seed_sproutingHow many of you have heard these?

I need 100 people to sow a $1000 seed…

This church is good ground to sow seed into…

Sow a $103 seed for your healing…

God says, “Sow seed and I’ll bless you…”

There is an interesting characteristic about seed – it multiplies on its own! Whether it’s seed for grain, seed for vegetables, or seed of people, the unique characteristic of seed is its ability to reproduce after its own kind.

Now, when the Bible talks about seed, it is either speaking of plant, animal, human, or the Word of God.

Never, ever, ever does the Bible refer to seed as money! You absolutely, positively, have to catch this! Do not be deceived – money is not “seed.”

To take this into totality, all seed emanates from the Word of God:

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Genesis 1:11)

This corresponds to the Parable of the Sower, given by Jesus:

5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:5-15)

Verse 11 is the Key Point of this Scripture – THE SEED IS THE WORD! The Word of God has the ability to reproduce after its own kind when sown into the hearts of men!

Let’s take this line upon line, precept upon precept – this is corroborated by Galatians 3:16:

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Did you catch that? SEED – Paul is reiterating that Jesus is the seed because Jesus is The Word of God:

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

And we are offspring of God through Jesus, the firstborn:

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; (Colossians 1:15-19)

Jesus said He is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE (John 14:6). The chief characteristic of life is reproduction!

Here are a couple of scripture passages where a lot of Bible teachers get tripped up – the first:

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; (2 Corinthians 9:10)

This scripture is frequently touted to illustrate that you must take some seed to sow before you take seed from which to make bread. I submit to you that because Jesus is both the Word of God (the seed) and the Bread of Life (John 6:35), Paul is illustrating to us that Jesus is both our sustenance and our heritage.

And the second:

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. (Mark 4:27-29)

This passage of scripture is used to imply the process of sowing into a particular ministry. Actually, Jesus is illustrating the nature of life and that it is complex to the point it is not understood fully, and that there is a process to the seed sown.

I’ve gone through a process, here, of explaining seed. I’d like to take some time to fully uncouple seed from money.

There is nowhere in Scripture where seed equates with money. You know what money is? Money is a TOOL. Tools are used to bring about a result. You cannot put a plow in the ground and expect a harvest of plows. You can, however, use the plow to bust-up the ground to sow seed. And you can INVEST money to buy more or better plows. But if you try to put money in the ground, well, I’ll let Scripture speak to this:

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:14-30)

Talents, as they are referred to here, are units of precious metal (usually gold or silver) of around 94 pounds (according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary).

The salient point here is that the servant who buried his money (sowed it?) was on the business-end of the wrath of his master. Follow the bold print. You cannot “sow” money because it has no ability to reproduce itself!

Money, at its best, is a tool that can be used to spread THE SEED, that is, the Word of God. Your time, talent, and treasure, cannot be sown. Money cannot reproduce after its own kind without lots of help! However, the Word of God is self-sustaining and self-reproducing, and we use tools such as money (buildings, television, internet, etc.) to help spread the seed. And whatever monetary resources we’re blessed with we should give cheerfully with the sole expectation that your gift will be used for the express purpose of spreading the Gospel. Giving with a hope of getting something in return is not giving at all but investment!

I don’t expect this teaching to endear me to many. However, it is my prayer that it serves to sharpen your discernment.

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