Luke 12: (NKJV)
1 In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
2 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”
3 “Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.”
When I read something that I don’t readily understand I call it an I.D.G.I… On first reading this is an I.D.G.I… Jesus seem to flip from: “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees…” to what looks like an entirely different subject. Today I am going to concentrate on Verses 2 & 3, and leave the “Leaven / Hypocrisy issue to ruminate on another day.
So here’s my Rumination on verse 2 – 3. In the Prayer Ministry that we do we see a Spiritual Law that we call the Law of Reaping and Sowing. This Law says that all of our actions and words have consequences. If the action is good it will plant good seeds to harvest and if it’s a wrong action it plants weeds. Nothing may be obvious right away, but it’s a seed. That seed has been planted and covered. And just like the seeds we plant in the garden in the spring. Sooner or later that seed will germinate and will begin to send that tiny shoot towards the light.
Example: Exodus 20:12 says: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
Are there things that are not going well in some areas of your life? Could it be that a seed of dishonoring you parents could be the blame? It could be. Bears investigation…
I like the picture above. Even when a seed (action) falls in a very unfriendly place like this sidewalk, yet it will fight tenaciously to put down roots for nourishment and send up that first shoot towards the light. I wonder – how does that seed know where the light is when it’s buried underground? Perhaps it’s the warmth of the dirt above? Or is it a response to gravity and the shoot knows which way is up that way. I know that I have planted bulbs upside down and the shoot still knows which way is up and proceeds to poke out of the ground. Just like our spiritual seeds, they know which way to “be revealed”
Our words and our actions are like that seed. We may think they are buried and out of sight and maybe out of mind. But they are down there busily doing just what seed do. And as they do, they gain strength and size and ultimately poke out and begin to form the tiny tree in the cartoon.
It’s interesting that that tiny seed that we buried so long ago, will one day “be revealed” in our lives. And it will probably appear as something very different.
“Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow.” … (Author unknown)
So in my “Red Letter” Scripture Rumination today, I Feel that Jesus is saying that we need to be careful of the seeds we sow. We sow, “cover”, and forget. Then at some point it “reveals itself” and we are amazed. Often these revelations are so different and so long after the fact that we don’t recognize it. Like looking at a picture of an acorn and an oak tree.
We sow those words “in the dark” – and one day they emerge into the light and we are so surprised!
We sow those little thought as words “spoken in the ear” (in great secret) – and one day they pop right up in the most unexpected and uncomfortable places.
So what’s the lesson? First, realize that whether we believe in the Law of Reaping and Sowing or not – everything we do will have results. A Law is not a choice! It doesn’t matter whether we chose to believe in the law of gravity or not. Please don’t jump off a bridge because you chose not to believe in the law of gravity!
So let’s do all that we can to not Sow those bad seeds and then we’ll have fewer of those surprises being “proclaimed” in our life.
Plant Good Seeds this week and look forward to reaping a bountiful harvest of blessings…