The principle is as old as the seed itself. If you bury it, it can grow. Genesis 1:11 says, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed it is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” What a wonderful chain reaction. Man has created hybrids, but God created the original. In the end a hybrid will die out without the intervention of man; in the end the original seed will remain because that is what it was designed to do. When it comes to the seeds that we farm, grow and harvest, the original design is the original design for a reason – because it works!
Let me give you an example of how amazing and resilient the seeds that God created really are. There is mountain site in Israel where an archeological team was digging. The study and digging site happened to center around the 2,000 year old battle site between the Romans and the Jews known as Masada. If you know very much about the history of that battle then you know what kind of devastating encampment and battle it became. But what you may not know is that something managed to survive the siege – seeds! The archeological team actually discovered preserved seeds from an extinct plant known as the “Judean Date Palm” at King Herod’s palace on Masada. The archeologists brought the seeds to a scientific expert that had some experience in dealing with aged seeds, and with a little love and nourishment guess what they got? You guessed it; they got a formerly extinct plant known as the Judean Date Palm. The plant was affectionately given the nickname “Methuselah.” Any guesses as to why? The amazing thing is that the seed still contained exactly what it contained when it was separated from the plant. It contained all the information that it needed to create exactly what it came from despite the fact that it was literally 2,000 years old. Makes you look at Genesis 1:11 with a smile, huh?
Now if man is able to produce the same exact plant from a seed 2,000 years old because of the principle created by God, then would it not stand to reason that God can produce a Christian, and a Christian alone, by using the same principle with His Word? After all, did not Jesus say the Word of God is the seed of God? (Luke 8:11) Yes, He did! The apostle Peter also wrote concerning salvation, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed,but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.” (1 Peter 1:23) Peter was not talking about hybrids here – he was talking about the original.
The original seed produced only Christians 2,000 years ago and there is no reason that the same seed cannot do the same thing today. If a person uses the same seed they will get the same result over and over (Acts 2:47; 11:26). This is not hard to understand. The problem is that it is too simple for some to believe.
Put your faith in the Designer of the seed and allow it to grow in your heart the way it was intended to (Luke 8:15). It still works! Even before I found out about the story of the Judean Date Palm seeds, I already knew about a 2,000 year old seed that is still working today…it is called God’s word.
Think about that.