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A Seed Is Planted

IMG_4764The Parable of the Seed and the Sower Jesus taught the multitude gathered on the shore of the Sea of Galilee is familiar to many. Jesus spoke of seed that falls by the wayside where birds come and devour it. He spoke of seed falling on stony places that are unable to take root. He spoke of seed falling among thorns and being choked out. He concluded the Parable by speaking of seed that falls on good ground that is able to produce much fruit. Jesus later revealed to his disciples the seed in the Parable the sower sowed is The Word of God (Matthew 13:1-23).

When God’s Word sown into the heart of a man, woman, boy or girl takes root, a process begins to bring the Seed to full maturity. As one begins to read for themselves the Word of God, listens to the Scriptures being expounded upon by God’s appointed undershepherds, spends time in prayer with The Father, the Seed begins to break ground, grow and flourish. As one continues to draw closer to the Savior through His Word buds begin to form, announcing the Seed is maturing just as it should with daily cultivation. As the buds burst forth into blossoms the beauty of the Seed implanted in the heart is evident for all to see. The Seed continues on to maturity, bearing the anticipated fruit, “some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.”

The Psalmist David wrote of those who delight in the Law of the LORD and meditate upon His Word day and night are like a tree planted by the river that brings forth fruit in season, whose leaf withers not and whatsoever he does prospers (Psalm1:2-3). The Apostle Paul wrote of the Fruit of the Spirit showing forth love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance in those where the Seed has taken root and matured (Galatians 5:22-23). The abundant Christian Life abounds and flourishes when the Seed is planted deep in the heart of man, nurtured, watered and cultivated to produce much fruit for the Glory of God.

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Fret Not Thyself

In Psalm 37 of the Holy Scriptures we are told to  Fret not thyself because of evildoers,” but instead:

“Trust in the LORD”  (v.3)

  “Do Good”  (v.3)

 “Delight thyself in the LORD”  (v.4)

“Commit thy way unto the LORD”  (v.5)

“Rest in the LORD”  (v.7)

“Wait patiently for the LORD”  (v.7)

“Cease from anger”  (v.8)

“Forsake wrath”  (v.8)

“Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil”  (v.8)

“For evildoers shall be cut off:  But those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

Psalm 37:9

The BIBLE – The Story of God

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Contains 66 books

Variety of genres:  History, Poetry, Prophecy, Wisdom, Literature, Letters, Apocalyptic

Written by 40 different authors

Various author backgrounds:  Shepherds, Fishermen, Doctor, Kings, Prophets, & others

Written over 1,500 years

Written in 3 different languages:  Hebrew (Old Testament), Greek, & Aramaic (New Testament)

Written on 3 different continents:  Africa, Asia, & Europe

A common storyline:  Creation, The Fall, Redemption

A common theme:  God’s love for all mankind

A common message – Salvation is available to all who repent of sin

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Scripture is full of references to God instructing His words be recorded for posterity. Moses was told to, “Write this for a memorial in a book,” (Exodus 17:14). The Prophet Jeremiah was commanded to “Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book,” (Jeremiah 30:2). The Apostle John was told to “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” (Revelation 1:19). To read the Bible is to read God’s Own Words written for every generation to read and learn of Him, and know Him.

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;

but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Isaiah 40:8

 

                                                                                           

 

The Relevancy of Scripture

It is often said the Bible is irrelevant for today; out-of-date, old-fashion. It is referred to as not applicable to today’s fast-paced modern society and situations. There has been a push in many circles to disregard its doctrines, its reproofs, its rebukes, even in some areas of Christianity. To neglect the most relevant Book of all time is to man’s great peril, for in its pages one finds the struggles common to all mankind in every age and the victories God gives to overcome them.

It was Job who suffered the loss of loved ones and disease in his body (Job 1-2).

The three Hebrew children Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced refinement in the furnace of affliction as teenagers (Daniel 1-3).

Moses struggled with anger issues in killing the Egyptian taskmaster when he thought no one was looking and striking the rock when God had told him to only speak to it (Exodus 2; Numbers 20).

Peter was boastful of following Christ, even dying for Him, only to deny Him three times when confronted by others on crucifixion morning, suffering great shame for his act (Matthew 26).

