The Bible It’s Symbols – A Seed Rain and Snow
The list is growing. We have seen that the Bible uses many illustrations about itself. God is trying to over and over again show us thru these pictures of how many different ways the Word of God can help us. It can do many different things in our lives. We have seen that the Bible is a light unto our feet and a light unto our path. It is mirror that shows us what we really look like, it is a laver for cleaning, and it is spiritual food. It is also as a fire to ignite our passions and as a hammer that breaks apart false teaching.
God is trying over and over again to get people to see the value of His precious word.
Last week we saw that the Bible is the sword of the spirit and is very powerful. Today we will see that the Bible is called a seed. Go to Luke chapter 8
Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
It is good to go into this parable knowing upfront that the seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
And Jesus then explains it to them. Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
The word of God is seed. It takes time to sprout. Some hear and before the seed can sprout and take root the wicked one takes the seed out of their hearts.
13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
They hear and receive the seed and it sprouts, but has no root. In fact it cannot take root because their hearts are hard.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Some receive the seed, the word of God and it sprouts and takes root, but is choked back with cares and riches and pleasures of the flesh. So it is still there, but it is not allowed to bring fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
And some seed falls on good ground. The word of God is planted and the seed sprouts and the heart is honest and they keep the word and bring forth fruit.
The seed is always the same. It is the same word of God that falls on all 4 types of ground. The wayward, the rock, the thorny ground, and the good ground.
The same perfect seed. Always the same, always with the same potential. The difference in results is not because of the seed. The difference in results is not because of the way the seed was thrown out. The difference is the ground. The difference is the heart of the man.
1 Pet 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
The Word of God is incorruptible seed. Pure and perfect and powerful. It is always a wonderful thing when the seed of the Word of God falls upon good ground.
And since the next one is short and since it goes along with being a seed, let’s also look at how the Bible is rain and snow.
Rain and snow
Isa 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
As the rain comes down and as the snow comes down. As the rain and the snow water and bring forth life.
His Word is as the rain and the snow. The Word of God falls upon the seed and waters it and makes it bring forth and bud. And grows it until it produces more seed for the sower and bread.
The word of God is the seed. And the Word of God waters the seed. It is not plant with one thing and then water with something else. With a plant you plant a hard seed and water with water. When it comes to the Bible you plant with the Bible and you water with the Bible. It is both the seed and the rain.
That is our job. The Word of God does all of the actual work in the hearts of men, our job is just to cast out the seed and water the seed.
Psalm 126:6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
We cannot control the ground that the seed falls on. We never know when we cast it out what type of ground it lands upon. We also cannot know when some seed that has been planted needs watered. We have to let God handle all of that. But we have this promise if we go bearing precious seed, God will do a work. There will be rejoicing and results on day.
But notice, in this promise it says he that goesth forth and weepeth. You have to care about souls as you are doing this. Your heart needs to be invested in it.
The results are not on us. Making people get saved is not our place. Our place is twofold. 1) care and 2) spread the seed and water the seed.