith Part 1”.

I believe that every human has the God given right to choose to participate in the “God kind of faith” (Mk 11:22) fully, partially or regrettably to choose not to partake whatsoever.  Humans even have the God given right to choose to initially participate and then to turn back to choose to walk away from God’s plan for their life.  I can hear people say, “faith is not that important and is only mentioned a very few times in the Bible”.  If we do a search on the English word “faith”, it occurs only twice in the KJV Old Testament with it then being found in 229 verses in the KJV New Testament.  Clearly the emphasis of faith was increased significantly by the LORD to His people in the New Covenant.  There are 788,258 words found in the KJV Bible and I will admit that there are so many other words and subjects in the Bible mentioned more frequently than faith.  “LORD” is mentioned 7365, “God” is mentioned 4293, Israel 2509, and we could go on and on with many other words.  I found these numbers off of a website and I did not attempt to verify them so please don’t use them as the Gospel.  I was only attempting to make a point that many other words and subjects have a greater mention besides faith.  But, yet I still believe that this subject and topic of “Faith” is one of the top 3 themes that every Christian must learn after being saved.

I can still hear people say “I just can’t find faith in very many chapters of my Bible”.  What I have learned from years of Bible study is that we must search for whatever we want to find (Mat 7:7).  If we are not looking for faith we will never find faith.  But, I believe that if we learn to change our focus on the known features, characteristics and values of faith then we will be able to find faith almost everywhere.  What I am trying to say is that just because a verse, passage, chapter or book does not contain the actual word “faith’ does not mean the subject is not found there.  Too many Christians are reading the Bible with wrong thought perspectives and would truly be amazed what is found in the Bible by learning to view the words on the page more like God designed them to be “as spiritual truth”.  This is literally a very true Bible study methodology for any subject.

I desire in this introduction just to help us shift our focus.  Just because the “Parable of the Sower” never mentions the word “Faith” does not mean that it is not directly all about the subject.  I desire to teach the concepts of how a familiar set of verses that are often used to teach other subjects can contain a vast amount of truth on the subject of “faith” if we are willing to rethink to change our perspectives.  In this series, I plan to visit many verses that do not mention faith directly in both the Old and New Testaments in order to show how God can use them to actually teach us key hidden “faith” principles.   We will also explore related verses in other parts of the Bible that greatly assist us in understanding concepts not directly mentioned in the Parable.

We will be using this information to focus on how to understand the “Parable of the Sower”.  In this lesson series we will hopefully learn to search and find relationships in this parable to the subject of faith, salvation, right and wrong words, right and wrong human choices and the spiritual battle of good versus evil for all human lives.  I trust God to help me do this and to help you to also open your heart and mind to receive it and then for you to become an Acts 17:11 noble Berean and go and verify what was taught in your personal Bible study time.  Please, please, please, do not take my word for anything if you do not see it in your own Bible.

 

INTRODUCTION TO GOD’S PROCESS OF SALVATION AND FAITH
IN THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER

As I have previously mentioned, I would like for us to rethink the Parable of the Sower in the light of it being one of God’s revealed processes and projects to activate faith in humans for their eternal spiritual salvation.  It has become very clear to me through Bible study that Jesus’ taught us a great spiritual representation of how human salvation by His extraordinary Grace through our humble cooperative faith works using a natural seed planting and farming truth many call the “Parable of the Sower”.  Every parable ever taught by Jesus in the Bible was a natural truth that helps us to understand a far superior spiritual unseen and unknown truth.  I have grown into the belief that this greater spiritual truth taught by Jesus in this parable is concerning primarily God’s extended grace and mercy for human salvation through their freewill choice to believe in His Word.

I further believe that this parable represents a description of how people are either saved or lost through a spiritual war of words (good vs. evil) that will take place in the human mind and heart.  I also believe that this hidden unseen spiritual warfare helps to influence the decisions that a person makes concerning their salvation depending upon which spirit they choose to yield to.  A person’s focused choices of importance, priority, value and worth towards God’s spoken Word will determine their eternal destiny after this natural life ends.  Does this sound interesting to study?  I hope and pray it does.

It amazes me that Jesus taught all of these hidden spiritual truths being described in a natural farming concept and process.  The natural and the spiritual processes represent two parallel realities of truths.  Growing natural food and growing spiritual faith for salvation (aka fruit) were taught to us by Jesus to represent a common paradigm.  This to me is so amazing.  The truth has been hiding in plain sight for the entire duration of human history on this earth.  This truly displays the Omniscience and Wisdom of God.

Even though Jesus was speaking and teaching in natural terms created from the beginning, He was really not teaching us about natural farming.  As I just stated humans have known this natural process of farming for literally many thousands of years.  Through these basic principles of life found in simple to understand naturally created methods of farming, we can now begin to understand how spiritual life occurs or in many cases does not occur.  Let’s now read the “Parable of the Sower” to refresh our memory.  But also, please read the Parable with a notepad and a pencil or pen so that you can list the main items that you find as important and those that may jump out at you as you read.

Mar 4:3  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 

Mar 4:4  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 

Mar 4:5  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 

Mar 4:6  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 

Mar 4:7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 

Mar 4:8  And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 

Mar 4:9  And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

Jesus used such a very simplistic natural farming design and process to explain to us the incredibly vital interrelated subjects of God’s Word, the devil, words, faith, salvation, listening, hearing, understanding, salvation enemies and making right choices to name only a few basic concepts that I have observed.  These are just a few of the most critical and highest spiritual truths that I have found so far in the Parable.  I know you may not see all of these by just skimming the parable in a rapid surface reading.  In fact I believe it is practically impossible to know what the parable is really about by only reading the parable.  I view the parable as a type of riddle or puzzle being presented for curious humans to dig into to solve.

I believe that there are far too many Christians that have not given this living natural example the priority and emphasis that it deserves.  I believe that it is essential for every Christian to learn this parable as soon as possible after being born again in order to help them to begin to mature and grow spiritually.  Reading the parable you should have noticed some of the main components being mentioned as I asked you to do.  I found at least 10 symbolic references that I want us to focus upon.  I’ll list them for your consideration and you can compare my list with your list:

  1. A Sower
  2. Seed
  3. 4-6 Types of Soil (Depending upon viewpoint)
  4. 3 different Soils that produce no fruit or no enduring fruit
  5. 1-3 Soils with increasing levels of fruit production (30%, 60%, or 100%)
  6. Enemy Birds
  7. Enemy Stones
  8. Enemy Sun Heat
  9. Enemy Thorns or Weeds
  10. Fruit

Wow, this list is so vital to understand in-depth.  However, I will be unable to give a complete study of every symbol in this first lesson.  But, we will try to explore these items in increasing depth later in the series.  Today we will only try to introduce the important spiritual symbols given by Jesus.  Before we get into this discussion please review the explanation of the parable from Jesus.  Use your notepad and your pencil to find what Jesus said the key elements represent and then list what each of them symbolically represented next to their corresponding symbol:

Mar 4:10  And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 

Mar 4:11  And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 

Mar 4:12  That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 

Mar 4:13  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 

Mar 4:14  The sower soweth the word. 

Mar 4:15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 

Mar 4:16  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 

Mar 4:17  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. 

Mar 4:18  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 

Mar 4:19  And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 

Mar 4:20  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. 

 

This explanation from Jesus of the Parable is also absolutely awesome.  We should obviously understand that Jesus knew and understood what every symbol represented and how all the positive elements worked together to cause the plan of God to succeed and how all the negative elements worked to cause the plan of God to fail.  I hope that you can agree that it should be obvious to us that some symbolic elements worked favorably together to produce a good fruit crop while other symbolic elements fought against the planned process for a positive outcome in order to keep the fruit seed and fruit crop from succeeding.  This is the introduction to the spiritual battle that is taking place in the unseen spiritual realm.  It is a spiritual war for human lives.  I pray that you are paying close attention to what was just said, because this is very important in the rest of this revealed truth.

In verse 11 Jesus revealed to us that these combined natural elements fashioned into a symbolic parable form represented a divine mystery.  The Greek word translated as “mystery” is G3466 and it literally means “to shut the mouth in order to keep a secret”.  All God had to do was not speak to humans and we all would be very ignorant concerning any truth of spiritual realities.  But, God was now beginning to open His mouth through Jesus to explain these many hidden secrets.   At the time when Jesus was physically on the earth He was the only one speaking to a limited few humans at that time.  But, since these words were written in a book form we today can also benefit by studying and applying them.

We must also notice what else Jesus said in verse 11.  He told His disciples that at that time He did not desire to give everyone the secret’s explanation that He had spoken the parable to.  He said “Unto you it is given but unto them that are on the outside I speak only in parables”.  That is still a basic principle that is true today.  Just because most everyone can find a Bible and can read the Bible does not mean that any of it is understandable to them.  We confirm this principle from reading 1 Corinthians 2:14 that informed us those spiritual things of God are not received by a natural man because they are spiritually discerned.   Spiritually asleep people (Eph 5:14) are usually unable to feed on deep spiritual things of the Spirit.  Here now is my list of some of the major points that I found listed and what I believe that they are revealed to represent:

Symbol

Meaning

1.      Sower A Spiritual Bible Preacher or Teacher (Specifically Jesus in this parable when it was spoken the first time, it later became any real Bible teacher)
2.      Seed Seed=Symbolic Spiritual Spoken Words from God
3.      Soil Heart (aka the spirit) of a human, God’s Spiritual Garden
4.      Enemy Birds Spiritual opponent called Satan, devils & demons that Blind Human Minds using words in the form of thoughts
5.      Enemy Stones The wrong hard hearted choice to not do the Word that was heard (Sown into their heart)
6.      Enemy Sun Heat Tormenting Words of Persecution sent because the Word of God was Believed.  Persecution pressures many to make the wrong choices to returning to a life of sin
7.      Enemy Thorns Satanic Worldly Distractions &Temptations of the flesh and mind
8.      Fruit God’s goal for His Seed sown (a spiritual harvest – representing the fruits of the spirit and human salvation)

 

I regret that I am unable to go into a great level of detail for every Parable Element in this list today.  I will attempt to cover every element found here in this list later in subsequent lessons in the series.  I would also recommend that you go and read the explanations of the Parable in the books of Matthew and Luke because these contain additional information that the book of Mark does not include.  I will be referring to some of these other writer’s explanations in this series but I will not be giving the entire verses in this lesson in order to decrease the length.

In my list I have focused on what I considered to be 3 dependably positive elements, 4 consistently negative elements and one element that I will list into a variable, changeable or unstable category.  The 3 positive elements listed in the parable were the sower, the seed and a good fruitful outcome that was produced from the combined sower and seed elements.  The success of these 3 consistently positive elements (seed, sower and fruit) represents a successful “faith” process and project taking place in a human heart (soil). The 4 potential consistently negative elements were described as enemies to the positive elements and these were called 1) birds, 2) stones, 3) heat and 4) thorns.  The single element that I considered to be the lone variable or a changeable element is the soil (heart of man).   The soil is clearly the most frequently mentioned item of the parable being spoken of at least 4 times.  I believe that this makes the soil one of God’s major focused items in the entire description.  I will also say that the consistently positive and negative elements are all spiritual.  The soil changeable element can either be carnal or spiritual dependent upon right or wrong choices made from thoughts selected.

I’m going to end this lesson with this introduction to the subject.  I pray that this has at least raised your interest into learning more.  In the next lesson in the series we will move into a greater detailed description of each element named beginning with the “Seed” symbolic element first.   Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with us.  We are humbled to know that there are people that spend their valuable time on this website.  May  God continue to lead you, guide you, direct you and bless you.

If you would like to continue to the next lesson in the series please click “Part2“.

Understanding Hard Sayings in the Bible! Jacob Have I Loved and Esau Have I Hated! Part 6.2 (The Conclusion)

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 6.2 and it will hopefully be the conclusion of the lesson on the “Hard Saying” concerning Romans 9:13 “Jacob I loved but Esau I hated”.  I will probably not be able to cover everything that I would have liked to cover on this subject because of the comprehensive nature of the information found in the Bible.  There are just so many scriptures in the Bible that are related to this subject that it would take many, many more lessons to try to cover them all, so I’m only going to hit a few of the high spots to point the direction for you to study the subject more on your own if you want to.  Please be advised that this is an advanced Bible lesson intended for spiritually mature Christians only.  It introduces subjects and topics that are over the natural heads of many people who call themselves Christians.  Therefore, evaluate yourself and become your own judge before you read this lesson.  I am not physically present as you read this lesson.  Nor do I control your natural thoughts, physical, mental or emotional reactions to new controversial spiritual things from God.  If you have not been a strong praying, Bible believing, church going, Bible reading and diligent Bible student type of Christian for at least 3 years then go and read someone else’s Bible lessons and not mine today.  This will be some new information and a new perspective and if you can see it that will be great, but if you cannot that is also fine.  I do not believe that anything I will say today is a salvation dependent teaching message.  In other words if you disagree with it, we can still both choose to be Christ followers walking in love towards each other without losing our salvation.   I have quickly learned that people see things differently even when looking at the exact same verses.  However, that does not mean everyone is right, it only means we are looking at the truth from different perspectives and placing our own interpretations on it.

A hard saying is any Bible verse of scripture that is difficult to accept because in its literal interpretation it conflicts directly with many other verses that you can easily read in the Bible. A hard saying is one that conflicts with another verse that we thought we understood completely.     This is the root cause to every Christian theological difference that is present in the Body of Christ today.  For example, in Jeremiah 3:8 and Isaiah 50:1, God says to Israel “I divorce you” and He writes her a bill of divorcement effectively ending the covenant.  These are clearly very hard sayings for many Christians to accept since they conflict with the concept of an eternal covenant with Abraham and his seed that is also a clearly stated reality in the Bible.  How do you begin to resolve these types of complex conflicts?   People either 1). ignore the Bible verses that are conflicting to embrace the scriptures that they like better, or they 2). attempt to explain them away as not saying what they actually say using their human reasoning, or they 3). actually do their homework, study and pray and ask God to resolve the problem conflict.  I vote for number three personally.

This is just one example of why so many people have learned to ignore the parts of the Bible that they do not understand in order to fully embrace the other parts that they think that they do understand.  However, that is not the correct way to interpret any of the verses in the Bible.  Ignoring any related verses and leaving conflicts unresolved makes our stated position of belief fallible and weak.  We must resolve every conflict and every verse that opposes each statement of individual truth in order to fully understand the entire truth.  Jesus told us if we “continue” in His word, then and only then we would learn the truth and that this truth that we learn would set us free (John 8:31-32).  Therefore a continual study of God’s Word is required to learn the truth.   It is progressive steps of increasing knowledge, understanding and wisdom with the help of the Holy Spirit and only that will lead us to know the actual truth which none of us know fully yet.  Did you hear anything that I just said?  These last two paragraphs might have been the most important information in this whole lesson.  Also, if you have not read the first lesson on this subject, please do not start reading the study in the middle, because you will have a much more difficult time understanding how we got to many of the conclusions that are being presented today.  Go back and start reading with “Part 6.1” and then come back here to complete the lesson.

The complexity of the Bible is far greater than what many casual readers can understand or grasp.  The Bible is not a history book, but yet it contains valid historical facts.  The Bible is not a text book, but yet it contains many lessons for life.  The Bible is not a calendar, but yet it contains a complete overview of human existence.  The Bible is an interwoven book of compound spiritual information written and wrapped in an understandable natural word environment.  Thus the Bible contains natural information and spiritual information interwoven together.  All of these natural words ultimately point us to the hidden advanced spiritual messages and meanings written to us by the most intelligent spiritual author that has never been seen by us.  Our author God has never done a book signing or a physical appearance to promote His book, yet it is still the most popular bestselling book of all time.  The Bible is a distinctively designed book of spiritual knowledge that only permits those who want to see the truth the vision to know and understand and to those that do not wish to see the truth there are many other alternative realities that are also presented as valid but incomplete choices.

God wrote the Bible in a way to allow every man the ultimate right to choose what they believed even if they are completely wrong and this is what I call the truth of God hiding in plain sight.  Here is another great problem that I have observed.  You can read the Bible and teach anything from it right or wrong.  That is why some people have even taught that abortion is allowable and permissible using scriptures from the Bible.  God has placed anything that you want to see in the Bible in some form and this further promotes the complexity of God’s Word.  However, that never means what you see in the Bible is the truth; sometimes it only means you might need to change what you are looking for or looking at.  It is like Jesus said, “Let him who has ears to hear, hear”.  We could also say “Let him who has eyes to see, see”.   Reading the words on a page does not give anyone the assurance that they have understood what they read.  People prove this every day.  When you read the Bible you must allow the Spirit of God to help you to understand what you just read.  So today, stop for a moment and pray and ask God for the spiritual eyes to see what He is saying.  Pray and ask God for the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ hidden in His word.  Ask Him to change your natural perspective not to see as a mere man, but help you to see how He sees the Word.  That is what I do frequently and if you do the same God will honor your prayer of faith.  Let’s review what God hates:

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

I wanted to confirm briefly what God hates with this verse to help you to see what I taught you in the first lesson.  Jesus says to the church at Ephesus you have hated what I have hated and this is a commendable and noteworthy action.  When I said that God does not hate Esau and that he must be a symbolic representation for evil deeds, this verse appears to help confirm that statement.  Jesus clearly does not say that he hated the earthly Nicolaitan people, but only their deeds.  We will be commended if we hate what Jesus hates and these are clearly the works of evil.  These are the written words of Jesus the Head of the church speaking to His body.  He implies that you better love the right things and hate the right things.  Therefore I believe Esau is a figurative representation and not a literal reference to a human man.

So what do Jacob and Esau represent figuratively speaking from our verse of Romans 9:13?  That is where we will focus today.  I’ll continue by researching Esau and what is recorded in the Bible about this man. If you go through your Bible carefully you will discover that God hides information not from us, but for us to find when it is time to be revealed, then the Spirit of God teaches us.  Searching for the name of Esau in the Bible you will find that it occurs directly around 85 times in 9 different books of the Bible.  You can find the name Esau in 82 verses in the Old Testament and only 3 times in the New Testament.  Yet the New Testament references help to reveal that Esau is a hidden greater reference that points us to a new understanding of the many Old Testament references.  The first occurrence of Esau is of course found in Genesis 25:25 and the last direct occurrence is found in the book of Hebrews.  Three prophets of God other than Moses directly wrote of Esau in Jeremiah, Obadiah and Malachi.  However, when you do a more thorough search of Esau in the Bible you will see him called by different names like Edom, Edomites and Idumea and thus Esau is being referenced by many other books of the prophets like Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel and Amos.   Clearly you can see that since all of these prophets wrote of Esau hundreds of years after Esau was gone that God is using Esau for something greater than just a historical reference to a dead man.  This is just a very common technique used by God to conceal spiritual information in the Bible.

Before I move further into the subject of Esau let me introduce you to something brand new that Jesus said that is also very relevant for us understanding the story of Jacob and Esau.  When we read the Bible we need to observe clues that help us to unfold the mysteries of God’s Word.  This is one of those types of clues that is so plainly significant that I want you to pay very close attention to what God says:

Joh 5:46  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

Wow that is a major statement of truth that Jesus just revealed to you.  Who wrote the book of Genesis?  Of course it was Moses.  I am personally convinced by what Jesus just said that all of the stories written by Moses in the book of Genesis point us to Jesus.  This statement that Jesus made must include the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis.  Understand what Jesus is saying.  Since Jesus did not give us any specific story that He is mentioned in, we must conclude logically that His statement is an all-inclusive declaration not omitting any story that Moses penned.  Did you understand what I just said?  If Jesus would have just qualified the statement it would have limited the scope of the statement to a certain book, a specific story, a unique chapter, or some isolated verses, but since He did not do that, it represents a universal statement of truth.  I understand that in Jesus’ day that there were not any chapter or verse divisions so do not think I am being ignorant.  What I am saying is by Jesus’ own declaration every verse written by Moses has some relevance to Jesus in some known or unknown way.   Therefore, somewhere in the story of Jacob and Esau must be a descriptive reference to the hidden Jesus.  I called it a hidden Jesus because very clearly Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible and several of the Psalms and yet we cannot find the name of Jesus mentioned anywhere in these verses.  However, we can understand by Jesus’ own statement that these writings of Moses are about Him.  How can this be?  We must therefore, conclude that the words that are recorded by Moses have first a clear understandable message concerning things that we can read about and see while simultaneously hiding things about Jesus we cannot see.  God hides information in Genesis using several techniques and these include hidden typologies, symbolisms, allegorical content, foreshadowing and the many other methods of concealment found in the Bible to give us a hidden message about Jesus.  Here is another very important verse that will help to confirm what I am teaching you:

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

This verse tells me plainly that the subject of Jesus must be hidden in the stories written by Moses like Jacob and Esau if Jesus had to explain them to His disciples.  To “expound” is a technical teaching term that means to give detailed explanation, expressive interpretation and complete understanding of the words that were written for anyone to read.  This clearly means what was written down by Moses from God was neither self-evident nor self-explanatory and that is the infinite complexity of the Bible being revealed.  Do you understand that?  Earlier I alluded to God’s eternal covenant with Abraham that is found in Genesis 15, but now by Jesus’ own self-proclaimed instruction this story written by Moses was a story about Him and now Christians only want to focus on a natural people on the earth that they can see and then they ignore the Jesus that they have never seen.  The Bible clearly teaches us in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not on the things that are seen, but the things which are not seen for the things that are seen are temporary but the things that are not seen are eternal”.  What are you looking at and focusing on today?  Can you see it in the natural?  I am on Facebook and I see Christians or at least people that say they are Christians and they are focused almost entirely upon carnal temporary things like the economy, the president, earthquakes, natural disasters, wars or the natural nation of Israel.  Can you see things like natural Israel?  Can you travel and go visit natural Israel? Is natural Israel on the news almost every night?  If you said yes to any of those questions, then they are all temporary and of no eternal consequence according to the written Holy Word of God.  Do not get me wrong or misunderstand me, I’m not against the natural nation of Israel; I pray that they would all get saved just like Paul did (Rom 10:1).   However, looking at temporary carnal things is why there is such great confusion in the body of Christ over prophecy and things that they do not understand in the Bible.  Sorry, for the side trip let’s get back to Moses.

I am personally convinced that we can see Jesus in some form in every story in the book of Genesis.  However the problem now becomes in allowing God to expound to us the hidden character of Jesus in these stories.  For example, I have easily found a hidden Jesus in the creation account from Genesis chapter 1 and He is never mentioned there by name at all.  I have found Jesus in a type of Adam in Genesis 2.  I have easily found Jesus in the type of Abel.   I have found Jesus in a pattern of Noah.  I have seen Jesus in the figure of Abraham.  I have seen Jesus in the figure of Isaac.  I have even found Jesus in the pattern of Ishmael.  I have seen Jesus in the figure of Jacob.  I have seen Jesus in a figure of Joseph and on and on I could go.  Realizing that God purposefully designed every word about each subject written in the Bible tells me that God utilized His extreme intelligence to His advantage in the selection process of which information He included and which information He excluded about each.  This represents complex creativity and extreme intelligent design beyond the capacity for human reasoning to create it. I have become convinced that every story that was selected in Genesis was carefully chosen for a greater purpose and a plan that points us to the Lord Jesus.  However, since we still do not fully understand the story we therefore do not yet comprehend God’s hidden connections to Jesus.  If you learn what I just said, this should radically change how you study the Bible; what you are searching for and what you see in every story.  I think I will start talking about Esau now with the last direct mention of Esau in the Bible found in the book of Hebrews:

Heb 12:16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Heb 12:17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

These are all very deep words about very deep subjects that I do not have the time to fully elaborate on.  However, notice that Esau is being compared to someone else not mentioned.  The stated term “as Esau” reveals a hidden comparison to an unknown or unnamed individual.  We are technically being warned not to become like an Esau.  We can take these verses personally as speaking to us and we should.  Esau is clearly given to us as an ungodly typology example for us not to follow.  There are several good points that need to be emphasized in these two verses.  God called Esau a “fornicator” and a “profane person” and neither are good descriptions or qualities to possess.  A “fornicator” is a term that means “to sell” as a prostitute.  Wow, that is a really tough subject.  Esau clearly sold his birthright in Genesis for just a meal from his brother Jacob, was that prostitution in the eyes of God?   A prostitute sells their body to fulfill the sexual desires of another.  The only thing exchanged is usually money or drugs, but neither participant gains anything of any lasting value.  Technically speaking more is lost than what is gained.  It is a very interesting concept where nothing is literally sold, but everything is usually sacrificed.  Clearly there is a comparative lesson in this concept to the subject of Esau.  God is teaching you that the natural gain of temporary substance is never sufficient for the loss of the eternal things that you have given away and cannot ever get back.   This is the stated moral to the entire story of Esau and Jacob.  Both Jacob and Esau gained temporarily, but one man gained an inheritance and one man lost his inheritance for a meal and neither were the same afterwards forever.  God is teaching us about a greater spiritual principle that is lost through a natural temporary short term gain.

How is this information related to our subject of Esau?  If you search the N.T. you will see that this word “fornicator” is used in around 10 verses and almost always it is included in a list of the types of spiritual beings that will not be saved.  Who is it in the Bible that will never be saved?  From my research and study of the Bible I have only seen that there are two kinds of spiritual beings that will miss out on God’s plan of salvation.  They are the angels that rebelled in sin and the people of the earth that missed or ignored the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior.  Out of these two distinctive classes of spiritual beings, which one could Esau represent?  Technically I believe Esau could potentially be a type or a pattern of either and possibly both simultaneously.  To me Esau represents a type of sin that God hates.  Both Adam and Lucifer are reported original sinners just in different dimensions.  Clearly Satan is found to be the first named sinner in the Bible but you do not read about his sin until later through the prophet Ezekiel and several comment that were made in the N.T.  What we can read in the Bible is that Satan left Heaven, the spiritual domain containing eternal life within the family of God for a temporary situation on the earth to rule.  That was not the wisest choice that Satan could have made.  What Lucifer did was very similar to Esau leaving his inheritance being the firstborn to sell it for a temporary gain.

