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Sermon delivered DATE by Pastor Donald J. Gettys

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

McDonald, Tennessee

Biblical quotations are from the New International Version NIV unless otherwise noted. Divine pronouns and titles are capitalized.

Sow What? - Seed

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I would like to speak to you this morning about Seed. Have you been dealing with seeds lately? How many of you have a garden?

Seed. One of the greatest inventions in the history of the world is seed. Today we're going to focus on seed. The invention of seed is so great that not one human being in the history of the entire world has ever invented even one seed. That's how neat this is. It's an invention straight from God. Seed is first mentioned in Genesis. In fact, seed is referred to in the Bible a whopping 256 times! And something that momentous needs to be mentioned in the pulpit. Sowe're going to do it today.

Come to Genesis 3. This is not the first mention, but look at chapter 3. Let's begin with Genesis 3:14,16 in the New King James Version (NKJV). So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."

Now, notice there are two seeds in this verse. The first Seed will bruise your head, and the second seed will bruise His heel. "Your head will be crushed like a snake would be crushed." Do snakes have heels? No. Obviously the second Seed cannot refer to a snake. It refers to a human being. Here is a prediction by God Himself, made to the serpent that someday Adam's seed will mortally wound that old snake. Someday a second Adam will come and do what the first Adam could not.

This verse refers to none other than Jesus Christ, Himself. The Hebrew word "Seed" is Masculine. These 256 times the word, "seed" is mentioned in the Bible, almost all of them refer to men. The seed of Abraham, and so forth. Bible genealogy lists all the men. But here in this verse it says that a woman will produce seed. Jesus did not have a human father. Jesus was born of a Woman without a man. So here is a prediction of the virgin birth.

Galatians 4:4 confirms the prediction that Jesus would be born of a woman. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

Matthew 1:16 tells us that Joseph was the husband of Mary. The Bible does not call Joseph the father of Jesus. He is the husband of Mary.

Therefore, the second Seed of Genesis 3:15 must refer to Jesus Christ.

Which comes first...The crushing of the head or the crushing of the heel? Once the head is crushed the head could not bite the heel. So it sounds to me like the heel would be wounded first. Jesus was wounded just before the snake was crushed. When you crush a snake on it's head, what happens to the snake? It dies. That's the right place to crush the snake.

As soon as the Devil understood the ramifications of Genesis 3:15 he knew he was in trouble. He was doomed by some soon-to-arrive seed or descendant of Adam. He knew that the only way he could survive was to destroy the Seed. The rest of the Bible is simply an account of the devel's fighting to keep the seed from coming into being. That's actually what the Bible is.

Look at Genesis 4:1 (God's Word Translation)1. ...Eve "became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "I have gotten the man that the Lord promised."

Eve actually believed that her first-born son was this Seed that had been promised to deliver the world. That's what she believed. However the baby was actually the worlds first murderer, Cain. Little do mothers know what their precious little bundles are going to become.

We find in the story of Cain and Abel the playing out of Genesis 3:15. We have enmity, we have a woman, we have two seeds, and we have a serpent. I'm going to refer to several texts.

Jude 10,11 (GW) says, ....Like animals which are creatures of instinct, they use whatever they know to destroy themselves. How horrible it will be for them. They have followed the path of Cain. They have rushed into Balaam's error to make profit. They have rebelled like Korah and destroyed themselves. Animals are following the path of Cain. That's what an animal does when it operates by instinct.

John 8:44 says, . . . .Satan was a murderer from the beginning... Cain, in killing Abel demonstrated that he was now the serpent's seed and not the seed of God.

1 John 3:12, Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.

So, Cain was the devil's first life-long human covert. The devil has had many converts over his life. Why was Cain the first? Well, it was no accident. You see, the devil, like Eve, probably thought also "Maybe this little baby here is the new Seed. This is the world's deliverer." And so Satan focused all his powers of evil upon Cain and converted Cain and Cain joined the camp of the devil. Things took another turn when Abel came along and Satan thought, "Hmm, I wonder if maybe he is the one. Maybe Cain isn't the one." And so he tries to fool Abel.

But Abel is more able than Cain and does not fall for the Devil's deceptions. Now what does the devil do? "The only way to get rid of this seed is to kill it. You've got to get rid of the Seed. Satan thought, "If this seed lives, the promise of God will be fulfilled and I am doomed. I've got to get rid of this seed." So Satan had his first convert kill Abel. You know, Satan's job description is similar to a product called Roundup. That's his job description. He is the ultimate destroyer leaving a path of nothing growing behind him.

But Eve had a third son named Seth. Why did she name him Seth? Because Seth means Substituted. Genesis 4:25 (KJV), And Adam knew his wife again, and she bare a son, and called his name Seth; "For God ," she said,, "hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." Seth was the third seed that they had. "Another seed for me, whom Cain killed."

