Jesus mentions seeds 5 times in the Bible.
There is the parable of the sower which is familiar and talks about good soil. (Matt 13:1-9 )
Then there is the parable of the tares(poisonous weeds) and the wheat.
(Matt 13:24 – 30 )
The third instance is having faith the size of a mustard seed ( Matt 17:19 – 21 )
The parable of the growing seed (Mark 4:26 – 29 )
Lastly the parable of the mustard seed (Mark 4: 30 -32 )
I have struggled for 3 days now trying to put together what these all mean to me exactly. I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible for me to read these parables and not be overwhelmed by ideas about God.
If I had to start somewhere it would be with not knowing how it works. (Mark 4:26-29)
It is not for me to do a whole lot here. I can be like Jesus the good farmer. He plants through me. He is the seed and He enables everything and everyone to grow.
I can relate to the putting in the sickle when harvest is come. It is like the excitement of seeing the fruit makes me forget all the growing part and just want to enjoy the harvest.
Over the past 3 days I have experienced how great God’s treasures are. He gives me peace. He gives me all the fruits of the spirit. (Gal 5:22-26 ) He has infinite amounts of this fruit and guarantees to give as much as I want.
Inside of fruit is the seeds. It is like the water cycle there is a seed cycle. The seed grows a tree which blossoms and through pollination produces a fruit which has a seed within it which might be ate by an animal and pooped out on the ground and grow into another tree which grows its own flower and fruit.
Part of my blindness is seeing the potential and overwhelming strength in a seed. All I see is a tiny thing that I can easily destroy. Perhaps the strength is not in the single seed but in the thousand other seeds that were also produced. A field usually doesn’t have only one seed growing in it.
2Cor 9:6-15 (KJ2000) ” 6 But this I say, He who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: his righteousness remains forever. 10 Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, who causes through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the need of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 13 While by the proof of this ministry they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14 And by their prayer for you, who long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”