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Discovery Magazine 11/1/2000

Wisdom's Corner: The seedling

by  Mark McWhorter

Have you ever seen a baby plant break through the soil? Many children in America have seen videos that show the tiny plant pushing its way up through the soil. It is very interesting to watch.

The seed is planted and needs time to sprout. It first grows a small root downward. Then as it grows, the seed slowly pushes its way toward the surface of the ground. A great deal of energy is needed for the tiny seedling to force its way through the soil. Finally, it reaches the top and in a very quick motion it almost “jumps” through the surface.

The seed must be planted at the right time. And the tiny seedling that has just broken the surface must do so at the right time as well. If it is too hot or too cold, the seedling will die. But if it breaks through at the proper time, it will grow properly.

The Greeks had a word to describe this jumping by the seedling through the top of the soil. In Hebrews 7:14, we read: “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.” The word is “sprang,” and is used to describe Jesus.

God knew from the very beginning that He would send Jesus to save the world. But He needed to prepare mankind to be ready to accept Him. And Jesus needed to come at just the right time, the long process of getting men and women ready to accept Jesus was like the tiny seedling working its way to the surface. Then at the right time, Jesus “sprang” from the tribe of Judah and lived on Earth as a man, He grew to be an adult, and preached that He was sent to save us from our sins.

We need to read and study our Bibles. God wants us to follow His teachings. He wisely revealed His plan to us in just the right way and at just the right time.

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