I heard them all!
I heard lots of preaching and teaching about the seed, sowing a seed and reaping what you sow.
Most of those sermons where biblical but often, something was missing and some preachings were over the top.
Well, in this nugget I want to divide correctly (2 Tim. 2:15) the illustration of Jesus about seeds,especially showing you one thing which opened my eyes about the mustard seed in connection to our faith.
As you read this, you probably think that I must be weird and not in my right in my mind to challenge those fine teachings on seed sowing & reaping.
And what would be my problem about Jesus’ illustration about our faith to be as small as a mustard seed?
Okay, I understand your point but did you ever ask yourself “How small can my faith be to start working?” or “How small is small?” or “How can I compare the size of my faith the size of a mustard seed?".
Well, what did Jesus really mean about all these illustrations which are actually parables?
How small can my faith be?
How small is small?
Without going in great details, I will clarify in this nugget stuff you knew nothing about or cause you to doubt that the seed and sowing issue of Jesus does not really work for you or maybe you are just mixed-up as I was?
One thing is for sure, it will shock you.
Be advised that what I will teach you is in your Bible where an interpretation is not really needed.
It is just a question of reading and understand what you read.
The first parable of Jesus in scripture
is about a seed!
Scripture tells us that the first parable/illustration Jesus used is in Matthew 13:1-23 ; Mark 4:1-20 and Luke 8:1-15 was what we usually call "The parable of the sower who sows seeds”.
Jesus knew the importance of seeds and how to sow them.
Everybody knows that Jesus was a carpenter but He also knew a lot of things about farming which is not bad for a carpenter
I must add.
Jesus was really a master
Basically, in these passages of Scripture, Jesus used seeds and 4 different soils, illustrating, which soil is the best to sow the Word of God for the purpose of growing properly in the heart of mankind.
But my question is - “What is this good soil about in scripture?”.
Of course many will reply “It is about somebody who receives with the heart the Word of God, the seed!”.
Well, this is not bad and there is some truth in it, but the receiving part is not the case at all for a proper growth in these passages.
Read the texts carefully and you will see that some received God`s Word openly but their enthusiasm for the Word faded away or was destroyed because of the too much and the pressure of the world.
So to say, that the good soil is, yes about the heart, but something vital is missing about this good soil for the purpose of growing the Word of God properly so that it will never be uprooted from the heart.
“Then, what is missing in the good soil?”
Thank you for asking, but could it be that you will not like the answer because of tradition or you just dismiss it without any consideration, being the trend of today among Christians.
Well, I hope not.
The good soil is about the heart receiving the constant teaching of the Word of God.
What do I mean by constant?
Well, this is where I will loose some of you because on Sunday morning and in the week believers need lots of teaching from the Word of God to grow mature and to develop deep roots which will stay in the heart forever (Your own Bible study is included but you need to know how to do it properly).
To be honest with you, there are not much sowings/teachings of the Word of God today in our church on Sundays and in the week for the believers.
Instead we unconsciously starve Christians by only delivering entertainment on Sundays or religious pet talks and programs in the week like the hangout cell groups and for many this is much more appealing to hangout then to study the Word and grow for the purpose of becoming fine and powerful ambassadors for Christ.
Actually, most churches on Sundays are mainly designed to reach unbelievers and keep believers from receiving the word. This system, this trend of today`s church is leading us to produce weak Christians where real knowledge of the Bible is very low or knowledge is considered as a religious mind set.
The faith of many has no roots, no tenacity and Satan will eventually steal, killing and destroy the weak faith about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Holy Word, the Bible.
The Mustard Seed illustration of Jesus!
Our Lord Jesus knew about the importance of seeds and sowing them into good soil but He also used theillustrations/parables as a kind of seed, the mustard seed in Matthew 13:31 ; Mark 4:30-32 ; Luke 13:18-19 ; Luke 17:6 ; Matthew 17:20.
Of course when it comes to a mustard seed, we always hear ministers putting much emphases on the size of the mustard seed which is, yes a very small seed, but most ministers never look at the characteristics of the mustard seed to explain the Kingdom of God, in Matthew 13:31 ; Mark 4:30-32 ; Luke 13:18-19 being connected to the parable of having faith like the mustard seed in Luke 17:6 ; Matthew 17:20.
Kingdom of God and the mustard seed!
In Matthew 13:31 ; Mark 4:30-32 ; Luke 13:18-19 Jesus used some of the characteristic of the mustard seed which is like the Kingdom of God.
"Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God?
Or with what parable shall we picture it?
It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground,
is smaller than all the seeds on earth;
but when it is sown, it grows up and
becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches,
so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed, bringing some characteristics about it.
It is the smallest of seeds on earth but when it is sown in the ground (any ground—bad or good) it will grow up (tenaciously) to become greater than all herbs and sprout out large branches and it takes time for a seed to a become a tree or a bush (remark there are different kinds mustard plants).
It is clear that in the time of Jesus, people were very smart and Jesus did not have to explain every characteristic of the mustard plant for example, how tenacious a mustard seed is when it is sown on the ground and how tenacious when it grow up to become a bush or a tree, bearing much seeds (Fruits).
The moment one small mustard seed is sown on or in the ground and water or humidity touch this little tiny seed, then it will breakthrough anything natural.
This means the Kingdom of God “seed” which is sown through the constant teaching of the Word of God “watered” will be tenacious on this blue planet among mankind.
Oh boy, there is so much to teach about all this but it is only a nugget of 3 pages or less, knowing that today`s trend is reading is okay but with little content.
This is not an excuse but people today don`t like to read big amounts of pages any more.
Nevertheless and without the intend of blowing your brain with too much reading, one thing I want to express here and please read this carefully - this mustard seed is a very special seed which Jesus compares to the Kingdom of God, but there are other seeds to use and to manipulate (caring about) properly, not being as tenacious as a mustard seed.
I love gardening and to sow seeds is an art for itself.
Just to say that gardening and farming as believers in Christ are skills we all need to develop with knowledge and much wisdom, this means teachings.
Question: “Do we need to have faith as small as a mustard seed?”
No, we do not because Jesus never said that!!!
Read both texts carefully where Jesus used faith with the mustard seed:
Matthew 17:20 “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to
you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Luke 17:6 “So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Jesus said that faith must be as a (not - as small as a) mustard seed, meaning our faith must be like the characteristic, all of it, the mustard seed.
I know that some Bible translations like NIV translate it like this “He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” Luke17:6 but in the Greek copies of the Bible, the “As small” is not there at all, this was added by the translator for the purpose of putting an emphases on the size of the mustard seed and this is bad and confusing because “How small is small what your faith is concerned?”.
On the other hand, if you have the whole picture of what a mustard seed is all about, the characteristics, then everything makes sense.
The whole picture makes more sense
then only one peace of the puzzle!
I really believe that Jesus is telling us to start learning how to plant seeds which includes the mustard seed.
According to Jesus, the Great Commission and if you believe we are to become more like Jesus and doing the same works He did in His ministry on earth, then we are to become masters of all which includes farming and gardening.
To be a master does not mean that you have to have a doctor`s degree in everything but to have a basic knowledge of everything with the help of the Holy Spirit in us at all time.
So to say, in general we are to learn our ABCs about seeds, sowing, growth and reaping.
To be a master of everything is learning only your ABCs
and not the A to Z about everything!
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