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O Lord, what is man that You care for him, the son of man that You think of him?  Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.

The question asked is what is in a man that God cares about us?  Do you know?  A person cares when he can see a problem that another person has and desires to do something about it.  We see problems with people all the time, yet in many cases we cannot solve the problem for them, and also the person with the trouble needs to recognise that he has a problem.

So what is in mankind that God cares so much for us, that He had to send Jesus to show us the way of salvation, and then pay for our sins through death on the cross?  The problem that mankind has is seen in Genesis 3.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”  “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.   She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

When the serpent spoke, he planted three words into the man and the woman.  These words are like seeds that have stayed in mankind, but need to be removed.  What are these three seeds?

The first seed is ‘doubt’ as in the question “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  The serpent introduced ‘doubt’, that God could be doubted.

The second is ‘disbelief’ as in “You will not surely die.”  Here Satan contradicted what God said, and they disbelieved what God had said and accepted what Satan said instead.

The third is ‘distrust’ as in “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  In this the serpent introduced to the man and the woman the thought that God had ulterior motives and was hiding something from them.  Therefore, God could not be trusted by them.

Adam and Eve did not reject these words from Satan.

Doubt, disbelief and distrust of God are in all mankind, and it is these three things that cause God to care for mankind – because He knows they are destroying us and killing us.  These three things are directed at the relationship we have with God, and therefore all men have become corrupted with these three seeds. Every saved or unsaved person can doubt God, disbelieve God and distrust God.

However, it appears that these three things have not penetrated the heart of women as deeply as it has with men.  When we read on in Genesis 3, it is written:  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  He answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”  And He said, “Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”  The man said, “The woman You put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”  Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

As has been pointed out before, we can clearly see that Adam blamed God for putting the woman with him, but the woman acknowledged her mistake and spoke truthfully when she said, “The serpent deceived me.”  The three seeds planted into the woman by Satan entered her heart, but did not penetrate as deep compared to the man, for the man did not admit his fault.  Is this why we see women around the world more consistent in their faith than men in the church?

God spoke His punishment to the three present in the garden – the serpent, the woman and the man.  To the serpent and the man He began the sentence with the word ‘Because’, showing that from God’s point of view they were wrong in their thinking and understanding of what they did wrong.  Yet to the woman He did not correct her as she had already acknowledged her error, but only stated the punishment.  This shows clearly that the woman correctly admitted her fault, whereas the man and the serpent did not.

When Jesus came, He also faced Satan who again used the same three seeds of doubt, disbelief and distrust against Him.  Firstly, Jesus was asked by Satan, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  The Father had just said when Jesus was baptised, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”  Satan tried to have Jesus doubt that God is His Father.

Secondly, Jesus was shown the world and its kingdoms and was told, “I will give You all their authority and splendour, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.  So if You worship me, it will all be Yours.”  Jesus was tested to see if He would believe Satan owned all the Earth and disbelieve that God owns the Earth and all kingdoms.  For God said, “If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and all that is in it.”

Thirdly, Jesus was tested by being asked to put God to the test.  Satan said “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.  For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You carefully; they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.”  Satan tried to get Jesus to distrust God to save Him if He jumped off the building.  Yet Jesus knew that God had not told Him to throw Himself down, and remembered what God had said to Moses, “Because you did not trust in Me enough to honour Me as holy in the sight of the Israelites…”  Honour must go with trust.  Jesus honoured His Father above anyone else, including men and Satan.

Jesus defeated Satan’s attempt to introduce doubt, disbelief and distrust.  To overcome these three, Jesus told us:

  • For doubting – “Stop doubting and believe.”
  • For disbelief – “Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
  • For distrust – “Trust in God, also trust in Me.”

For 6000 years men have doubted, disbelieved and distrusted God.  The Israelites have done this for 4000 years and the church for 2000 years.  God sees these three things in all of us, and as He cares for us, He continues working to have us get rid of them.   This is why Jesus said, “Repent and believe.”

Unbelievers around the world have these three seeds, which are not from God.  That is why it is hard for them to accept what Jesus said.  But as the church also has not rid itself of the three seeds, how is the world going to repent and believe?

The church has kept these three seeds with them and has failed to remove them.  They:

  1. Doubt that the command of the Father to those who follow Jesus is “Listen to Him!”  They refuse to listen to Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit diligently, but favour the apostles’ and the prophets’ writings instead.
  2. Disbelieve Jesus when He said things like “I am the Resurrection and the Life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though He dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?” as well as many other things He said!  How do you believe Jesus?  Do you listen to Him and practise His words?  Those who do not practise the words of Jesus disbelieve Jesus.   This is how you know who believes!
  3. Distrust the Holy Spirit and His power, as the church has not listened to the Holy Spirit as Jesus said, but rather, rely on their own spirits for power in the ways of men.

These three seeds of doubt, disbelief and distrust are also shown in the Parable of the Sower:

Then He told them many things in parables, saying:  “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  He who has ears, let him hear.”

