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Scattering The Seed

When farmers sow their fields with wheat or some other grain, they do so in a way that the seed covers the entire area. The reason for that is obvious - they want to make full use of the earth that is available to them. But from the perspective of the seed, proper spacing is vital to their being able to do what seed is intended to do - to be fruitful. If seed were just left in a heap, those underneath would either dry up or rot, while those outside would tangle each other and be stunted because of lack of proper spacing. Too far apart is not good, but too close together is not good either.

"Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word"

There have been times during the history of the true Church of God when its people have been scattered, very much like seed. Was that a bad thing? Well, perhaps the cause of their scattering was the result of evil done to them, but the result was their producing a large, healthy crop over a wide field. The early church experienced just such a scattering, after the martyrdom of Stephen.


"When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?], And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep [see What Happens When You Die?]" (Acts 7:54-60 KJV)

Ironically, Saul, a man among those who caused that scattering, would, after his conversion, himself later become an apostle to that scattering - the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry).

"And Saul was consenting unto his death." (Acts 8:1 KJV)

Notice that at that point the apostles were the only ones who weren't scattered; it was the brothers and sisters "that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word."

"And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word." (Acts 8:1-4 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will the scattered true Church of God be spiritually gathered unto Christ? What other sort of gathering, a physical gathering of Israel and Judah, will also happen around that time?
See The Gatherings To Come; also The Great Tribulation

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