Chris Herring , Church of Jesus Christ of the Later-Day Saints – Mexico Ward
I like to raise a garden. I must admit I am having a very hard time this season growing green beans. They are the climbing variety. I have planted seeds several times but they are not sprouting!
Genesis 3:19 says: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, …..”
I have certainly sacrificed a substantial amount of work and sweat on these beans. I have tilled, weeded, fertilized, watered and bought, what I assumed were good seeds. But my labors thus far, have mostly been in vain. Speaking along these lines, one of my favorite Parables Jesus taught in the Bible is, the Parable of the Sower found in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew:
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Jesus taught in Parables using seemingly simple things to get across deeply spiritual messages and instruction.
While Jesus talking about seeds may have seemed like silliness to the Pharisees and Saducees, those that knew what He was trying to say, were strengthened and enlightened.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard