Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Birds of Prey

August 13

"And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:"  Matthew 13:4

"Countless are the personal eternities 'fowled up' by a hard heart ..."


The course of the agrarian is fraught with risks.  The farmer is at the mercy of cloud, rain, and sun; and each in their balance, are critical to the condition of the soil.  Let one of these gifts of GOD'S atmosphere dominate for too long though, and the ground suffers to the point of crop failure.  With the weather holding the most obvious potential to make or break a crop; there are some other enemies to germination and fruition.  Blight, disease, pests, wildlife, and especially birds can steal away precious seed before it ever has a chance.  JESUS knew these principles well, and applied them often in teaching HIS disciples as HE walked among the fields of Judea.

"... when he sowed" ... few things can be more desperate or frustrating than to scatter seed amid unyielding argil; but without fail, some will inevitably fall by the "way side".  Parabolic as well, is the delicate and fragile nature of the gospel of CHRIST sown among sinners.  "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side."  Countless are the personal eternities 'fowled up' by a hard heart in the "way side" of sin.  The Word of GOD is faithfully cast, only to become so much fodder for the fowls.  In spite of seed which continues to bounce off, the LORD keeps scattering in hopes that just one kernel of grace will take root: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."   Those HE employs in HIS field, labor under the assurance that the 'words we pray' are the best defense against 'birds of prey'.  So we pray while we sow, under this urgent knowledge that the fowls will one day return in final judgment, no longer content with the appetizer of the sower's seed. 

"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great GOD; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."

For Love of Country
Congress of the United States of America  (December 15,1791)
(Third Amendment to the Constitution)
"No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

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