The Big Picture – Part 15

Harvest Time, Separation Time

“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which 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 blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matt. 13:23-30

The good ground is marked by one unique virtue — fruitfulness. It is not that good ground may not have stones or thorns in it — it may, but that the stones and thorns will not hinder and prevent the seed from bearing fruit — it will produce. As I have stated before “good” is another way of saying that something (or someone as the case may be) accomplishes the purpose for which it was created. If a saw cannot cut wood, it is no good. If a seed does not produce the sought for fruit then it is no good. Remember the fig tree that Jesus cursed, it did not produce fruit so He judged it.

Again, “He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?” Luke 13:6-7.

The good ground is the heart that hears.
There are those who have ears to hear yet do not hear. How is it so? Those who have lazy ears, lazy eyes and a lazy heart are wicked and lazy servants. They do not stretch forward. Paul said, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philip. 3:14. God wishes to bestow His gifts on those who will invest them and bring forth a return. Those who bury their gifts and do not place them into good use will have them taken away.

The good ground is the heart that understands.
But is understanding not a matter of ability? No, not only, for those who train themselves may understand. It is a matter of wanting to understand. God gives
deep spiritual understanding to those who are diligent to seek it. He gives good gifts to all without finding fault. We are told to ask for wisdom, to express a desire for it. Wisdom and understanding are ours if we will, by faith and sincere desire, but ask, seek and knock.

The good ground bears fruit.
As I have already stated that is what makes the ground good. It is performing according to its intended purpose.

As stated previously the seed is perfect, incorruptible, the fault lies only in the ground, the heart into which it is planted. A man, Jesus Christ, sowed into his field. He owns the land, it is His by virtue of purchase and care and deed of right. Yet another, His enemy (and yours by this very fact) came while you slept, while you were not keeping watch, and sowed a pernicious, malevolent and unproductive thing in the very self-same soil. Now we shall see which shall prevail. Again, it is not the seed but the soil that will tell.

So this is very disturbing and dangerous to the success of the field and the householder knows it to be so, but He is patient and waits for the harvest. For it is always too premature to make a judgment about the nature, whether it is a wheat or a tare, until the very last day when harvest is come. The thing about tares is that they appear just like a wheat, even an expert can not tell. Only time will tell if it will produce fruit, for this is the thing that tells all — fruitfulness.

What is the desire of every father? Is it not that their children would love them in return, that they would recognize the great personal cost and sacrifice that they made out of love for them and return to them with a thankful heart, a heart that desires to be with them and to be like them, giving themselves, trusting him, loving unconditionally.

Yet there is the seed that the enemy planted in their heart. The seed of doubt, suspicion, self-protection, self-advancement, self-deception, will work its roots deep if you nourish it in the darkness of your heart. Oh, be very certain it was planted too, alongside the seed of the truth is THE lie — your father does not love you.

What does the seed of the Tree of Life need to grow? It needs truth, the water of the Word being poured into it, washing away the doubt and the fear and the deceptive lies that surround it. It also needs the sun and the Son, yet Truth again in abundance. Sometimes water is not right there in the soil, oftentimes it must be sought out diligently, purposely, with focus of intent and desire. Oftentimes the sun is not seen yet but only a shimmer of the heat of the sun is felt above us. It too must be sought out by the continual pressing toward it. We must seek the Son while He may be found. Truth is the key to nourishing the seed of the Tree of Life. Reason and feelings are the stuff that grows the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.

Seek the water of the Word and the face of the Son, they are Truth and Life to you and will make you to grow and be fruitful. You must desire this though, no one can decide your will for you, it is a matter of your heart, a matter of your soil.

“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Harvest time is separation time. Anybody going to the barndance? Dad is hosting a hoedown for us, celebrating the harvest of souls, the fruit of His field.