The next word in Hebrews 12:16 that I want you to focus in on, is the one translated as “profane person”.  This is a fascinating Greek word.  It means to cross a door threshold as in exiting a house.  It comes from a root word that also means “foot” or “walk”.  This helps me confirm what I just said about Satan leaving heaven to come to the earth.  Also notice, what did Jacob grab a hold of when Esau was born first?  It was his heel or his foot.  Is this just a coincidence?  I really do not think so.  Esau represents the “foot” or the “profane person” that is attempting crush or to step on Jacob.  This word translated as “profane person” can also be defined as a “wicked” person.  Does that sound like anyone you know?   We will definitely explore these concepts more as we go. Finally notice in Hebrews 12:17 that Esau was supposed to inherit from his father, but God says he was rejected because there was no place for repentance.  What is repentance?  Repentance is based upon sorrow, but that is not repentance.  Repentance is technically a conscious decision to change or it can be associated with a committed behavior modification of an individual.  It is when you are going in one direction and you suddenly notice that it is the wrong way to go and you turn 180 degrees around to find the correct direction.  So Esau found no way to turn around even when he knew that he had made the wrong choice.  This is very bad news for Esau.

Do you understand now why I mentioned that angels cannot be saved?  No angel has the option for salvation or repentance.  Every angel that has left heaven with Satan has made their own temporary choice for a temporary gain and they will be forced to reap eternally the consequences.  It does not matter if they are sorry, if they ask for forgiveness or if they change to now try to be good.  Jesus did not become an angel to die to save the angels; Jesus only became a man to die to save mankind.  Adam also had no way of salvation until Jesus came and He made the way for us all.  What I want to do next is to go over a list of Bible facts found concerning Esau.  These are not all of the Bible facts about Esau, just some that I have chosen to emphasize for the identity of Esau:

Esau Bible Facts:

  1. Called a Nation of people (Gen 25:23)
  2. Called a Twin (Gen 25:24)
  3. Called to Serve his brother (Gen 25:23)
  4. Called a weaker people (Gen 25:23)
  5. Called the Firstborn (Gen 27:19, 32)
  6. Called the Brother of Jacob (Gen 27:11, 23, 30, 41, 42, Mal 1:2)
  7. Hated His Brother Jacob (Gen 27:41)
  8. Struggled with his brother Jacob in the Womb (Gen 25:22)
  9. Called a Red man (Gen 25:25, 25:30)
  10. Called a Cunning Hunter (Gen 25:27)
  11. Jacob grabs his brother Esau’s heel at birth (Gen 25:26)
  12. Sells His Birthright for food (Gen 25:30-32, Heb 12:16)
  13. Despised his birthright (Gen 25:34)
  14. Desired to kill his brother Jacob (Gen 27:42)
  15. Called a father of the Edomites in Mt Seir (Gen 36:9)
  16. Calamity (destruction) is coming to Esau (Jer 49:8)
  17. Deceived himself with his own Pride (Oba 1:3)
  18. Called a Fornicator (male prostitute, a seller of self) for temporary gain  (Heb 12:16)
  19. Called a Profane or Wicked man (Heb 12:16)
  20. No stated way to repent or to be saved (Hev 12:16)

Reading through these few Bible facts concerning Esau, does anyone come to your mind that this might represent?  There are several key descriptions that are more self-evident to me than others.  There are also some typology facts that are very difficult to accept.  For example, the brother fact, the firstborn fact and the selling of the birthright for a meal fact are all difficult complex concepts that are not clearly tied to anyone that I know of on the surface.  The selling of the birthright for food could potentially represent the created man Adam.  God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  This tree sounds like temporary food or you could call it a meal.  Adam was the first man that purposefully chose to eat from this tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thus he sold himself into the hands of Satan for the temporary gain of a meal.  Adam also lost what he could never get back and he only gained what he never actually wanted.  This was a very similar concept to what happened to Esau.  However, the rest of the factual descriptions do not fit Adam very closely.  The reference to the heel of Esau is also a very strange fact and it is certainly a curious detail for God to mention in the birth of twins.  I do not know of anyone else in the Bible that this fact is mentioned.  Do you ever wonder why God includes such apparently minor trivial facts in the Bible?  There has to be a reason for this “heel” reference.  The “heel” has to mean something and grabbing the “heel” has to mean something.   If you search the Bible you will find that this Hebrew word translated as “heel” is not widely used, so it must hold some valuable information for us to understand about the type of Esau.  God must have included it for a greater purpose to teach us about Jesus.  We will therefore attempt to use it to make a direct connection to someone.

Let’s briefly analyze the reference to the heel of Esau and what it might mean.  The “heel” is a very specific part of the foot.  Throughout the Bible the heel or the foot of one man on another’s head has long since been used symbolically in the Bible as a representation for the defeat of the person underfoot signifying the victory of the one that has stepped on him.  You can search and find this repeatedly.  Look for words like “tread” or “trodden” and other words that are related to people walking into victory over an enemy.   From the symbolism of Esau coming out first and Jacob grabbing his heel, this tells me that Esau was symbolically trying to overthrow or defeat his brother from their conception.  It signifies a temporary defeat of Jacob.  In other words, I can see that the brotherly battle that originated in the womb represents a spiritual realm battle which has now transitioned into the natural realm.   The first time that “heel” is mentioned in the Bible is when it is used by God in a prophecy that He speaks directly to Satan.  Is that a coincidence?  I do not believe it is.  I believe the prophecy is at least an interesting reversal of the typology given to us in the Jacob and Esau story.  What I see is a prophetical end that will demonstrate a correction to what began in the spiritual realm a long time ago when it appeared that Satan had won.

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

I literally do not have time to teach you what all of this verse means.  Just realize that here God is saying to Satan that he will end up defeated under the foot of the woman and the woman’s seed.  What I do want you to notice is the reference to the “enmity” or the implied “hatred” between two opposing factions, groups or we could possibly even call them nations as God called them in Genesis 25:23 speaking of Jacob and Esau.  You see I believe this verse is literally speaking about the Kingdom of God versus the kingdom of Satan.  One nation of the people of God will prevail over the other nation of people ruled by Satan.  Seed is often used as a reference for a nation of people in the Bible.  God told Abraham your seed will be as the stars of the heaven (Gen 22:17).  Looking at Genesis 3:15 closely we can observe two opposing types of seeds in a spiritual battle.  Not knowing what seed is causes many to miss the fact that Satan is stated to also have seed.  Did you notice in the list of Esau facts that he was called the “father” of the Edomites? A father is a male that has produced children through a female.  Uh oh? Was Satan ever called a father in the Bible?   I’m going to continue to tie in more verses using references to Satan to show you his direct connection to being a type of Esau:

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

I believe you can clearly see that Jesus is saying that Satan has children which are called seed on the planet.  If you research the parables taught by Jesus you will find one about a subject called the wheat versus the tares.  This is a parable of two opposing types of seeds competing for the dominion of the same soil, one is a good and fruitful seed and the other is an evil and worthless seed.  The wheat seed is used to produce bread products and the other seed is just burned.  The seed type called the wheat was planted by God and the other seed type called the tares was planted by Satan the enemy of God (Mat 13:25-30).   These are figurative representations of the two opposite kingdoms we saw represented by Jacob and Esau on the earth today, one is the Kingdom of Light and the other is the kingdom of darkness (1 Th 5:5).  A kingdom is always a nation of people with a prince or king ruler.  God is Light and in him is no darkness (1 Jn 1:5).  Jesus is called the King of kings and He rules the kingdom of the Day.  Conversely, Satan is darkness and in him is no light and he rules the kingdom of the night.  Satan rules the darkness or night and Jesus rules the light or day.  Light is always stronger than darkness.  Light always prevails over darkness.  Are you beginning to see how Jacob and Esau fit the respective types and patterns for Jesus and Satan yet?  We will get there, but let me prove that Satan has a nation of people to rule:

Mat 12:26  And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Jesus is speaking, therefore we understand that Jesus knows the truth and always speaks the truth.  Jesus tells us very clearly that Satan has a literal kingdom.  A kingdom designates an implied nation of subservient people to rule and further implies that Satan is their ruler.  We could confirm this with many other scriptures but I do not want to make this lesson any longer than absolutely necessary.  So we are talking about several key terms in unison.  We have seen the first reference to “heel” in the Bible and its direct connection to Satan’s impending defeat.  From this verse in Genesis we have also seen the indirect mention of two nations of opposing people called the seed of the woman and the seed of Satan.  We have seen Satan called a father as well as a murderer in John 8:44.  What did Esau plan to do to his brother Jacob?  Was it not to kill him?  I am observing patterns that are undeniably rich with parallels between Esau being a type of Satan.  Let’s tie all of this into another prophecy that has direct relevance to our subject of the heel:

Psa 41:9  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Here we have one of the very few verses in the Bible that mentions the same Hebrew word translated as “heel” which was connected directly to Satan in Genesis 3 and the description of Esau and Jacob’s birth. This verse certainly has specific ties to our story or Esau and Jacob by the direct association of the reference to “heel” and to the term “meal” that Esau ate from Jacob.  Reading this verse you would probably never know that it was a prophecy about Jesus unless you searched to find that this is the same verse that Jesus quoted to the disciples in the book of John when eating at the final Passover meal.  Let’s go to John and read the account:

Joh 13:18  I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

Jesus is talking to His disciples about His disciples.  Why is this verse connected to what we are talking about with the type of Esau being a potential type of Satan?  I believe it is tied in, because Jesus is the speaker and He is declaring someone’s heel that has been raised up against Him.  Is this not a parallel to the Esau heel being raised up against his brother Jacob?  Back up in the book of John and we will read this statement about one of the participants in the meal, it is very profound:

Joh 6:70  Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

Jesus is telling the disciples I have chosen you and one of you is the devil.  While this cannot be literal, it does represent a figurative truth statement of a reality that did occur.  We know from this information and by searching the Bible that the Greek word translated as devil is used 38 times and the majority of time it is a direct literal reference to the spiritual being Satan.  Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness and this word for “devil” is this named tempter.  Both in John 6:70 and John 13:18 Jesus is speaking of Judas one of the twelve.  If you do a contextual review of the statement in John 6:70 you will see that this statement about Judas being a devil is in the context of Jesus teaching about He was the bread sent down from heaven and they must eat His flesh and drink His blood.  This is again a meal reference but these are all symbolic descriptions of spiritual truths.  Do you see the connection of spiritual things being described in natural things?  What I am saying without saying it is that Judas was not the devil incarnate, however he was a type of Satan and he was influenced and eventually possessed by Satan.

Think with me for a moment about why Jesus chose 12 disciples to be His first followers.  Jesus was a purpose driven man.  He did nothing by chance or accident.  He could have chosen any number of followers to begin, but He specifically chose 12 and that was a very recognizable designed pattern for something else.  I personally believe that this was another pattern for establishing Jesus to be a type of Jacob.  How many sons did Jacob have?  Were there not 12 sons that originated the 12 tribes of Israel?   But, here we have another twist in the puzzle.  We can clearly see in John 13 that Jesus was sitting at Passover with His 12 disciples and now He has called one of them the devil.  Why is the Lord Jesus sitting at a covenant meal with a representative type of Satan present?  You do understand that a meal is a covenant, don’t you?   People in the Middle East certainly understand this concept and they never eat meals with strangers until they get to know them.  They know by eating with them that they could be entering into a covenant with them and thus they could be joining themselves to their enemies unaware.  I believe that this is exactly what is happening here during the Passover meal.  I know this is very complex and very new to you.  I really cannot help that, you will have to dig deep and study if you want to know the truth.  Understand that when Esau ate the meal that Jacob prepared it was also a covenant meal and this was the same meal where we are told that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob.  Look at what happens to Jesus and Judas at the Passover:

Joh 13:26  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

One of the disciples asked Jesus who is it that will betray you?  We can then observe Jesus taking a crumb of the unleavened bread and dipping it into the cup of wine and then giving it to Judas.  I know it does not say that, but these are two of the key elements of every Passover meal.  This was all done on purpose as a part of the plan to reveal the connection to other stories in the Bible.  Remember how we got here; we found the passover meal by searching for the occurrences of the word “heel” in the Bible.  To me it is amazing how God ties things together.  Now observe what is said to happen to Judas:

Joh 13:27  And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

As you should be able to see the spirit of Satan enters into the man Judas during the meal.  Thus Satan was participating with a covenant meal with Jesus the Spirit of God being inside of Him.  Jesus has just given bread to Judas after sopping it in the wine.  The bread and the wine constitute the symbolic covenant elements of the body and the blood of Christ.  Why is Jesus doing this?  And more importantly why is Satan letting Him do it and participating in it?  It would appear that Satan is despising his birthright by participating as Esau did with Jacob.  That is the way that I see it happening.  Can you see any of the typology of Esau selling his birthright and eating a meal prepared and given to him by his brother Jacob to eat?  If Judas represents the type of Esau then he is also a type of Satan that entered into him.  The spirit of Satan inside of Judas would certainly represent Satan selling his birthright to his brother.   Perhaps we need to connect what is transpiring with Jesus at passover to what transpired with Esau and Jacob.

Gen 25:34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

You can clearly see three distinct things being mentioned as repeated patterns from what happened in the Passover meal with Jesus.  No Esau is not said to have had bread and wine but they are bread and a liquid soup substance and Esau we are told does eat and drink them and then rises and leaves quickly.  All of this happened in John 13 with Judas and Jesus.  Judas is given a morsel of food dipped in liquid by Jesus and he eats it and then he is told to go do quickly what he must do.  These are all very similar circumstances and substances to what transpires with Jesus, Judas and Satan.  Notice that Esau eats and God says he has despised his birthright by eating.  Esau gained a temporary meal to satisfy his hunger and lost the more valuable inheritance from his father.

What is want to do is just to go through a list of the key facts concerning Esau and show you now they relate to Satan using verses found in the Bible.  There are actually many ways to continue this study, by exploring the other references to “heel”, “meal”, “bread” and etc.  But this lesson is getting rather long and I just need to summarize the best that I can for you so you can continue the study on your own if you desire.  Go and read the scripture references that I give you and then see if they correspond to my descriptions of Esau and to Satan.

Esau

Satan

Esau is called a Separate Nation from Jacob’s nation (Gen 25:3) Satan’s kingdom is described to be separate from God’s kingdom (Luke 11:18)  The church is now called a Holy Nation (1 Pet 2:9)  This implies Satan’s nation is the opposite unholy one.
Jacob grabs Esau’s heel (Gen 25:26) Jesus claims fulfillment of Psalm 41:9 His old friend that ate his bread has lifted his heel against him (John 13:18).  Jesus was eating with Satan present.
Esau is said to hate his brother (Gen 27:41) Satan called the enemy of God (Mat 13:39)
Esau defeated himself because of his pride (Oba 1:3) Satan’s pride began his downfall (Eze 28:17)
Esau is called a father (Gen 36:9) Satan is called a father (John 8:44)
Esau called wicked (Heb 12:16) Satan is called the wicked one (1 Jn 2:14)
Esau desired to murder his brother (Gen 27:42) Satan would not have killed the Lord Jesus if he knew what would happen (1 Cor 2:8) Satan is called the murder (John 8:44).
Calamity and destruction coming to Esau (Jer 49:8) Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10)
Esau called a cunning hunter (Gen 25:27) Satan was described as a hunting roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8)
Esau called the firstborn (Gen 27:19)  Esau came into the world first then Jacob came into the world. Lucifer called the son of the morning (early light or first light) (Isa 14:12) and God is Light.  Clearly Satan existed for ages prior to the appearance of the physical Jesus who was born nearly 4000 years after the fall of Adam.  Therefor Lucifer the son of the morning pre-existed the physical Son of God.
Esau when born was described to be red (Gen 25:25) Satan is symbolically linked to the figure of the moon.  The moon rules the darkness (Gen 1:16)_  The prophecy is given that the moon will turn to blood (Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, Rev 6:12)  Thus Satan is symbolically linked to becoming red like blood.
Esau struggled with Jacob in the womb symbolically representing the spiritual battle that was taking place (Gen 25:22) Jesus said “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).  Satan comes against God in heaven in Revelation 12:7 and is cast down forever losing his place in heaven.
Esau called a weaker people (Gen 25:23) Jesus is called the greater spiritual one in 1 John 4:4 emphasizing that Satan is the lesser spirit that is in the world.  Again these are two kingdoms and two opposing spiritual realities.
Esau to become subservient to his brother (Gen 25:23) Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 that all power (authority) had been given to Him making Satan subservient.

I believe that Esau fits the pattern of Satan very distinctly.  Now I want to explore the Jacob facts given to us in the Bible.  There are technically too many references to Jacob and Israel to even begin to mention them all.  Jacob is mentioned in around 345 verses in the Bible and Israel is mentioned in over 2000 verses in the Bible.  I beleive this is another parallel that the Bible is pointing us to Jesus and not toa natural man or a natural nation.   Hopefully after you review and study the list you will begin to see how he precisely fits a pattern of Jesus.  Here is Jacob described to us in the Bible:

  1. The name Jacob means “heel catcher” (Gen 25:26)
  2. Called a separate nation of people than Esau (Gen 25:3)
  3. Jacob’s name is changed to Israel (He will rule as God) (Gen 25:28)
  4. Jacob had twelve sons (Gen 35:22)
  5. Jacob called “My Servant” (Gen 32:4 , Isa 44:1, 8)
  6. Jacob called God’s chosen (Ps 135:4)
  7. The children of Jacob called God’s “Chosen Ones” (1 Chr  16:13)
  8. Jacob called a father (Acts 7:32)
  9. Jacob called a co-heir (Heb 11:9)
  10. Jacob called My Chosen Seed of Abraham (Isa 41:8)
  11. Jacob described to give us natural water to drink from His well (John 4:12)
  12. God gives Power to Jacob (Hosea 12:4)
  13. God gives truth to Jacob (Mic 7:20)
  14. The house of Jacob shall be a fire (Oba 1:18)
  15. Jacob will take root, blossom and bud and bear fruit in the world (Isa 27:6)
  16. The house of Jacob will walk in the light of the Lord (Isa 2:5)
  17. God will show (reveal, explain) His word unto Jacob (Ps 147:19)
  18. Jacob went down to Egypt and died there (Act 7:15)
  19. Jacob is described to have had faith (Heb 11:21)
  20. Jacob is loved by God.  (Mal 1:2)

What I ‘m going to do now is to go through the list of Bible facts concerning Jacob that I have just given to you and show you how they can fit as a pattern of Jesus.  I would suggest that you go through and read them carefully, looking up the verses and studying them.

Jacob

Jesus

Jacob means heel catcher and grabs Esau’s heel (Gen 25:26) Jesus says “He that eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me”   (John 13:18)
Jacob called a father (Acts 7:32) Jesus called the Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6)
Jacob had 12 sons (Gen 35:22) Jesus chose 12 apostles spiritual sons (Luke 16:13)
Jacob’s name changed to Israel (Gen 25:28) Jesus is given a new name (Rev 3:12)
Jacob called a servant (Gen 32:4 , Isa 44:1) Jesus called God’s servant (Isa 42:1, Mat 12:18) Jesus called the form of a servant (Php 2:7)  Jesus humbles himself and performs the deeds of a servant by washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:12)
Jacob called chosen of God (Ps 135:4) Jesus called chosen of God (Isa 42:1, 1 Pet 2:4, Mat 12:18)
Children of Jacob called God’s chosen ones (1 Chron 15:13) The church is called the chosen generation in the family of Jesus (Heb 3:6, 1 Pet 2:9)
Jacob is called a different nation of people than Esau (Gen 25:3) The church is called a “Holy Nation” a different people than the unholy nation of Satan (1 Pet 2:9)
Jacob called a co-heir (Heb 11:9) Jesus called co-heir with the church (Rom 8:7)
Jacob called the Chosen Seed of Abraham (Isa 41:8) Jesus called the one seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16)
Jacob described to give the people natural water to drink from the well (Jn 4:12) Jesus standing at Jacob’s well said “Whoever drinks from the water that I give, will never thirst”  Jesus was saying His well was the greater spiritual source of living water (Jn 4:14)
God will show (explain, reveal) His word to Jacob (Ps 147:19) Jesus grew in the wisdom of God (Luke 2:40)  Jesus observed to have great wisdom by the people he was teaching (Mk 6:2) Jesus expounded the scriptures to his disciples (Luke 24:27)
The house of Jacob called a fire (Oba 1:18) Jesus said “I am come to send fire on the earth” (Luke 12:49)
Jacob called a fruitful plant that had taken root and bears fruit (Isa 27:6) Jesus called the vine, the church is called the branches that bears the fruit (John 15:1-5)
The Chosen One, My Servant will be a light to the Gentiles (Isa 42:1-6) Jesus called the Light of the World (Jn 8:12, Jn 12:46)
God gives truth to Jacob (Mic 7:20) Jesus said He was the truth (Jn 14:6)
Jacob went down to Egypt and dies there (Acts 7:15) Jesus came down to the earth from heaven and dies in spiritual Egypt (Rev 11:8)
God gave Power to Jacob (Hosea 12:4) God gave Power to Jesus (Acts 10:38)
Jacob is loved by God (Mal 1:2) Jesus is loved by God (Mat 3:17)
Jacob described to have faith (Heb 11:21) Jesus Called the Author of Faith (12:2)
Jacob prevails over the angel (Gen 32:28) Jesus prevails over Satan (Rev 5:5)

There are just too many specific parallels between Jacob and Jesus for Jacob not to be a very specific type of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have just seen too many Old Testament natural patterns that closely resemble the shadow pictures of the New Testament spiritual realities.  The imagery recorded in the Old is clear enough for us to see the outline of the New.  The shadow of the old is never the new real spiritual reality, just like my shadow projected on the ground is not me.  The new future spiritual reality however has been projected into the patterns of the historic old enough to make them recognizable.  The shadow of the old natural temporary will also always point us to the new spiritual eternal reality if we follow them closely.   The New Testament realities are the invisible spiritual things of God and thus God uses the natural occurrences found in the Old Testament to help teach us how to understand these new invisible spiritual concepts.  God says that the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again, that which was done is that which shall be done (Ecc 1:9).  Learning these concepts should help you tremendously to see things in the Old Testament with a completely new perspective helping to confirm that they all will eventually point us to Jesus.  Jesus is the reason for the whole Bible.  I did not cover everything that I would have liked to cover, but I gave you enough to get you started in the right direction.  The Bible is a gold mine of hidden revelation nuggets from God waiting to be found.  The deeper you dig into it and are led by the Spirit of God you will learn new things that you never could imagine were written there for so many years.  I hope and pray that you took something positive away from this very deep lesson.  I know I covered a lot in one lesson, but that is just the way it has been going lately.  I plan on talking about “Being Led by the Spirit of God” in the next lesson and continuing with that series that I never finished.  God Bless you until next time!

Understanding Bible Faith! Are You Expecting? How Far Along Are You? Part 10

(Ver 1.2)  Today is Part 10 in a series of advanced lessons on Understanding Bible faith.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1”.  These words in my title ask some specific questions that you might ask a pregnant woman.   Did you know that God created these natural processes to mimic and reveal to us the spiritual process of having faith?  You might be amazed to find the parallels in the Bible to these two realities, if you search for them and you can see the connections being taught.  Hopefully I will not get to graphic today, but this is a mature Christian subject since I might have to discuss sex.  I am personally glad that God created sex and not me.  Since it was nothing that I invented it is nothing that I can take credit for.  Obviously God created this activity for the bonds of covenant marriage and I might talk about that today also.  Do you recall how people get faith?  If you do, then make the transition to this next question.  How does a woman normally get pregnant?  You see my difficulty beginning to teach this subject today, don’t you?  In the modern world this can happen artificially, but in the world created by God if there was no sex, there were no babies.    We can tell by the nearly 7 billion people and growing on the planet that there has been a lot of sex.   Well today I am going to teach you about the spiritual concept revealed in sex and pregnancy that corresponds to God’s spiritual development of you having faith in God.  So natural babies, start by people having sex.  That is a basic viewpoint that seems rather obvious to me, but yet on the news and in our government they seem to forget this fact when it comes to allowing abortion.  If there was no sex there would be no abortions in the world and nobody wants to talk about that.  Oh well, I guess I better not go there today or I’ll get off track again. 

The concept of the husband sowing seed into his wife to have children is definitely a self-sustaining and self-perpetuating God created design of nature.   If you have never read my Bible lessons on “Understanding Seeds” then you might not understand that the sperm of a man is called his seed.  The human sperm is the natural seed of human life and it is required to perpetuate our race.  Calling multiple things by the same name “seed” is a complex technique used by God to conceal and reveal spiritual information in the Bible.  God uses the word “seed” to refer to around 10 different things in the Bible and all of these while different are very similar in design.  You see the “Word of God” is also called the “Seed of God” in Mark 4:14 and Luke 8:11.  We understand that God is a Spirit so God’s words are spiritual in nature.  Jesus said “the words that I speak unto you they are Spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).  We can therefore, conclude that God’s Words are the spiritual seeds of life.  We are already beginning to establish a direct connection between natural things and spiritual things by God’s interchangeable usage of the word “Seed”.  You might recall that in an earlier Bible lesson I taught you where Bible faith comes from.  Let’s review a verse that I gave you before:

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

How does faith come?  It comes by you hearing God’s Seed!  Did you get the transition that I just made?  I can legally interchange “Seed” for “Word” by the laws of mathematics created by God.  If you do not understand these laws then you have never taken an Algebra class or you took the class and you didn’t learn anything from it.    What God is telling you, is that planting God’s Spiritual Seed into your heart (spirit) is the equivalent to a husband planting seed into his wife and them having a baby.   You plant a seed and you get a crop.  It is a basic design from God and it is really not that complicated.

