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The Sower

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 17:1-24 KJV
(1) And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(2) Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
(3) And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:
(4) He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.
(5) He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.
(6) And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.
(7) There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.
(8) It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.
(9) Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.
(10) Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.
(11) Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(12) Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
(13) And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:
(14) That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.
(15) But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?
(16) As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.
(17) Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company make for him in the war, by casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons:
(18) Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.
(19) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.
(20) And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.
(21) And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken it.
(22) Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:
(23) In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
(24) And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.

How our Heavenly Father sows His people into different parts of the world. Let us first look at one sowing during the time of Gideon, planting of the seed in Moab land. There would be a priesthood in the land of Moab, that would represent both God and pagan idols of the land. In other words there were time of idolatry, as well as time when the people would turn to God alone. As rulers changed so did beliefs. What disturbed me most about our country of the changing hands of presidency, is some media seem to depict the changing of faith. Yet in reality, faith of our president have nothing to do the entire nation faith as far as belief. Our freedom of religion has caused many faiths to rise, even idolatry. Our nation once known as a Christian nation can not in every situation make that claim of Christ people being in leadership. I would not want our nation to claim that title unless it could be proven to always be so. America has become much like the Moab nation in regards to the changing of tide of faith. It should not be, but in reality it is what it is.

Moab had a root of faith within that belong to the Lord and His people were there because of faith. There were people in Jerusalem called by His name that sin greatly, but would find the Lord through repentance that would be carried away by an eagle. Those people would be a living vine and testimony to other parts of the world of the power of God. Some vines would grow and prosper and others would die out. Yet Godís hand on the vines that were his would grow and produce as the seeds of the New Testament talked about by Jesus told in the story of the sower.

Jesus taught Old Testament over and over again, and yet the truth of the matter is it never taught in Sunday School that their was Old Testament origin. That Jesus was talking about the tribe of Israel and Judah. About how the people were scattered abroad only in some places to grow and prosper while others withered away. When ever there is freedom for faith to expand, then prosperity of faith often grows. As long as their people that hate other faiths and other groups of people there will be war and persecution. Yet the rising of your faith may grow beside the weeds of faith of others. When the angels come to reap the harvest, Godís people will be with Him. Godís kingdom will flourish in the land of corruption. Godís people that humble themselves will prosper. It happened at the time of Joseph in Egypt and when Israel came out of the land of Egypt they brought riches untold, along with the wealth of the people. Was Israel strong in faith as they return to the promise land, the answer is no. In fact their journey taught them faith and trust in God. Moses was lifted up in order for people to learn to seek God on their own. Yet their first encounter of Godís Heavenly voice only caused them to be fearful and afraid to seek God on their own.

God ability to keep a remnant of his people has not changed. Though Israel king would be in captivity and his children slain, it did not cut of the kingly line of Judah. As long as Judah lived the kingly line would live too. As long as Godís people flourish his people return would come. God would not live his people in exile, instead He would call them out of exile. Those seeds planted would hear His called and know the power of God. The returning of the Jews to their land is one testimony of this truth still exist in our world even today. It is not that God did not have other nations or people that turned to Him, it was reuniting His people with one another for a time, to teach of Godís homecoming in heaven. To teach what eternity would be like. The word of scatter only to bear fruit for redemption and revival.

The word of Christ has been sown as the word of God has been sown for generation before Christ. Christ continues to be sown across the world and will continue until the day of promise. Christ came teaching and preaching about the kingdom of God. Christians duty is to continue this tradition of the kingdom of God and what it is like.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for revival of your people through your word and the promise you give. Enable your people to spread your word through the power of the name of Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Mark 4:2-9 KJV
(2) And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
(3) Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
(4) And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
(5) And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
(6) But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
(7) And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
(8) And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
(9) And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


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