Good Fruit

Day 54

Prayer for the day

Happy are those whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! They will be satisfied byt he beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple.

Scripture for the day

Numbers 5-6, Mark 4:1-20

The Parable of the Sower is one of the most memorable parables Jesus ever told. Its simplicity and profundity, mixed with its humble character, make it easy to remember and hard to forget.

In the parable, the sower spreads seed and it falls where it falls. A number of external factors influence the growth of the seed into a plant. Jesus explains this parable to the disciples, showing them that the seed is the word of God and the soil represents the different people to whom the word comes. The condition of the soil and its environment are the determining factors deciding whether the seed will bear fruit or not.

Jesus likens us to this soil, speaking of the conditions by which we may bear good fruit that comes from being in contact with the word of God.

The people of Israel had similar teaching and instruction from God, though it may be less apparent. In commanding the unclean to leave the camp, God was trying to ensure through Moses that the camp remain pure, and that any distractions or outside influences would be minimized. God does this not because He is angry with people who are ceremonially unclean (it’s often not their fault, after all) but because God knows what this uncleanness can lead to. God, and God in Christ, knows that our soil is finicky. We are limited in our ability to hear well, to allow for good growth, to bear good fruit. We are easily distracted, easily led astray, and we easily fall into the patterns which would strangle and kill the seed.

Purity is easily snatched away from us, and God, in His wisdom, tried to prepare the people of Israel, and us, for the inevitable distractions that would come. The parable of the sower illustrates clearly the danger we are in. Let us then fix our eyes, our focus, all of our attention on the sower.

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