Psa 62:5  My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

You see there are many strange verses found in the Bible that can literally be taken several different ways simultaneously.  This one in Psalms is no different.  Here is a verse that speaks of someone expecting from God.  This is the same concept that my wife told me when she said “you are the reason that I am expecting”.  Since I am teaching on the subject of being spiritually pregnant with the Word of God, what does a spiritual pregnancy infer?   Technically speaking if you have faith, you are expecting God to do what He has promised.  This is the concept of being spiritually pregnant.  Now, this concept is certainly more familiar to women, but yet if your wife has been pregnant you have at least an external perspective of the situation.  What occurs when a woman gets pregnant?   Things inside her begin to change and as time goes along, there is a growing force of eager expectation for the baby to come to fruition.   This concept is really no different than a farmer planting a field with a crop seed.  He plants the seed into the ground and then goes into expectation mode to wait for the crop to produce so he can harvest it.   Harvest time is akin to delivery time in a pregnancy.  This is the basis of Bible faith also.  God is revealing to you that you better be expecting His word to come to pass.  A woman is expecting to be delivered of her child when the time arrives and so it is with having faith.  If you expect God to deliver you from your current situation, then He will, however if you do not expect God to do anything then He will do that also.

Pro 10:28  The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

If you do not look up the definitions of the words in the verses that you read in the Bible, then you can easily miss what God is trying to say to you.  Unless you know Hebrew or Greek and can read the original languages, you need to study to figure out what is being stated.  There are just too many translation errors in every version of the Bible for you not to do this research.  This is the case for this verse, because the Hebrew word translated as “hope” is a word that means “to expect” or “expectation”.    This word expresses a human response of “waiting patiently”.  Uh oh?  That is a problem for many Christians, isn’t it?   We have just introduced a new key word to the faith equation of believing God.  God is teaching you that sometimes things take time.  Most people understand that a woman’s pregnancy term can vary, but that it generally takes 9 months to produce a healthy child.  So it is also with crops planted by the farmer in his field.  No seed planted is going to instantly produce the end result immediately.  Before the concept of harvest occurs there is always seed planting and a duration of time that occurs where we wait patiently for the result.  This is why many people start out walking by faith and then they give up because they think it is not working.  I have heard many faith critics teach against faith simply because they do not understand the complex dependent factors of how faith works.  These types of teachers obviously teach out of ignorance to their own downfall.

It is also important to note the difference between waiting patiently and waiting anxiously.  If you are worried you are not in faith.  If you are nervous, then you are not in faith.  If you are in fear, then you are not in faith.  Waiting patiently is another demonstration of having confidence in God.  If you are confident in God’s ability, power and His word then you are waiting patiently.  If you are worried or anxious if God is really going to do what He said, then you are about to abort your miracle.  Fortunately for Christians, patience is a fruit of the Spirit.  So learn to develop patients when standing on the word of God.

Heb 6:12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Here is a verse that certainly applies to our series about faith and possessing the Promised Land.  God is taking and connecting two different factors to produce one positive result.  Faith is intertwined with patience for you to inherit the promises of God.  So patience is a key ingredient in your successful positive outcome.   This is why the Word of God is so complicated.  It takes several simple concepts or ingredients to mix together to produce a good result.  That is why I could not teach you everything all at once.  It would have been too complicated and overwhelming.  So I try to introduce you to new concepts in stages so that you learn in manageable chunks of information.   Today subject is primarily about expectation and expectancy but you can see we just learned about a higher dimension of how patience plays a vital role in waiting for the harvest or the delivery.

Rom 4:18  Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Here in this chapter of Romans, God gives us a major faith example for us to live and learn by.  God is speaking of the faith of Abraham.  Here was a man who was 99 years old with a 90 year old barren wife and God told him that I have made you a father of many nations.  If a human situation ever looked hopeless, Abraham’s situation was there for an example for us.  This verse says that “against hope, Abraham still had hope”.   However, this word for hope is not our modern word for hope.  When people in the modern world say “I really hope so”, they are meaning to say “I wish it were so”.   Abraham did not wish he would become the father of the promised child, this word says Abraham “expected” it to happen.  There was a level of expectancy within the spirit of Abraham that was conceived by the Word of God spoken to him.   This is an example of a spiritual pregnancy test that you should be taking on yourself today.  When a woman in the modern world thinks she is pregnant, there are things she can buy at the drug store that can be used to determine if she is pregnant.  These are natural “pregnancy tests” that confirm what she already thought was happening.  So I am making another spiritual transition from a physical reality and telling you that you need to do a spiritual pregnancy test to see if you are in faith.  If you do not have the promise of God in your spirit you need to get it into your spirit by speaking it to yourself as Abraham did.  Abraham went around calling himself the “father of nations” as his name in Hebrew meant.  This seed that was placed in Abraham’s heart developed and grew into a strong belief that God’s word was true despite the outward circumstances and appearances.  This is a faith lesson for you in your current circumstances.  No matter what it looks like on the outside, you need to look to the picture of a successful outcome on the inside of you.  If you are sick, you call yourself well.  If you are poor, you call yourself rich.  You do what God did for Abraham by saying what God said about you.

Gal 4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Paul of course was a man of God and that means he was a human male.  Yet Paul still compares the process taking place inside of him as an internal conception and birth process.   There are actually two conceptions being spoken of in this verse.  Paul had conceived and Paul was waiting for the people in Galatia to conceive and for Christ to be formed within them.  If we are looking at spiritual births, we must back up and see the steps that must have occurred for Paul to give birth spiritually speaking.   Paul is using his faith for the good of the people in Galatia.  However, this process is referred to in the terms of a child birth.  It is not a natural process it is a spiritual process that parallels the natural.  The Word of God is sown in the hearts of men and after time it produces the result of the word that was sown.  In other words if you need a specific answer to prayer, you better go get the specific promises of God Word that says you have it.  You put it into your heart and allow it to conceive there.  If you keep it in your heart and do not abort it, it will produce the result that you desired by faith.  I’ll give you one more example before I wrap this lesson up today.  Here are a couple of verses that demonstrate the spiritual concept of the heart giving birth that I have been teaching on, but in the reverse.   You see these are negative things that your heart can also produce:

Isa 59:4  None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Jas 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

As you can clearly read God is speaking of a conception in the human spirit again, but this time it is of lust and iniquity.   We learn several things from these verses.  We learn the spirit of people can conceive either good or evil.   Do you remember the lesson that I taught on seeds?  One of these lessons I taught on the seed parable that Jesus instructed us about the wheat and the tares.  The Wheat was produced by the Word/Seed of God and the tares were produced by an enemy sowing evil seed.  You heart is the soil and the words you allow into it are the crops that are producing either the good or the evil in your life.   What did God tell Adam in Genesis 2?  God said do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you will surely die.  We obviously learn that Adam lusted and ate of the tree of evil and thus conceived and gave birth to death.  You see Adam could have chosen life, but his heart caused him to make the wrong choice and die (Gen 2:17).  You today have been given a redo opportunity by God.  Since Jesus came to the earth and redeemed us from the hand of Satan, we now have the opportunity to conceive life within us.  Remember what Jesus taught us?  Jesus said in John 10:10 that “I have come that you might have life and that life more abundantly”.  Yet here we are still downcast and trodden by the misconceptions of deceit from Satan that it can’t get any better than what we have in our life right now.  This is not true however, since God has given us His promises to possess.  These promises of God can produce the life that we need today to change our circumstances around.  If Abraham would have looked at the circumstances he would have given up.  But, since Abraham called himself a father of nations before he was one, he conceived it in his heart by faith and Sarah birthed the promised child.  Do you think that God is talking about Abraham and Sarah getting pregnant and having a child by accident or chance?  God is making a direct connection between natural pregnancy and that of spiritual pregnancy and you have to learn how to get spiritually pregnant by faith.   Let me expound on this point in conclusion.  If you understand natural things you know that the human male places literally millions of sperm cells inside of a woman.  Why did God do it this way when all it takes is one to get the result you desire?   After all there is only one egg and not millions of eggs in the woman.   God is giving you a spiritual lesson in this natural information.  There is only one spirit inside of your body and if you want to get it pregnant you better bombard it with a lot of the Word of God.   God’s Word is God’s Seed and Jesus taught us that from the abundance of the heart, things come out of it (Mat 12:34).  Whatever you put abundantly in your hear is what you will get it to produce.    If you want to follow after the wrong things in life God will allow this to happen.  You can conceive the wrong things in your spirit and die or you can put the Word of God there to give birth to good things.  This is how spiritual things work.  If you know how to have sex, then you know how to get faith and give birth to the promises of God.  Genesis 4:1 says “Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived…”.  Do you know God?  Do you know God’s word?  Then it will conceive in your heart if you allow it to work and stay there the same way.  Get to know the Word of God and see if it will not produce life.   We still have a lot more to talk about in this series so come back expecting to learn.  God Bless you until next time!

If you would like to continue learning in this series, please continue reading with “Part 11“.

Understanding Seeds! Planting Financial Seeds! Part 12

(Ver 2.2)  Today is now Part 12 of a very important series of lessons on Understanding Seeds in the Bible.  We have covered a lot of very significant information that will not be repeated so I would highly recommend that you go back and start your reading with “Part 1”.  I almost purposely left this part of this subject of seeds out of the series because it is so popularly preached on TV that it gives many a negative perception on a positive subject.  However, money and finances are clearly found in the Bible so I will touch on it today.  I believe if you study the Gospels you will see that Jesus taught on money more than any other subject.  I have heard many preachers, especially TV preachers, jump all over this subject and it appears to come across that they do it because they are only after your money.  Of course I do not judge them because I do not know their hearts, only God knows a man’s motivation for doing what he does.  It could be that God told them to teach this subject with great emphasis and I would sound like a fool if I would criticize what God does.  So, I cannot say or will not judge if this is true or not, I just said it just appears to many to be this way because of the emphasis that they are placing on a minor part of a much greater subject about seeds.  It would seem to me that to only pick one part of a subject and teach that causes the wrong perceptions to be given and to many people it is true that perception becomes reality and this is not a good image to portray to the world.  So far, I have given you eleven different lessons about seeds in the Bible and have not mentioned money or finances even once.  I guess since I do these Bible lessons for free and never ask you for money, is the one reason that I can include this lesson on money in the series today. 

In searching the Bible for any form of the word “seed” I found approximately 257 verses in the KJV that directly mentioned this word.  Out of this total I counted less than 20 verses that speak about money or that can be applied to money directly.  Of course this is a subjective number of verses depending upon your desire to try to apply verses from one topic to another.  This is certainly a legal method of Bible interpretation; God does it all the time.  You can find that God used the same word seed to describe at least 10 different things in the Bible and the laws and principles that govern them are universal truths that cross over into each topic area.  But, it is always difficult to teach some subjects like money and not sound like you are asking for money, especially in light of what the Bible says on this subject.  That is just the inherit problem with this subject and I will do the best that I can in spite of this appearance.  I hope that you can see the difference in what I say since there are no names or ministry names attached to this website and no donate buttons anywhere that allows you to give money to me.  If you are a Christian you should be giving your money to where you go to church and are being fed spiritually; we’ll see more about this as we go into this lesson.

So even though seeds of finance are a minor part of this subject in this entire seed topic realm, it is still a valid concept that applies to your money.  First, off think about this, farming and agriculture were common methods of income in Bible days.  The seed concepts of sowing and reaping applied whether you planted corn or raised sheep.  If you farmed then you raised crops or animals that could be sold or traded to others.  So the seed concepts found in the Bible about farming must also apply to modern day money and finances directly, also.  Farmers used seeds to grow crops and these crops produced more food than the originally planted seeds.  So the principles of sowing seeds into good ground, seed increase and multiplication are clearly applicable to our modern money.  In the world of finances money would represent the seed.  Today we can take money and invest it in the stock market or whatever expecting it to grow over time.  This is a seed principle that works when you plant your seeds in good ground.  You see good ground in the financial world are the companies that are going to be profitable.  If you place your money in a company that is foolish then it can go out of business and you lose your investment and that is the definition of planting your seed into bad ground.   In America we have many people who buy lottery tickets.  These are people who are hoping to hit it big and win millions of dollars overnight.  I have not found that concept in the Bible.  In the Bible if you want millions of dollars you must start with what you have and plant it to cause it to grow into millions of dollars.  This is the Bible concept of financial seed planting and reaping an increase.  These are clear Bible farming concepts that you need to learn and to apply to your life and what you do in the world.  If you are expecting to hit it big and get rich over night the odds are that it will not happen.  Yes, the lottery does occasionally reward someone with a large payment that gives the appearance of the possibility that it can happen to anyone.  However, mathematically speaking the odds of it happening to you is extremely low; in fact it is more likely that you will get hit by lightning and die than to think that you will win the lottery.  So let’s examine some scripture that can apply to money and finances in relation to seeds.

Gen 8:22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

While this scripture does not directly mention money it can be applied to money very easily.  This verse states a Bible law that establishes the concept of planting seeds and reaping harvests as long as the earth exists.  This would seem to imply that this principle will exist in the new earth to come also, so it seems to me to be a concept that we need to learn.  God tells us that our world was designed to be a seed world of sowing and reaping.  If you plant your seeds in good ground you will always harvest an increased crop or return on your initial investment.  Your seeds sown are always your initial investment that you risk losing.  The same enemies that you find in the natural world of natural seeds also apply symbolically to the financial world.  The concept of weeds, insects and the birds of the air that eat your seed; these are all symbolic enemies to financial dealings.  Before you can invest money anywhere you should first determine if this is good ground to plant in.  Too many times people put money somewhere and then change it to something else before they make anything where it is planted.  This would be like planting corn seed in the ground today and then digging it up tomorrow to take it to another field that you heard was better ground.  If you think this is stupid to do, you are right, but in the financial world people do it everyday.

Lev 26:16  I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

What I wanted to do was to show you that every seed sown can have an enemy.  Here we have God telling the children of Israel that the seeds they have sown will be eaten by their enemies.  This was usually caused by a reckless disregard for obeying the Word of God.  Whenever the children of Israel disobeyed God, this would open the door and allow enemies to come in and take what they had worked for.  So this is a lesson for Christian to learn from as a bad example of what not to do.

Deu 28:38  Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

So you can see another verse where insects can come and eat your seed.  Here God says that you will take a lot of seeds into your field and harvest very little of them because they were all eaten by an enemy.  In our world today, financial enemies abound all around us.  There are false investment schemes that take your money and you can lose everything.  A man in the U.S. is serving jail time right now for taking billions of dollars from people and spending it on himself and his family.  His lavish lifestyle lasted for several years until it finally caught up with him, but most of the people that put their money in his false funds all lost their money.  These are some of the potential enemies to financial transactions and many of them are backed by satanic influences that causes you lose your money.

Deu 14:22  Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.

So here is another verse that does not mention money directly, yet clearly applies.  The word tithe means to give a tenth.  The word increase is a numerical financial term of positive results.  This verse also says that your field brings forth year by year.  So this is a principle of being faithful to do what you know to do in a consistent manner.  Being consistent is a seed principle.  There are many factors to planting seeds in the natural that apply in the financial world.  For, example, one key factor of correct seed planting is timing.  Did you know you can plant the right seed in the right ground at the wrong time and totally fail and lose everything?   So knowing when to plant is a key to getting positive results.  There are of course other seed concepts that also apply to money.  You can under seed a field and not reap what you should have.  You can over seed a field and also cause your crop to be unprofitable.   There are really too many factors to consider about seeds that apply to investing that I cannot go into them all.  It is not my goal to teach you how to invest your money; it is only my goal to introduce you to Bible concepts and to note the things that God has created in the world that give us views into spiritual laws.  I’ll take you to one more Old Testament verse before I move to the New Testament:

Isa 55:10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

Here is a verse that is speaking of natural things and spiritual things simultaneously.  It can also clearly be applied to financial things.  The blessings of God are many times manifested in the natural realm in financial blessings.  You can see this concept in the Book of Job when God blessed Job in the end with more than he had in the beginning.  You can also see the concept repeated in the life of Abraham when God blessed him exceedingly and abundantly so that his herds could not coexist with his nephew Lot’s herds because the land would not sustain them both since they were so blessed.  You can see the blessing of God on the life of Jacob when he worked 7 years for Rachael and his father-in-law tricked him into seven more years.  Jacob’s father-in-law saw that he was blessed because of Jacob’s presence and tried to manipulate his income and cheat him out of his blessings from God.  So we can see this pattern repeatedly found in the Bible that God blesses people financially with an increase in the natural realm.  So the verse in Isaiah can be applied to natural seeds, spiritual seeds, and financial seeds and so on.   If God gives us seed and bread these are clearly symbolic of financial things that represent income producing and life sustaining factors.  Let’s look at some New Testament verses about seeds and money:

2Co 9:6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Here we again find a verse that crosses subject topic boundaries.  This verse applies to many things and it represents a spiritual law of God.  The basic law presented to you is this; you will always reap what you sow.  If you sow a little bit, you get a little bit back.  If you sow a lot you get a lot back.   These are just basic seed laws found in the Bible.  You can see that this verse does not mention seed directly, however to sow is to plant seed; therefore the seed is indirectly related.  Let’s see what else this chapter says about seeds of finance:

2Co 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 

What is a cheerful giver?  You can again apply this to many things, including money.  Being a cheerful giver involves primarily your attitude.  If you have a right positive attitude you will be blessed in what you do.  Have you ever read the story of Joseph in Genesis?  Here is a man that was handed some very rough set of circumstances in life and he maintained a great attitude through them all.  Joseph always expected God to fulfill his words that were spoken to him, so even though his brothers sold him into slavery he continued to believe in the best outcome.  Joseph spent a great amount of time in prison, but wherever he was, the blessing of God was upon him and he was raised because of his attitude.  This is a very powerful example for Christians today.  It tells us that we do not always have it exactly the way that we would like it to be all the time, but we can still expect God to work it all out to cause it to be good for us in the end.  So this verse is all about your positive attitude and your faith in God.   You can read the other verses in this chapter and hopefully see the connections to money and finances, but I’ll end this chapters’ discussion with this one more verse:

2Co 9:10  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

As you can clearly see the term seed sown is self-evident.  The term increase is also self-evident.  The “fruits” of your righteousness is of course symbolic of your harvest.  So this verse clearly applies in the spiritual realm to our effort to grow in spiritual maturity.   However, this verse will also cross over in the context of the natural realm and must be related to our financial blessings from God.  It can also mean emotional blessings.  It can further apply to our seeds that we plant in the lives of other people that allows God to grow them and produce fruit in their lives.  There are just a wide variety of applications for almost every verse on seeds.  This is why I teach that money is just a small part of the bigger picture of seeds given to us in the Word of God.  So let’s examine another chapter of the N.T. about seeds:

1Co 9:7  Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

As you can see from this verse, God is comparing several similar concepts of financial matters.  God says nobody finances their own war.  God says nobody plants a crop and not also eats from it.  Nobody raises sheep and not drink the milk of the flock.  These are all symbolic representations of a spiritual set of realities found in the Bible.  We the church are in a spiritual warfare with a spiritual enemy named Satan.  Then Paul was a sower of the word of God and he says that anyone who sows will eat from that which he has sown.  Then sheep are a widely symbolic representation of the people of God in the Bible.  So the clear implied meaning is Paul fed the sheep and the sheep fed him back.  This is not rocket science so grasp these simple concepts and learn to live by them.

1Co 9:9  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

Here we have a Bible concept that is very profound being explained.  Many times God writes a Bible verse about natural things that cross over into the spiritual realm and this is a prime example of this.  Paul is saying that God wrote about oxen and corn but that these apply to him and to us.  In other words God did not write this verse for the benefit of the oxen, it was written for our benefit so that we can learn from it.  Oxen when treading corn are said to be partakers of the corn and this is a Bible principle given to us from God.  If the oxen are working then they should eat from their labors of work.

1Co 9:11  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

So this is a popular TV preacher verse found in the Bible.  However, Paul is not writing this asking for their money he is only explaining a very powerful concept of sowing and reaping.  Paul was sowing spiritual seeds into their lives and Paul said it was good for them to give back carnal or natural things back to him.  In this verse Paul is claiming to be like the oxen that was working and that he should be a partaker of his own labor.  However, what we see here are two principles being exercised simultaneously.  To give to Paul would cause Paul to receive a harvest from what he has previously spiritually sown from the Word of God.  For them to give financially to Paul is a concept of them planting back natural seeds into good ground; therefore they can also expect a harvest for what they have planted.  In other words if they wanted Paul to continue to bless them with spiritual things it was good for them to give to Paul of their natural things like money, food, etc. so that Paul could live on the earth to continue to preach and not have to work to eat.

1Co 9:13  Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

As we continue to read in this chapter, Paul and God is giving us a key principle that ministers of the gospel are partakers of those which they minister to.   In other words this was a designed system of church government by God.  It promotes a minister who is focused on you and not himself.  If your minister had to work for a living in the world, you and the rest of the church would be a secondary thought to his primary time taker of working for a living.  However, if the church pays for his wellbeing and financial needs then the minister can focus on God and the church and ministering to the sheep of God and not have to worry about where he will eat tomorrow.

1Co 9:14  Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

God again says what I just tried to say.  The minister of God should be paid by the people who he ministers to.  This is clearly the concept of sowing and reaping for both participants.  The minister should minister in faith that the people will meet his financial needs and the people should give to the minister in faith that the God of their salvation will give them increases from the seeds that they have sown.  So here is the flip side of the coin that also goes with this subject of sowing and reaping:

1Co 9:18  What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

God in this verse clearly says that anyone who preaches and charges you money for the information is being an abuser of God’s designed plan.  Paul very clearly says that he should not charge anyone to preach what God has given to him for free.  This is what discourages me about many TV preachers that I listen to.  While they say good spiritual things for 20 minutes, they end their show with a request for you to buy the rest of the message on CD or DVD and it always costs much more than it does to produce these and to send them out.  A DVD can cost $20 plus postage and handling fees and this is clearly outrages for a piece of plastic that costs maybe 20 cents in bulk.  Clearly these ministers of God are looking to your purchases of their messages to fund their TV ministries.  So I understand and I am not stupid that TV cost a lot of money, but yet in what they do and the way that they do it, it gives the appearance of being an abuse of power that God says was not acceptable.  It also promotes a philosophy that only the rich can afford to know the truth of the Gospel and that is not a fair thing to do.  As you can tell this bothers me a great deal and I think it is very wrong.  Here is what Jesus said on the subject:

Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Jesus tells us that God did not charge us for the information that we learned to preach, so we should not charge others to hear it also.  That is why I do a free blog on a free website and I never ask for money or request you to send me a donation.  Money is not a motivational factor and why I do what I do.  However, that does not mean you should not do what God says to do either.  Wow, this is a very complex subject that involves the participation of everyone doing what they should do, when they should do it and then everything works according to God’s designed plan.  So that is why I did not want to include this lesson in my series about seeds, because it can very easily be taken wrong.  I probably ended this lesson and sounded like you should give me something for the spiritual seeds that I have given to you; and that is not what I said at all.  I said that I do these lessons for free because I love being a blessing to others.  So I try to do the right things according to the word of God and you should do the same.  If you noticed this blog is called the “Agapegeek” Blog and not my name.  That means I am anonymous and you do not know me or my address to send me anything.  I do this on purpose also.  How you can bless me is to tell a friend about what you have learned and increase the traffic on my web site.  That would be one of the greatest ways that you can be a blessing to me.   If you learned anything about giving and sowing financially then you should give to your local pastor to help support your church to grow.  We have just briefly covered a much broader subject of sowing and reaping financially from the Word of God.  This is a complex subject and one that is not easily understood by many.  Many people find it very difficult to relate their money to be like a seed that can be planted into ground to grow and increase.  However, you can certainly find this concept in the Bible therefore you can personally choose to participate in it or to ignore it.  Thanks for reading my Bible Study and God Bless!

Understanding Seeds! Seeds and Weeds! Part 11

(Ver 1.4)  Today is Part 11 of a very important series of lessons on Understanding Seeds in the Bible.  We have covered a lot of very significant information that will not be repeated so I would highly recommend that you go back and start your reading with “Part 1”.  Today is a follow up to some concepts that I have talked a little about before.  However, today we will get into the aspect of weeds in a much more in depth study from the Word of God which will certainly challenge you to think.  I will probably introduce you to several brand new concepts found in the Bible on this subject so be prepared to learn.  Let’s start by stating the basic concepts of weeds.  Weeds are plants that you did not plant!  This is the basic concept that is critical to understand.  If you wanted thorns and thistles growing in the front yard you would have planted them.  But, if you are like me you put out weed killer to eliminate these types of plants so that your grass will grow and be healthier.  Weeds grow in the same soil as plants from good seeds and in fact weeds also come from seeds, but just not the seeds that we plant intentionally.  I personally believe that weeds are a result of the sin of man and God’s curse and we will probably talk about this more as we go.  I would venture to say that weeds are a caused effect.  Nothing happens by accident in the world.  There are always causes and effects to everything.  These are basic laws of physics implemented by God’s design.  If you see waves in a pond of water you know that something caused the waves.  So you must realize that God when He created our world and looked out on it and said “It was very good”, that God did not create weeds.  I do not consider weeds to be good, but maybe you do.  It is a highly subjective topic.  Regardless, if weeds are present we know that something caused them to be here.  So let’s review some things that we covered before and then go into more details in other parts of the Bible.

If you recall we covered several parables on seeds and one that Jesus taught that said the Kingdom of God is like a man who planted wheat seeds in his field.  This parable is often called the parable of the Wheat and Tares.  In this parable, while the man was sleeping an enemy came and sowed the seeds of tares among the seeds of wheat.  It is interesting to note that by only looking at the ground at this point in time you cannot tell this was done.  The implication was given to us that this was done secretly when the owner was away from the field and the owner only finds out about these weeds after time goes by and both kinds of seeds come up and grow together.  In this parable the owner of the field is clearly God.  The field can be viewed as the mass of humanity which is a type of the soil of the earth that we live in where seeds are planted.  The good seed is again the Word of God.  The weed seed was sown by God’s enemy Satan and these are the words not from God.  The good seed produces the desired crop of righteous people on the earth; these are those who have chosen the narrow path and the weeds are those people who have been deceived and chosen the evil wide path to destruction.  In this parable the servants (symbolic angels), go and ask the owner if they should pull up the tares, but the owner says let them grow together, or when you pull up the tares you also take out some of the wheat.  So the harvest is representative of the end of the age that we are currently living within and the time for this harvest is extremely short.   The harvesters are the angels of God who will gather God’s crop into God’s barn in heaven and then cast the weeds into the fire to be burned.  You can read this parable in Matthew 13:24-30 if you would like to, but I covered the greatest parts of it in enough detail that you should understand these concepts pretty well.  What we learn from this parable is a fact that God did not plant the weeds.  God did not cause the weeds to be planted and in fact this parable states that God had nothing to do with the weeds.  That is one of the key pieces of information from this parable to understand, so get a hold of that.

