Saturday, April 6th,
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the earth brings forth fruit of herself..." (Mark 4:28)
In this parable the sower casts seed in
the ground then goes to sleep and lets nature do her thing. He doesn't have to
be schooled in agronomy. An elementary understanding of weeding and watering is
all he needs, for as "the seed springs and grows up, he knows not how" (vs 27).
For thousands of years farmers have operated the principles of seedtime and
harvest never having to consult with any department of agriculture. The next
verse, the text verse, tells us why, "For the earth brings forth fruit of
herself..." The Greek word is automatos. The plant grows automatically.
Fertilizer and a garden hose will help later on but for the most part the whole
process is automatic. The seed needs no coaxing or human manipulation.
Actually, anything we do to disturb the seed harms rather than helps. Like the
TV commercial says, "Set it then forget it!" we need to plant it then grant
it...to God's care and keeping.
The rest is automatic. It will bud leaves,
sprout corn ears or fruit and mature to a golden brown when it is time and not
a moment before. As mentioned, we can assist by wise husbandry. Jesus said, "I
will dig about it, and dung it: and if it bears fruit well..." (Luke 13:8.9) But
digging "about it" doesn't mean digging it up. We have to leave yield to the
Lord of the harvest (Matthew 9:38). But we can dictate likelihood of productivity.
Jesus said if we would plant our seed in good soil it would bring forth "a
hundredfold" (Luke 8:8). Paul added, "...he which sows bountifully shall reap
also bountifully" (2 Corinthians 9:6). There are many "shalls" promised when it
comes to sowing and reaping. "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy". "Cast
your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days"
(Ecclesiastes 11:1). A seed is anything that invested has power to increase.
You are a walking warehouse of seeds. Deeds are seeds. Acts of kindness,
smiles, sown money, time and etc. all come back "good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, and running over".
Notice, harvest always occurs at a later date
than the sowing. That works in radishes as certainly as with field corn.
Harvest always comes back later and comes back greater than the sowing. Plant
one papaya and you will usually reap ten papayas. Each papaya contains 470
seeds. Plant them and at ten papayas per plant the small orchard will produce
47,000 new trees ready to continue the cycle. The wonderful truth about automatos
is that we don't have to consult a banker, pace the floor at night
worrying, or keep asking the church to pray for our papaya plants each Sunday
at prayer time. It will "increase with the increase of God" (Colossians 2:19).
Natural laws and forces go into effect and by the time autumn comes around you
have a healthy fruitful field or orchard. Your job was plowing then planting
then plucking. Mother Earth's job, which is a weak way of saying God's job, is
to "bring forth fruit of herself". That works in the natural but so much more
in the social, financial and spiritual. That is why Jesus used the parable of
the sower and seed as the basis for understanding every other mystery in the kingdom
of God (Mark 4:13). Dallas Holm sang that he now leaves "the driving to
the Chief". How about we leave the thriving to the Chief? He is able to
germinate your seed and mature your harvest. In fact, it will happen