Summary: We have not been called to analyze soil. We are called to sow the seed.The seed speaks of the call of God, the growth. faith and praise, the death and resurrection. Success is not measure by today's harvest but rather by the seeds you planted.
TRUSTING THE SEED BY FAITH
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I have medicine baggies with about 10 seeds in each bag. (Corn, bean, sunflower, mustard, flowers.) I also put two donut seeds in each bag, could really be cheerios.) There is power in a seed. I give a baggie to each person.
TEXT: Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Healthy growth seldom occurs by accident. God’s plan involves the HOPE OF A SEED. According to research 1/3 of those faithful to the church today will leave the church in the next year? Sad? What can we do?
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
HOW CAN WE FIX A VALUE ON SEEDS? PRECIOUS SEED? JESUS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD SEED… WE NEED SOWERS TO VALUE THE SEED’S POTENTIAL. WE NEED VEHICLES OF TRUTH TO SOW THE SEED OF THE WORD…
SOW THE SEED AND TRUST FOR THE HARVEST. WE TEND TO ANALYZE THE SOIL BEFORE WE SOW THE SEED. How will we respond to the seed, the word of God?
Mark 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
14 The sower soweth the word.
The sower does not analyze the soil. His job is to sow the seed.
*1. THE HARDEN PATH. They soil 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.
*2. THE HARD ROCK. The seed sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
*3. THE THORN INFESTED TRAP. The seed among thorns: and these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word. 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.
*4. GOOD SOIL ENCOURAGES GROWTH. And these seeds 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.
Seeds speak of HOPE future life both physically and spiritually. The power of a small seed speaks of HOPE and
GROWTH. Jesus can bring us CHANGE. CHANGE IS POSSIBLE. Change or die?
SEEDS REQUIRE FAITH… SEEDS NOT JUST REPRESENT THE HARVEST. SEEDS SPEAK OF LIFE, ABUNDANT LIFE. SEEDS SPEAK OF DEATH. SEEDS SPEAK RESURRECTION!
Archeologists were studying the life of ancient people in Egypt. Seeds were part of ancient funeral rites because seeds were a symbol of burial and resurrection. They were digging deep in one of the pyramids. They discovered what was called “KING TUTS’S WHEAT.” This “GIANT GRAIN KERNELS of wheat were found in a cool, dark, dry part of an Egyptian tomb. From 1843 and later in 1849 there were claims of planting these seeds and growth was recorded. The claim is wheat and pea seeds were found.
Japanese botanist found lotus seeds in a dry lake bed in Manchuria. The seeds lay 10 years in a museum. The seeds were estimated to be around 4,000 years old. Seeds were found near Masada believed to be 2,000 years old. They were planted and on March 18, 2005 the DATE PALM named “Methuselah” grew and brought back the life to dates long extinct.
Russia found some seeds carbon dated 32,000 years old. They had been encased in ice 124 feet deep. They planted the seeds and a new plant grew that produced more seeds.
WE KNOW THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT INCORRUPTIBLE SEEDS.
1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
IN BIBLICAL TIMES SEEDS SPOKE OF BLESSINGS AND THE ABSENCE OF SEEDS SPOKE OF CURSES.
• Seeds speaks of the call of God to his people.
• Seeds spoke of the KINGDOM of GOD.
• Seeds spoke of PASSING ON LIFE, ETERNAL LIFE.
• SEEDS SPOKE OF GROWTH.
• SEEDS SPOKE OF FAITH/PRAISE
• SEEDS SPOKE OF DEATH/ RESURRECTION.
John 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 much fruit.
FAITH is often compared to a MUSTARD SEED.