In the parable of the Wheat and Tares God introduced us to the concept of both seeds and weeds and this is my primary subject today.  How are they related, where did they come from and who is responsible for each.  It is clear in this first parable that the weeds are the evil people who have bought into Satan’s deceptions and are not saved.  The wheat plants are the good people who have been saved by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior and these are called the righteous seed in the Bible.  So in this parable the concept of weeds is related to people.  However, in another lesson the concept of weeds is potentially something completely different.  Maybe you recall in the Parable of the Sower that Jesus taught us some more seed concepts that were extremely important to know.  In the parable of the sower, the soil was the hearts of men and women in the earth.  The good seed was of course the Word of God still.  The sower was the preacher that would proclaim the Gospel of Christ and the Word of God.  This parable also contained the concept of weeds being introduced in it, but this time the weeds were not specifically people, they were the things that caused people distractions in this world so that they did not produce fruit unto to God.   It is critical to understand the difference in these two parables and to also put them together correctly so that you understand the similarities and the differences.  Both parables are about the primary subject of seeds and both parables contain the concept of weeds.  However, if you look at the first parable you could attempt to claim that the weed people were predestined to be weeds and the wheat people were predestined to be God’s harvest, but that interpretation contradicts the information given to us in the parable of the Sower.  We must balance both parables to understand the subjects being taught.  In the Parable of the Sower, everyone had the same opportunity to hear and understand the word of God, but clearly only three out of six soil types produced any fruit unto God. Here was Jesus’ explanation of these weeds:

Mat 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

The first thing that you need to understand from this verse is that thorns are weeds; something that was not planted by the original farmer.  So we can see that Jesus calls seed among the thorns to be those people who care more about things in this world than they do the eternal things that God says in His Word.  Part of the root of this problem is given to us as being the deceitfulness of wealth and money.  Often when people get a hold of money on the earth, they think they are in need of nothing including a savior.  You can read about this parable of the sower in Matthew 13: 3-9.  So we have two different parables with seeds and weeds using two different perspectives.  However, they have more in common than you can imagine.  They are actually the same people from two points of view.  Those who are the tares in the first parable are those who have let the weed seeds of Satan dominate them.  In fact the first three types of soil are all tares in the first parable that we looked at.  These are those who have rejected the truth, refused to hear the truth, let others in the world talk them out of the truth or as we have seen love things in the world more than they love the truth.  Both of these parables resulted in the same two separate groups of people, those who are weeds and are burned and those who produce fruit unto God and are harvested into heaven by the angels.  So let’s examine this subject in other areas of the Bible and see what else God says to us about weeds and seeds.  Where is the first mention or implied reference to weeds in the Bible?  I will give you a clue and tell you that it can be found in the Garden of Eden.

Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Here we have the description of God’s creation.  God planted a garden and caused to grow every tree that was good for food the Bible says.  This subject so far sounds very similar to the two parables that we just read about where Jesus told us of God’s attempts at planting seeds into His gardens from two different perspectives.  Both of these parables involved planting good seeds that came from God to produce good crops and an enemy comes into the garden to cause weeds to try to overcome God’s garden.  Isn’t this what happened in Genesis 2 and 3?  I believe that it is exactly what happened in these two chapters and we will begin to see that more clearly as we go.  In Genesis 2:15 God describes the man’s purpose for being in His garden was to “dress” it and to “keep” it.   Both words denote delagated human resposibility and accountablity.  The first word is a word that means “WORK”!  To work a garden implies one thing, that there are potential enemies and weeds that may come in and therefore you must do something about them to keep them out.  Work involves two aspects in gardening, first caring for the plants that are good by feeding and watering them and eliminating the enemies and the plants that are bad to protect the good.  The next Hebrew word translated as “keep” is very similar to work and it means to “watch” and “protect” the garden.  A watcher or protector is someone who is given the task and responsibility to not only work the garden, but is required to protect it from any enemies who could potentially come and destroy it.  Wow, two words of instructions was all that is necessary from God and they say so much to us in light of the parables that we have just seen about seeds and weeds.  What we begin to understand now was that it was not God’s responsibility to keep the enemy out because that was given to Adam for him to do.

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Here in chapter 3 of Genesis we now are deeply into the subject of an enemy coming into God’s Garden where he should not be.  Therefore, we are currently entrenched in the middle of the parable of the wheat and tares that we have looked at in the beginning of this lesson.  We see this enemy, the symbolic “serpent” coming to Eve and he begins to plant weed seeds into her mind that caused the doubts of deception to grow.  These are examples of the weed seeds of the enemy that God was teaching us about in the two parables we just reviewed in Matthew 13.  God places a man in His garden and then leaves him in charge and goes away and now the man is responsible to “dress” and “keep” it.  Satan brings the evil seed of the tares to Eve and she speaks them out for her husband to hear and he willfully hearkens to the voice of his wife and they are now captive to the deception of their enemy.  Adam had the opportunity to guard and protect the garden of his heart, but he allowed Satan’s words through his wife’s voice dictate his decision to intentionally sin.  I hope you understand what I just said as an overview of this story.  If not, you can go and read my detailed lessons on Genesis 3 and hopefully you will grasp these subjects more clearly.  I will drop down in Genesis to help you see a part of what I just said:

Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Here is a key verse that reveals to us God’s actions for the intentional sin of His man Adam.  You can clearly see that God says Adam listened to Eve’s voice and not to Satan’s voice.  There is no mention that Adam ever heard Satan speaking directly.  Do you understand this?  Probably not, because of the erroneous teaching of many tells us that there was a physical talking snake in the garden and if Adam was there he would have heard it all.  However, that is not what the Bible says at all.  You should go read my lesson on “Was there a Talking Snake In the Garden?”.  Then you can see that God says something else about the ground being cursed for Adam’s sake.  God then says that Adam will eat from it all the days of his life in sorrow.   What was “IT” that Adam is said to be eating from.  You can potentially say the ground that God just cursed, but I do not see it this way in the light of other verses found in the Bible.  I believe God was saying because you Adam chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will eat from it all the days of your life.   Isn’t this what Adam was just found guilty of partaking from?  So what was the ground in the two parables that we looked at?  The Garden soil was clearly the hearts of men and women.  So what does all of this mean?  If you search your Bible and read the references for this Hebrew word that is translated as “cursed” they almost always have something to do with someone who disobeys the Word of the Lord.  God says something for them not to do and they do it and a curse is brought upon them as a consequence for their sins.  However, curses are just the opposite of blessings.  So how does God or people for that matter bless someone or curse someone?   If you have read my other lessons you know that you bless people with the words of your mouth and you also curse people with the words of your mouth.  James 3:10 said “blessing and cursing from the same mouth, this ought not to be”.   So curses are spoken words that produce negative results in our lives or in the lives of those the words are spoken to.  I think I will continue to the next verse in Genesis just to show you the connection to weeds again in this story.

Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Thorns and thistles are clearly both weeds produced from evil seeds.  They are not produced by the Word of God so we can assume that these are produced from the seeds that Satan has just sown in God’s Garden of man’s heart.  In the parable of the sower God repeated “thorns” for us to make the connection to this story in Genesis.  What were thorns in this parable?  God said thorns represented “the cares of this world” and the “deceitfulness of riches”.  Do you think these apply to Adam in this story?  I certainly do.  I believe that God had just given the man and his wife the earth and Adam now believed that he was self-sufficient and did not need God’s help anymore .  Adam at this time thought he had everything under control, but soon he would find out that he did not have anything under control when his Son Cain would kill his first born son Able.  This was the beginning of Adam’s realization that what he had done was not so great after all.  The sin that Adam introduced into the world was only beginning and the evil seed influence was only going to get worse before it got any better.

So God tells Adam that “IT” will produce thorns and thistles.  So let’s back up and determine what “IT” is?   If you recall the Bible says that Eve spoke words to her husband and God said that Adam “hearkened to the voice of his wife”.  To hearken means to obey or do what she said to do.  If Adam did something that he should not have done because his wife said for him to do it, what was this thing that God is talking about?  Let’s back up and see what the Bible says Eve said.

Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

These are the only spoken words of Eve recorded in this chapter.  So either this is the key to what she said or it is not.  I believe that it is!  If Eve said to the serpent then she spoke words that potentially her husband could hear.  These words were partially correct but yet they contained some subtle differences to what God had said.  God did say you could eat of the trees of the garden, but God never said that you cannot touch it.  God simply said you shall not eat it or you will surely die.  So how is the middle of the garden different than the garden?  If God plants a garden and tells Adam every tree that is good for food I have given you for food but says this one in the middle of the garden is not for you, what is God saying?  If you read my other blogs you already know this answer, but I’ll go into some new perspectives to help you see it a new way.  I believe God was differentiating between two gardens in these statements.  There is a major difference between natural things and spiritual things and you should understand this if you are a Christian.  God gave man natural things as food and Jesus said that it is not what you put in your mouth that makes you unclean, so we know it was not anything that Adam physically ate that caused him to sin.  If you do not understand this you should go read my lessons on “Does Eating Fruit Kill You”.  So where is this middle garden that God is talking about where the tree of knowledge of good and evil is present?  Let’s do a word search for the Hebrew word translated as “midst” and see what we find.  I’ll start with one that I like in Proverbs because it is definitely related to my subject today:

Pro 4:20  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Pro 4:21  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

Remember that the Word of God is the Good Seed of God.  So what does God tell us to do with this seed?  God starts by saying “attend” and this is a critically related word that can mean to “hearken”.  Sound familiar?  This is an intentional act of listening, hearing, understanding and doing.  God then follows this up with “incline” your ears unto my seeds (words).  Then God says for us to keep them before our eyes and then to keep them in the “midst” of our hearts.  The word “midst” is the exact same Hebrew word used to describe the location of the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in Genesis 2 and 3.  Do you get a hold of what God is trying to say here?  It is the heart of man that is the location of God’s garden.  It is the heart of man where God wants His seeds to grow.  It is also the heart of man where weeds grow from the enemy of God, Satan.  You can read about the heart of man being the middle of man in Psalm 22:14, 40:8, 40:10, and 143:4.  Some of these are difficult to see because the same Hebrew word is translated as “within”.  But, you should be able to find it if you look for it and see that within you is the spiritual heart location of God’s garden.  Knowing this fact you can now begin to see that where spiritual fruit comes from as well as where spiritual weeds are also grown.  These are spiritual concepts of seeds and weeds and are completely relevant to our discussion today.

Please allow me to take you to some more words of Jesus that are clearly and directly related to the story of Adam and Eve in the garden and hopefully this will help us to see the connections a little clearer of seeds and weeds.  You might recall that I spoke these next words in connection to two groups of people in the world and here is what Jesus said to us about them:

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

So we can clearly see that these two groups of people are traveling separate paths.  Those who are not of God are going down the easy path through the wide gate and the broad way to destruction.  Those who God calls saved are those that are traveling down the narrow path and way through the narrow minded gate of righteousness.  These are two distinct groups, two ways and two paths; one leading to life and the other leading to death everlasting.   These are symbolic representations of either seed paths of good or the seed path of evil.  There are many more opportunities in the world for evil seed than there is for the good seed.  God only wrote one book of Good Seed and the internet, libraries and book stores are full of millions of books that you can choose to read that distracts you from the good seed.  So let’s examine the next verse and see how it fits with what we are talking about in this lesson:

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Here is a word of warning from Jesus our God that we need to watch out for certain types of people in the world.  The people specifically mentioned in this verse are called “false prophets”.  A False Prophet would be the opposite of a True Prophet.   A prophet is always someone who prophesies so we learn that not everyone that prophesies is from God in this verse.  What are prophecies?   These are spoken words aren’t they?  Spoken words are a type of seeds, get it?  God says beware the seeds of the false prophet and do not allow them to grow in your heart.  These types of people will come in the form of harmless looking sheep, but they will secretly be wolves.  So they disguise themselves to appear harmless and this is the first part of deception that you should become aware of.  Now learn the connection in the next verse that I was attempting to get to in the previous 3 verses of Matthew:

Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Jesus says you will know people by their fruit.  In other words when people come to you in sheep’s clothing and speak subtle words to you, stop and observe them for a time period to see what kind of fruit they are producing in their life.  In this verse Jesus connects or technically disconnects real fruit from weeds.  Jesus says that you do not get grapes from thorn bushes and you do not get figs from thistles.  Why did God use the exact same words in speaking to Adam that ‘it” would produce for him?  God clearly tells Adam that thorns and thistles would result from something that he has done and now we are clearly given the location of these weeds and as we can see from what Jesus said these are spiritual weeds and they are the opposite of bearing spiritual fruit.  Are you beginning to see and understand the connection that God is making to us in the Bible?  Do you understand spiritual weeds better today than you did before you read this?  I pray that you take this and continue to study the subject and go and find more verses that reveal and confirm this spiritual reality.  I hope you enjoyed my advanced Bible lesson on Seeds and Weeds and please go and tell a friend what you learned.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on Seeds you can go to “Part 12“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! We Are the Seed of Abraham! Part 10

(Ver 1.3)  Today I am writing Part 10 in the series of lessons that I have been doing on the spiritual concepts and laws surrounding God’s designed Seed planting principles.  If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would strongly recommend that you start with “Part 1”.  If you have been reading this series, then welcome back.  When you get a hold of this teaching it will change a lot of what you think and know about God and the Bible.  The concepts given in the Bible about seeds cannot be overly simplified because they are vastly complex in how God applies them throughout the Bible.  The concepts of seeds are overlapping and run in parallel at the same time.  Seeds concepts are truly woven threads in the fabric of God’s truth found throughout the Bible.  The subject of seeds is a common theme given to us in every part of the Bible.  You can find seeds mentioned in the beginning of Genesis 1 all the way to references to seeds in the last chapter of the Bible in Revelation 22.  Seeds are everywhere in the Bible if you know what to look for and if you understand the concepts behind them.  You see in Revelation 22:2 God speaks of the “Tree of Life” on each side of the river flowing from the throne of God.  These “Trees of Life” produce 12 kinds of fruit.  If you recall we learned that Fruit comes from planting seeds, naturally and spiritually.  You plant a seed, you get a tree and then it produces the fruit to produce more fruit trees.  It is a simple concept, yet so profound.  So who are these symbolic fruit trees in Revelation 22?  Do you recall reading back in Genesis 2 about the first mention of the Tree of Life?  God created a Garden for man.  In the garden God placed two trees, named Adam and Eve, I mean the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.  It would appear to me that God’s plan was for man to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever, since this is the way it is described to end up in Revelation 22.  So what can we learn here?  We learned from the Parable of the Sower that the Word of God was the seed of God.  We learned that the hearts of men and women in the world were the soil where seeds are planted.  Let’s stop right there and analyze that statement.  What is a Garden?  A garden is where you plant your seeds to grow your fruit.  Genesis 2 describes vast amounts of seed principles being applied by God.  We have a symbolic Garden and we have 2 trees that are symbolic of something also.  One tree is OK to eat from and one tree is not OK to eat from.  Sounds like a good time for making the right decision.  Since Adam did not make the right decision we still see that God says I will make the right decision and it will end up the way that I planted it to end up.  After all it is my garden and my seed.  Are you beginning to see the concepts being given?

When you begin to understand just a little bit about seeds you can begin to see that God is smarter than us all put together.  I am a firm believer that God’s stated beginning in Genesis 1 & 2 was a symbolic representation of how He wanted it to end up when our time on this planet is completed.  We know that God is the giver of the “Good” Seed.  We know that we (the people) are God’s Soil or Garden.   That would make God the Ultimate Farmer!  Do you understand this?

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Here is an amazing verse of scripture that describes God’s Farm System.  The Lord God is described as being the “husbandman”.  This Greek word translated as husbandman in the KJV Bible means “a worker of land” or literally a “farmer”.   We can again see in this verse that Fruit is the desired anticipated outcome of God’s laborious seed planting.  God sowed the good seeds to produce the good fruit from the earth.  This verse is very symbolic in nature.  The “Husbandman” is the Land Owner who Works the Soil to plant His seeds in.   We can clearly understand that God owns the Earth, but that is only natural soil.  God is not talking about a natural crop of corn in this verse.  God is referring to a spiritual crop of fruit.  But, realize that seeds do not produce fruit, seeds produce trees that produce fruit.  This is a very critical part of the seed principle.  This is why I called Adam and Eve trees that had no fruit in Genesis 2 and 3.  Adam however, chose the wrong seeds and allowed the wrong fruit to grow, sinned and died.  Adam in effect sold his birthright for some wrong fruit to Satan.  We (the church) are now the purchased possession of God, by the redemptive price that He has paid with His own blood.  Christians have been purchased, redeemed without money the Bible says.  So we are God’s gardens that have allowed His Seed into our hearts to grow and produce fruit.  We produce the Fruit that God is after.  So when you read Revelation 22:2 and see the Trees of Life on each side of the river flowing from the Throne of God, we can understand that we are these trees producing this fruit every month of the year for an eternity to come.  That is pretty cool stuff, if you ask me.  If you can see it you will think it is pretty amazing also.  Only by rightly dividing the Word of God have I come to these conclusions.  By letting the Bible interpret itself and by understanding simple spiritual concepts like Seeds, Soil, Gardens, Planting, Sowing,  Rain, Watering, Fruit, Reaping and Harvests.

So that was a quick introduction to an overview of how to apply the knowledge that we have gleaned from the Bible subject concerning Seeds.  Like I told you before there are over 250 scriptures in the KJV Bible that directly mention the word “seed”.  In many modern translations the literal meaning of the word “seed” is translated as offspring, children, or some other word that loses the true meaning that God was trying to get you to see.  So while I do not try to tell you what to do, that is why I do not read many translations.  They take too many liberties with God’s Word and change it too much.  The best translation would be no translation, but since I do not speak Hebrew or Greek, I just look up the words in the dictionary and do the best that I can with God’s help.  So the best translation of the Bible is the one that is the most literal and I can’t tell you which one that is, I just know some that they are not.  People need to realize that God could have used any word that He wanted to and He picked “Seed” to describe these things we have been talking about.  I guess translators think that God is stupid and He did not know the right word to use.  Plus I use the KJV version because it is a FREE version of the Bible that is readily available to everyone without charge, limitations or restrictions.  Jesus said freely you have received so charge the heck out of everybody and get all that you can.  I think that is what some Bible manufacturers think, because this is the way that they act.  It is only for the money they think.  Oh, well I guess I’ll get off my soap box and keep teaching on the subject of seeds.  Let me briefly review two concepts that I have touched on before, but this time using some new scripture verses.

Heb 11:11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive  seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Hebrews chapter 11 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible.  But most people do not see what it says.  The chapter is dominated by one Subject and that is “Faith”.  We can learn that even though God did not reveal “Faith” in the Old Testament, He definitely made it a determining factor to what people received in their life.  This chapter goes through many examples of Bible faith and in this verse we are told of Sarah’s faith in God’s Word.  Sarah believed that God was faithful because He had promised them a child.  Now she was 90 years old when this child came, but yet God was not too late was He?  Many times God’s timing is not your timing, but yet we should not question God, just believe that it will happen like He said.  In this verse there is the direct mention of “seed”.  Sarah was able to “Conceive” Seed.  Did you know that this is how that Mary got pregnant with Jesus also?  These were examples of conceiving two different types of “seeds”, but yet the end results were both the same.  Sarah conceived natural sperm of her husband Abraham’s natural seed.  While Mary conceived the “Word of God”, God’s also known as spiritual seed.  Both women were required to believe that it would happen like it was told to them.  Both women heard the message, before it actually happened to them.   Neither woman had any evidence or proof that it would ever happen, did they?  There was no proof?  This is a pattern of how to receive anything from God.  If you want a baby and have not been able to conceive a child, here is your answer.  God does not show any favoritism to anyone!  God is no respecter of person!   What God did for Sarah and for Mary, He will do for you if you choose to believe also.

So I got off the subject of the Seed of Abraham.  That is what this lesson was supposed to be about when I started.  I guess God wanted to talk to somebody out there and tell them there was hope.  before I more on completely I also want to point out that God can exachange one seed type for the other by the lessons of Sarah and Mary.  What God has created in the natural can still happen by an equivalent type of substance usage or exchange from the spritual realm.  A spiritual seed can replace a natural seed and still give the same result.  Let’s move on to an example of this using the seed of Abraham.  The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus Christ came into the world as the Seed of Abraham.  Let’s prove that statement by reading this verse and see what God reveals:

Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

The Bible is so complex, that it is impossible to teach everything that just one verse says in a short lesson like this.  Why would God mention that Jesus was not born or created as an angel?    That is a much more complex subject that I guess I shouldn’t have mentioned because I cannot talk about it in this lesson.  It only gives you something new to think about.  Learn to ask God questions when you read the Bible and you just may be amazed when He shows you the answers.  So Jesus was not an angel, just load that basic fact into your mind for a future reference to a new unkown question.  However, Jesus was born the “Seed of Abraham”.  We need to review the basic seed concepts again that we have previously learned that should be firmly established in you by now.  We learned that a man is a physical being that has “Seed” within himself.  I showed you several times now that when Abraham paid tithe, his future descendant Levi was reported to have also paid the tithe at the same time.   This was because the physical future seed Levi was in his great grandfather Abraham.   If you do not recall this you should go back and review the earlier lessons, because this is a very critical piece of spiritual information to fully grasp.  The principle revealed to us in this lesson was that every natural descendant of Abraham did exactly what Abraham did because they came from Abraham’s physical seed.  Now that would be really good information if you were a natural seed of Abraham and I’ll tell you why soon.  What about the rest of us on earth?  We were called Gentiles by the laws of flesh in the world that were not born from natural seed of Abraham?   Are we all left out because we were not born from the natural seed of Abraham?  We will find out as we continue.

Keep in mind that the Bible is so much more complex than you give it credit to be.  Also keep in mind that God is smarter than you and I are.  His ways are not your natural ways, so it makes it very difficult for us to grasp these very spiritual things being taught to us.  Let’s turn to Galatians and learn something brand new about seeds:

Gal 3:19  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

You can see that this is a verse with wide seed applications attached to it.  We talked earlier about that the word seed can either be singular or plural and you really have a very difficult time in determining which one it is by only reading on the surface.  The word in this context is clearly singular.  Jesus Christ is again called the Seed of Abraham as we can see.  This verse tells us clearly of all the natural seeds that were “IN” Abraham, only one of them carried the hope of the promise that was given to Abraham.  This was a very literal one in some several millions of future natural seeds, type of prophecy.  God singles out and separates “One Seed” to be the “Chosen Seed”.  We know that this Seed was God Himself.  Knowing this now doesn’t sound very good for all the other natural seeds that came from Abraham.  Can you see how the Bible presents us with puzzles and paradoxical predicaments?   We read in one place that being a seed of Abraham seems to be a good thing, but now we read that only one of the seeds actually carried the promise.  Wow are things getting complicated or what?

Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Let’s back up one verse in Galatians and see some of the context of what is being discussed around this subject of the “Chosen Seed”.  I’ll try to stay on subject, according to what we just read in verse 19, we are talking about the Seed called Jesus Christ who we can see in this verse was promised the inheritance.   So the inheritance was not promised to every seed, just the One!  That is a pretty complex thing to think about and it can become a point of confusion, if we are not careful.  What is an inheritance?   Do you understand this concept?  Have you ever seen or been to a lawyer’s office who reads someone’s last will and testament?   Someone had to die in order for there to be an inheritance available to anyone.   Do you understand this?  This will certainly get more complicated than you can imagine when I tell you who died.    Who died to leave an inheritance to the Chosen Seed?  If you guessed that the Chosen Seed died you would actually be right!  God gave Himself to be the sacrifice for man’s sin.  God became the Chosen Seed of Abraham.  This Seed died and was planted into the natural ground for 3 days and rose up spiritually alive again forever.  God is the only one that I know of that is capable of experiencing death and then coming back to life to inherit that which He had left as an inheritance.  I don’t know if you understand these concepts or not, but I know they are staggeringly powerful spiritual laws in action.  Do you see how God used seed concepts and laws in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

What does all of this have to do with you and I?  How does it affect us personally in the church?  How do I apply seed information to me if I am not a natural seed of Abraham?  I think that is what interests many people, what is the bottom line for me today?  That is where I want to get to now.  If you are a true Christian, a born again believer in Christ, then it has everything to do with you.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

As you can see in this following verse of Galatians 3, the promise was by the faith of Jesus Christ that it might be given to us who believe.  Do you see why I included the scripture about Sarah?  Do you see how she was given a promise by God and trough her faith in His promised words, she conceived seed?  God has implemented a system within Christianity that is based totally and completely upon faith and seeds.  Let’s look at Faith in the terms of “Seed” concepts briefly.  If you went to your garden and planted some seeds in it, did you have any faith when you plant your seeds?  Do you believe that what you are doing is going to result in anything good in the future?  You see if you did not have any faith in these seeds you would not have planted any of them in the first place.  A seed is not a magic potion; you do not plant them and poof there they are like some magic bean stalk!  Faith is never a Jack in the Bean stalk reality or fantasy.   It always takes time and care to develop and produce that which was planted.  So farming is a faith lesson.   God planted a seed and expected a harvest.  That is the definition of what faith is in a nutshell; believing in a harvest by only planting seeds in the ground.  Remember that natural seeds are invisible substances when placed in the ground.  You see nothing for many days and only believe they are there by faith.

