Thursday, December 27 2012
The Corn Field Lessons
The King James Version of the Holy Bible used "corn" as a general term for grain i.e. primarily wheat and barley. Maize, which is known as corn in North and South America, was unknown to the people of the Bible. Later English-language translations of the Holy Scriptures express that reality. For example, comparing Genesis 27:28 in the King James Version and the Revised Standard Version:
"27:28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine" (KJV)
"27:28 May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine." (RSV)
When Jesus "went through the corn fields" in this incident, He was in a grain field. He was obeying the Law that provided for "the poor and the stranger" (i.e. the poor and the traveler; see The Gleaner's Law), although the members of the religious council erroneously accused Him of being a sinner for eating on the Sabbath, just as they also thereafter used Him of being a sinner for healing on the Sabbath.
"6:1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
6:2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? [see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?]
6:3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungered, and they which were with him; 6:4 How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the showbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath [see Why Observe The True Sabbath?].
6:6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught [see What Did Jesus Do On The Sabbath?]: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him [see also Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?], whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. 6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst.
And he arose and stood forth.
6:9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
6:10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand.
And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus." (Luke 6:1-11 KJV)
It's hardly a mere coincidence that the Messiah's famous statement, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear," involved not only "hearing," but ears of grain of the "first fruits" of salvation (see the Fact Finder question below). The duality of the meanings explain why the parables themselves could be "heard" by the "first fruits," but not yet by those of the later harvest.
"4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side [see also The Cities Of Lake Galilee]: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4:4 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. 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 4:8 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.
4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God]: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
4:14 The sower soweth the word. 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts [see The Children Of The Two Kingdoms and Who Lights Your Walk?]. 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution [see also Why Does The LORD Permit Persecution?] ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. 4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred." (Mark 4:1-20 KJV)
The Messiah taught the same lesson with other analogies (e.g. "10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39 KJV), but seed that isn't sown not only doesn't produce a crop, but the seed eventually becomes unviable if not sown - double dead, just as those who will be resurrected to condemnation for squandering their opportunity for salvation: "20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:12-15 KJV)
"12:12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast [see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week], when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
12:14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
12:17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. 12:18 For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. 12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him [see Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?].
12:20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 12:21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
12:22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
12:27 Now is my soul [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?] troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 12:28 Father, glorify thy name.
Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 12:29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
12:30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out [see Sending Away The Escapades Goat]. 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 12:33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth [see Who Lights Your Walk?]. 12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them." (John 12:12-36 KJV)
The apostle Paul, then known as the Pharisee Saul, was unconverted at the time that another Pharisee, Nicodemus, was converted (Nicodemus was given the famous "born again" and John 3:16 teachings; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?), but Paul afterward taught the very same lessons that the Messiah taught to Nicodemus, "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God," as well as the Messiah's teachings about grain that must die (be sown in the ground) to survive: "Thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain."
"15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
15:22 For as in Adam all die [see How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?], even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits [see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?]; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin].
15:24 Then cometh the end [see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries], when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power [see The Church: Mission Accomplished].
15:25 For he must reign [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God], till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." (1 Corinthians 15:20-28 KJV)
"15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God [see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?]; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound [see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy], and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [see Works Means Obedience], forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]." (1 Corinthians 15:35-58 KJV)
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This Day In History, December 27
1512: The Spanish Crown issued the Laws of Burgos. They governed the conduct of settlers (who the native people came to view as invaders in their homelands) toward native people in the "New World."
1741: Prussian (not to be confused with Russian - Prussia is in Germany) forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia.
1822: Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and bacteriologist, was born. He originated the heat process known as Pasteurization, used to destroy micro-organisms in certain foods and drinks.
1825: The first public railroad using steam locomotives was completed, in England.
1831: The British survey ship HMS Beagle set sail from Plymouth, England, on its scientific voyage around the world. On board was a young naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1922: The Japanese Hosho was commissioned; it was the world's first purpose-built aircraft carrier (earlier carriers were converted ships e.g. the first U.S. aircraft carrier was a converted bulk coal carrier).
1927: Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, marking a victory for Joseph Stalin.
1945: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established.
1949: Indonesia became independent from the Netherlands by decree from by Queen Juliana.
1972: Lester Pearson died at age 75. The 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-1968) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize (back in the days when the recipient had to actually do something for peace) for his efforts to resolve the Israeli Suez Crisis of 1956.
1972: Belgium became the first NATO country to establish diplomatic relations with East Germany.
1978: King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution.
1979: Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. Hafizullah Amin, President of Afghanistan, was executed.
1995: Israeli troops withdrew from Ramallah, completing the handover of 6 "West Bank" towns to the "Palestinians" ("Palestine" is merely a variant English-language rendering of "Philistine").
1996: Rwanda's first genocide trial opened with the accused facing charges for their part in the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis in 1994.
2007: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.