Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Seeds and Side Notes

Leviticus 7:28 – 9:6, Mark 3:31 - 4:25, Psalm 37:12-29, Proverbs 10:5  

Something New:

The Parable of the seeds is one that I have read a number of times, you know the one about the farmer who plants seeds on all kinds of different soils, and all fail to survive except the ones that fall on the God soil.  These seeds are a metaphor for people who hear the word of God and take hold of it and then produce Godly fruit.  While I was reading it two things dawned on me:

The seeds in the good soil produce a harvest, it may only be small or it could be massive but it is still a harvest.

And… Just because you fall in good soil doesn’t mean that you stay in good soil.  It is possible to let the weeds in other gardens strangle you or for you to pull your roots up and therefore to wither and die.  It is also possible that if a seed in good soil isn’t watered or doesn’t get the nutrients it needs it will also die.  I guess what I am trying to say is that just because a seed falls in good soil, or just because we hear God’s word and listen and take hold it doesn’t mean that or future is guaranteed, we still need to be watered and feed and to do that we need to stay in the word and pray.   

Something I don’t understand:

While I understand the answer that Jesus gives in Mark 3:33ish I am not sure why he answers it that way.  So guy comes up to him and says isn’t that your mother and brother and he says…anyone who does God’s will is my brother, sister or mother.  I just don’t understand why he doesn’t say yes they are but… I think that it is weird that he just blows them off and I am not sure why he does it. 

Something else:

I find it interesting that Jesus mentions as almost a side note that the harder we listen the more understanding we get.  Even though he says it at the end and its kind of common sense I never thought of is applying to the bible, but it does.  The closer we look in and the more eager we are to learn the more God will reveal to us…makes sense but its still pretty cool.

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives. 24Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds their hand. Psalm 37:23-24”  


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