So, now the devil has a dilemma. God gave Eve another seed to replace the seed that was destroyed. A stark realization came upon the devil and he realized, "You know, I can't kill all these babies that keep coming. I've got a problem. The more that are born into this world, the fewer chances I have of killing them all. So, now what?" The Devil goes back to the drawing board. Finally he says to himself, "Aha! I will mix the good seed with the bad seed and in that way it will become diluted, contaminated or infected and therefore ineffective. Eventually the pure seed will become extinct. There never will be a Savior. And I'll be okay."

So Satan embarked upon a plan to contaminate the Righteous seed. He mixed the sons of daughters with the sons of God. Where do you read that? Well, in Genesis 6:2 (NKJV). The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. So, here you find them mixing of the sons of god with the sons of man: the mixing of the pure seed with the contaminated seed.

God had warned against marrying unbelievers. We should not do that. Never go marry someone who does not believe like you believe and the way of Jesus Christ. We know that Satan's plan worked very well because by the time of the flood, how many of the pure seeds were left? There was Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their three wives. There were only eight people on the ark that were uncontaminated. That is why God chose to bring on the flood at that exact moment that He did because He wanted to preserve the few remaining pure seeds from which the Redeemer would come before they were all gone.

The entire Pre-Christ world is really the record of a battle over seed between God and Satan. Actually, even inside the ark, some of the seed was contaminated. Now, you had three boys in there. Shem was unpolluted but his two brothers became amalgamated with Evil. Ham and Japheth continued the pre-flood evil on the other side of the flood. When they opened the doors of the ark, it wasn't all pure seed that came out. Ham and Japheth are the root of the very nations that attempted to wipe out Israel and the precious Godly seed through which Jesus would be born.

Now, let's look at Abraham for a minute. Abram is the next major player in the seed drama. You know, I believe Abram was the last remaining pure seed that is mentioned in the Bible. There was only one left. So God had to take a special interest in Abram. And how the devil must have kept an eye on Abram! With great interest Satan observed God moving into Abram's life to make sure the precious seed did not become extinct. Was it just a coincidence that Sarah was Barren? No. It was a part of the Serpent's plan to stop the propagation of the good seed. He was trying to stop the propagation of the good seed. And look at Rebecca. She was also infertile for a similar reason (See Genesis 25:21). Was there a reason for that? Yes, because this war was going on and God had to perform a miracle continue the seed-line.

There never should have been an Ishmael, should there? That was a devising of the serpent. Why was Ishmael born? He was born to corrupt the good seed. Speaking of Hagar the Bible says: Isaiah 54:1 ...more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband." In other words, evil outnumbers good.

On the McDonald Road server one day last week we had 654 emails of which 536 were either spam or viruses. Just as weed seeds always outnumber good seeds, evil ungodly children always outnumber the pure ones. If you planted a garden, you know that weed seeds exist. They're everywhere.

Well, let's look at Jacob and Esau. Satan knew that from Jacob would come the redeemer. He'd studied all this out. That is why Esau almost killed Jacob: to eliminate the seed.. Jacob had to flee to save the seed.

And, look at Joseph. Why was Joseph almost killed in the bottom of the well? To eliminate the seed. Remember the times Joseph was falsely accused and could have been put to death? The crafty old snake was trying to get rid of the seed. But God was way ahead of the devil in the great controversy chess match. God is always ahead. Remember the big seven-year drought that should have wiped out all the precious seed of Abraham? Because of Joseph, God had a plan. Joseph was a seed savior by providing grain to a starving doomed generation of the Godlyline.

Again at the red sea God's chosen seed stood trapped between the approaching armies of Pharaoh and the sea. The seed would have become extinct right there, except that God intervened and made a dry path where His precious seed to walk through and He saved them.

The serpent almost got the seed again at the foot of Mount Sinai. Remember they danced around the golden calf (Exodus 32) and God became extremely angry with them so much so that He almost zapped the seed. Now, if you put this Cd in a microwave oven, or you "nuke" it, or whatever, it becomes infertile, useless, unable to be used in a computer any more. And you hope that the thistle seed that you buy to feed the birds at your bird-feeder have been nuked. And that's what the devil intended to do there at the foot of Mount Horeb (Sanai) for God to do. But God's mercy kicked in and the seed was preserved.

As the holy seed attempted to move into the land flowing with milk and honey [now think about this: you can look on the map in your Bible], they discovered that the land was also flowing with Amalekites, Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, and Canaanites. Where did all these noxious seeds come from? They were not there by accident. Some of the worst heathen seeds the world had were planted inn Palestine ahead of time by an enemy. Satan himself had sowed them planting some of the worst heathens in the world in the backyard of the righteous seed.

