Is the Seed Yet in the Barn?
Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you. ~Haggai 2:19
If you grew up in the city, you might take for granted the importance of the seeds that need to be sown and planted for fruits and vegetables. If we lived in a rural country setting, we would most likely preserve the seeds of the vegetables and fruits that we eat and replant them for a future harvest. This morning, we are looking at the question: "Is the seed yet in the barn?" What are you doing with the seed?
We see the significance of the seed.
Seed is a necessity for life. No seed: no food! No seed: no life! Seed is a picture of the Word of God. It is imperishable in its makeup. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). It is impeccable in its makeup. “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (1 Peter 1:25). It is life-giving and powerful. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). God’s Word is unchangeable truth! God’s Word is uncompromisingly timeless! God’s Word can be unconditionally trusted!
We see the shrouding of the seed.
"Is the seed yet in the barn?" God uses the analogy of seed in the barn to help the Jews realize that they needed to put the resources that God had given them to the best use. The seed is ready to be planted, but there is no one to plant it! The time to sow is upon us, but the seed is still yet in the barn! There are mouths to feed, but the seed has not been sown! There are economies dependent upon crops being raised and reaped, but the seed is yet in the barn! The seed is being hidden, or shrouded. “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost” (2 Corinthians 4:3). “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15).