The Holy Seed
You know, sometimes when I sit down to read the Word, I stumble through it… unaware and clouded by the day and circumstances that surround me. Yet, I long for the clarity and understanding of the Lord. I fumble around and flip through the pages as I pray for God to give me peace of mind. All the obligations, all the responsibilities, all the mistakes, all the chaos feel so overwhelming. I know I need his guidance, but my mind cannot stop to hear it. I stop the madness of my mind and pray again. This time, I let go of my burdens and place them at the foot of the cross and peace of mind begins to flood over me like a heavy pouring. Tears fall down by cheeks as I feel the release of the stress and anxiety. My heart is ready for the filling, and the words begin to pop off the page.
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As I read through the Word, I was in awe of the faithfulness of God. Throughout all generations, His Words has prevailed and His promises have stayed true. On this particular day, the Lord showed me through the Word that His son was the central point to the entire Bible. I mean, I knew it… but I could see it so much more clearly in that moment. I love those moments. They are so special and they spark a fire in me that encourages growth and secures my commitment to the Lord.
On this day, I was able to see the prophesy of David come to fulfillment through Christ. We can find this proof in Psalm 78:2-3
“For I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past-
Stories we have heard and known,
Stories our ancestors handed down to us.”
David foretold that the Son of God would be speaking through parables. Jesus always used parables when speaking to crowds, and the crowds were always in awe of his wisdom. They knew it was from God himself.
It’s amazing to me that we can jump back and forth between hundreds of years to find prophesy fulfilled. There are so many scriptures that point to Christ from the Old Testament. What a blessing that is for us to see, because those who did the prophesying were not able to see it to fruition themselves, but their faith and hope carried them through until their death. The gift we were given through their prophesies is immense, because it shows us how faithful God truly is! We are able to witness from a distance and see the big picture of the gospel in a way those who were living through it could not. You would think this would secure our faith, secure our hope in the Lord, but it seems to hold little value in our world today. When I look at our world today, I am saddened by the number of people who still do not believe.
Jesus tells the parable of the hidden treasure:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”
This parable is short, and to the point. The man understood the value of the treasure, and knew it was worth giving up everything he had to obtain it. Although the man paid for the field, the treasure that was hidden within was a gift from God, free of charge. When we understand the value of the gospel, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, it doesn’t matter to us that it is free- we are willing to sacrifice all we have for it, because we know its worth. If God asks us to give something up, we will without hesitation.
Jesus was very good at illustrating through parables for those whose hearts were open to receiving the good news, and because of this, they were able to hear and see it clearly. Not everyone, though, was open to the message of Jesus and there were some whose hearts were hardened and could not receive the gospel. When we go back a bit in the Word, we can find the saddest prophesy given to us by Isaiah, who was considered the greatest Old Testament prophet. This sad revelation is referenced in Matthew 13:14-15, but originally found in Isaiah 6:9-13. Let’s take a look at the original text, that we might know exactly what God was revealing to Isaiah.
Chapter 6 begins with Isaiah in the presence of the Lord Almighty. He sees God’s glory and in that instant, realizes he is a sinful man, unworthy to be in God’s presence. Then an angel came to him and touched his lips with burning coal, saying, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”
In order to be used by God in a way that there is no separation between us, we must repent, and be forgiven our sins. This is made known here in that Isaiah had to be cleansed of his sins before he could speak to the Lord, and before the Lord could use him in the way He needed him. Keep this in mind in your own lives today.
Then Isaiah heard the Lord ask, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
And Isaiah said to the Lord, “Here I am. Send me.”
And the Lord said, “Yes, go and say to this people,
‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.
Watch closely, but but learn nothing.
Harden the hearts of those people.
Plug their ears, and shut their eyes.
That way, they will not see with their eyes,
Nor hear with their ears,
Nor understand with their hearts
And turn to me for healing.’
Then Isaiah asked the Lord how long this will go on, and the Lord replied,
‘Until their towns are empty,
Their homes are deserted,
And the whole country is a wasteland;
Until the Lord has sent everyone away,
And the entire land of Israel is deserted.
If even a tenth- a remnant- survive,
It will be invaded again and burned.
But as terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down,
So Israel’s stump will be a holy seed.’
God basically told Isaiah that the task at hand would not be an easy one… that the people would not see or hear truth, that his mission would not be a success in the world’s eyes. But, Isaiah was committed to the mission God had placed in his hands… for he was part of the seed that God spoke of… the holy seed that would continue through the ages. The Word, the scripture that Isaiah wrote throughout his lifetime, the prophesies, and the promises of the LORD are still alive and true to this day!
Isaiah was quoted over 50 times in the New Testament. Isaiah continued a constant ministry throughout his life, even though there was hardly a positive response during his lifetime. He was committed to the cause, understood it’s worth, and was willing to give all up for the Lord. And the Lord rewarded him with great wisdom and insight into what He had in store for His people.
Although these Words were written many years ago, they still hold true to this day. Sadly, there are many people whose hearts are hardened to the Word of God. It breaks my heart when I see the number of people around us that cannot see nor hear the truth. BUT- God has called us to spread the gospel even still. We are part of His holy seed… we must be committed, we must know the worth of what we are seeking to continue to seek it with all our hearts, all our minds and all our strength. For those of us whose eyes and ears are open, we can find hope in the Words of the prophets of old. In Psalm 78, just a bit past where we read from above, there is an encouraging Word for us to hear and do, which I want to leave you with today. It is so important and so essential for the gospel to continue on!
“We will not hide these truths from our children;
We will tell the next generation
About the glorious deeds of the Lord,
About his power and his mighty wonders.
For he issued his laws to Jacob;
He gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded to our ancestors
To teach them to our children,
So the next generation might know them-
Even the children not yet born-
And they in turn will teach their own children.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
Not forgetting his glorious miracles
And obeying his commands.
Then they will not be like their ancestors-
Stubborn, rebellious, unfaithful,
Refusing to give their hearts to God.
Each one of us has had the opportunity to hear about the gospel- only because someone before us has passed it along to their children. So, today- teach your children about God, about his promises, about his miracles, and continue on this holy seed, because we know the worth of Who we seek!
I know sometimes our minds can be bogged down with what is happening in the world around us. Today, let’s choose to focus our eyes, minds and hearts on Jesus! Until next time…… Have a very blessed day.