The Apostle Paul suffered severe hardships at the hands of those who sought to silence his witness of the change that had taken place in his heart (Acts 22-28; II Corinthians 11).

There was the rich young ruler obsessed with riches, Zacchaeus’ promising to restore fourfold if he had defrauded anyone, Cain’s murder of his brother, David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Naomi’s daughter-in-law Ruth having to glean for sustenance, Solomon’s quest for knowledge, Jairus’ search for a cure for his daughter, and on and on (Luke 18,19; Genesis 4; II Samuel 11, Psalm 51; Ruth 2; Ecclesiastes 1; Mark 5). The Bible is full of human situations, tragedies, hope, redemption, love and the promise of receiving everlasting life though Jesus Christ.

The Scriptures overflow with examples of lives lived that are beneficial to living in today’s world with today’s people. Man has always had to reign in his emotions and be kind to his neighbor. He has always needed the peace of God to rule in his heart and mind to live successfully in this world and in the world to come. The precious words of Almighty God found in the Bible are just as relevant today as they were when Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked the earth, along with everyone else who lived during Bible times, including Jesus’ disciples when they walked the dusty trails beside Him listening to His very words, the Word of God.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime

were written for our learning,

That we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures

might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

The Relevancy of Scripture

There are those who say God’s Word is not relevant for today, that it is outdated and old-fashioned. They say life is far different today and anything written in Scripture would not be applicable with what we are experiencing now. But God’s Word is as much relevant for today as it has been for every age in time past. The Psalmist wrote “For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations,” (119:89-90).

The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is a unique book that has been relevant to generations of people since the time Moses began writing the first five books of the Old Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Just as God’s Word does not change, people have not changed. They are still sinful, wretched, miserable, poor and blind (Revelation 3:17).

The things written of in Scripture were written for our example as Paul tells us in I Corinthians 10. Just in the area of jealousy which is still very much prevalent in our society, we read of Moses’ siblings, Miriam and Aaron, becoming jealous of Moses’ Ethiopian wife and the displeasure God had with their jealousy, sending leprosy upon Miriam who was shut out of the camp seven days until God healed her and allowed her to return (Numbers 12). We read of Korah of the sons of Levi, who became jealous of Moses’ leadership and led a rebellion against him to have Moses overthrown, but was destroyed himself when God opened the earth beneath him and swallowed up all that pertained unto Korah (Numbers 16). And then there was King Saul, whose jealousy of David was so great he and his army chased the slayer of the giant Goliath all over Judea in a desperate attempt to kill David. In the end it was the king who was destroyed in battle, along with David’s best friend, the king’s son, Jonathan (I Samuel 19-31).

God’s Word is as much relevant today as it has always been. It would behoove those who say it is not to set aside what they are doing and begin to read for themselves the wealth of relevancy found in the Scriptures. When they do, as with all who do, they will exclaim with Isaiah, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (6:5).

The Be Nots

You have heard of the “have” and the “have not’s” but have you considered the “be” and the “be not‘s” of Scripture? Many of the “be’s” are familiar such as “be fruitful and multiply,” “be holy as I Am holy,” “be kind one to another.” The “be not’s” are just as prevalent throughout Scripture. Just as “Thou shalt not” are commands to us from God, so are the “be not’s” sprinkled throughout Scripture; they are not just mere suggestions. All of God’s commands are for our benefit; to disobey them is sin. Although not exhaustive, here are several of God’s “Be not…”:

Be not wise in your own eyes” – Proverbs 3:7

Be not afraid of sudden fear” – Proverbs 3:25

Be not among winebibbers” – Proverbs 23:20

Be not rash with thy mouth” – Ecclesiastes 5:2

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry” – Ecclesiastes 7:9

Be not dismayed” – Isaiah 41:10

Be not proud” – Jeremiah 13:15

Be not as the hypocrites” – Matthew 6:16

Be not troubled” – Matthew 24:6

Be not deceived” – Luke 21:8

Be not terrified” – Luke 21:9

Be not faithless” – John 20:27

Be not highminded” – Romans 11:20

Be not conformed to this world” – Romans 12:2

Be not children in understanding” – I Corinthians 14:20

Be not drunk with wine” – Ephesians 5:18

Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” – Colossians 1:23

Be not bitter” – Colossians 3:19

Be not weary in well doing” – II Thessalonians 3:13