The Farmer

A farmer went to plant seed.
 Some seeds were planted along the road,
and birds came and devoured them.
 Other seeds were planted on rocky ground,
where there was little soil.
The plants sprouted quickly because the soil wasn’t deep.
 But when the sun came up, they were scorched.
They withered because their roots weren’t deep enough.
 Other seeds were planted among thornbushes,
and the thornbushes grew up and choked them.
 But other seeds were planted on good ground
and produced grain.
They produced one hundred, sixty, or thirty times
as much as was planted.
 Let the person who has ears listen!”


Determined he plows
the rock hard ground.
Hand pressed to handle,
he shoulders on.
With his sweat and blood
forward he toils
as cruel roots and thorns
around him coil.
With muscles fluid
and flexed to work
his passion pursues
what others shirk.
Though hard stone and clay
do not him yield
the farmer still farms
his many fields.
His job is to plow
and then to plant,
and that’s what he does
with thirsting pant.
He plants dead dry seeds,
complaining none,
by patient hard toil
under hot sun.
Just trusting the rain
will softly fall,
and germinate seed
will heed the call
to rise with great force
to light and life;
well watered and fed,
green and upright.
And when harvest comes
with joy he’ll weep
for surely what’s sown
he’ll faithful reap.
~A. C.~

“Listen to what the story about the farmer means.
 Someone hears the word about the kingdom
but doesn’t understand it.
The evil one comes at once
and snatches away what was planted in him.
This is what the seed planted along the road illustrates.
 The seed planted on rocky ground
[is the person who] hears the word and accepts it at once
with joy.
 Since he doesn’t have any root, he lasts only a little while.
When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls [from faith].
 The seed planted among thornbushes
[is another person who] hears the word.
But the worries of life and the deceitful pleasures of riches
choke the word so that it can’t produce anything.
 But the seed planted on good ground
[is the person who] hears and understands the word.
This type produces crops.
They produce one hundred, sixty, or thirty times
as much as was planted.”
 Jesus used another illustration.
He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a (farmer) man
who planted good seed in his field.
 But while people were asleep,
his enemy planted weeds in the wheat field and went away.
 When the wheat came up and formed kernels, weeds appeared.
 “The owner’s workers came to him and asked,
‘Sir, didn’t you plant good seed in your field?
Where did the weeds come from?’
 “He told them, ‘An enemy did this.’ “
His workers asked him,
‘Do you want us to pull out the weeds?’
 “He replied,
‘No. If you pull out the weeds,
you may pull out the wheat with them.
 Let both grow together until the harvest.
When the grain is cut, I will tell the workers
to gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burned.
But I’ll have them bring the wheat into my barn.'”
Father God, I pray that my brothers and sisters around the world would be patient until the Lord’s coming as they see how the farmer waits patiently for the land to yield its valuable crop…waiting for the autumn and spring rains.  In Jesus’ name, Amen




About lifevine

Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 17 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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