WHAT IF #3 – HIGHER Math
Algebra. You remember algebra; that mathematical discipline that we assured our mothers we would never use again after leaving school? Algebra. It seems that we actually use it in deductive reasoning all of the time, as we compare one side of an “equation” to another. So perhaps it should be no surprise that it is found everywhere in the Bible as well. I am discovering that when we pay close attention, taking note of these algebraic equations found throughout the pages of Scripture and comparing them to what we know in physical creation, it has the potential of greatly enhancing our understanding of both the physical and the spiritual. So, let’s admit our mothers were right, and hunker down and do some algebra!
We’ll start by considering this simple algebraic statement:
If A=20 and C = 20, then A=C
Using some of what we discussed in Seedless, we’ll place that information into this simple algebraic statement, solve the equation, and then use that solution in another algebraic statement!
In Seedless, we took a brief look at the seed and its importance in Scripture, but we have not yet discussed a very significant and essential image of seed prevalent in Holy Writ. In fact, I believe it is revealed in the MOST important aspect of the design of a physical seed.
We have already discovered in the parable of the sower, that the seed is the Word of God
Luk 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
This provides the first phrase in the algebraic equation …
A = Seed
B= Word of God,
A=B SEED = WORD OF GOD
Now, let’s take a look at John 1:14, which says…
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In this equation we are building, we’ll call Yeshua/Jesus – C. and now we can see from John 1:14 that
C = Yeshua/Jesus
B = Word of God
C=B – Yeshua/Jesus = Word of God
We have now added another algebraic phrase to the first one.
YESHUA/JESUS = WORD OF GOD
Putting it together, we can now solve.
A (SEED) = B (WORD OF GOD)
And C (YESHUA/JESUS) = B (WORD OF GOD)
Then C (YESHUA) = A (SEED) Yeshua/Jesus = Seed
Perhaps we have not seen it expressed as an algebraic equation before, still it should not come as a surprise to learn that Yeshua/Jesus is the Seed. In fact, we hear it from His own mouth right before His crucifixion
Joh 12:23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
He desires to bear much fruit/be glorified and therefore He must act in His role as Seed.
But WHAT would He want us to know by His revelation that He is the Seed?
In order to understand why Yeshua/Jesus being the SEED is important, we will need to recall what we know about a physical seed, and see if by doing so it will enhance our understanding of Who this Seed of David is and what He is prepared to do.
A physical seed falls from a plant to the ground, or may be carried by the wind from its place in the plant and eventually land on the ground. (By the way, the word for “wind” in the Scriptures is Ruach and is also the word used for “Spirit” as in “The Holy Spirit” – Ruach Hakodesh. Hmmm. Perhaps another algebra study for another time.)
But for now, back to that seed. We know that a seed must be buried in the ground, must be watered and warmed by the sun until it bursts open and that which is inside breaks back through the ground where it produces fruit and many more seeds! Why, it’s like the author of John 12:23 knew that the death, burial, and resurrection of the Seed would be necessary in order for the production of much fruit!
Wow! Yeshua is certainly good Seed and the seed/Word which springs forth from His death and resurrection is good seed! It is also exciting to note that a physical seed has a hull, or husk, with a singular purpose, and that being to contain for a time the life waiting to spring forth once the hull is discarded and falls away. Sound familiar?
To look at this more closely and perhaps better grasp the gravity of the truth that Yeshua is the Seed, let’s remember that, as discussed in Seedless, from Creation, HaSatan has been at war with the Seed. (Gen 3:15). Wow! That HaSatan reallllly does not like Seed or the fruit that comes from Him!
Later in Genesis, (Genesis 22) we see one of the most profound shadows of what the Father would one day do in offering His Son/Seed. It is a Scripture account that has come to be called “The Binding of Isaac.” In this account, we watch as the “only begotten son,” carries his own “wood” up a mountain at the order of His Father (whose name, Abraham, means father of multitudes). This wood that the son carries is the altar upon which his father would be willing to offer him as a sacrifice. The sacrifice is only stopped when the Heavenly Father speaks from Heaven and provides a ram (a strong lamb) who has been caught by his horns in a thicket (horns in Scripture represent power). So this strong Lamb has a crown of thorns holding back His horns (power) and is offered on an altar. Astounding!
Gen 22:15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your Seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
Gal 3:16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his Seed. It does not say, “And to seeds,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your Seed,” Who is Christ.
“and in your Seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
Indeed, The Father did not withhold His Seed, and the Nations of the Earth have been blessed.
Ahhhh, the power of a Seed!
In the next edition of What If, Lord willing, we’ll look at the total solar eclipse coming on August 21st of this year. Is there something to be learned from a solar eclipse?