Let it Grow

Day 19

Prayer for the day

I call with my whole heart; answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.

Scripture for the day

Genesis 46-48, Matthew 13:1-30

I watched the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring last night. One line always strikes me: “all hobbits share a love of things that grow.” I’m not really much of a gardener, but as a pastor, that line has stuck with me.

In Matthew’s passage, Jesus uses growing metaphors to talk about the spiritual life, whereas the Genesis account uses the language of “seeds” quite literally. For Joseph, seeds represent the might of Egypt, the provision of a government for its people and the requirement it has of those people.

Jesus takes the language of “seed” and moves it into the arena of God’s government. The authority still distributes seed for the good of the people, and does so expecting something. However, the return this governing authority expects is not tribute, but good growth.

Jesus’ parable about the seed is not designed to teach the disciples about good governance practices or economic stability. It is not designed to be an agricultural lesson or to convey good farming practices. Jesus’ parable is designed to show us our hearts, to lay a mirror before people and allow them to see the truth that lies behind our facade.

Jesus explains that the seed, the word of God, is heard and experienced by different kinds of people. Interestingly, it seems that it’s not the character of the people which gives them their description, but the actions they take AFTER receiving the seed. It may not be the kind of person they are before that defines them, but their response.

What kind of ground are you?

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