Sun am 24th May 2009 – Kobus Swart
Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43; Gen. 3:14-15; Gen.4:1, Gen. 6:1-9; 1-5, Mathew 24:37-39; (Daniel 3:25) Job 38:1-7; Job 1:6; Job 2:1; Gen. 19:1-5; 2 Peter 2:1-8; Jude: 6-8; (Eph. 6:12); (Eph. 3:10-11); (Rom. 16:20)
In Matthew 13, Jesus warns against the mixing of the seeds. In harvest time, the seed of the tares (“zewan”) first – before being ground – had to be separated from the wheat, or else the “zewan” would make the flour bitter and the bread would even become poisonous.
As Jesus explained the parable of the wheat and tares, we see that an incarnation has taken place: “… as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one.” (Matt. 13:38). The seeds have become “sons”; the word has become flesh. So the good seed has become the sons of the Kingdom – living epistles, known and read of all men. (This is the whole intention of preaching the gospel!). And the tares have become the sons of the evil one. The sons of the evil one are going to be taken out first. “The Son of Man will send forth His angels(messengers or sent ones) and they will gather out of His Kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness… then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” – not in the skies but here on earth! (Matt. 13:1.41-43).
The story of the Seed lines is rooted in the curse spoken by God in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” Two seed lines (running throughout the Bible) have their origin here: the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Ever since the curse was spoken, Satan, the great anticipator, has been looking for the man-child, trying to contaminate the Seed, because he feared being bruised on the head. Even when Cain was born, Eve thought that he was the man-child! She must have thought this was the seed that was going to bruise Satan’s head. (Gen 4:1).
In Genesis 6 we find a very serious attempt by Satan to contaminate the seed. “The Nephilim(=”fallen ones”) were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen. 6:4-8). Noah walked with God and thus found favour in His eyes. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time. Walking with God is more than attending meetings; it is an intimate relationship with the creator Himself.
Job 1:6; 2:1 & Job 38:7 give the impression that the “sons of God” mentioned there, were angelic beings. A similar picture is conveyed in Genesis 19:1,5 when angels visited Lot and (sensual and unprincipled – 2 Pet 2:7) men wanted to commit indecent acts with the angels. Then Peter tells us in 2 Pet 2:4-6 that “…God did not spare angels when they sinned …” and immediately refers to both the time of Noah and of Lot. Jude refers to “angels who did not keep their proper domain, but abandoned their proper abode…(who are now) kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Just as Sodom and Gomorah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh…” (Jude 6,7). We are therefore left with the perception that the Nephilim were fallen angels, trying to contaminate the seed line.
Will history repeat itself? The Bible seems to indicate that before the second coming there is going to be similar activity as what we see in Genesis 6. (Matth 24:37-39). Before the flood there were Nephilim active in the earth. Wickedness prevailed to such an extent on the earth in those days, that God was grieved that He had made men, and decided to destroy them all in the Flood. But then He found Noah. Will this spirit again become active before the final Day of Judgment?
We must remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in heavenly places (Eph 6:12). God’s agenda is to see a victorious Church through which to demonstrate His manifold wisdom to these principalities and powers in heavenly places (Eph 3:10-11).
We can see how futile it is to simply have “church” for the sake of programmes and meetings. We rather come together to be equipped, to be instructed, in order to stand tall in a world that is threatened by history that wants to repeat itself. The way Church functions is going to change. We must know that when Jesus died on the cross, He said “It is finished” and it is definitely finished from His side because He is seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for His enemies to be made a footstool under His feet! We now have to execute the finished works. Jesus destroyed the works of the Devil, not the Devil himself.
Rom. 16:20 says, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
This is what the household of God is all about!