Are you a believer today?  Then you believe in God’s Seed principles.   Even though you have never seen Jesus personally, you believe that He is faithful who has promised.  The Bible says “Why stare ye into heaven?  This same Jesus that you saw go up into heaven, will come back down in the same way” (Acts 1:11).  Believing only in the words of angels written down in a book with no basis of proof and no physical evidence that you can take to court, that is what faith is.  God’s Word is the Seed, remember?  If you believe God’s Word it will conceive in your spirit the same as it did for Mary.  No, you won’t have a virgin birth, God did not promise you that, but you can go into the Bible and see what He did Promise you and believe for that.

Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

This verse near the beginning of  Galatians 3 makes a declaration that is not widely understood.  As you can see this verse is addressed to the Church of Jesus Christ.  How can a widely Gentile congregation of people be called the children of Abraham?  If you look up the definition of the words, it actually calls Abraham our “father”.  I thought God was our Father?  Here is another perplexing puzzle given to us in the Bible.   You see there is NO WAY that I am a natural descendant of Abraham.  I was not born of the natural nation of Israel.  But, yet God still calls Abraham my father.  People obviously just ignore verses like these in the Bible, I guess?  Since I am not a natural child of Abraham that only leaves me to be a spiritual child of Abraham.  Do you understand this logic?  There are only two realms of existence and these are the created natural realm and the original spiritual realm.  If you are a living born again Christian on this earth you exist within both of these realms simultaneously.  If you are not a Christian you only exist in the physical realm until you die physically.  If you look at the context of this verse you can see that Abraham was justified by faith.  Abraham believed God, Galatians 3:6 says to us.  So this means that we have also been justified by the same faith that Abraham possessed.  Not just believing in God, but believing God came to the earth personally and died for your sins and was raised from the dead.  This is faith in God’s personal accomplished works and His Words.

Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

You should make a valid attempt at understanding every verse in this chapter of Galatians.  It describes who you are and reveals how you became what you are in very clear in-depth terminology.   Let’s start by realizing that Abraham was extremely blessed by God.  The natural descendants of Abraham have always been extremely blessed by God.  The natural nation of Israel has controlled vast amounts of the world’s wealth ever since they left Egypt and took all they could carry.  But, this verse says that the blessings of Abraham should come upon us, the Gentiles.  How did this occur?  It could only occur by you getting born again by your faith in Jesus Christ.  Now that makes you of the same faith as your father Abraham.  Again we see a principle of the seed within itself concept being given.  Whatever our father spiritual Abraham did, that is also what we who believe God have done.  Faith is a spiritual force of the human spirit.  So you cannot see Abraham’s faith unless he does something to demonstrate his faith to us.  When the lame man was brought to Jesus at the house where they tore the roof up to lower him to Jesus, the Bible says that Jesus could see their faith.  So faith can be seen depending upon what people do.  So what did our father Abraham do to demonstrate his faith?  If you recall you might remember that God changed his name.   When God changed his name from Abram to Abraham, Abram could have said that is not who I am and refused to go along with it.  The name Abraham means “father of nations”.  So by Abraham going around saying his name he confirmed that he was the father of nations even without having the promised child yet.  This is another faith lesson that is an excellent story to show you how God works with people.  But, this verse also says that the promise to Abraham was for us to receive the Spirit of God by this same faith.  I honestly do not know how to explain that verse of scripture, so I just accept it by faith for now and trust the Lord God to reveal it to me later.   Let’s skip down to the end of the chapter and see the last verse to wrap this lesson up:

Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

This chapter of Galatians ends with another seed concept and statement.  If you are Christ’s, meaning that you belong to Him, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.  We again see a reference to the promise of God made to Abraham and to his seed.  God promised the Seed of Abraham that He would be the heir.   This seed was Jesus Christ.  But, now it calls us this same seed at the same time.  Since you and I are not Jesus how do we explain what this verse says?  That is a very strong question that many people do not fully try to comprehend how that we in the church have become an equal heir with Christ.  God again exhibits His extreme intelligence in how He designed these things to work.   We are joint heirs with Christ by marriage covenant.  The church is the Bride of Christ and if you do not understand this, you should read the series of lessons that I did on this subject.  By being joined to Him by marriage covenant we have become one with Him.  The law of Genesis says that the two shall be even as one!  We have just seen another paradox being presented to us.  We have one body or seed but two heirs.  We can only resolve this paradox by studying how Eve came from the one body of Adam to make two.  So the Bible is complex I know and you may struggle with many of the things that I teach.  I hope and pray that you at least go and read all of these verses in your Bible and look up the definitions and meanings of every word you can find and see for yourself if they are true or not.  Do not ever take my word for anything, I am a man that makes mistakes, I am capable of failing since I am an imperfect growing Christian just like you are.  So the bottom line of today’s lesson was the Church was called the Seed of Abraham.  Did you know you were a seed?  I bet you are beginning to see that you are a seed in more ways than one.  I apologize for covering too much in one lesson and making it so long today.  God Bless You, until next time.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on “seeds” you can go to “Part 11“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! If You Abide IN ME and My Words Abide IN YOU! Part 8

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 8 of a series of lessons on the concepts and laws surrounding seeds found in the Bible.  The Seed is a natural divinely inspired design principle revealed in creation that demonstrates vast complex spiritual revelation.  In the previous lessons I taught on the laws surrounding seeds and demonstrated some of their applications given to us in the New Testament.  Today I will be doing another one of those lessons about seed applications using the New Testament.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”.  Only by following the series from the beginning will you have much of a chance at understanding what is being taught.  Let me review briefly the Major Seed Laws from Genesis 1 that we have already covered: 

  1. Fruit with Seed within Itself!
  2. Every Seed produces after its Kind!
  3. Seeds Produce Trees that Produce More Fruit!
  4. You Always Harvest more than You Sow!  Seed Multiplication.

Seed concepts are not widely known in modern America.  Very few people plant gardens and grow their own fruit, vegetables and crops.  The farm concept was a widely known principle in early Bible days.  This is one of the key reasons Jesus taught using these principles so often in the parable lessons that he gave us.  In Jesus’ days on earth, if you wanted to eat you better grow it.  Today modern children just think everything is magic that appears at the grocery store or at the market and they probably do not even have a clue how it is produced.  As a result of this they have lost the essential concepts and laws of planting seeds and getting harvests.  To lose sight of these concepts is to lose sight of God’s designed ways.  The Seed concept is still a vital part of the End Time Plan of God.  God has never lost sight of what seeds are and how seeds work.  That is one of the key reasons I have spent this amount of time on this subject.  I believe it to be absolutely critical to understand how God works in the spiritual realm and since we do not have any personal experiences in this realm we must rely on the natural realm that God created as a pattern of information for the unseen spiritual realm.   Of course you do not interpret nature, you interpret the Word of God, using the Word of God to define the things that you find in nature and this is the key to seeing these Bible truths and hidden spiritual things.

Today I am going to expand on the topic of the “Seed within Itself” Law of Genesis 1 using some fresh New Testament verses.   In earlier blogs on this subject we discussed how that Levi had paid tithes in Abraham, because he was a seed of Abraham (Heb. 7:9).  Levi was a future descendant of Abraham, yet God counted what Abraham did as applying to what Levi had done.  This is one of the most profound truths in the Bible that I have ever seen, yet I have not heard hardly anyone teach on it.  The concepts behind this teaching are far reaching and apply to many things in the spiritual realm.  Today I am going to give you an example of these concepts.  Let’s start the lesson with a verse found in Galatians:

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

There are verses like this one in the Bible that will totally confuse you unless you understand the Seed Laws and apply them correctly.   How can Paul have been crucified with Christ, when he was not even there physically with him?  I hope that you are beginning to see how this is possible.  Paul was not there physically, but he was there spiritually as a future spiritual seed of God.  If natural children are natural seeds in the Bible, then spiritual children are also seeds, but of a spiritual kind.  Remember everything produces after its own kind.   Jesus was called the Seed of Abraham and the Seed of David in the Bible.  Paul was calling himself a seed of Christ Jesus.   Whatever happened to Jesus is what happened to US who are born again.  Since the spiritual birth is a spiritual process that is patterned after the natural birth process we can very easily begin to see that Paul considered himself to be a spiritual descendant of Jesus.  Paul looked at Jesus as being his spiritual father.   Paul looked to Jesus as being the head of a new spiritual family of God as you and I are also in this family.  Here is another verse that use to boggle people’s mind:

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

As you can see this verse says that we have been raised from the dead with Christ and that we now sit with Him in heaven.  Have you ever been to heaven?  If you have then you probably died or saw a spiritual vision of heaven.  No, again we see the application of the “Seed within Itself” Law being applied to us in the spiritual realm.  Whatever our father Jesus accomplished we accomplished because we were “IN HIM” when He did them.  Wow, that is so awesome!  That is just a totally RADICAL concept to try to wrap your mind around, isn’t it?   Everything that Jesus did, we did if you are born again!  This is why in the New Testament you can search and find so many verses in the Bible that describe how we are IN CHRIST, IN HIM, IN WHOM.  By finding out what Christ did, you find out what you DID!

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

There are just too many scriptures in the Bible that repeat the “Seed within itself principle for me to give you them all.  I think I gave you this one before, but it is so good that I will briefly go over it again.  Because the human race was “IN” Adam all must die.  Adam’s death passed death to every one of His Seeds.   This is the natural picture of the seed within itself concept being described to us very clearly.  Then there is a spiritual contrasting truth that is now revealed to us that Jesus who is the Last Adam and that He is the spiritual procreator of a new people that will live.  Because Jesus was raised from the DEAD, we have been raised from the dead because we were IN HIM!  As in Adam all died, so those IN Christ will all live.  You better make sure that you are IN Christ if you want to live spiritually in God’s family!

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Being IN Christ is essential to understanding your position today in the spiritual realm.  Those who are spiritually born again have become a NEW CREATION of Almighty God.  This means that we are something that never existed before.  Adam had a spirit within his body, but did not have the Spirit of God in union with his spirit.   You can see in this verse that translators have added 3 words that are not in the Greek.  If you take these out, they basically say the same thing, but review it without these words:

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man in Christ a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

You can see a subtle difference now.  The fact that we are IN Christ has not changed but only because we are IN Christ makes us a new Creature with Christ!  God the Almighty Creator became a part of His creation by His designed purpose.  I could try to elaborate why this was necessary but I might just cloud the current subject with too much extraneous information, so I’ll pass by that for now.  What I want you to focus on is the fact that a man is now IN Christ and that is what also makes him able to participate as being a New Creature!

2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Now we can see why Jesus Christ was so different and why Satan did not know what to do with this man.  Jesus was born a human male that had the Spirit of God within His Body.   This is the   SEED within Itself Concept being repeated.  God provided Himself the Seed for our reconciliation.   These seed concepts are so important for you to understand.  It truly helps you to see what was accomplished by God and how He did them.   God was IN Christ; the church was IN Christ so we are now IN God.  Christ IN Us, the hope of Glory!  Now the reverse concept is also applicable in the New Testament Bible.  You can see that not only are we IN Christ, but Christ must also be IN us!  It is a two way seed street reality.  How do you get Christ in YOU?

Joh 15:4   Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it Abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye Abide in me.

More seed concepts are given in this verse statement of Jesus Christ.  You can see the concept of fruit being given.  Fruit is the end result that God is looking for in the lives of every Christian.  This fruit will always contain seed to produce more fruit.  This is again the seed within itself concept.  But we can also see the two way street that I just referred to and how that this works.  While the SEED of God is in us, we are in the VINE of God.  The VINE represents Christ and we are in Him.  We the church, are the branches that produce the fruit as long as we abide in Him, Christ the Vine!  But, we the church are also the ones that have the Word of God in Us!  If you recall from earlier lessons on this subject, the Word of God was the Seed of God.  We have been born again not of corruptible seed, but of the incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23).  So we are beginning to see how it is a full circle concept of Seed Salvation.  Everything starts with the Word of God and everything continues to exist with the Word of God.

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me,  and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done untoyou.

Do you see what Jesus is telling you?  Do you see how the seed concepts and seed laws are affecting what you get in life?  Do you see how that if you abide in Christ the Vine (the Spiritual Seed of God) and if you allow the Word of God (also the spiritual seed of God) to live in you a natural seed (the Seed within Itself) that you can not only produce fruit but that you can also get your prayers answered by God?  Everything hinges upon the Word of God which is the Seed of God that produces the results that God is expecting to harvest very soon.  Seeds are everywhere in the Bible.  The concepts of seeds are everywhere in the Bible.   Different Seed types and seed patterns are repetitious, overlapping and intersecting with each other and this can make them vastly complex to understand.   The intelligence of God is so much greater than our minds and therefore we are challenged to come up to a higher dimension of how to think about these spiritual things and God’s Word.  May the God of Peace enlighten your minds so that you can comprehend these Seed Principles!  God Bless, until next time!

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons you can now continue with “Part 9“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! The Seed of Resurrection! Part 7

(ver 1.2) This is now Part 7 of a series of lessons on the concepts and laws surrounding seeds found in the Bible.  The Seed is a naturally divinely inspired designed principle that demonstrates vast spiritual revelation and today will be another example of that.  In a previous lesson I taught on a parable that Jesus spoke on concerning the seed concept that if a seed ever produces fruit, it must first die and be planted (buried) in the ground (John 12:24).  We looked at Jesus being this seed, but of course He was also a man like you and I in the world.    The Spirit of God raised the man, Jesus Christ from the dead and He became the first man ever to be resurrected from the dead.  We know that the man Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross in Jerusalem.  We know that He hung there and died.  We know the Roman soldier pierced His side and His blood and water from His body flowed from His side onto the ground.  We then know His body was taken down and placed in a tomb.  We can now begin to understand the seed concepts being presented.  The body of Jesus was a seed.  This seed died and was buried in a earthly tomb.   But, after 3 days we know that God raised this man Jesus back to life in His own physical body.  So far I’m just stating things that you should already know, especially if you have been reading this series.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”.

Let us today start by discussing some basic seed concepts using a natural seed.  Did you know that a seed contains 3 main parts?  How many main parts does a man have?  A man also has 3 man parts; man is a 1). spirit that has a 2). soul, who lives in a 3). body.  So man has 3 main parts.  I believe the parallels to natural things and spiritual things are quite amazing.  God is also described as a 3 part spiritual being.  God the Father, God the Word and God the Holy Ghost are the three parts that comprise the One True God.   So what are the 3 main parts of a natural seed?  They are the 1). Seed Coat, the 2).  Endosperm and the 3). Embryo.   These are the 3 major components of a natural seed.   Let’s compare the makeup of a man to the makeup of a seed.   The outer portion that we can see would be the “human body” and this would correspond to the “seed coat” which is the outer shell membrane.    Then man’s next layer going from least important to most important would be his soul.  The soul of the man is his “mind” and this component corresponds to the seed “Endosperm”.   The final most important part of a man is his spirit.  The “spirit of man” corresponds to the most important part of a seed, the “Embryo”.   God can be very tricky to understand.  As you might have seen God calls the children of humans their “Seed”.   So God describes the human makeup of a man to be designed after a seed.  As you can see from the natural description of a seed this information corresponds very closely.   However, in another parable Jesus spoke of a man being the “Ground” that the seed is planted into.  However, this time the seed is the Word of God.  Jesus taught in the Parable of the Sower that man could be 6 different types of ground or natural earth.  This is the part that makes many people scratch their heads and say “how can we be both”, yet God clearly calls us both of these.  I believe it depends upon your perspective and the application that you are attempting to use it in.  Clearly there are different types of seeds and this is part of the difficulty of interpretation, being forced to determine the context and the correct type of everything being discussed by God.  No body that I know of says Bible interpretation is easy, if you think it is you have been deceived.

So I have gone through a long introduction, introducing some new things along with a review of some basic seed concepts that we should have all previously learned.  Today I want to show you something new in the Bible that applies to God’s design of us  being a type of seed.  The subject of the resurrection is of course a potentially controversial subject, since not to many people know much about it.  Some believe in it and some do not.  It is no different today than when Jesus walked the face of the earth.  You may remember in Matthew 22:23 that a group of people came to Jesus to ask Him a question.  These people were members of the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead.  So it is really no different today, we still have people who do not subscribe to what the Bible teaches.  So let’s discuss resurrection and what it is briefly.  The “Resurrection of the Dead” is a basic foundational truth taught in the Bible (Heb 6:2).  The Greek word in the Strong’s dictionary means to “raise up”, to “stand up again” or “to raise to life again”.   These are those which were once alive who are stated to have died and behold are alive again.   That is the concept of resurrection being described to us and this is a seed concept being clearly demonstrated.   A seed lives, a seed dies and is raised again to a new life after being planted.  So if a man is a seed and his makeup or design resembles a natural seed we should be able to see how God plans to use this concept in the resurrection of our physical bodies. 

1Co 15:35  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

In this verse Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and answering some basic theological questions.  There must have been some raging debate on the subject to cause God to respond in this manner.  Of course it also helps us to learn what was being taught since we were not present when Paul taught it to them personally.  Two questions are presented to God.  First, how are the dead “raised up” and second what kind of body will they have?  I think these are two very good questions and we will see if God answers these questions.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Backing up in the chapter we see some contextual verses that are also in reference to the seed resurrection principle.  Adam caused all men to die because we were all “in” Adam when he sinned.  Christ will cause all men to live again because we that are born again were in Christ when He was raised from the dead.  This is not a universal salvation, meaning that everyone will go to heaven however.  You see there are people trying to deceive others using these types of teachings where they only use the parts of the Bible that they like and then reject the parts that they do not like or that don’t fit what they desire to believe.   Here is a verse that Jesus gave us on this subject of resurrection. 

Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

To “come forth” is a Seed concept.  You dig a hole in the soil, sow a seed in the ground, cover it with dirt and in the process of time it “comes forth” out of the ground.   Then Jesus tells us that some who have done good things will be resurrected into life and these are the good seeds that God planted.  However, then there is the bad news for the bad seeds, those that have done evil will be resurrected to damnation.  Wow, not very good news for some people.  Everyone is prophesied to be resurrected from the dead and come forth but there are two types of seeds being described and they are very different, even completely opposite.  We learned this concept when Jesus taught us the parable about the man who sowed good seed (Mat 13).  The enemy came and sowed tares among the seeds of wheat and they both came to bear fruit simultaneously.   What we discover is that the resurrection for the dead is a reality that everyone will face in the future; it is really dependent upon what type of seed you are in to where they end up.  Some will be very happy and some will be extremely sad.

1Co 15:32  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

Here is a verse that I thought I would include simply because this is a common attitude found in the present evil world that we live in.  People are massively consumed with self-indulgence and have a self-centered attitude towards life.  If you have something and I want it I’ll just take it.  After all there are no consequences to life, we are just the same as every other animal on the planet, they think and have been taught.   If we evolved from monkeys and monkeys die that is the end of them so it is with us.  There is no God, no Judge, no hell, no way are we going to bear any responsibility for our actions so live it up and be all that you can be for tomorrow you may die.  People are so focused on themselves they do not know what they are doing to others.  That is really going to be the hardest lesson to learn when it comes to judgment day.

1Co 15:35  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

So let’s get back to finding the answers to the two questions being asked by the skeptics.  How is it possible that this resurrection will occur and what will I look like after it does occur?

1Co 15:36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

God begins to answer the first question using the seed principle.  To quicken something means to be made alive.  This is a changing or reversal from death to life.  What God is describing is the basic seed concept we previously discussed.  A seed is useless unless it first dies.  Only after the death of a seed, can the new life come forth.  I like Paul a lot.  He is very straight forward and stands firmly behind what he teaches.  He says that those who are ignorant are fools because they purposely reject the truth.   You need to decide if you want to be a fool today or change to accept the wisdom of God.  God is revealing to us seed principles that are very profound and they apply directly to us in this subject of the resurrection of our physical bodies.  We wouldn’t be able to live again if Jesus did not die for us and plant the seed for our salvation.  Here is the next verse so pay close attention to what it says:

1Co 15:37  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

God almost gives us a contradiction of terms.  One of the seed principles from Genesis is every seed produces after its own kind.  An orange seed will produce only an orange tree.  But, now we see another extension to the puzzle.  You plant a seed and you get a tree and not just another set of seeds.  In other words you do not plant a tree and get a tree.  Or you do not plant a seed and just get more seeds.  No the basic law is that you plant a seed and you will get a new living plant.  God is saying in this verse in 1 Corinthians that the physical body that you have right now is nothing but a bare grain of seed.  What God is alluding to is that your physical body you have now is not the spiritual body that you will have after the resurrection.

1Co 15:38  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

While wheat seeds only produce wheat, God is saying that every human is still a uniquely designed individual.  So while we are all human seeds, we look differently and have unique natural features like individual fingerprints and DNA.   These unique features will produce a similar design in the resurrected us.  In other words everybody will not be clones in the resurrected spiritual realm.  You can clearly see in this verse God is calling us each a seed, but at the same time also calling us all unique seeds.  That makes our seed discussion a little bit more complex, but yet same seed principles and laws still apply.  So let’s go through some of the other information revealed to us:

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

I skipped down to verse 42 because it seemed relevant to our seed discussion.  God says He will take the corruptible natural part of us and sow it to produce the new incorruptible part us during the resurrection.  That is pretty cool stuff, if you ask me.

1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

What was dishonorable and weak will become glorious and powerful.  God is giving you a clue comparison of the difference between the old and the new.  That which will become a new is highly better than that which was sown.  This is a result of being born again of the incorruptible seed of God and not the corruptible natural seed of man.

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

Our natural bodies will planted as a seed that will produce the spiritual resurrected bodies.  God clearly declares that our future spiritual bodies are not the exact same as our current physical bodies.  The new spiritual body will not get sick, or grow old, will not fail, or even grow tired.  There are just too many new features to describe this new body.  The new body will certainly have many of the same features of the old body and still be able to do many of the things that old body could do.  The best of the old will continue to be present in the new.  Jesus after being resurrected from the dead would still eat natural food with his disciples.  So eating is a future good thing to look forward to and all the church people said amen!  So I think I have gone long enough on the subject of the “Seed of Resurrection”.  I hope and pray that you enjoyed the lesson and derived some benefit from reading it.  God continue to bless you until the next time.

If you like to continue reading this series you can go to “Part 8“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! Seed Laws Applied to New Testament Truths! Part 6

(ver 1.3) In my last few lessons on this subject, I have been going through some of the parables of Jesus concerning the subject of Seeds.   In these lessons we learned some very valuable spiritual information that apply to every Christian believer and unsaved non-believer.  Jesus used these natural Seed concepts and laws to describe vast complex spiritual realities that we have never seen or could even attempt to understand.  The Bible contains more than 200 direct references to seeds in the KJV Bible and certainly many, many more indirect references on the subject can be found.  If you have not been reading this series of lessons from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start with Part 1 first.  Today I want to teach you some New testament truths by reviewing and applying some of the basic seed law concepts that we learned from Genesis.  We will read and study several New Testament verses that we have not discussed up to this point and learn how seeds apply to them.

THE SEED WITHIN ITSELF LAW

One of the first seed concepts that I gave you was the “Seed within Itself” law and concept revealed in Genesis 1:11.   If you do not understand correct Bible interpretation, one rule or law of correct Bible interpretation is called the “Law of First Mention”.   By going into the Bible and finding the first occurrence of a subject you are introduced to some basic concepts that are usually critical to understanding the entire subject.  So Genesis 1:11 says that the earth brought forth trees with fruit “whose seed was in itself”.  We understand this to be a natural law which applies, to fruit as well as to the natural man and woman.  This law represents a self-sustaining reproductive system that was designed and created by God.  God created one thing and this thing contained the built in capability to reproduce indefinitely, sustaining the existence of the species.

1Jn 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

In reviewing the parable of the Sower we learned that the Seed of God was the Word of God.  It was the Seeds of God’s Words that produces the spiritual fruit in our spirits.  So this verse in 1 John 3:9 tells us that we are born of God.  We should be able to clearly understand that this is a spiritual birth and not a physical birth and we can confirm that by reading the words of Jesus in John 3.  We have previously seen that the human male sperm was called “seed” in the Bible and we can now begin to see a spiritual application taught from the pattern found within the naturally created reproductive process.  This verse says that when we are born spiritually, and it came as a result of us accepting the truth of God’s Word.  Now God’s Seed is in us and this is a spiritual repetition of the “seed within itself” law.   The more of the Word of God you learn, the more of the Seed of God you have in you and the more fruit of God is potentially produced.  It is a very basic concept, but yet very profound.

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

So here is another New Testament verse that describes the spiritual Seed of God to be the Word of God.  This Spiritual Seed is compared and contrasted with the natural seed of the created man.  The sperm of a man is called the corruptible seed.  The Greek word translated as corruptible means “decaying” or “perishing”.  This is interestingly enough related to the laws of thermodynamics that states everything is in a state of decay around us.  Humans are in a state of aging from the moment they are conceived.   However, we the body of Christ are Christians that are spiritually “born again”.  This birth is not a natural birth, but is a spiritual birth that came as a result of us hearing the Spiritual Words of God.  This would be symbolically analogous to our spirits being like the womb of a woman with the fertile egg present.  By us lending our ears to God’s Word and hearing it and then understanding it, God’s Word becomes one with our spirit and then God’s Spirit becomes one with our spirit (1 Co 1:16).  1 Peter 1:23 teaches us that God’s word/seed will now “Abide” within us.  Abide means to indwell and live in our spirits.  This is clearly the seed within itself law from Genesis 1:11.  If you have heard the Word of God and have accepted it and know it you have His spiritual seed on the inside of your spirit.  Always remember that the Seed of God is in you!

