Parable #13. Growing Seed (Kingdom of Adonai):
- The Thirteenth Mashal of Messiah
- Seven Observations
- Growth initiated solely by the Ruach Elohim Chayim
- Abundance beyond all that we can ask or think
- Blessings and growth that only come to us by Divine initiative
Today is Day #13:
1. Today is “Day #13” in the forty-nine day Countdown to Shavuot.
2. Today is thirteen days which are one week and six days of the Omer.
.היום שלשה עשר יום, שהם שבוע אחד ושישה ימים בעומר
Haiyom shloshah asar yom, shehaym shavuah echad veshishah yamim ba’omer.
“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).
“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”
ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ
“Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
The Thirteenth Mashal of Messiah:
וַיּאֹמַר מַלְכוּת הָאֱלֹהִים הִיא כְאָדָם מַשְׁלִיךְ זֶרַע בָּאֲדָמָה׃ וְשָׁכַב וְקָם לַיְלָה וָיוֹם וְהַזֶּרַע יִצְמַח וְגָדֵל וְהוּא לֹא יָדָע׃ כִּי הָאָרֶץ מֵאֵלֶיהָ מוֹצִיאָה פִרְיָהּ אֶת־הַדֶּשֶׁא רִאשׂוֹנָה וְאַחֲרָיו אֶת־הַשִּׁבֹּלֶת וְאַחֲרֵי־כֵן אֶת־הַחִטָּה הַמְּלֵאָה בַּשִּׁבֹּלֶת׃ וְכַאֲשֶׁר גָּמַל הַפְּרִי יְמַהֵר לִשְׁלֹחַ מַגָּל כִּי בָשַׁל קָצִיר׃
He (the Mashiach) said to them:
“The kingdom of Adonai (הָאֱלֹהִים) is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Observation #1. Like the soils parable this parable presents a comprehensive picture of the coming of the Kingdom of G-d. There are three phases presented:
Observation #2. In phase one the Sower scatters seed on the ground (THE SOWING).
Observation #3. In phase two the Sower appears but is not active. After planting the seed, he leaves it and goes about his duties night and day without anxious thought for the seed. Meanwhile the seed germinates, sprouts, and grows in a way he did not know and cannot explain (THE GROWING).
Observation #4. The soil produces grain that develops to maturity in successive stages:
The soil does this automatically all by itself;
The soil does this without visible cause; and
The soil does this without human agency.
Therefore, this entire mysterious process is a work that is invisibly facilitated by Adonai Avinu’s own Spirit.
Observation #5. The Holy One works into the soil His life-bearing Seed (spiritual DNA) that when planted in good soil—soil that allows the plant liberal access to root and ground well into the breadth-length-height-and depth of our being—grows stage by stage and produces grain without human intervention.
Observation #6. In phase three, we see the Sower’s ultimate objective come to fruition (THE HARVESTING).
Observation #7. When the grain is ripe (in the future) the Sower-Farmer immediately sends forth (lit. sends forth the sickle) the reapers for the harvest has come (lit. stands ready).
Growth initiated solely by the Ruach Elohim Chayim:
The growth that leads to the ultimate eschatological harvest that will be experienced during the one thousand years rule of Messiah, speaks of the coming of the Kingdom of Adonai that arrives solely by the (mysterious) sovereign work of the Spirit of the Living G-d (Ruach Elohim Chayim). The emphasis here is given to Divine providence. The complexity and largesse of this ongoing expression of the Grace of Adonai is beyond our ability to comprehend.