The birds represent doubt, which quickly steals the words of God sown into the heart.  The rocks are the hardness to believe Jesus’ words.  The thorns are the trials of coming to know, trust and honour the Holy Spirit.

These seeds are not to be found in the Galilean church, for it is the responsibility of the Galilean church to actively remove the seeds of doubt, disbelief and distrust.  Those of the Galilean church need to identify these seeds and remove them from the hearts of men and women so they are not found in the church.  We are to understand these are in the hearts of all mankind.

The four Gospels show us how these three seeds also affected the twelve.  Firstly, they doubted Jesus when He told them to go across the lake to Bethsaida, but instead they went to Capernaum.  Secondly, they disbelieved Jesus when He told them to meet Him in Galilee after He was resurrected, for as they did not go, their lack of action proved they did not have the belief.  Thirdly, they did not trust the Holy Spirit, as they drew lots to replace Judas from the two they had selected instead of waiting for the Holy Spirit’s sovereign choice.

So, what do these seeds produce in men and women?

Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, “Listen and understand.  What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, which is what makes him ‘unclean.’ “  Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”  He replied, “Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.  Leave them; they are blind guides.  If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”  Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”  “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them.  “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?  But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ “

There are seven things that come out of a man’s heart and are in his speech. These seven are recognisable if you listen closely.

  1. Evil thoughts come from doubt, disbelief and distrust of God.  Evil thoughts come when we make our own plans and do not consider what the Father, Son or Holy Spirit has said.  Jesus said, “This is the verdict:  Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”  The unsaved speak evil thoughts from their hearts and give no consideration to God.
  2. Murder comes from disbelief and distrust.  We murder by taking life.  As Jesus said, “I am… the Life,” and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Life, then if we disbelieve and distrust Them, we murder the life offered to us by God through Jesus.  These are people who say they believe in God, but yet have nothing to do with Him.  They don’t accept the testimony of Jesus and will say they are generally ‘good’ persons.  They believe in their own righteousness.
  3. Adultery comes from doubt and disbelief.  We commit adultery by not being faithful when we doubt and disbelieve God, so we exchange our relationship with Him for another.  This happens when a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour and after a period of time exchanges his relationship for one with the church organisation or the world.  They then forget the relationship they had through Jesus, just like the Israelites did in Jeremiah 7, worshipping the temple instead of God.  These people hold onto and defend the church body and have forgotten Jesus, the Head.
  4. Sexual immorality comes from doubt and distrust.  We commit sexual immorality by doubting and not trusting the Holy Spirit fully and go looking for relationships with other spirits instead, including spirits from false gods, religions and men.  An example of this is when people read books by men (Christians and non-Christians) looking for a deeper spiritual experience.
  5. Theft comes from distrust.  We steal when we take the glory that belongs to God by not trusting and allowing the Holy Spirit to work.  This happens when people refuse to work with the Holy Spirit and refuse all the gifts of the Holy Spirit including speaking in tongues.
  6. False testimony comes from disbelief.  Lying is false testimony.  We lie when we say we believe Jesus, yet do not believe everything Jesus said, for we do not practise all His words.  Many people say they believe Jesus, but they will not practise what Jesus said.  They will not practise loving enemies, being perfect, healing the sick, driving out demons, etc…  Therefore, their testimony about Jesus is false.
  7. Slander comes from doubt.  We slander God when we say that His command to “Listen to Him” is not important or critical and so we cast it aside.  Anyone who will not read the Bible with specific emphasis on what Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit have said, honouring Their words above all else, is slandering our Father.  They hold the apostles’ and the prophets’ words in higher importance than our Father’s and Brother’s words.

Note that Jesus said, “Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.”  Where do these plants come from that have not been planted by our Father?  They are the people who have matured based on the three seeds of doubt, disbelief and distrust.  They are the thorns that choke other maturing plants, which have been growing on the words of Jesus by putting into practice what He said.  The thorns are the pharisees, the sadducees and the herodians Jesus warned us of!  Pharisees who say but do not do, produce seeds of doubt in other people’s lives.  Sadducees who do not believe in the S/spirit produce disbelief in others, and herodians produce distrust in others, for who can trust a person who honours himself?  These plants must be uprooted before they enter the Galilean church!  So be prepared to identify and uproot them before they take root.

So, repent and believe.  Be aware of the doubt, disbelief and distrust that can be found in your heart, which were sown into the hearts of Adam and Eve from the beginning and are to be removed permanently from our hearts.

Keep the birds of doubt away from the field of your heart by listening to Jesus continually, allowing those seeds from the word of God through Jesus to take root in your heart.  Remove the stones in the field of your heart by throwing the stones out of the field and believing Jesus by practising what He said.  This will allow the seeds planted by God to be rooted deep in your heart.  And overcome the thorns from choking the growing seed by persevering in learning to hear the Holy Spirit and honour Him.  Then the seeds will become plants producing grain, an abundant harvest of the word and testimony of God in your life, overpowering the thorns and fully denying them a place in your life with God.  And keep the thorn plants from choking others who are maturing.

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Amen Holy Spirit.

 

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