The 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.
It is recorded in Scripture Abraham, his wife Sarah, their son Isaac with his wife Rebekah, their grandson Jacob and his wife Leah, were all buried in a cave in the field of Machpelah (Genesis 49:30-33). Moses’ sister, Miriam, was buried in Kadesh and his brother, Aaron, was buried in Mosera during the 40 years of wilderness wandering (Numbers 20:1; Deuteronomy 10:6). Moses was buried by God in a valley in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 34:6), while Joshua was buried at Timnath-seral in Mount Ephraim (Joshua 24:30). Joseph was buried in Shechem (Joshua 24:32) and Samson between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of his father, Manoah (Judges 16:31).
There is significance to the mode of burying those who have died, for the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 15 tells of how a seed that is planted in the ground springs forth to bear a new and much more vibrant life. “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: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed his own body.” Just as a small kernel of seed corn is planted in the ground resulting in a flourishing plant full of life, so a body is sown for the resurrection that is to come. “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body… As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
Upon Jesus’ death He was laid in a borrowed tomb only to rise again from the dead on the third day. Christ became the Firstfruit of the resurrection that is to come. More will follow on that Great Resurrection Day when the dead in Christ shall rise first and the corruptible, mortal bodies that have been planted will put on incorruption and immortality. It is then so shall all those who have trusted Christ as Savior will ever be with the Lord in their new, glorified bodies “to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away” (I Peter 1:4).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
By the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
I Peter 1:3