Abundance beyond all that we can ask or think:
מִשּׁוּם כָּךְ כּוֹרֵעַ אֲנִי עַל בִּרְכַּי לִפְנֵי הָאָב אֲשֶׁר קָרָא שֵׁם לְכָל מִשְׁפָּחָה בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ; שֶׁיִּתֵּן לָכֶם כֹּחַ, כְּפִי עֹשֶׁר כְּבוֹדוֹ, לְהִתְחַזֵּק עַל־יְדֵי רוּחוֹ בָּאָדָם הַפְּנִימִי שֶׁלָּכֶם,כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּשְׁכֹּן הַמָּשִׁיחַ בִּלְבַבְכֶם עַל־יְדֵי הָאֱמוּנָה וְתִהְיוּ מֻשְׁרָשִׁים וּמְיֻסָּדִים בְּאַהֲבָה; כָּךְ תּוּכְלוּ לְהָבִין יַחַד עִם כָּל הַקְּדוֹשִׁים מָה הָרֹחַב וְהָאֹרֶךְ וְהַגֹּבַה וְהָעֹמֶק, וְלָדַעַת אֶת אַהֲבַת הַמָּשִׁיחַ הַנִּשְׂגָּבָה מִדַּעַת, לְמַעַן תִּמָּלְאוּ בְּכָל מְלוֹא הָאֱלֹהִים.פ
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom the whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory (כְּפִי עֺשֶׁר כְּבוֹדוֹ), to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Mashiach (the Anointed One) may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love (מֻשְׁרָשִׁים וּמְיֻסָּדִים בְּאַהֲבָה), may be able to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Mashiach which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of G-d (לְמַעַן תִּמָּלְאוּ בְּכָל מְלוֹא הָאֱלֹהִים).
וְלוֹ אֲשֶׁר יָכוֹל לַעֲשׂוֹת יוֹתֵר מִכָּל מַה שֶּׁאָנוּ מְבַקְשִׁים אוֹ מִמַּה שֶּׁעוֹלֶה עַל דַּעְתֵּנוּ, כְּפִי כֹּחוֹ הַפּוֹעֵל בָּנוּ, לוֹ הַכָּבוֹד בַּקְּהִלָּה וּבַמָּשִׁיחַ יֵשׁוּעַ, בְּכָל הַדּוֹרוֹת לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד. אָמֵן.פ
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly (over and above and) beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the assembly and in Ha-Mashiach (לוֹ הַכָּבוֹד בַּקְּהִלָּה וּבַמָּשִׁיחַ יֵשׁוּעַ) to all generations forever and ever (לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד). Amen (אָמֵן).
Blessings and growth that comes to us only by Divine initiative:
How can the Holy One who is morally perfect, upright, and righteous in all His ways love a defiled and lost humanity?
He loves us for what He originally made us to be. He loves us because it is in His nature to love us. In His boundless compassion He knows that there is none to save us but Himself. Who else can deliver us from the evil that exists within and without us? Certainly we are incapable of delivering ourselves. Are we not? Therefore, the road to deliverance from a past and present way of sin to a future way of righteousness must be paved by our Father of Mercies (Avi HaRachamim). It is solely by Abba Avinu’s own gracious acts of mercy and compassion that we are delivered from our sin unto HIS Righteousness. The Seed of Life (את הרוח, את זרע החיים—זֶ֣רַע אֱלֹהִ֑ים—i.e. Adonai’s own Spirit Indwelling us) is the Father’s heavenly gift that He gives to us through Messiah. This gift of a new Unfailing Heart is the only means available for us to inherit eternal life.
This Seed of Adonai’s loving Presence must first be planted, take root, and grow within the seedbed of our hearts (spirits). It is the will of the Righteous Father, therefore, that we be permanently changed by Him (through His Seed of Life) from the Inside-out (Ha-Mashiach). Not Outside-in by rigidly following the mental inventions and traditions of men (the Prushim and their successors). In a time appointed by our Father in Heaven the Life of His Spirit, first conceived in our hearts, will break out into the extremities of our own intellect, will, emotions and behavioral life. Then will His invisible Presence—His goodness, righteousness, and truth—that was at the first beyond our ability to see and understand, be fully known.
Therefore, the Thirteenth Mashal of Messiah is a picture of the growth that comes only by the Divine Initiative (Grace) of Adonai. This is the work of the Holy Spirit whereby: He personally facilitates all of the growth that is to exist from the time of Messiah’s first proclamation of the Besorah of the Kingdom of Adonai to the ultimate phase of the harvest: When the Messiah, the Harvester, will return to earth a second time on Yom Kippur to establish His messianic kingdom. Then will the age of the great harvest begin.