EVERY SEED PRODUCES AFTER ITS OWN KIND LAW

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

God is talking to us about another law concerning seeds in this verse in Galatians.  This law is also revealed to us in the first chapter of Genesis 1 in verse 11.  However, here God is telling us about the seeds that are sown by a man.  Sounds familiar doesn’t it?  God says that every man will reap whatever kind of seeds that he sows.  This is a basic spiritual application of the first law of seeds that every seed produces after its own kind.  When I talked about this law originally, I told you that an apple seed will produce only an apple tree and an orange seed will produce only an orange tree.  So what you get in life is determined by what you plant.  This verse also says that God is not mocked by those who say this is not true and by those that say that this does not apply to them.  In other words God is saying this is the way everything in the world works whether you believe it or not.  That was a very strong statement from God.  You should be beginning to understand a little better about the power of the seeds that you sow, if you have read this entire series of lessons.  If you decide not to believe what you just read, God says you are not mocking the messenger Agapegeek, you are mocking God and I would be very concerned about doing something foolish like that.

Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

The next verse in Galatians is just more conformation to exactly what God has said before.  This verse reveals to us that there are two types of seeds that every man can sow in this world.  The first type of seed is a natural or carnal seed type and this is another example of a corruptible seed type that will reap only natural death.  Then there is a spiritual seed type that can be sown and this seed reaps life everlasting.  So let me stop right there and ask you this, what is life everlasting?  This certinaly does not mean that you will never die physically if you sow to the spirit.  It also does not mean that you will ever cease to exist, if you do not do this.  Man was created as a spirit being that will never cease to exist, after we die physically; our spirit will either go to heaven or to hell based upon our current relationship with Jesus Christ.  The problem with most Bible interpretations is that people do not attempt to get God’s definition on any of the words that they are reading.  They read every word and assume they know what they mean and then miss what God is trying to teach them.  Here is a verse in the Bible that gives us God’s clear definition of what “eternal life” is in His eyes:

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

To me this definition changes the meaning to what I thought it meant to live eternally dramatically and it causes me to shift my thinking differently than I had ever thought before.  Eternal life is not living forever; eternal life is your ability to know the True Living God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent forever.  That is just a radically different perspective of life eternal.  Those who die without this spiritual eternal life will never know God or Jesus Christ and will probably not have a clue why they went to hell.  I guess they may have some idea since God speaks of a coming time of judgment and there will certainly be some discussion to the charges against them before judgment is passed if God’s court is like our courts.  I guess that last two statements was just my opinions so please do not take them as scripture.  I also briefly got off of the subject of seeds to define a term that I think is important for you to know.

SEED SINGULAR OR SEED PLURAL?

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

I alluded to this seed concept in an earlier lesson on this subject.  I talked about the fact that the word “seed” can be taken as either plural or singular and that it is only determined which one it is referring to by the contextual usage of the word and even that can be very difficult figure out.  This is just one of the intentionally designed methods of God used to conceal the truth in the Bible.   In this verse in Galatians God is referring to the promise made to Abraham.  Since Jesus was in Abraham when God made this promise Jesus was the “Seed” within himself that was to receive the promise.  Abraham naturally fathered several children.  Ishmael and Isaac are the two obvious sons that everyone remembers from Sunday school.  However, Ismael was cast out of the house by Abraham’s wife Sarah and is not the promised child.  Isaac was the promised child, the future grand-father to the nation of Israel.  But, yet Galatians say that Isaac was not the seed that was to receive this promise.  However, again Jesus was also in his father Isaac as the seed.  Then the two sons of Isaac were born, Jacob and Esau.   Esau, the firstborn was not the selected path either, but the younger son Jacob was.  Jesus was in His father Jacob as a seed.  I could go on and on through every generation from Israel to Mary and see that Jesus was in each parent.  But, none of these were the selected “seed”.

Galatians 3:16 says that the promised “seed” that was in Abraham was only Jesus Christ.  This was clearly a singular occurrence and not a multiple pattern of seeds being referred to.  Hopefully you can better understand how God can look at Abraham and make a promise about his seed, when God was speaking about Jesus Christ who was in Abraham.  The Son of God was the promised seed able to fulfill the requirements of God’s conditions, to fulfill the law, to live a sinless life, to die and shed his blood for you and I and to be raised from the dead so that we could forever go and live with Him.  To me that is just an awesome display of the wisdom of God.  I think I will end this blog today right here.  I have just selected a few New Testament applications of the Seed concepts and laws and tried to show you how God used them to fulfill His plan of redemption.  Hopefully you are deriving some benefit from these lessons.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading this series you may go to “Part 7“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! Except a Seed Fall into the Ground and Die! Part 4

(Ver 2.2)  This is now Part 4 of a series of lessons on seeds.  Seeds are a vast complex subject found in the Bible.  God uses natural seed concepts and applies them to spiritual things in repeated references found in the Bible.  Today I will show you some more of the references that Jesus used to describe why He was here and how that He was both a physical and a spiritual “seed”.  In the last lesson we reviewed the parable of the Sower and examined the symbolic elements to gain an understanding of what Jesus called the most important “parable”.  In learning the concepts of this parable we can transfer much of that knowledge to other parables that Jesus taught us.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning, I would suggest that you stop and go back and start reading with “Part 1”.    I have been going through the Bible showing you several different things that God calls seeds.  Here is the original list again:

  1. Natural Grass Seeds
  2. Natural Fruit Seeds
  3. The Seed of a Man, His Sperm
  4. The Seed of a Woman, Her Children
  5. The Seed of a Man and a Woman, their offspring
  6. The Word of God
  7. The Seed of your Mouth, Your Words
  8. The Body of Jesus Christ
  9. The Church
  10. Your Body

These are of course not every type of seed mentioned in the Bible, only some of the ones that I wanted to show you.  We have gone through and reviewed some verses about natural seeds in Genesis and learned some applicable laws that apply to every type of seed.  The first law was that a seed always produces after its own kind.   The second law of seeds is that the seed is always within itself.  Both of these concepts transfer to many other types of seeds revealed to us in the Bible and you should understand them.  If you recall I showed that every future generation or descendant of a man, is said to be in the man.  God shows us that whatever the father did, is what their descendants did.

Today I want to show you another parable that Jesus taught us about seeds.  After reading this you should become aware of why it is so important to know and to understand this subject.  Let’s begin by reading in Matthew 13:31:

Mat 13:31  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Again, Jesus refers to the Kingdom of Heaven as being like a man who planted a seed.  However, this lesson while very similar is very different than the previous lesson of the Parable of the Sower.  Both are about a man, both are about seeds and both involve planting seed in the ground to grow something.  But, this time the seed is said to be singular.  This is a new perspective on an old subject about a new type of seed or a new concept about the nature of seeds.  In the Parable of the Sower the seed represented the Word of God (Luke 8:11).  However, in this parable the seed is something completely different while being completely the same thing at the same time.  Hopefully you will understand why I said that as we continue to learn.    Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like a man that plants “One” seed and it grows into a massive tree in a field.  Jesus is referring to a specific seed and qualifies it to be a “mustard” seed.   Any time you qualify a noun you limit the scope of the noun and narrow the meaning.  In other words, you exclude every other seed, for the type described.  What we can see is that Jesus was teaching that NOT just any seed will work; it has to be a mustard seed.  The mustard seed is not widely used in the Bible, but perhaps we will look at some more references to it later.  What we learn is a symbolic meaning that not just any type of seed will work for what God wants to accomplish.  God selected a specific seed to accomplish His plan and we will soon discover that Jesus was this seed:

Mat 13:32  Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

Jesus calls this type of seed to be the least among all seeds.  Jesus could be referring to the physical size of the seed, but yet I believe that is not what He is saying.   We know today that there are many seeds that are smaller seeds than a mustard seed in the world.   So Jesus must be referring to something else, a symbolic characteristic and not a physical attribute of the seed.  What we should learn from this verse is that most great things have very humble beginnings.    It is the classic analogy of the fact that the greatest oak trees come from little acorns.  I know of practically nothing that starts big and just stays big.  We are being presented a new perspective of the seed concept that all great things usually start as very small things.  This goes against human nature, doesn’t it?  Everyone wants to hit the lottery and win millions of dollars and then think that will solve all of their problems.  However, God is teaching us a different lesson using seeds.  This is part of the message that Jesus is attempting to get over to us.  This is some of the key reasons of why the natural nation of Israel missed the first coming of their Messiah.   Jesus did not come how they expected him to come, nor did He do what they desired Him to do.  They were looking for a great and powerful savior and not a humble man that would not even save Himself.  The disciples would ask Jesus “are you going to restore the kingdom of Israel now” (Acts 1:6).  Israel was looking for the grand restoration and not for a small beginning.  This is a classic example of the misunderstanding of the importance of how seeds work.  Israel did not recognize the Seed of God as He walked among them.  Jesus came to the earth as just a small, insignificant humble man.  Jesus was God almighty who became like the least of all the men on the planet.   Why would God almighty take the time to wash the feet of His disciples?  Why did Jesus do this?  It all goes back to seeds.  God was planting a seed that would grow into a great spiritual Kingdom and not a physical Kingdom.  This Kingdom did not come with a natural conquering mighty force, this Kingdom did not have a natural army with natural weapons, and this Kingdom did not come with much pomp and exalting circumstances.  In fact this Kingdom cannot be physically seen at all, unless Christians choose to display it to others.   Here is why Jesus said that He came to the earth:

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth muchfruit.

Wow!  That is a very deep statement about the reality of how seeds work.  Who is Jesus talking about?  Who is this seed?  You should be able to see that Jesus is this seed that He is referring to.    Jesus prophesied His death, His burial and the resulting fruit that would spring forth from that planting.  Jesus predicts that there will be much fruit that will come from His death.  How was Jesus able to do this?  It was because Jesus understood the concept of seeds.  Plant a little seed and get a great harvest.  From little humble beginnings can grow great and mighty things.  This is a key seed principle and law that applies to what God was doing on the earth through Jesus Christ.   In John 12:24, Jesus says that a kernel of corn (a seed) will be alone if it does not die.  I believe that God is trying to teach us that the Seed of Jesus has been planted to produce more people in the world like Jesus.  This is just a basic typology of how the seed produces more of itself in the earth.  Just ONE little seed planted can produce a huge harvest over time.  Let me show you some prophetic verses in the O.T. concerning Jesus:

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

You can read the Bible without studying and totally miss what is said.  In this verse if you do not look up the definition of the key words you will breeze right over what God is trying to teach you about.  The Key word that I want to look at is “Branch”.  It is qualified to be a righteous Branch so we know this is Jesus.  The Hebrew word “Branch” in this verse is a word that mean “sprouts”, “springs up”,  “buds”.  These are all “SEED” concept words.  You plant a righteous seed and you get a righteous harvest.  That is what God is attempting to get you to see.  The coming Messiah was a SEED man!  Let me show you another verse of prophecy about this seed of God:

Eze 34:29  And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

Here is another verse about the coming Messiah and Israel missed it.  God is saying I will “raise up” a “PLANT” of character.  This word for “Plant” in the Hebrew means something that is planted in a garden.  Sure sounds like a seed to me, how about you?  I just wanted to show you some O.T. examples of this coming seed so that you would not think that I just make this stuff up.  It is really amazing what the Bible says when you can see it.

What have we learned?  We learned that God planted a seed and this was a lowly humble man called Jesus Christ.  But, through this humble beginning we see the growth that has transpired over the course of 2000 years.   The church of Jesus Christ is now greater in strength and numbers than at any time in the past 2000 years.  I am a firm believer that Jesus is expecting a triumphant church, a great church that has made herself ready.  God planted the original seed and it has grown over the course of time and developed further into this great prophesied tree that the birds of the air can now build nests within.

So maybe I should explain a little better the difference between the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Mustard Seed.   You see in the parable of the sower, the seed is the Word of God.   The Word of God is being spread by the teaching and preaching of Jesus Christ throughout the Gospels.  But, if you have studied the Bible you also know that Jesus Christ is the Word of God!.  According to John 1:1, “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God”.  By simple laws of mathematics we can substitute “Seed” for “Word” in this verse and see that it now says this:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Seed, and the Seed was with God, and the Seed was God.

From the laws of mathematics we can apply the truth that if A=B, then B=A and “Word” = “Seed” and see a new simple truth, that God is the Seed and that God had the Seed within Himself.  Then we can learn from reading down in the chapter the following:

Joh 1:14  And the Seed (Word) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

God’s Seed takes on flesh and lives and walked among us.  We can now better understand how Jesus can call himself the Seed.  We can also better understand how God can plant this Seed Jesus and expect a spiritual harvest.  Jesus was a spiritual seed of God and God now expects a harvest of more spiritual fruit.  God believes that you can plant a seed and get a harvest.  The ending of a matter is always greater than its beginning.  I think where people get confused is in the fact that Jesus is multiple seeds simultaneously and this certainly makes our life more complicated in understanding the differences.   Let me give you a list of the types of Seed Jesus is Associated with in the Bible: 

  1. Word of God (Parable of Sower)
  2. Spiritual Seed of God (Mustard Seed)
  3. Natural Seed of God (Son of God)
  4. Natural Seed of Mary (Son of Man)
  5. Natural Seed of David (Son of David)
  6. Natural Seed of Abraham (Son of Abraham)
  7. Natural Seed of Adam (Son of Man)

This is probably not a complete list, but it is all that I can come up with right now.   If I locate other reference I will update this list.  I will end this blog here and hope that you have learned some new things from the Bible.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series, you can go to “Part 5“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! The Parable of the Sower! Part 3

(Ver 1.4)  This is a very advanced set of Bible lessons about the concepts, laws and information found in the Bible about “seeds”.  As we study this subject we discover how these principles apply both to the natural realm as well as the spiritual realm.  This is now Part 3 of the series and if you have not read from the beginning, I would suggest that you go and start your reading with “Part 1”.  We have already covered a lot of information found in the Bible, some of which you may have heard before, but certainly a lot that is new to you.  Studying the Bible on any subject is very difficult.  Because God has chosen to hide information, and finding every reference to a subject is very challenging.  To study the subject of “Seeds” we really need to search the Bible for every verse with that word in it and determine what it is saying.  Since there is more than one thing in the Bible called by the name “seed” we must learn what each one is and determine if they are related to any other.  But, that is not all of the verses on the subject.  What we must realize is that there are related subjects that go along with it, such as soil, earth, rain, water, light, warmth, planting, sowing, fruit and on and on I could go.  Then what about enemies to seeds, such as birds, insects, weeds, drought, rocks, heat, cold, floods and again on and on I could go.  There are a vast number of dependent subjects that you should learn to see how they apply to what we learn about “seeds”.  I am trying to demonstrate how complicated studying the Bible can be and why so many people do not know what the Bible actually says.  In order to study the Bible correctly, you must dig and research the subject as thoroughly as possible.  This also involves you doing a significant amount of work to find what God has hidden for you.

Today I am going to continue teaching on “seeds” in the Bible with a new perspective that is certainly very important to know.  Jesus taught us many things when He was here physically on the earth.  However, He placed an extraordinary emphasis on a certain subject as being a key to understanding all the other subjects found in the Bible.  Jesus said that this one concept that He taught was more important to understand than any of the others found in the Bible.  This critical subject was based upon “Seeds”.  You can find this teaching in three books of the Gospel; in Luke 8, Matthew 13 and Mark 4.  Let’s start our lesson by reading  Mark 4:26:

Mar 4:26  And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

Apparently the lesson is about the Kingdom of God, so right off of the bat we know it is of great importance.  We also understand it is a spiritual Kingdom and not a physical or natural kingdom.  At least I hope you understand these types of Bible basics.  What does God tell us the Kingdom of God is like?   God clearly says it is like a man who plants seeds into the ground.  Jesus is teaching using the format of a parable that contains natural things that we can see, to help explain spiritual things that we cannot see.  Then consider this, is Jesus a man?   Is Jesus THE man that this parable is referring to?  I think back and believe that when Jesus was on the earth, He was exactly this man.  Since Jesus has returned to heaven, it gets more complicated.  Jesus is still the man, but since He is not here physically anymore, He uses people like me who are here on the planet.  So while I’m not God, I am a tool used by God.   What I want you to see, is that God still uses people today to reach people.  Now let’s go back to Mark 4:3 and discover the key Seed lesson that Jesus wants you to see:

Mar 4:3  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

Jesus informs us that a sower went out to sow.  When you sow, you are doing what?  Of course you are planting seeds in a field or a garden.  Sowing involves a spreading of seeds into the ground.  So Jesus is discussing a farming lesson.  I want to jump down to the explanation of the parable and interject the important stuff that we need to see while we are studying the actual parable about seeds.  Here is what Jesus says about this parable being a key to understanding all the others:

Mar 4:13  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

It would appear to me that if you can understand this parable, then you are at the crossroads of understanding every parable that Jesus taught.  This has some vast implications attached to it, so pay close attention.  So here is Jesus’ explanation of what the sower is and what the seed is:

Mar 4:14  The sower soweth the word.

Now Jesus begins to let us in on the secret, the sower is planting words.  Not just any words, though these are the Words of God according Luke 8:11.  However, we can also understand the concept that any words spoken can become seeds.  The problem is that many of these words are lies and half-truths and thus plant wrong things.  Only God’s Word is Absolute Truth.  What we have discovered is that words are seeds.  We can also say seeds are words.   We can also see that a sower is anyone that opens his or her mouth and speaks words.  How do the Genesis seed laws apply to words?  We have clearly learned that seeds always produce after their kind.  What is the Word of God a kind of?  What kind does the Word of God produce?  We have also learned that seeds are always in itself.  Now let’s examine some more of the parable:

Mar 4:4  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

What Jesus does is give us some new related topics about the planting of these seed words.  However, Jesus starts to shift the focus off of the sower and the seed and they are not technically mentioned after the beginning.  Jesus begins to describe the types of soil or ground that are being planted in.  Jesus also starts to reveal that the soil, the seed and the sower all have enemies.  The fowls of the air come to devour the seed and thus render them harmless, non-productive or ineffective.   Since the parable involves symbolic natural representations, we know that the birds of the air represent spiritual beings that we cannot see or perceive with our natural senses.   So let’s examine the explanation of Jesus for these new symbolic factors given to us:

Mar 4:15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Jesus informs us that the soil is representative type of the hearts of people.  The human heart is not the physical blood pump organ.  The human heart in the Bible is their spirits.   Jesus also says that Satan is the enemy that is trying to steal the words of God from our hearts.  Ephesians 2:2 calls Satan the prince of the power of the air.  The earth’s atomosphere is the current domain of Satan.  This verse says that Satan comes immediately to steal the seed from us and that would be really bad news, if Satan could just take the word sown at will.  However, by reading in Matthew we learn some additional details on this subject.

Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

This is why it is important to read every occurence of a lesson so that we can learn all of the details.  This information in Matthew does not contradict the account written down by Mark, it only helps us to see what God is talking about more clearly.  What are the potential outcomes whenever you sit to listen to anyone speak at a lecture or in a class room at school?  I beleive that there are potentially three possibilities that can occur and your determination will cause the teacher’s words to either be  effective or to be ineffective.  You can ignore the teacher, you can hear and listen to the words only, or you can hear the words and get the understanding of them.  Hearing anything valuable to know and not understanding any of it does you little to no good.  In other words you derive no benefit of knowing the information.   There are a lot of people in the world that know Einstein’s equation of E=MC2, but very few that can actually teach you anything about what it means.  So what we discover is that understanding what you hear is the greater key factor to whether the devil can come and take it away from you.  That is a very important factor to learn.  Understanding of any subject is the key to holding on to that subject.  Keep in mind that we are talking about spiritual things here and not natural things.  We have spiritual seed which are spiritual words being planted into spiritual beings, which are responsible to hear them and then to understand them or the spiritual enemy, will come and take them from you.  Read through the rest of the parable and then I will discuss the symbols given in more detail:

Mar 4:5  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

Mar 4:6  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

Mar 4:7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

Mar 4:8  And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

As you read through the rest of the parable, you discover God’s goal for giving us His seed.  God is looking for a people to produce spiritual fruit.  The majority of the parable is a lesson of why people either produce this fruit or why they are unable to produce this fruit.  If you know anything about farming, you know that the soil is not the master of the seed, but the seed is the master of the soil.  Whatever is planted into the soil is that which is harvested.  If you are the soil that Jesus is speaking of, then it matters what you allow in your ears.  Do you understand why Satan has dominated the TV and radio air waves with lies and perversions?   I guess we should stop and examine the soil in more detail.   There are actually 6 different types of soil listed in the parable.  They are generally representative of 4 different types of people on the planet and the list of soil types does not exclude anyone.  If you analyze the list slosely you can see that there are actually two groups of 3 that are being mentioned.  There are three soils that are representative of saved fruitful Christians and 3 soils that did not receive the seed and let it produce any fruit at all: 

Type of Soil Description
Wayside These are those that can hear, but that do not understand what is said.  Therefore Satan can steal the truth away from them very easily.
Stony Ground These are those that turn away because of affliction or persecution.  They lack any depth or foundational root knowledge.   They are easily offended.
Among Thorns These are those that care more about the things in the world, the distraction of riches, the natural lusts of the world.
Good Soil These are those that produce fruit.  A return of seed is multiplied to produce a bountiful supply.  Some 30 times, some 60 times and some 100 times.

We can learn a significant amount of information about why some people produce fruit and others are unable to.   What have we learned?  We have learned that God uses people to teach the Word of God and these are those that are sowing “good seed”.  However, we have also learned that this good seed has many enemies.  These things are designed to keep you from hearing and understanding the truth.  Satan is hard at work trying to keep people from bearing spiritual fruit for God.  God is looking for the spiritual fruit of the earth and that is one of the key factors that is keeping Him from returning for us today.  God sees the harvest field is potentially great on the earth and God wants everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth of God’s Word (2 Peter 3:9).  The Bible says God has long patience for this spiritual harvest of fruit (James 5:7).   Here are the key symbolic elements listed in the parable and the descriptive meaning of each:

SYMBOL DESCRIPTION
SEEDS Spoken Word/Words
SOWER One who teaches with Words
Sowing The process of teaching people
SOIL The hearts/spirits of the people
Wayside Ground Those who are easily deceived, they have no understanding and barely hear it at all
Stony Ground Those that are easily tricked, those that have only a shallow understanding,  those that cave to pressure, those who are easily offended
Good Ground Those that hear and understand the Word of God and do not allow it to be stolen from them.
Evil Ground Those that are deceived, lost and asleep in the darkness.
Roots Those who have a strong foundation of the Word of God and are able to drink and partake of the Spirit of God.
Birds of the Air Spiritual enemies that try to take the truth from you.  Satan and his demons.
Thorns Natural and Carnal things that take your attention away from the truth.  It can be money, sex, drugs, alcohol, food, fame
Unfruitful Those that are spiritually barren, unable to produce spiritual fruit, those who are nigh to burning
Fruitful Spiritual Growth and Maturity, those who are doers of the Word of God and NOT hearers only.
Fruit Spiritual results of those which God is seeking to find and harvest into His barn

As you can see there are many valuable things to learn from this parable.  Seeds play a key role in the spread of the Kingdom of God.  Seed laws play a key role in understanding this teaching.  God’s word will always produce more people like God.  Those that let God’s word in, will grow and mature to be more like the one that gave us these SEED Words.  It is the spiritual seed law of Genesis repeated in the spiritual diemension.  A seed will always produce after its own kind.  The planting of God’s spiritual seed will always produce a spiritual harvest.  I think I will end this lesson here for now and expand it in my next lesson.

If you would like to continue reading this series, you can continue by going to “Part 4“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! Plant a Seed, Get a Harvest! Part 2

(ver 1.5)  This is now Part 2 in a series of lessons on the subject of understanding seeds in the Bible.  The Bible contains a vast amount of information on the concept of seeds.  There are actually several things in the Bible called seeds and I listed a few of them in the first blog on this subject.  If you have not read this from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”.  In the first lesson I talked about the first mention of “seed” in the Bible being found in Genesis 1:11-12.  What God gives us by the law of first mention are some general concepts that are relevant to the entire subject of seeds.  One of the concepts given was the fact that the “seed” is said to be “within itself”.  This is a concept with complex implications attached to it.    What we discover is that an apple tree produces apples that contain seeds.  These apple seeds produce other trees to come into existence which produce more apples and more seeds.  This represents a self-perpetuating system of apple reproduction.  No matter how many apples come from the seeds produced, they all originated from the one.  There is an old saying that goes “Only God knows how many apples are in an apple seed”.  I want to take this concept and expand it to show what the Bible says about how this relates to people and other concepts found in the Bible.  As you recall in the first lesson we also talked about children being seeds.  We saw Seth being called the seed of Eve.

Now let’s talk about the natural human seed of a man.  This is commonly referred to as sperm or semen in our world, but in the Bible God also calls it “seed”.  Why does God use the same word to describe something that we have other words to describe?  Either God didn’t understand any other words to use for this, or God is trying to teach us something new.  That is a common mistake that modern Bible translators and interpreters make constantly.  They take a word like “seed” and change it to “descendant” or a “child” and think they are helping us to understand what God said.  What they do is lose God’s intended lesson on what a seed is and therefore we do not learn what God wanted to teach us.  What we must do is be smart enough to realize that God could have selected any word to describe a subject and if He selects “seed” to describe the semen of a natureal man, then it has a purpose.  Could it be that the seed concept of planting and harvesting is a truth that occurs when a husband and wife have physical sex?  I think that we should see what God says:

Lev 12:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.

The Hebrew word translated as “conceive seed” means “to sow” seed.  To sow seed is a farming and agriculture type of term and represents a metaphor for a concept that God says is related.  I doubt very seriously that many couples think of sex in these terms.  It could be that a few do, if they are trying to get pregnant and to have children.

Lev 15:16  And if any man’s seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

It is sometimes difficult to discuss every subject found in the Bible.  It seems that God did not leave out anything.  I assume since this is the way He created it, then we can assume that it has a purpose for existing.   In this verse in Leviticus we again see the sperm of the man being called his “seed”.   The term “copulation” means simply a sexual act like intercourse.   I have heard narrow minded preachers teach that since a man has seed, a woman cannot.  However, in the first lesson we saw that Eve called Seth her seed.  So we must conclude that there are different types of seed, and different definitions for seed.  This is truly one of the most complex factors of correct Bible interpretation that we are faced with.  We can learn one definition of “seed” and then must realize that there exists other definitions of the same word and they may or may not be related to each other.   So we have learned that the definition of a word can change based upon the usage and the context of the word.

