Friday, June 2, 2017

The Law of Sowing a Seed in a Field


Will YHVH violate His own laws? The obvious answer is an unequivocal and resounding “NO”.  A very pivotal law that I would like to bring up actually has to do with Shavuot and the wheat harvest.  As we know, before there can be a harvest, seed has to be planted in the field.  YHVH has given many statutes that have to do with agriculture, one of those, dealing with the seed, declares:  “You shall not sow your field with mixed seed” (Leviticus 19:19).  And, "You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seed, lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled” (Deuteronomy 22:9).
This law and principle becomes of utmost importance when applied to the Father’s choice of a seed that He had singled out of the family of Noah, narrowing it down to Eber and his progeny, all the way to Abraham and Sarah. Paul elaborates in Romans 9:8-11: “That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of Elohim; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.  For this is the word of promise: ‘At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.’  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac  (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of Elohim according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls)(emphases added).  Elohim called one of the two seeds in the womb of Rebecca “chosen” or “elect” according to His “mercy”.  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with Elohim? Certainly not!  For He says to Moses, ’I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’  So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of Elohim who shows mercy”  (Romans 9:14-16).
YHVH then takes this chosen seed (Jacob), anoints it with His covenant word and promises that He would multiply it and with His mighty right arm, sow it into the earth/world.   “Then I will sow her [Israel] for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, 'You are My people!' And they shall say, 'You are my Elohim!' " (Hosea 2:23)

Yeshua, taking this agricultural concept into consideration told a parable:  "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.  But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'  He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'  But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn" ' " (Matthew 13:24-30).  Here we learn that YHVH will not harvest the crop of a mixed seed.  He will first remove that which had not come forth from what He had originally sown.  If we apply this to actual literal farming, this is essential as the farmer will leave some of that original seed and store it in the granary to be used to plant the next crop. 
As we can see from the above parable, the wheat is the seed that was planted by the owner of the field.  YHVH owns the field/earth. Here is how Yeshua articulated it: "The field is the world, the good seed are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.  The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:38-43).  Who are the sons of the kingdom?  If we are attentive to the ‘fine print’ regarding whom YHVH has chosen to rule over, there is only one conclusion we may come to: the House of Jacob/Israel. 
Let us take a look at another parable about the “seed” that the “Farmer” sowed:  “Behold, a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.  But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"  (Matthew 13:3-9).  If we continue with the idea that over the ages and generations YHVH sowed the seed of Jacob, it would be only natural for different clusters of the seed to be subject to a variety of types of soil and conditions.  But eventually the earth became full of this seed.
“Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit” (Isaiah 27:6).  
Yeshua came to harvest the crop that issued forth from the seed (the wheat) that His Father had sown.  We therefore must ask ourselves, who are these in this generation whom YHVH is watching over and preparing for a harvest?   If it is the natural seed of Jacob/Israel, then I have another question:  Did the hidden seed of Israel lose its natural identity when accepting Yeshua as their Messiah?   Do they no longer have a natural heritage, but only a spiritual one?  Do they now have a new identity called “spiritual Israel” which replaces their natural one?  Conversely, do the Jews lose their natural identity as Judah, if they receive Yeshua as Messiah?  Do all the promises and covenants given to their natural forefathers become null and void?  But what about the statement that, “there is no more Jew or Gentile”? Paul goes on to explain and shows that we are all from “the one seed of Abraham” (see Galatians 3:28-29). Paul is not contradicting his words in Romans 4:16, but simply shows that having received the promised ‘anointing’ (the spirit of the Son, see Galatians 4:6) proves that one is of that natural seed that received the promise.
Most would say that the Jews remain Jewish and inherit the other (‘natural’) promises. But now what about the lost Israelites who are being restored to their natural identity, who have been labeled as “one new man” or “spiritual Israel”?  Maybe all the faith people, who believe in "life from the dead" and identify with Romans 4:16 and 9:8 and who have accepted the New Covenant should take a closer look at where they have come from. Perhaps they just might find out that they are of that “wheat seed" that YHVH called, chose, and sowed in the earth!  He will not violate His own Law.  Yeshua did not come to harvest the tares.  “For great [is/will be] the day of Jezreel” (Hosea 1:11)!  

Being the season of Shavuot, the book of Ruth also addresses the same issue.

The character of Ruth the Moabite is often highlighted and sited in Jewish circles as the “first convert to Judaism”, and in Christian circles she is the epitome of total devotion, dedication, selflessness and humility that gain her a place of adoption among the people of Israel, although a “gentile from the nations”. In Ruth’s case her Moabite lineage, about which it says in Deuteronomy 23:3 that this seed is for ever banned from the assembly of Israel, makes her entrance into Israel all the more outstanding.  

But is the goal and purpose of the book of Ruth to show that foreigners may join the house of Israel or Judah, and thus is a presentation of a proto-type of someone who in spite of their foreign lineage may join YHVH’s assembly?  Or does the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz aim, on the contrary, at pointing to the importance of the continuance of the natural seed and “perpetuating the name of the dead so that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren…” (Ruth 4:10)? To quote Boaz regarding his purchase of Naomi’s deceased son’s property and the marriage to his widow. The text, which speaks for itself, goes on to say the following:

“And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, ‘we are witnesses. YHVH make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.  May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which YHVH will give you from this young woman. So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, YHVH gave her conception, and she bore a son.  Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be YHVH, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!” (Ruth 4:11-14 emphases added).

The book of Ruth recounts the story of redeeming the deceased heritage and name, and raising his seed vicariously, with the chief protagonist being the noble and willing instrument of this all-important undertaking. But it is Ruth’s role as the agent of perpetuating the natural seed and redemption which the story is aimed at, while her actions and character come ‘to the aid’ of this goal. Thus this unique story of someone who is an “exception to the rule” actually sets out to highlight the “rule”.


“Also the neighbor women gave him [Ruth’s son whom she bore to Boaz] a name, saying, ‘there is a son born to Naomi.’ And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.  Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab;  Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David” (Ruth 4:17-22). A significant act of ‘redeeming the dead’ and ‘perpetuating his name’ is what gave life to this genealogy culminating with King David from whose seed, according to the flesh, was born Messiah Yeshua (see Romans 1:3), although in His case He was not of the natural seed.

2 comments:

  1. So true. I have a few questions that we all must ponder. Are we negating the Torah when we minimize the importance of natural seed? If we are minimizing Torah does this confuse our older brother Judah as to exactly who we are? Is the good ground the soil of Israel and speaking of natural seed that once they return they will flourish there?

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