March 9, 2017: Greater than the Herbs

Morning: Matthew 13:24-32; Noon: Numbers 36 – Deuteronomy 2:25; Evening: Psalm 41

A lot of questions are asked in the Bible and a lot of times the answers still leave you wondering. Jesus’ parables, even when explained, are still a mystery to our imagination. How is it that people can receive the word of God all so differently? The wheat and the tare illustration might explain how the tares got sown, but it doesn’t explain why God allowed Satan to do so in the first place! Nevertheless, the how and the why questions are far outweighed and overshadowed when you stop to consider the mustard seed illustration. The mustard seed illustration gives citizens of the heavenly kingdom a sense of great hope and a bright future. No matter the number of those who reject God’s word, no matter the number of soldiers Satan gathers for his army, no matter how large the opposition may appear, the kingdom of heaven will grow and become greater than the herbs.

Christians need a constant reminder with this brief but heavy dose of encouragement from the Lord. The kingdom of heaven is growing. The kingdom of heaven is advancing. Do not let specific and occasional instances cause you to believe otherwise. The Scriptures say that God works all things together for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). That truth was declared even shortly after our Lord was crucified. How painfully true that has become for Satan over the course of two thousand years! Seven billion souls in this world today and I have yet to meet one who has not heard the name of Jesus! The heavenly seed has sprouted and taken root in this world. It will not decay. It will not become rotten. It will continue to flourish. It will continue to rise up and spread out its branches. Soon the reapers will come and gather her fruit. The children of God will be gathered, and those who sleep in the Lord will meet again.

Even when Satan thinks he has won, he has still lost. He is the biggest loser while deceiving others that he is the biggest winner. He is just a shrub who is dying slowly from no sunlight. Heaven’s fruitful tree blossoms, while Satan’s garden sprouts herbs and weeds. Be encouraged. Take hope. The heavenly kingdom is greater than the herbs.

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24)

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