"Blessed are ye who sows by all waters..." Isaiah 32:20
Jesus used parables to get his hearers attention and farmers knew very well when he preached a message about the four soils and the seed, but they didn't get the spiritual applications---only his disciples had. Sowing and reaping is an old testament law that started back in the days of Adam. In fact, the LORD God (Adonai Elohim)'s government of sowing and reaping. Every seed bears something: fruit-bearing seeds yields fruit, herb bearing seed yields herbs. God is very much into people bearing fruit and the seed people use is called the word of God.
He who hears let him hear.
Jesus told his disciples that they are permitted to know the secrets of the mystery of the kingdom of God. He continues to tell them what the seed is and no surprise to that, it is HIMSELF!. If you look it up in accordance, the reference number is 4703. Go down the list and the same reference number is used for Jon 1:1 "In the beginning was the WORD, and WORD was in the beginning and the WORD was God. Some people have problems with Jesus being God. They can't see God on the cross, but God is plural (Elohim). In many denominations, people believe in the trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the word of God.
The above scriptures in natural would be an impossibility, but you have to look at in another context. We have to assume that the blessed person sows seeds just as the farmer sows seeds in the parable. And what exactly is all waters? Does it mean you have to sail in the boat to do that? No. Often times in the scripture, there is symbolism, and waters represents people and nations. The blessed person is one who tells everyone about Jesus! "Jesus saves!" "Jesus heals!", etc.
Not everyone receives the good news about Jesus. Some will hear it but before they can let the word take root, the enemy will take it away. Some will hear it but when persecution comes, they will fall away. Some will hear it, but deceitfulness of riches and cares of life will choke the word out of them, but others who will receive it gladly. Those who do will multiply the kingdom. Jesus often will state what the kingdom of God is like and other times will use parables to tell his hearers how the kingdom is operated on. In this one, its the law of sowing and reaping. Sow seed on good ground and you will reap a harvest of souls.
So go out sow Jesus into people's lives! Sow the word of God and be blessed!
In the days of the prophet, Elijah, there were fifty sons who learned under him, but something happened that changed their way of thinking and tainted them.
During Elijah's ministry, Ahab and Jezebel reigned in Israel. They worshipped Baal and not the true God. They hated Elijah and what he stood for. While it is not recorded in the Bible, it had been known to me that these prophets dined with the evil leaders of Israel. Here is why I believe it so:
1 Their lost sight of faith. Before Elijah went up to heaven, these prophets kept asking, "Do you know that Elijah will be taken from you?" After Elisha saw Elijah go up to heaven, he saw Moses with him. He said, "My father! My father! The horses and chariots!" He called out Moses as his father just as he called out Elijah as his father." The fifty sons of the prophet didn't see it as Elisha saw it for later, they asked if they could find Elijah. They thought God had swallowed him up and threw him down somewhere (2Kings 2:16) They lost their spiritual vision.
2. They were at Jericho. It was Joshua who pronounced a curse on Jericho and who burned down the town yet the men of Israel called Jericho, a pleasant land. "And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren." (2 Kings 2:19) Now, I know it said the men of Israel, but could have been prophets. Do you see the contradictions? While they call the land pleasant, they admitted to its lack. Dining with darkness blinded them to reality.
3. They were cursed. In another instance, they were chopping trees. While doing so, one of the axes, a prophet lost an ax head and cried out, "it was borrowed!" In those days, if you couldn't afford your own ax, you had to borrow. Just as people in these days borrow money to pay something off. Poverty is under the curse. Jesus hadn't come to take the curse from us so anyone who didn't obey God and his commands, fell under the curse of the law. (Read Deut 28) Even their children were cursed and had no respect for the prophet of God. As Elijah went up a hill, young people called out, "Go on up baldhead." They knew that Elisha was without his master so we bald. It's like them saying, let's see you do what Elijah without your covering. They sure didn't see him take up the mantle of Elijah and Moses in one. (Watch video below for more on that).
So what does this has to do with the body of Christ today? True men and women of God are calling our current administration Ahab and Jezebel. There are leaders of the church who had "taken the cup" of that administration and lost faith. They believe the lies of the mainstream media and instead of faith become sight, it's the other way around. Are they under a curse? That's not for me to say. These same people are disrespecting the true prophets and calling for them to apologize because their words didn't come to pass. And are people prophesizing in the church? I don't know, and I haven't seen it happen, but it could very well be so. Just because what they prophesize hadn't come to pass doesn't mean they were wrong. God operates on his own time table, not ours.
There are Christians today who will say that God doesn't heal anymore. Or others says there is no such thing as divine healing. Can I ask you a question? Do you believe that too? If God stopped healing people that Jesus is not the same yesterday, today and forever, but let God be proved true and every a man a liar. (Romans 3:4).
I have noticed in the gospels that when people hear about Jesus coming to their town that they bring bring their sick. They have heard that Jesus the healer is coming! Can you imagine being sick or someone you know is sick and the one that heals is coming how that would excite you? Some churches hold a healing service and people would come in droves to get healed! And yes, people do get healed at these services. So I asked myself this: Why is healing so much mentioned in the Bible? Why do God wants us to see Jesus as the healer?
The answer came as I watched this video below:
fb.watch/4nhL8jjkvg/ from Lord of Host Church in NE Omaha. Id healing wasn't for today, then read James 5 where it asks, "Is there anyone sick among us?" And James, was the Lord's brother! He didn't believe in Jesus at first until after Jesus went to the cross.
Another belief that some Christians believe is that Jesus only a spiritual healer. WRONG! Reread the gospel. You can find that every sickness and disease is a physical condition.
Now, I don't know why someone you love or know never got healed, but I can say is healing requires faith. My father had fourth stage lung cancer, but he didn't have faith. My mother, sister and I did, but he needed faith to receive healing. He even told my sister that he couldn't lay his hand on his mother because he had "puny faith."
God is the God that heals us because we live in a fallen world. If man had not sin, he would not send his son on the cross and he would not take our sickness and infirmities along with their sins. Jesus is God and He still heals.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.