The promises of God to Abraham are repeated in Scripture multiple times. God spoke to Abraham: "'Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them.' And he believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness." (Genesis 15:5-6 KJV) I was thinking about this promise as I was working in the garden on Wednesday. There is a flowering annual that has been springing up there for 10 years. It is a whimsical looking plant that produces its flowers and new seeds all at the same time and is aptly named the Spider Flower or Cleome spinosa. The palm-shaped, finely-cut leaves decorate the stem that grows to 5' in height.
The colorful part of the Spider Flower head bursts forth in shades of white, pink or lavender. As the blossoms fade, string bean-like seed pods sprout around the stem in all directions like spider legs. The pods are filled with lines of seeds, and as they dry the pods open up and spill their seed all over the ground. Already, new plants are springing up in the garden where I work. I know that the ground is holding new seed for the spring so that the plant can transform the garden with its bright and colorful flowers.
God intended that His children, like the Cleome, would seed and grow into people of beauty. After the great flood God met with Noah and his family. "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.’” (Genesis 9:1 - KJV) God made a covenant with Noah and Abraham and Moses to be their God. He gave His people commandments to follow, asked that they love Him with all their hearts and promised to love them all of their days. He brought the Israelites out of Egypt, "to be unto Him a people of inheritance..." (Genesis 4:20 - KJV)
The Lord's plan has always been to have a people that loved Him with all their hearts, souls and minds and who would share the love of God with the nations around them. They were instructed to share the testimonies of God with their "seed" (the next generation) so that the Word of God would spread across the world and the family of God would grow.
God chose the tribe of Judah to bring forth the perfect, imperishable seed—"the living and enduring Word of God," our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:23) As God planned, the Living Word would endure forever and the generations to come (the seed of God's family) would praise the Lord. As the Psalmist declares, "Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon the earth: The generation of the upright shall be blessed." (Psalm 112:1-2 - KJV)
Through the seed of His Son, God has established an everlasting kingdom and His dominion endures through all generations. (Psalm 145:13) New seed was produced through faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul says, "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29) We, the seed of God, can transform life around us if we bloom where we are planted and display the beauty of our Savior.
Joan E. Mathias