We have now touched on the first five examples of the term “Seed” found in the Bible.  We have seen physical and natural plant seeds in Genesis.  We have seen the sperm of the man being called seed in Leviticus.  We have seen the children of natural parents being referred to as “Seeds” in Genesis and Ruth.  We have also seen that the offspring of other species of animals are also called “Seeds” in Genesis.  We have learned that every seed reproduces after its own kind from Genesis 1.  So dogs only produce dogs.  Orange seeds only produce orange trees.  Now I want to start discussing one of the most important concepts of seeds given to us in the Bible.  This concept is a spiritual law that God has revealed to us using these natural examples.  We have gone through the 5 natural examples, although not in a complete teaching but more in an overview high level pass of the subject, so that we can now focus on some spiritual applications.

We have learned that God calls the sperm of a man, his seed.  We have also learned that Adam “knew” his wife Eve and she had a seed named “Seth”.  What we see is a pattern of creation that God has designed to teach us.  Adam and Eve were the first two humans in the world that we live in.  They originated every other human being on the planet.  So from 2 people we now have almost 7 billion people on the planet.  That is what God calls being fruitful and multiplying.  But, I want to demonstrate a seed law to you from the Bible.  According to God, whatever happens to your parents is what happened to you.  You probably do not understand what I am talking about right now, but you will soon.

1Co 15:22  For as in  Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

It truly amazes me how smart God is.  You can see many things in the Bible and then you can read right over them and not even know what they mean or how they apply to other stuff that you just read.  Did you notice that God says that YOU and I were “IN” Adam?  I don’t know about you, but my father was not named Adam, but yet God says I was “IN” Adam.  As you recall from Genesis 2, God told Adam do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you do, you will surely die.  Adam ignored God’s command and ate and we all die because of what he did.  Is that fair?  I do not know, but yet it is what God says happened.  What we see is a demonstrated application of the seed law of Genesis, that the “Seed is in itself”.    In other words Adam was walking around in the garden with the “seed” in his body that was everyone else in the world.   Did you understand what I just said?   God says that when Adam sinned, not only did he die, but he caused everyone that came from him to also die.  That is an awesome revelation of the Word of God, for you see it also tells you how we will live in return.   This verse ends with the statement “Even So in CHRIST shall all be made alive”.  So by the law of the “Seed Concept” from Genesis 1, if you are in Christ, you have been made alive.    We’ll talk about this more and how this works in a later lesson, but for now let’s confirm what I just taught you.

Heb 7:9  And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

When I read this verse and studied it for the first time, it truly amazed me.  God clearly shows us another conceptual application of the law “the Seed Being in Itself” in this verse.  So did you read the verse and did you see what God said?  God clearly states that Levi was “IN” Abraham.  So let’s figure out what God is talking about.  Who is Levi?  Levi was one of the 12 sons of Jacob and the head of a tribe of Israel.  That would make “Levi” a great-grandchild of Abraham.  We have Abraham who begat Isaac, then we have Isaac who begat Jacob and finally we have Jacob who begat “Levi” and his 11 other brothers.  What we see is a clear concept of family lineage being established.  Your ancestry represents a research into your past relatives that you descended from.  While not everyone on the earth can trace their natural ancestry to “Levi” or “Abraham, we can all trace our ancestry back to Adam.  What we are learning is some seed concepts describing our human family tree.

Heb 7:10  For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Now we have still further revelation of the seed mystery, Abraham is said to be the father of Levi, but yet Levi doesn’t come along for another couple of generations.  Do you understand how that applies to us and Adam?  Even though Adam was not our nearest father, he is by default the father of us all.  That also means that every father in between Adam and us is also called our father.  As you can clearly read God informs us that Levi was in the “loins” of his father Abraham.  The loin is defined to be the pelvic region or the sexual reproductive organs of Abraham.  That tells me that out of the millions and millions of sperm cells in Abraham, God knew which one that Levi would come from.  That is some amazing attention to the details, isn’t it?  This is God’s clear definition of the “Seed being within Itself” law from Genesis.   So now pay attention to what this says.  Levi is said to have paid tithes in Abraham, because he was in his father Abraham by God’s definition of a seed.  Do you understand this concept?  Whatever your fathers did, according to God, you did.  That is not always very good news for most of us.   You see a newborn baby, having just been born into the world has already done everything that their fathers have done even before they do anything themselves.  Not really good news is it?  I wish I would have learned this concept as a very young child, I might have done a few things differently as I grew up.   Oh well?

Lam 5:7  Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

What we begin to discover in the Bible, is the law of seeds.  We can then better understand how family curses, generational abnormalities and physical diseases are often times inherited within a family tree.  Doctors constantly want to know if your parents had any diseases, because they want to see if they are appearing in you.  Why is this?  Why are some diseases contagious and others are more hereditary?   It would appear that what one parent does, is passed down to future children and this is the basis for the existence of these hereditary diseases.

Mat 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

You see the seed concept again being alluded to in this verse of the Bible.  The people of Israel are in the process of killing the Son of God and they say “Let His blood be on us and our children”.    In other words whatever they were doing was being handed down to every generation that would come after them.  That is not very good news for the children who were not there, is it?

The Genealogy of Jesus is given to us in Luke.  Have you ever wondered why God thought this was so important to include in the Bible?  You can clearly see every generation of Jesus going all the way back to Adam.   There around 74 generations listed.  Seventy four names of fathers of Jesus.  If you are a little bit intelligent you realize that God did this on purpose.  You can clearly see from what we have learned about seeds, whatever every father of Jesus did, Jesus is said to have done the same.  So Jesus was in David, Jesus was in Abraham, Jesus was in Adam and every other name mentioned.  This has far reaching consequences for Jesus, doesn’t it?  Let’s briefly explore a couple of the references in the Bible as Jesus being a seed in his natural fathers.

Rom 1:3  Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

Jesus was born of the seed of David.  This is telling us that Jesus was in David when he was king of Israel.  Being a seed of David qualifies Jesus as an eternal ruler that will sit upon his father’s throne and that is pretty cool.

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

We can clearly see that Jesus Christ is called the Seed of Abraham.  This verse tells us that the intended usage of this word “seed” meant a singular example of the usage of this word.  In other words, this seed is not plural.   So now we can better understand the seed of Abraham being within him when God came to cut covenant with him.  It is very interesting to note that if Jesus was in Abraham his father, then was God making a covenant with himself?  I believe that is exactly what we can see happening.

Mat 26:64  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Jesus called himself the “Son of Man” more than he called himself the “Son of God” in the Gospels.  Why is that?  Part of the reason why is to overcome the difficulty of man’s inability to accept God coming to the earth in the form of His creation.  Jesus Christ being a physical man on this planet was also informing us that He was the Son of Adam.   You know that Jesus was a Hebrew, yes?  Did you know that the Hebrew word for man and Adam are the same words?   This is why I can say that Jesus walked around and called Himself the son of Adam.   Do you realize what that means based upon what we have learned?  That means when God created Adam, Jesus was already in Adam as a future descendant of this first man.  Jesus Christ was a future seed in the physical man Adam.  What we can see is that God had a plan of salvation for man, even before man was created.  God had already designed Himself into the body of Adam.  God already knew when He was coming , how he was coming and where he was coming when He created Adam.  God could look at Adam and see 74 generations down his family tree and see Jesus.  That is some amazing forethought and planning.  That is some incredible attention to detail.  That is an amazing plan of salvation.

So what have we learned, since Jesus was “IN” Adam, whatever happens to Adam, now transfers to Jesus.  Since Jesus was born the Son of Adam, he must die the death that Adam passed upon all of his descendants (SEEDS).  These are the seed laws given to us by God in Genesis.  Everything produces after its own kind and the seed is always within itself.  Whatever happens to you happens to everyone that comes from you.  Whatever you did, is what your seed did.  I hope that you enjoyed learning some new concepts from the Bible on “seeds”.  I pray that you will learn to apply them to what you do going forward.  In my next blog in this series we will further explore spiritual seeds found in the Bible.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lesson on seeds you can go to “Part 3” now!

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! Plant a Seed, Get a Harvest! Part 1

(Ver 1.6)  This of course is a difficult subject to cover, yet one that I believe is very critical for every Christian to understand.   God said in the Bible some things that are very profound about seeds and if you can understand them, you will gain vast amounts of spiritual knowledge and understanding of how almost everything in the world works.  I know that sounds like a very broad statement but, you obviously do not know very much about seeds right now or you would have to agree with me.  Seeds represent concepts that apply both to the natural realm and the spiritual realm simultaneously.  When you begin to understand them, you will begin to understand why things have happened in your life and how to affect or change your future results.  Too many Christians think that what happens to them in life is predetermined by God.  If it is God’s will I will live to be an old man, if not only God knows.  While God does know your future, it is definitely wrong to say that you can not change it.  If you do not believe me you should read your Bible more often.  When you read in the Bible in 2 Kings 20, you will see Isaiah the prophet coming to King Hezekiah and telling him that the Lord says for him to “Set Your House in Order, for thou shalt Die and Not Live!”.  The prophet of God tells the King what God has already told him will happen and these are the sayings of the almighty God.  King Hezekiah ends up praying to God and as a result God tells Isaiah to tell the King he shall live 15 more years.  What would have happened if Hezekiah had not prayed?  He would have died.  Who changed, God or Hezekiah to cause him to live 15 more years?  The Bible tells us “I am the Lord and I Change Not” (Mal 3:6).  So obviously God did not change his mind, so what happened?  That certainly is a mystery that too many Christians do not understand.  It is not totally up to God what happens to you, it is more up to you than it is up to God.  However, since that is not my primary subject, we will continue learning about seeds and see if you can figure this mystery out for yourself.    Here is one of my foundational scriptures for this series of Bible lessons:

Gen 8:22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

What God is revealing in this verse, is that there are established laws in the earth.  These laws consist of physical laws as well as spiritual laws.  These laws are representative of established natural patterns within creation and even reveal the hidden qualities of God.  These laws represent established cycles that will not cease unless God causes them to change in the future.    However, it is clear that God says these laws will persist as long as the earth is here, so they are not going away anytime soon.  God mentions 3 of these cycles and laws in this verse.  The first one mentioned is that of the law of seeds and harvests.   You plant a seed you reap a harvest.  The next cycle mentioned is that of our established pattern of annual seasons.  Winter and summer are just two of the 4 seasons mentioned.  Next we have the cycle of Day and Night and again this is representative of a 24 hour cycle of time that the earth revolves in every day.  What I want to focus on is just the subject of “Seeds” in this series of lessons.  You can read about Understanding Night and Day in another blog series that I have already done.

Planting seeds and getting harvests are a part of the essential design of God’s creation as well as being an essential part of God’s hidden nature and character.  Hopefully you will better understand this as we go through the Bible on this subject.  But, here is a challenge from God, there are multiple things in the Bible called “seeds” and this is one of the complexities found while studying the Bible.  God calls multiple things by the same name and we are required to figure out which one He is talking about to correctly understand each verse.  While the overall concepts behind each occurrence of the word can overlap, they are certainly not the same entity.  Let me give you some examples of seeds found in the Bible:

  1. Natural Grass Seeds
  2. Natural Fruit Seeds
  3. The Seed of a Man, His Sperm
  4. The Seed of a Woman, Her Children
  5. The Seed of a Man and a Woman, their offspring
  6. The Word of God
  7. The Seed of your Mouth, Your Words
  8. The Body of Jesus Christ
  9. The Church
  10. Your Body

So I just gave you 10 examples of a thing that the Bible calls seeds and that is certainly not a complete list of all of them.  Just for grins let’s start by looking up a dictionary definition of the word seed in a noun form:

A mature fertilized ovule of angiosperms and gymnosperms that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. Seeds provide a great reproductive advantage in being able to survive for extended periods until conditions are favorable for germination and growth. The seeds of gymnosperms (such as the conifers) develop on scales of cones or similar structures, while the seeds of angiosperms are enclosed in an ovary that develops into a fruit, such as a pome or nut. The structure of seeds varies somewhat. All seeds are enclosed in a protective seed coat. In certain angiosperms the embryo is enclosed in or attached to an endosperm, a tissue that it uses as a food source either before or during germination. All angiosperm embryos also have at least one cotyledon. Many angiosperms were created with specific fruits for dispersal of seeds by the wind, water, or animals.

There are too many things in this description to take note of them all.  Also I changed the last sentence to state that seeds were created and did not evolve as some deceived scientists have theorized.   According to this definition a seed is a self-contained unit designed for the reproduction of a species.  A seed contains specific qualities that enables it to work even after extended times outside of the normal environment that they like to grow in.  We understand this because we can buy seeds at the farm and garden store to plant in our backyards to grow whatever we would like.

Seed is a unique word that can either be taken as a single unit or as a plural word meaning multiple instances of the same reproductive unit.  In other words if I said that I have a package of watermelon seed, we do not know how many I have in the package.  It is more than likely several and logically more than one, but yet it would be legal to just put one in the package and sell it with the same name.  The plural word for seed can also be stated as seeds, so the complexity of the words can be significant.  If you are a type of person who is into the details you will certainly get into these Bible lessons.

The first mention of seed in the Bible is within the context of the first chapter of Genesis when God creates the world that we all live in.  In Genesis 1:11 God says “Let the earth bring forth grass yielding seed”.   This is the first mention of seed and the first mention of the reproductive system for propagating the further existence of future plants in the world.  Within the same verse, God also tells us of “the earth bringing forth Fruit Trees yielding fruit after its kind, with the seed in its self”.  These are very important concepts being given to us from creation.  Some have called this the “Law of Genesis”.  Everything will reproduce after its own kind.  In other words a cat doesn’t come from a dog.  A watermelon doesn’t come from an orange.   Everything that God created comes from and reproduces after its own kind.  That means there was no evolution that took place at any time on the earth.  Evolution is a fantasy embraced by ignorant people who deny the design of God.  Everything that God created is self-sustaining and self-perpetuating.  Today on the evening news I watched a humorous story about which came first the chicken or the egg?   This has long been a debated controversial subject in the world.  However, according to the news, and a group of scientists in England who studied the subject, they have concluded that the chicken had to come first based upon scientific evidence.  They discovered that the shell of the egg comes from a protein found only in the ovary of a chicken.  Since this protein does not exist anywhere else in the world, they have concluded that the chicken had to come first.  But, they certainly did not say where the chicken came from.  Isn’t that interesting?  I can tell them where the chicken came from, but maybe another day.  I’m sure if you search the internet you can find more information on this scientific discovery and why they concluded this.

There are over 250 verses in the Bible that speak directly about seeds in the Bible.  I will not even attempt to go through all of these.  Then there are many other indirect references of seeds in the Bible so the total number of verses on the subject is by far greater than that.   We have already touched on the first occurrence in Genesis 1 of natural seeds from plants, so let’ move on to the second occurrence of seed found in Genesis 3 and it goes like this:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

I have written a blog on this subject, so I will not attempt to repeat that information again.  If you want to learn about it you can go and read “The Seed of the Woman, the Seed of the Serpent!”   It is noteworthy to see that the woman has seed and so does Satan and I’ll leave it at that for now.  It is implied that these seeds are children, and we will find out more about this as we go.  The third occurrence of the word “Seed” arises in Chapter 4 of Genesis and this is Eve speaking and she says the following:

Gen 4:25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Eve tells us that “Seth” is her Seed.  His brother Cain had killed his other brother Abel and now she has given birth to another “Seed”.  Obviously the implication is given to us that all of the other children are also her “seeds”.  So we see a clear pattern that children are called seeds of their parents.   Let’s find a confirming scripture to this fact from the book of Ruth:

Rth 4:12  And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.

We can clearly see that God refers to children as seeds.  The term is related to a concept of planting and harvesting.  This concept was first introduced in Genesis 1 when God said to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.   You see two descriptive qualities of planting seeds, you always get a multiplied increase and it is always related to bearing fruit.  What we discover is that each child produced has the built in capability to reproduce more of its own kind in the earth.  The females carry the eggs, the males carry the sperms and they are joined together to produce more of the same kind as themselves.  What we have in the world is an exponential growth seed pattern of the population of the world.  From Adam and Eve, who were just two people on the planet just around 6000 years ago, we now have well over 6 billion and getting closer to 7 billion people on the planet.  That is God’s idea of a plentiful harvest field.  These are God’s plans and God’s designed laws of increase being demonstrated.  All of these are basic seed concepts, seed principles and seed laws.  I hope that you understand them.  Let’s look at the next occurrence of the word “seed” found in the book of Genesis.  You will find this one in the story of Noah and the flood:

Gen 7:3  Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

What we have is a reproductive biology lesson from the story of God’s creation.  The stated law of how God can create the original pairs of each species, both males and females so that they reproduce and multiply and still be here today for us to enjoy.  God informs Noah to gather and place on the ark, the male and the female of every species so that their “seed” would not vanish from the face of the earth.  What we learn from this verse is that all we have to do is kill every animal of a particular species and that species is not coming back.   That kind of kill’s evolution doesn’t it?  Man is doing a pretty good job at eliminating species on this planet so what will the results be?

Gen 12:7  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Obviously “seed” is a very important subject to understand.  God in speaking to Abram tells him that his seed will be given the land.   God is speaking about children or as we can read later in the N.T. God is speaking about a specific promised child.  Too many times people like to read a verse in the Bible in isolation and try to interpret it without using God’s helpful commentary and definitions.  This causes people to come up with erroneous teachings that results in confusion.  You see you can take this verse in many different ways.  Some try to take it literally and naturally and interpret it using their own human reasoning.  But, later we will discover that God gives us more information and we should always use the Bible to interpret the Bible.

Gen 13:15  For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

Again we have a great mystery presented to us.  Is the land given to a natural seed or to a spiritual seed?  You will notice that God did not tell Abram that it was his forever, because obviously Abram died and is no longer here to possess it.  What we have to conclude is that whoever this seed is that will be given the land, must be an eternal seed or a seed that will live forever.   That certainly changes the interpretation dramatically doesn’t it?

This has been an introduction to the subject of “Seeds” in the Bible.  I hope that you have learned something that you can begin to apply to your life and to your understanding of the Bible.  In the next lesson we will talk further about the other types of seeds that I have listed in the top of this lesson.

If you would like to continue reading this series, please go to “Part 2“.

Gen 3:15 The Seed of the Woman! The Seed of the Serpent!

(Ver 2.6)  This is Part 9 in the Bible study series on Understanding Genesis 3.   If you have not read the series from the beginning you might benefit from starting at the beginning and reading “Part 1” first.  I have given some important key points in the first lesson in the series that is needed for you to understand this lesson completely.   This lesson concerns the words spoken to the serpent and you need to understand who this serpent is identified to be in order to understand how to interpret these words in this verse.   One of the keywords in my title today is the subject of “seeds”.   I have already touched on this subject in other Bible lessons that I have published, but since we are studying in Genesis 3, I feel that this needs to be discussed again so that people will understand it more thoroughly.  It is disturbing to me how people can read the Bible and not see what it really says.  In my opinion there are too many Christians that don’t have a clue what the Bible actually says.  There is a great number of Christians who rely on others to tell them what to believe.  If their preacher says it’s true then they are instantly on board with it without studying it for themselves.  That kind of attitude has caused a bunch of people in the church to be deceived.  Do not believe anything I say or anything anyone else says without you reading it in your own Bible and you seeing it for yourself; you must be able to determine if it is really true for yourself and no one else can do it for you.  Here is today’s central Bible verse found in Genesis 3, let’s look at it carefully and consider what God says to us:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

From the context of this scripture we know that God is speaking.  This verse occurs after the man and his wife had sinned by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God is speaking to each participant in the ordeal in the reverse order of mention found in the chapter.  If you read all of chapter 3 you will see that Satan (the serpent) is mentioned first, then the woman and finally Adam.  But, God comes to the man first, since he is supposed to be in charge of the situation.  Did you know if you are just a member of a church that God will not come to you and tell you how to run the church?  God always communicates from the top down and not from the bottom up.   I just threw that in for good measure; there is no extra charge for any new information that helps you personally.  So if you look at this verse God is finally speaking directly to Satan who has initiated the problem.  We know that in Chapter 3 of Genesis Satan is referred to in the terms of a symbolic “serpent”.  That only means that there was not a literal talking physical snake in the garden during this chapter.  If you don’t understand that statement you need to read my lesson on the subject called “Was There A Talking Snake In The Garden“.  In that lesson I gave at least 4 sound Bible reasons why there could not be a literal talking serpent.   I will not repeat that subject in this lesson to try to prove to you what I have already taught and confirmed with the Bible.  If you do not understand there wasn’t a talking physical snake then go and read about it and then come back to study this subject about the seed of the woman.  So we can see that God is speaking directly to Satan in reference to a woman.  If you automatically try to assume that this woman is Eve, you would be totally wrong.   Even though at this point in time Eve is the only physical woman on the planet, we can clearly see that God is speaking of a prophetic woman and this woman has to be a spiritual woman, since Satan is her spiritual opponent.  A physical woman is not capable of stepping on the head of a spiritual being.  If you think so, you would be wrong again.  There are too many distinct differences between natural things and spiritual things for you to think otherwise.  Let us start an analysis of the verse by reviewing the nouns in this verse and see what God has said to us.  We can see that there are 8 primary nouns given to us in this verse.  Here they are in order of mention:

  1.  I  (God)
  2. Enmity
  3. Thee (Satan, the serpent)
  4. Woman
  5. Seed of the serpent
  6. Seed of the woman
  7. Head
  8. Heel

If you look at my list and you study the verse you might notice that I left off two nouns.   One being “it” and the other being “his”.  These I believe are mistranslated words and do not reflect correctly the true meaning of the verse so I left them off for now.  The first noun in Genesis 3:15 is “I” and this is God and God tells us and all the other participants what He was going to do as a result of their actions.  This is the first thing that you should recognize, if God says something you can believe it will happen exactly like He said it would.  We can see that this is one of the first direct statements of God’s plan of redemption that has far reaching implications.  You can also see that this is God’s Will in action.   God says “I will” and then tells you what He is going to do or make happen.   Now, here is a list of the important verbs found in the sentence:

  1. Put
  2. Bruise

We can see that there are far fewer verbs given than there are nouns.  Let’s start with the verse’s first verb “put”.  We can clearly see that this is something that God says He will do.  This word has a meaning “to place”.  For example, you can “put” something on a shelf.  You can “put” something in the refrigerator.  But this verse says God will put something between two other direct nouns.  The implication is given that God will change the order of something from one thing to another.  You could say a reversal of roles, for example?  You could also say this is a division or a separation of one noun from the other noun being separated with something in between.  You might see this more clearly if you read my other blogs.  What we need to do at this point is see who God is talking to and then to see what was placed between them to cause this separation.

Let’s start by looking at the second noun in Genesis 3:15 and this is “enmity” and this word clearly means “a hatred” or “hostility”.  These are words normally between enemies.  What we can clearly see at this point is that God says that He will put ”hatred” between the next two nouns.  These nouns are of course the “serpent” and the “woman”.  You can clearly see that God who has not identified who the woman is, has told Satan that there will be a hatred between him and her.  In other words these two will become great enemies who will do battle.   These are implied meanings derived from the chosen words and wording from this verse given to us by God Himself.  Please note these important items and then notice the next two nouns in the verse.  God seems to shift into talking about something new, or does He?  I believe what we have here is a new point of view being given but, God is still talking about the same original two nouns.  Notice what God says, I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed.  So did God change subjects?  We are still talking about the same enmity, right?  So what makes you think that the “seed” of the serpent is separate from the serpent?  Have you ever thought about that?   You see if you logically conclude that the enmity is the same between the serpent and the woman as the enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman, then you could say that God is still talking about the same two individuals.  Let’s look at the very first verse in the Bible that talks about “seed” and see what it reveals to us by the law of first mention:

Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

What we discover is a basic principle of the nature of seeds.  A seed is something that when planted produces something else.  But it only produces, based upon the law of Genesis “after his kind“.  In other words apple seeds produce apple trees and not orange trees.  Now here is the really important part of the verse, it says that the “seed is in itself”.  In other words you cannot separate the seed from the tree or the fruit; they are considered to be one.   An apple tree will produce apples, that have seeds that when planted will cause there to be more apple trees that produce more apples, that have more seeds that go on and on.  These are the basic Bible laws surrounding seeds.  If you do not understand them you can go read my blog series on “Understanding Seeds”.   The principles of seeds are quite simple but the implications are vast and complex.  If Genesis 3:15 is talking about the seed of the serpent, you have to go back to Genesis 1 and apply the seed law principles and see that they are considered to be one in the same.  The seed of the serpent is in himself.   The serpent is representative of a spiritual tree that has fruit with seeds in it.  These seeds can be planted and will cause to multiply and grow and become greater in number.  Yet this multiplication system still demands that no matter how many that are produced from it, they all originated from the one.  If you have never studied the Bible on the subject of “seed” you should because it is a wealth of information.  Most everything that God does is based upon a seed principle.   Jesus told us a parable of a man sowing seeds and said if you don’t understand this one you will not understand any other.

