by Jeff Strite

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Little Seed, Big Tree (2 of 3)
Series: Gardening Tips From Jesus
Jeff Strite
Matthew 13:31-35

OPEN: There's a story about a student from MIT who spent an entire summer going to the Harvard football field every day wearing a black and white striped shirt walking up and down the field for ten or fifteen minutes throwing birdseed and blowing a whistle. Then he would walk off the field.

At the end of the summer, it came time for the first Harvard home football game. As the game was about ot begin, the referee walked onto the field and blew the whistle... (pause).

The game had to be delayed for a half hour to wait for the birds to get off of the field. The student from MIT wrote his thesis on this, and graduated.

APPLY: Now, had you been watching this student throughout the summer - walking up and down Harvard's football field - you probably wouldn't have understood his objective. But once football season began, his purpose would been very, very clear.

This young man did all that he did that summer in order to accomplish two goals:

1st He wanted to write a powerful thesis on ''conditioned response'' to graduate from MIT.

AND 2nd he wanted to irritate the students at Harvard University.

And he did both with the power of a little seed.

Here in this parable we've read this morning, Jesus is telling us that God has a purpose in mind for the seed that He plants in the field.

In the previous 2 parables, Jesus talks about a farmer who sows seed in his field.

In the 1st parable, the seed is the Word of God (the Scriptures) and when the pure word of God is sown in the hearts of the people who are prepared to hear it - it produces a wonderful and bountiful harvest.

In the 2nd parable, the seeds represent the ''sons of Righteousness''

In other words, God sows US into the world to change the world. And to make people know what He can do in their lives - as He has in ours

Now, in this 3rd parable, the seed in the story seems to repres ...

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