Sermon notes from 19 October 1997 on Luke 8:5-15
GEN 2:7 “then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” (NRSV )
“then the Lord God fashioned the human, humus from the soil, and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the human being became a living creature.” (R. Alter, Tr.)
Hebrew – ‘adam’ from the adamah – the human from the soil
The intimate relationship between the seed and the earth, it is this relationship which characterizes the different types of humans:
The seeds on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
The seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away.
As for the seed that fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
But as for the seeds in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.
The Divine Seeds have been sown in every person on earth. There is no human being created who does not have the Divine seed within them. Each is created in the image and likeness of God. Each has the potential of having the Divine Life bring forth fruit – bring forth more life in their own lives. Each person is a garden in which the life-giving power of God is planted.
What defines the types of people on earth is the relationship each of us has with the Word of God, whether
we attempt to keep the divine seed far from our hearts
or, we value the seed only in times of prosperity, ease and success
or, we want the divine seed to be just part of the mix of seeds in us, but really fear maybe we’ll be missing out on something if we get rid of the weed seeds
or we allow the divine seed to take root in us.
For now we get (please excuse the pun) to the root of the matter. For Christ, the Son of God, the one who enlightens every human who comes into the world, taught us that there does exist in the world a seed, a life giving light, that is different from all other seeds and lights which humans experience. And that life and light is from God. It is divine, and it is to be valued above everything else on earth. The Lord God taught us to seek this divine seed out and never to be satisfied until we have it planted in our hearts, until our hearts become a well tended garden, in which we are the laboring gardeners tending to the plant which God is causing to grow in us.
Isaiah 55:10-11: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.