Watching what's being sown

We have a wide range of counsel and spiritual instruction today that grew out of Biblical illustrations relating to farming practices. Almost every aspect of agricultural work assumes a figurative role in teaching vital lessons—cultivation, sowing, watching, and of course, reaping what is sown. This isn't surprising, considering that agriculture was the primary basis for the economy in Palestine.

When it comes to sowing, for instance, the book of Leviticus offers this instruction: "Thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed" (19:19). And elsewhere in the Old Testament is this: "Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled" (Deut. 22:9). These words remind us of the need for purity and watchfulness.

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