So let’s go a little further with what a seed is in the relationship to a woman.  If you search the Bible you will find some very interesting statements.  I’ve heard preachers get up and declare that the “seed of the woman” is Jesus of Nazareth.  That would mean that the woman in Genesis 3:15 would have to be Mary.  Mary was the physical mother of natural Jesus, yes?  Did God ever put enmity between Mary and Satan?  I think you are smart enough to see that this does not fit the scriptures that we can read.   Then you could say that “the seed of the woman” is Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead and called the firstborn from the dead (Col 1:18).  That would mean the woman in Genesis 3:15 is the “Heavenly Jerusalem” who we are told is the spiritual mother of Jesus Christ and the church (Gal 4:26) and I hope you can see that this doesn’t work either.  God never put enmity between this woman and Satan.   So the seed of the woman cannot be Jesus just from thinking logically along these lines.  Before we go any further let me show you a verse in Genesis that I think is the first actual reference to a woman having seed.  This will at least establish that a woman can have seed.  I’ve heard many ministers say that a woman cannot have seed and that only a man or male has seed and they are thinking of sperm as being the only type of seed there is in the Bible.  What people don’t realize is there are many different types of things in the Bible all called seeds.  Here is just one of them:

Gen 4:25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Hopefully you can see from this verse of scripture a principle being established.   A child that is born of a woman is called her seed.  Eve is called the mother of all living human beings since she was the first woman.  Given modern DNA research, most have concluded that every human being has originated from this one woman they called “Eve”.  This is a basic implementation of the seed principle from Genesis 1.  But of course it is more complex than that.  Adam and Eve were one flesh, meaning they were one body in the eyes of God.  Adam’s sperm or male seed was implanted into his wife, she bore him a child and this child was also their seed.  This seed has the potential to reproduce after the original pattern and produce more seed; it is an endless perpetual self-sustaining model of life on this planet.  But we know that no matter how many seed are produced, they are still considered to be one with the original model from whom they originated from.  Whatever Adam did everyone he produced did, it is a very extensive spiritual and physical law.  The sum of the whole is always equal to one.  All of the separate and individual parts are still one in the same in the eyes of God.  You can learn this principle in the N.T. by reading 1 Corinthians 15:22, where God says “For as in Adam ALL die…”.  Did you notice that verse said you were “IN” Adam?  That is the powerful concept of the seed being in itself.  That means whatever Adam did you also did and that is why death passed upon all humanity by the acts of just one man.  This is God’s definition of the natural seed always being within itself, whatever your father did, you did principle.  Let me give you another N.T. example of this spiritual and physical seed law:

Heb 7:9  And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

Did you notice that Levi was in Abraham?  Whatever Abraham did was what his future descendant Levi, also did.  So when did Levi come into the earth?  You should look at the genealogies given to us in the Bible and see that Levi was generations away from Abraham, yet Abraham paid tithes and therefore Levi paid tithes.  We can confirm this by reading the next verse in Hebrews:

Heb 7:10  For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Hopefully you understand the principle of seeds a little bit better now.  Levi is said to have paid tithes because his great grandfather paid tithes to Melchisedec.    Levi a future descendant was in Abraham and therefore whatever Abraham did, Levi did.  That is one of the most important things that you can learn from our lesson today and it is certainly indirectly related to our primary subject of who the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent is in Genesis 3:15.

So let’s approach the subject of the seed of the woman as being Jesus Christ but, from a different perspective.  If the seed of the woman is Jesus Christ then who is the seed of the serpent?  We know the serpent is Satan, but who is the seed of the serpent?  You see you cannot say one type of seed is an individual male child without saying the other is also an individual male child.  You must be consistent in your interpretations and not try to make one noun a specific object type and then try to change the definition of the other identical noun to make it to be something else entirely new, do you get it?  So if Jesus Christ is the seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15 as many preachers have said, then who can the seed of the serpent be?  I do hope you see the logic behind that question.  What the Bible says matters, every word and every detail matters and then how you interpret the Bible also matters.  If you are not being consistent and treating every word the same, then you are being selective in what you teach and therefore getting it wrong by default.  So pay very close attention to every detail; then ask questions.  When you read across a detail that you do not understand, start to formulate questions and make notes on them.  You never know when you will be reading a verse in the Bible and suddenly realize that you just read the answer to your question you had a few days or weeks ago.  So I hope you can see logically that the seed of the woman cannot be Jesus Christ, because we have not named the “seed of the serpent”.  Here is another difficulty that I have with saying that Jesus is the seed of the woman, I have not found any verses in the Bible that says that Jesus bruised the head of the serpent.  Can you find one?   What I discovered in studying the Bible, is that it says Jesus sat down at the right hand of God waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool (Hebrews 10:13).  What we learn from this one verse is that Satan (God’s enemy) is not yet completely under the feet of Jesus.   Do you get it?  So what is God waiting for?  So let me ask you again who is the seed of the serpent?  Is this Satan’s physical child?  I don’t think so.  But you have to be consistent, if one seed is a man child you have to make the other seed the same.  This is just a basic law of correct Bible interpretation, be consistent and apply what you do equally across the board to each occurrence of the word.  If a word occurs twice in one verse interpret them equally. 

Getting back to the problem with this KJV translation of Genesis 3:15 I alluded to the fact that two nouns “it” and “his” were mistranslated because some translators thought they were speaking about Jesus Christ and this idea crept into the translation.  The word “it” in this verse is a Hebrew feminine word that is actually translated as “her” or “she” many times in the Bible.  You can see that in Genesis 3:12 when Adam says “the woman that you gave me, SHE gave me of the tree”.    This “SHE” is the same Hebrew word, so SHE is a valid translation for this word.  Search your Bible and see it for yourself.  Then the term “his heel” does not have an actual Hebrew word associated with it that tells you the actual gender of the owner of the heel.  In other words “her heel” would work for this verse equally as well and I believe it could be a much better translation.  It totally depends on whose heel we are talking about doesn’t it?   Look at your Bible and see if these are true.  Is there a Hebrew word for “his” that has a Strong’s definition?  I couldn’t find one!  So I am convinced based upon other scriptures in the Bible which I haven’t given you here that this verse in Genesis 3:15 should end like this: “she shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise her heel“.

If you need more scriptures I’ll give you a quick synopsis of more evidence from the Bible of who this woman is.  In Luke 10:19 Jesus told his church “I give you power to tread upon serpents…“.  Reading that verse you have all of the key elements and nouns repeated from Genesis 3:15.  You have a woman, who is the church, you have the mention of the serpent who is Satan, and you then have the action verb of stepping on the serpent with your feet.  This is just the exact same stuff that we read in Gen 3:15, using different words.  I hope you can see it.  Then there is another verse that is very critical to understand found in Romans 16:20, “The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly…“.  Again we have a verse of scripture written to a woman (the Church) whose feet are to be used by God to bruise the head of Satan (the serpent).”    You see, these two verses alone tell me that Jesus Christ did not accomplish this already and they confirm to me who is directly prophesied by God to complete this bruising of the serpent’s head.  The Church is a spiritual woman, in covenant with Jesus Christ.  Here is another perspective to consider, the church is called the “Body of Christ”.  Jesus Christ is said to be the Head and the church is said to be His body (Eph 5).  Where exactly are the feet located?  Are your feet located on your head or on your body?   So if God is going to use anyone to bruise the head of the serpent, would He not use His body?  It’s not rocket science you just have to read and see what it says.

I have already blogged on most of the rest of this information when I gave you information about the woman in Revelation 12.  Maybe I should rehash it again so that you can see it more clearly.   You see the Bible in Revelation 12 speaks about a woman and since we are talking about a woman in Genesis 3:15 we should approach this woman as a potential candidate for the prophecy that God has given to us.  You do not know it is not this woman do you?  What I found absolutely fascinating was all of the clues given to us in Revelation 12 that fit the pattern of the prophecy in Genesis 3:15.  First God is talking to the serpent when He prophecies in Gen 3.   God actually reveals to us the true identity of the serpent in Revelation 12:9.  Knowing this fact alone should give you some clues that God is revealing something that is much bigger in that Genesis 3 and Revelation 12 are related.   You should be able to see that Genesis 3 and Revelation 12 are closely related if you study both chapters very closely.  In Revelation 12 we have two primary nouns being repeated.  These two nouns are the woman and Satan (the ancient serpent).  The dragon we are told in Revelation 12:9 is definitely the “old serpent” so we can now see that the woman certainly could be the same woman being prophesied about in Gen 3.  Now skip down to the last verse in Revelation 12 and notice another direct mention that is certainly not a coincidence.

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

So now we have some information that the dragon hates the woman.  The dragon is said to be at war with the woman and that makes him and her enemies.  What did God say in Genesis 3:15?  God said that he would put “enmity” between you (the serpent) and the woman.  Again we see some amazing parallels being spoken of.  Then here is the real kicker, did you notice that verse in Revelation 12 spoke of the “seed of the woman” again?  Satan was at war with the woman’s seed.  Do you understand that statement?  It certainly sounds like this is the prophesied woman in Genesis 3:15.  If you do not understand how the heel and the head of the serpent come into play you need to stop here and go and read my blog on “The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12“.  Once you realize that the woman in Revelation 12 is standing on the moon with her feet you will begin to understand this is the woman that God spoke of way back in the beginning.  I know this is different than anything you have ever heard before, but yet if you can read with your eyes open you will see that it is all true.  I pray that this has been a blessing to you and that you will pass it along to someone who can learn from it also.  God Bless. 

If you would like to continue to read in this series concerning the spiritual subjects hidden in Genesis 3 please go to “Part 10“.

Gen 3:22-24 Guarding The Way To The Tree of Life Pt 2

(Ver 2.1)  This is Part 7 in a study series on the subject of Understanding Genesis 3.    It is also a continuation of the last lesson concerning the Tree of Life introduced by God in Genesis 2 & 3.  If you have not read the Genesis 3 lesson series from the beginning I might suggest that you go and start with verse 1 and read Part 1 first.  If you have not read this current subject on the tree of life from the beginning I would suggest that you go and start with “Part 6” first before you study today’s lesson.  Studying the Bible is one of the greatest challenges we will ever face in life, God who is a Spirit writes us a book about both natural and spiritual things and we have to be smart enough to discern which words are speaking of which.  This is by far one of the greatest challenge and the trickiest methods that God has implemented in this Book to conceal the truth.  You can clearly see that God calls spiritual things and natural things by the same name and that He rarely ever tells you which one He is talking about.  In my last blog I introduced you to some more complex subjects found in the Bible.  We began trying to figure out if the trees in the garden in Genesis 2 and 3, were physical fruit trees or were just symbolic representations of spiritual truths.  I am a firm believer that these trees, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life were symbolic spiritual representations.  I have a number of reasons for this logical deduction based upon many verses that I have already given to you and then some more we will discuss today.  In my last lesson on this subject I also showed how that God places a Cherubim to guard the way to the tree of life and how God was not keeping the way from the man, but from another spiritual being, someone who was interested in obtaining its power and benefits.   If you understand compass directions and reading maps you can understand what I showed you last time about the differences between east and west.

Next I also took you to Revelation and showed you in the last chapter the clear reference to the tree of life.  It is funny how things from the beginning are repeated in the prophecies of the end.  It seems to me that God must have wanted it (the tree of life) to play a major role in His plan if it ends up the way it started.  We can see that this information found in Revelation 22 seems to imply we are that tree, that produces fruit and drinks from the river of life flowing from the throne of God, but that is my opinion.  Today I want to go through other scriptures found in the Bible that describes this tree.  These are the verses that represent God’s commentary on the subject so I place great value upon them.  Hopefully we can, by searching the Bible see who or what this tree of life is and who God was keeping from it.  If you search your Bible using your computer you will discover around 11 verses that contain a direct reference to this “tree of life”.  These three words occur, four times in Genesis, three times in Revelation and four times in Proverbs.  It is absolutely fascinating what these verses say to us.  We will start with the last verse in the Bible about this tree.

 Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

In this verse that is written to the church it declares that those who keep God’s Words may have the right to the tree of life.  The word “right” here is a very interesting word because it means authority, power, and liberty.  But more than that, it can refer to someone who is a potentate, magistrate and superhuman.  These are all terms of royal sovereignty and ruler ship; terms given to kings for example.   I believe what God is saying is that He wants it to end how it started, but without the influence of evil.  To me it goes along with Genesis where God said that Adam could stretch forth his hand (power) and take from the tree of life.  God intended the man to eat from this tree of life from the beginning, but Adam made the wrong choice.  Now let’s go to the first occurrence in Revelation and see what that verse says to us.  Here we find Jesus speaking to the church:

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

You see some more valuable information given to us.  Jesus is speaking directly to the church and He tells us, that whoever overcomes, to him will be given to eat from the tree of life.  Overcoming implies an enemy or opposition force that is opposing us, trying to keep us from eating and partaking of that which was promised.  The prize of winning this battle or contest appears to be us eating from this tree of life.  That sure seems to be the reward for overcoming these evil forces of opposition.  Finally, we see the location of this tree given again.  This time it does not contain any reference to or is any way associated with the Garden of Eden.  Even though we do not know the actual location of this tree of life we can clearly see its relationship being repeated with it being in the “middle” of the paradise of God.  Adam, when God told him of this tree said it was in the middle of the garden.  So what was this garden?  Where is this paradise?  What does it mean to be in the middle?  I feel that the term middle could be a symbolic reference to someone who is well centered.  Not into the extreme of this or that, but one that holds on to a well-balanced understanding of God’s Word.  Of course this is my opinion again and I would hope that you can at least understand how I arrived at that opinion. I would also make this suggestion for you to consider, Jesus when asked about the Kingdom of God always told people it is not here and it is not there, but the Kingdom of God is within you.  People wanted to focus on outward things and God wants us to focus on inward things.  Inward things would be things associated with the heart and the spirit of man.  Keep that in mind when trying to figure out where this paradise of God is located.  I believe that God’s garden is within us.  We are the garden of God that produces the precious fruit that God places such great value upon that He purchased it with His shed blood.

We can now move to the only other direct references in the Bible to the tree of life and these are found in the book of Proverbs.  Proverbs was written by King Solomon and holds great understanding and wisdom from God.  This book contains extremely valuable spiritual information about which we need to better understand.  I’m going to start with a verse found in the 11th chapter and it goes like this:

Pro 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

This verse speaks to us about fruit in relation to a tree of life.  But did you notice where the fruit was and what type of fruit it is speaking about?  The clear implication is given to us that this is a spiritual tree with spiritual fruit.  The church is declared to be the righteous ones by faith, in the New Testament (Rom 10:10, 2 Cor 5:21), so we can claim this verse as applying to us directly with great confidence.  If we are supposed to produce fruit unto God as it says in Romans 7:4, then what kind of fruit is this that God is looking for?  We can clearly assume it is spiritual fruit and that spiritual fruit only grows on spiritual trees.  This is the “fruit” of the righteous and this verse says this comes from a tree that has eternal life.  I guess I paraphrased that verse a bit, but we will get there eventually so hang in there.

Pro 3:18  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Here we have another verse which has great spiritual implications.  This verse points us to the origin for the fruit that we are supposed to be producing.  God’s words are declared to be the spiritual seeds of life.  If planted in our hearts and watered correctly it will produce this spiritual fruit.   In this verse in Proverbs God speaks about a woman who is symbolic of a spiritual force to be desired.  This woman if you look at the context of the chapter is called “wisdom” and “understanding”.  To have a sexual relationship with this woman is a covenant act of knowing her.  God declares that by knowing “wisdom” and “understanding” you will participate in eating from the tree of life.  It is a spiritual system of planting and reaping.  God’s word contains all of the essential ingredients necessary to produce this tree of life.  It actually says that by us knowing and understanding His word it would cause us to live and eat from the tree of life.  But it really says more than that, it implies that we are the trees of life that produces the fruit for God’s glory.  It is fascinating that we have read a couple of direct references to the tree of life and that these point us to spiritual things and not to any natural fruit trees in a physical garden.  God did make the natural fruit trees, to help us to understand these spiritual concepts, but too many Bible teachers have ignored the spiritual things to focus only on the natural.  Let’s continue in Proverbs to the next reference to this tree of life found in chapter 13:

Pro 13:12  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Pro 13:13  Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Pro 13:14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Pro 13:15  Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

These words again point us to spiritual things.  In verse 12 it declares that “desire” is a tree of life.  That to me is an interesting concept.  If you look up this word in the Strong’s, we can learn that this word means “lust”.  That implies there are certainly good and positive desires and things to lust after.  Conversely it means there are bad or evil things that you should not desire to know or participate with.  To lust after God and God’s Word are right desires that produce good results.  By reading down to verse 14 we can see another reference to the waters of life that flow from God’s throne.  These waters are again are God’s words and what He has spoken to us.  So within the context of these verses we have a relationship established between the tree of life and God’s words.  These are very awesome verses in Proverbs and we are at the last direct mention of the tree of life, given to us in chapter 15:

Pro 15:4  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

This is probably the most important of all the verses that we have seen so far on this subject.  This verse informs us that the words coming out of our mouths produce this tree of life.  You see just because God says something good for you in the Bible, does not mean that you have to accept it.  You can say something totally opposite to what God has said and you will not benefit from what God has said in any way.  What you say is far more important than what you can possibly imagine.  What you say affects you personally more than it affects anyone else.  What you say personally determines if you are saved or not.  If you recall from another verse I gave in an earlier blog, also from Proverbs that says “death and life are in the power of the tongue” and then it says “those who love it will eat the fruit thereof”.   We can clearly see that God has given us the choice to live or die based upon what we say.  God’s spiritual system is a word based system.  Everything that God has done has originated from His spoken words.  God’s words have dominion over all other words, but yet they do not overrule the words that you speak.  God’s words are ultimate truth, but your words are what are true for you.  God does not force His will on anyone.  Your will and your words rule your life and determine your destiny.   The subject of words in the Bible is probably one of the most important subjects you can study and yet many ignore it and close their eyes to it.  Just because you ignore the subject doesn’t mean your words are not working for or against you.  The law of gravity works for you regardless of whether you understand it or not; if you do not believe in the law of gravity and step off a tall building you will find that your fall will be met with a disastrous end regardless of your beliefs.  It is much better if you cooperate with the laws of nature than if you ignore them.  This is the way of spiritual laws found in the Bible also.   Be smart enough to learn about spiritual laws and then let them rule your life.  Perhaps someday I will get into more depth on this subject of words in a future Blog.  I hope that you have been challenged to see these spiritual subjects today in some new light and that they have become more real to your spirit.  I have believe that I have given you sufficient evidence that the church is the ones who partake of the tree of life and produce fruit unto God.  There are many, many more scriptures in the Bible that speak to this subject and further confirm what I have been attempting to say to you.  If you can you should go and search for them and see what they say.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading the Bible study series on Understanding Genesis 3 please continue to “Part 8“.

We Are God’s Garden! God’s Farm System for Spreading the Word!

(Ver 1.1)  This is now “Part 4” in the Bible study series on Genesis 3.  Today will be a different perspective to the study of the Garden of Eden.  If you have not read the lessons from the beginning I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1” first.  I believe today’s modern families miss out on the concept of farming and raising your own food to eat.  In our modern society, if we are hungry we go the restaurant or go to the grocery store and everything is nicely packaged and easy to buy.  Less than a hundred years ago, people normally didn’t have it so easy.  Many people grew up on farms that planted crops that not only fed them but were used to sell to others to earn a living.  The modern farm has everything heavily mechanized and machines take the place of what use to be done by hand.  These large corporate giants have eliminated the need for people to grow their own food to eat and have created a population that is totally dependent upon someone else for what they eat.  Someday when the antichrist shows up, he will certainly use this leverage to gain control over the population.

For thousands of years, farming and growing food was the normal everyday life style of the majority of people.  When Jesus was physically present on the earth he taught many lessons using principles found in farming and raising crops.  These natural elements and systems that God had created pointed us to spiritual truths and reveal to us the spiritual principles we are confronted with on a daily basis.  So even though we don’t normally grow our own food these days, it does not mean it is not important to fully understand these concepts.

 1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

1Co 3:8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

The Bible actually declares that God has a garden.  This is obviously not a physical garden but a spiritual garden.  The term translated as “husbandry” in the KJV of the Bible is a Greek word that means “farm”.  This term is referring to a place where things can grow.  These verses in 1 Corinthians 3 are describing to you a farming process, using farming methods.  To clearly understand what is being taught you really need a firm grasp of how farms operate.  I am not an expert, I have learned a few things from some who were farmers so I’ll just hit the highlights of what I have learned.   Farming is a multi step process.  It involves many factors and while it seems simplistic, it is actually very complex to do it correctly.  The ground or soil must be prepared.  It normally involves a process that breaks up the hard surface and turns the soil revealing the parts that are covered.  We can then begin the process of sowing or planting seeds.  There are many ways of planting seeds and the exact method used depends upon the seed that is being planted.  The depth of the seed can vary depending upon anticipated amounts of rain that you are expecting.  The number of seeds per inch or foot can also vary depending on the crop.  Then there is the time factor.  Time is a necessary component to allowing the plant to develop.  The amount of time can vary tremendously based upon the type of seed planted.  Another key factor for planting is the timing or season to plant in.  There are designated times to plant specific crops, some are in the spring, some in the summer and even some in the fall.  So timing is everything in the process of getting a crop.  The other essential element to a successful crop is rain and water.  In 1 Corinthians 3 6, it implies that is what Apollos was doing, even though it was the exact same thing that Paul did, the first one planted, the second one watered.  Too much water is not good and not enough can be detrimental to the outcome.  In these verses it strongly suggests that farming is work.  A laborious task and an extraordinary effort to produce a crop.  But these verses also speak that it is not just one’s effort that produces the crop.  The other factors are the seeds that you are sowing, the timing of the planting, the amount of water the seeds get, the amount of sunshine that these growing plants get, the fight to eliminate pests and creatures that eat you crop before you get to harvest, then there are climate and temperature variations that can cause harm to crops.   The lessons of farming and the implications to sharing God’s Word are phenomenally important.

Mat 15:13  But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

How many know that Jesus is not talking about a natural farm crop?  Jesus is speaking of a spiritual crop of people.  Those that belong to God will be harvested, those that do not will be burned.  This verse declares that God has specifically planted seeds into the hearts of men and women.  It also implies there are some plants that God did not plant also.  Where did these plants or weeds come from?  You see in natural and spiritual farming there are a number of  known enemies to the expected outcome.  You didn’t have to plant a thing for these enemies to show up and they are not what you want to grow in your soil.  I noticed I don’t have to plant thistles and wild flowers in my yard, they somehow just magically appear.  Isn’t that amazing?

Lessons from the Parable of the Wheat and Tares

Jesus tells us a parable that has a direct relationship to the Garden of Eden.  In this parable Jesus describes to us a spiritual garden.  This garden is a place that we are told where God has sown good seed and an enemy has come in and sown bad seeds.  We understand from other parables that the good seed is the Word of God.  The soil is the hearts of men and women.  The fruit that is produced from the good seed represents the harvest and the tares are those that will be damned to hell and burnt.  Here is the story that Jesus gives us:

Mat 13:25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Jesus tells us in this parable that God’s garden has an enemy.  It implies that while God was away from the garden, his enemy came in and sowed tares among his wheat crop.  There is an amazing truth given to us in this verse if you understand farming.  By only looking at the surface of the ground you cannot tell what has been planted.  The wheat represents the desired crop of the seed that God has purposely planted.  But, the tares are the result of the seed of God’s enemy.  We can learn a valuable lesson from just this one verse.  You are wise if you recognize that not everything in the world is intended to help you.  Every false religion and philosophical writing that is out there are the seeds of the enemy. I’ll go so far as to say that every Hollywood movie and non-Christian television show are seeds of the enemy.  I know that went over big?

Mat 13:26  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Jesus then tells us that both of these seeds are growing together, in the same soil, competing for the same water supply, competing for the same nutrients of the soil and existing in the same duration of time.  It is only after some time that you can even tell that both are present.  This process speaks to the power of God as well as the subtly and deceptive power of the enemy.

Mat 13:27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

In verse 27, Jesus, describes us, the servants of the householder asking God a question.  This is obviously a great question and one more of us should be asking today.  Where did all of these things come from that are opposed to the truth?   Where did all of these things come from that distract us from what we should be focused on?  Oh well, I guess I will move on.

Mat 13:28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Jesus reaffirms to us that these weeds are a result of what Satan has done in the earth.  Then in verse 28, the servants ask another question of the LORD.  Many have asked the same question but in different terms.  We have all questioned God why, when something bad has happened to us?  Here we have a bad plant in the garden and what would you normally do with a weed in your garden?  The servants want to know if it is OK to pull up these weeds and get rid of them.  I’ve often times have pondered the same reality in the earth, why after the resurrection of Jesus Christ did God not eliminate evil from the planet.  There must have been a legitimate reason for leaving it here.

Mat 13:29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

So Jesus’ reply is No!  Many times in war the Generals are faced with acceptable casualty rates.  Acceptable civilian casualties.  According to God’s philosophy, there are no acceptable loses.  Every plant is important.  If you have ever had a garden you know that pulling weeds can sometimes hurt the real plants that you want to grow.  The roots are many times intertwined with each other.  So if you pull one you may destroy the other. In God’s garden this is not acceptable.  God wants every plant that He can get.

Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Finally, we see the anticipated end to the world described to us.  To those that teach there is not a hell, I don’t know how they ignore verses like this.  According to Jesus there is a time of harvest coming.  We know from basic farming practices that plants are harvested normally when they become mature.  That is an interesting spiritual concept.  God’s garden will be harvested when it becomes mature also.  This verse in Matthew clearly indicates there is a difference coming, a division into two different groups.  Those that are to be discarded and to be burned and those that are going to be put into the barn.  The barn is a storage facility a home for mature crops.  The analogies and lessons of farming are immensely important.  I have only grazed the surface of the subject so I pray that you continue to research and learn from what God has done in His Word.  I’ll end this blog with this:

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

In this verse in James, our God is called the husbandman.  A husbandman is a term for a farmer.  The Greek word literally means a worker of the land or ground.  The husbandman is the one that harvests what he plants.  He plants, he cares for his harvest, he works the harvest and brings in the fruits of his labors.  These are all farming concepts and methods.  We can see that God who is a spirit has planted a spiritual garden and He expects to receive the fruits of His labors.  So these are spiritual Bible concepts, sow the seeds, water them, care for them and expect God to produce the fruits to harvests.

Now go back and reread Genesis 2 and 3.  See how God plants a garden, what kind of garden do you believe this was?  If God is a Spirit which the Bible declares is accurate then God planted a spiritual garden.

If you are reading and studying in the Genesis 3 series you may continue to Part 5 now.