Now, Jesus referred to this: Matthew 13:38. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The tares are the children of the wicked one, the children of the devil, just like Cain. Cain was the first terror. He was not a Holy terror. The enemy sows the tares. Wise farmers will not plant expensive corn seed in a field that is chuck full of weeds and weed seeds.

Why was Palestine infested with these weeds in Joshua's day? To choke out the Holy seed of God. That's why.

Look at Esther. Esther was a carrier of the good seed. Satan helped pass an anti-Jewish law and almost exterminated them all right there.

Look at David. David was the seed -carrier, wasn't he? And Saul tried to kill him. Goliath was a terror and he tried to kill David.

And look at Jesus. Jesus is the True Seed of God. If Satan could just contaminate this Seed, he would win. But, praise be to God that Jesus was an uncontaminateable Seed! He was victorious. Jesus was pure. The devil did not get Him. Even though there were times when the precious seed was almost annihilated.

When Mary carried the precious seed there was no room in the Inn for it to be placed. It was no accident that Herod tried to exterminate all baby boys.. Satan was trying to kill the Seed. He was try9ing to exterminate and get rid of Jesus. He was trying to kill the Seed. Jesus came close to death in the wilderness. Many times in Jesus' life the Seed came precariously close to extinction. But, praise be to God, Jesus was totally victorious! 2 Timothy 2:8 (NKJV) Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead. The Seed! The devil probably thought, "I've got it! I've buried that Seed in that rocky tomb. I've put a rock in front of the door. I've sealed it. The Romans are guarding it. The Seed can't sprout. It's had it!" But, the Seed sprouted again. It came forth in the new life from the tomb. The Righteous Seed forever lives! No longer can Satan contaminate the Seed bank. But, Satan still works. Satan has developed such a hatred for the good seed that He goes to every effort today to pollute it. And he is trying today to pollute your children. He's trying to contaminate you, and today, the battle of the seed continues.

I want you to come over here to Revelation 12:17. Notice the battle of the Seed. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. The devil is still at war with the seed. He hates the righteous seed.

Today we have the opportunity, you and I, to carry on the pure seed-line of righteous Abel and Godly Seth. Our work will not be easy. To be successful we must be inoculated against wickedness.

1 Peter 1:23 (KJV), Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible. We've got to be incorruptible seed. That's what the Bible says. Every day we face a battle of the seeds. The great controversy between the two seeds is drawing to a climax. May I urge you to be a holy, living part of the remnant of the true Seed of God. I urge to do that.

Do you know something? The Seventh-day Adventist church never needed to exist. The Reformation through all these great reformers should have brought to the front all of the true seed into every Christian church in the world. Al the true doctrines and purity of the truth should have been there. Major truths were rediscovered but the reform stopped too quickly. The Sabbath, State of the Dead, and many other parts of the pure truth were untouched. God again needed to raise up a church that contained full and uncorrupted truth. Two hundred years ago, the seed was again on God's endangered species list. So God raised up the Millerite Movement. I think God did that. Would you agree? But they also stopped too quickly. Can you find a Millerite church today? So, then God spoke through the prophetic word and almost single handedly raised up the Seventh-day Adventist church Himself. I believe that. Why did He do that? To preserve the seed, to preserve the truth, the pure unadulterated truth, to get back to the Bible. How many times have you heard, "You know, if you really get back to the Bible you will become a Seventh-day Adventist." Have you ever heard that before? Thousands of people say that. That's what God is attempting to do today. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a church representing the pure seed.

So, God acted to save the seed that it might flourish in the last days. And, uou are one of God's precious last day seeds. You are a seed of God.

Jesus was one of God's Seed. If you and I belong to Jesus Christ then we are one of His seeds.

Look at Galatians 3:29. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. If you belong to Christ, then you are the true seed of God. And I will tell you that you, today, can become one of God's seeds. Maybe God has sent you into the pew of the Seventh-day Adventist Church at this very moment, maybe you're listening to the sermon on the Internet this very moment, because God is inviting you to become one of His pure and Holy seeds. Not that we're all holy, but the seed is. And we can become a part of that. So, there's an open enrollment on seeds. When you company says there's an open enrollment on insurance, then you need to get in on that. There's an open enrollment on seeds today.

I believe that today, our church must guard against genetic mutation to a watered down modern variant of the pure original seed that came from the hand of God.


Endnote:

1. "God's Word" is a copyrighted work of God's Word to the Nation. Quotations are used by permission.

Hymn of Praise: #11, The God of Abraham Praise
Scripture:  Genesis 1:26-28
Hymn of Response: I Would Be True
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