Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath in Matthew 12 and Mark 2:23 – 3:6, as Jesus creates new beginning using illustration of corn plucked in the cornfields. In Mark 2, Jesus walking through cornfields, confronted by Pharisees and Sadducees. Plucking corn to eat with disciples was considered ‘work’ so ‘breaking’ Sabbath law of rest to worship God. Jesus the Lord of the Sabbath and creator of corn, answered, ‘Sabbath was made for man, not man for Sabbath.” Jesus fulfilled law so expanded the meaning to deeper level of understanding by creating extra mile action faith to feed the hungry. God allows people to enter corn, wheat fields and fruit farms to eat as much needed without selling produce of farms entered. In Leviticus 23:22. Leave food grains, them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you.
Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God bless you are all aliens on earth once strangers in slavery so be kind to the fatherless, and the widow, so that the LORD your God will bless you, your town in Deuteronomy 28. So God is the owner creator of the whole Heart and cattle on a thousand hills. People are stewards of God’s resources and fields Ruth gleaned from Boaz an amiable landowner. As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the best and leave some more deliberately. Jesus, co-creator with God has the right to enter fields any time for food. People on trips, sojourners take food freely any day or time to save life of hungry person’s life as priority imperative more important than keeping law as millstone around necks.
Jesus teaches all people and company policies to factor in charity and generosity and kindness to all human beings created by God. Do not bury tons of food and throw away perfectly good food in excellent condition. Jesus teaches all to be human enough so flexible, compassionate, generous to fellow human beings. Accordingly Jesus taught lesson on soul food life teaching believers to feed hungry at all times whether it is a Sabbath day or not. Jesus was challenged by Pharisees and Sadducees for feeding Himself and disciples on Sabbath day. When Greeks asked to see Jesus, He told them about corn reproducing. Jesus told them unless a grain dies to become germinated it remains a single seed. This means Christians when Christ and resurrected so did believers become transformed and renewed to become fruitful to multiply and yield bumper harvest of souls as Spiritual farmers for God.
As the farmer saves the best golden grain of corn to replant for new beginning and it regenerates to multiply yielding abundant harvest, so believers are to help faith multiplication by encouraging others to grow in faith. This why the person saved is committed into the hands of God for the Holy Spirit to change them. Similarly Christians adapt to modern soul farming methods to keep up with the times as Jesus and the disciples. Just as the natural process of corn growth is a miracle done by God with a single corn in good soil reproducing to yield increased crop harvest so a supernatural God uses believers to win more souls in God’s Kingdom. The believer realizes no matter their hard work and prayers other factors beyond their control influence the harvest of souls.
When challenged by Pharisees, Sadducees for plucking corn on Sabbath said it was better to feed the hungry than starve them due to any bureaucratic man made laws. Some use corn maze for fun times or use it for wedding ceremony.The farmer is therefore assured of replanting and harvesting again if all goes well with the weather and changes in season. The farmer carefully work the land, tilling, sowing, watering during drought and expecting the best yield. Similarly Jesus told many wonderful parables about farming and crop yields and farm helps all working hard bumper harvest at the end of the season. The best yield is preserved by the traditional farmers kept dry at the top of the fireplace in the barn for the next planting season.
Christian believer farmers dedicate best yield to thank God for making crops grow with the blessings of rain, rich organic soil and sunshine plus hard work. The farmer is assured of replanting and harvesting if all goes well with weather changes during season. The farmer carefully works the land, tilling, sowing, watering during drought expecting the best yield. Jesus told many wonderful parables on farming, crop yields and farm helps all working hard bumper harvest at the end of the season. Jesus replied that the Sabbath was made for man especially during crises it is alright to harvest corn to eat than allow people to starve to death because of the man-made laws. Jesus encourages believers to have consideration for fellow human beings by sharing surplus food if possible at a reasonable cost to help others.
This farmer used the same land and allowed it to fallow 7 years to replenish soil to regain nutrients. The previous years harvest was successful got extra order to increase his supply and bought seed corn as crop from the previous year was not enough. He turned to another company to buy extra corn to sow unfortunately he lost income that year due to poor corn harvest. The farmer was in shock as that had never happened to his family in generations until he made a shocking discovery about the type of corn planted. Despite hard work the farmer does not always recover their input. A farmer paid a high price by using tractors to till and plant yet did not get a harvest. Though the farmer had at least enough to feed the family though the season was not good, they lost income from business. It turned out that particular corn was genetically modified. Sounds familiar when during fertilisation, children of a certain age and height were hired to remove the male part of corn so the grain cannot be sown.
It means seed corn has to be purchased always for planting purposes from agricultural seed companies to keep large-scale farmers dependent on them. That farmer learns the hard way about changes to traditional methods of farming using hybrid seed crops instead of his own best harvested corn seed preserved and used for generations. Abundant harvest depends on the hard work of the farmer but God expects kindness as Boaz allowed Ruth to glean in his field. In addition, the rich farmer who planned to enlarge barns while paying poor wages to workers. The barn preserved the crops from rain and elements provided for the family and buyers.
However, technology demands electronic uses in crop processing so many use silos from stainless steel or aluminum. Therefore the Christian believer is changing the method used to present the gospel although the word remains the same. No matter the traditional or modern method of corn farming used by the farmer, the fields of corn row are ripe and ready for harvest. Jesus pointed out in the discourse on the cornfield that, be it on a Sabbath day or any exceptional occasion there is opportunity to save a life by feeding people. What is the point in telling the good news to the poor starving while watching others live in avaricious gluttony. Rows of corn is processed into variety of tasty delicacies fancied.
Whatever variety chosen Jesus shows Christianity has enough room for all to be fed physically, emotionally. Above all, Spiritual Soul food from God the Greatest Farmer is freely abundant available for all. The ancient gleaner laws provide wisdom on how to feed the poor, to care … And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God…. for fatherless, and widow: the Lord thy God may bless thee in.
In the House of God there are varieties of things people can do to help just as there are so many choices and tastes from corn. Some experiences are sweet or savoury or a mixture at times depending on the circumstances of life. Those with sweet tooth love their versions of corn products as much as the savoury teams love theirs. The choice is endless and there is more than enough to feed all in the world without wasting food. Some prefer enhanced processed corn while others eat it fresh on the cob or shredded.
Lyrics for “All Good Gifts”
We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land..
But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand..
He sends us snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain…
The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain…
All good gifts around us
Are sent from Heaven above
So thank the Lord, oh thank the Lord for all his love…
We thank thee then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
The seedtime and the harvest, our life our health our food,
No gifts have we to offer for all thy love imparts
But that which thou desirest, our humble thankful hearts!
All good gifts around us
Are sent from Heaven above..
So thank the Lord, oh thank the Lord for all his love..