Springtime is here and the weather is starting to improve. It is finally time to begin sowing seeds in the fields and in the gardens. The Bible is full of farming metaphors, much like the parable of the sower that Jesus tells His listeners.
Mat 13:3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
Mat 13:4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
Mat 13:5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
Mat 13:6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.
Mat 13:7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
Mat 13:8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Mat 13:9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
Jesus was not talking about planting a garden in the proper soil. As with most of His parables, Jesus was talking about people and their relationship with the Father. If the person who receives the good seed has a mind that is focused on the richness of Yahweh, he will nurture the seed and produce fruit. Others will fade away, lose interest or look for teachers that teach doctrines that suit their preconceived ideas. Jesus explains the parable to His close disciples.
Mat 13:18 “Hear then the parable of the sower:
Mat 13:19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
Mat 13:20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,
Mat 13:21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
Mat 13:22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
Mat 13:23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Jesus, or in Hebrew, Yeshua, meaning salvation of Yahweh, explains why He speaks in parables. He gives those who think it is too deep or hard to understand a way to go along their merry way, to their own destruction. This is why He uses the idiom “He who has ears, let him hear”. In other words, if someone is not interested in the things of Yahweh, or is happy in their own works that they deem right, their ears will not be open. If a person seeks with all their heart and applies what they are shown, then more understanding will be given.
Mat 13:10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
Mat 13:11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Mat 13:12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Mat 13:13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Mat 13:14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
Mat 13:15 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
When good seed is sown in good soil, great things happen. Understand and turn to obedience, and He says He will heal you. What else is there to turn to that has any substance? Emotion? What happens when the emotion wears off?
Another scenario to consider is if the seed that is being sown is corrupt or a false gospel. Jesus also addresses this using farming analogies. There have always been prophets, pastors and priests who tell the people what they want to hear. The truth is not popular. For example, if a pastor today decided to embrace the scripturally ordained Sabbath day instead of Sunday, that pastor would be quickly removed from his church by the leadership or denomination, losing their income. If a pastor discussed most topics that I discuss in my blog posts, they would be run out of town. Why is that so? It is partly due to people not wanting to hear anything that is uncomfortable or that conflicts with what they already believe. There are some churches that forbid teaching anything from the book of Revelation. Revelation exposes the false doctrines of the churches and teaches commandment keeping, so in that regard, it makes sense.
I am currently reading an interesting book called Paganism in the Roman Empire. One character trait of the pagan cults was not to question cult traditions, and the older the tradition, the better. This trait was transferred to the early church by pagan converts and still exists today. Tradition trumps scriptural truth.
Mat 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Mat 7:16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Mat 7:17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.
Mat 7:18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
How do we know what good fruit looks like if we do not study the words of Yahweh? We take the words of prophets selling us smooth doctrines. Yahweh, speaking through Jeremiah, tells us these delusional prophets will tell us to disregard the word of Yahweh.
Jer 23:16 Thus says Yahweh of hosts, “You must not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are deluding you with visions of their mind, They do not speak from the mouth of Yahweh.
Jer 23:17 They are continually saying to those who disregard the word of Yahweh, ‘Peace it will be to you,’ and to each one who walks in the stubbornness of his heart they say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’
Disregarding the word of Yahweh is speaking of the life giving instructions He has given us. For example, “calamity will not come upon you if you disregard the instructions of God; the commandments are done away with and He sent His son, Jesus, so you can now break all of the rules that were important to Him in times past.” Is that not the main message of Christianity today? Disregard the words of Yahweh, we have a new god now, Jesus. Of course this is not true, Jesus did not come with his own, different message, but only what He heard His Father say.
Mat 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
We are not speaking of good seeds landing in poor soil anymore. This is bad doctrine being spewed out of the mouths of ear tickling pastors, which make people believe they are perfectly fine rebelling against God.
Eze 34:1 And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
Eze 34:2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and you must say to them, to the shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who were feeding themselves! Must not the shepherds feed the flock?
Eze 34:3 The fat you eat, and you clothe yourself with the wool; the well-nourished animals you slaughter, but you do not feed the flock.
Eze 34:4 The weak you have not strengthened, and the sick you have not healed, and with respect to the hurt you have not bound them up, and you have not brought back the scattered, and you have not sought the lost, but rather you ruled over them with force and with ruthlessness.
Eze 34:5 And they were scattered without a shepherd, and they were as food for all the animals of the field when they were scattered.
Eze 34:6 My flock went astray upon all of the mountains and on every high hill, and so upon all the surface of the world my flock were scattered, and there was no one seeking them, and there was no one searching for them.”
Eze 34:7 Therefore, hear, O shepherds, the word of Yahweh:
Eze 34:8 “As I live,” declares the Lord Yahweh, “Surely because my flock have become as plunder, and my flock became as food to all the animals of the field, since there was not a shepherd, since my shepherds have not sought my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and they fed not my flock,'”
Eze 34:9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of Yahweh,
Eze 34:10 ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Look! I am against the shepherds, and I will seek my flock from their hand, and I will put an end to them from shepherding flocks, and the shepherds will no longer feed themselves, and I will deliver my flocks from their mouth, so that they will not be as food for them.”
This is not just history from the Old Testament. This is for the latter days. When those who have been led astray find themselves in tribulation, they will need to remember Deuteronomy, chapter 4.
Deu 4:30 In your distress when all these things have found you in the latter days, then you will return to Yahweh your God, and you will listen to his voice.
Deu 4:31 For Yahweh your God is a compassionate God; he will not abandon you, and he will not destroy you, and he will not forget the covenant of your ancestors that he swore to them.
There are not two gods, one for Israel and one for “the church”. Following Israel’s God, Yahweh, and His son Yeshua, makes a person part of Israel. Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, had his named changed to Israel by Yahweh. Worshipping the same God as Abraham, Isaac and Israel, makes the worshipper the same as Israel, or Jacob. This is not speaking of a political state currently in the Middle East. There are many verses to support this in the Old Testament and New Testament. First, as the Israelites were leaving Egypt, many Egyptians came with them. They were to follow the same commandments.
Lev 24:22 You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the LORD your God.”
Paul also tells us how we are grafted into the cultivated tree.
Rom 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,
Rom 11:18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.
Rom 11:19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
Rom 11:20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.
Rom 11:21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
Jesus made a way for the branches from the wild olive tree (nations) to be grafted into the cultivated tree (Israel), allowing those formerly cut off to be brought near.
Eph 2:11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—
Eph 2:12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Those in Christ are no longer strangers to the covenants of promise. We are allowed to partake in these covenants that we were locked out of in the past due to unbelief. Often we only hear of the blessings. I have heard it said that the church will receive the blessings and Israel will receive the curses. That is not how it works. Salvation is through faith and the blessings come from obedience. The curses go to the disobedient. Read the rest of Deuteronomy chapter 28 for the whole picture. Are you enduring the curses from disobedience? This question is worth consideration. Psalms 119:165 tells us: “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble”.
Deu 28:45 “And all of these curses shall come over you, and they shall pursue you, and they shall overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, by observing his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you.
Deu 28:46 And they shall be among you as a sign and as a wonder and among your offspring forever.
Jesus told us Himself, notwithstanding modern day, ear tickling preaching, that we are to follow the commandments of Yahweh, not practicing falsehoods.
Rev 22:11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
Rev 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.
Rev 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.
Rev 22:15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Rev 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
Repent, be holy and righteous. The only way to do this is to study and learn the ways of Yahweh and His son, Yeshua, having eyes to see and ears to hear.
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