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Scattering The Seed
by Wayne Blank
"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.
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.
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?