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4506 seed

4506 seed

The means of propagating life from one generation to another. Figuratively, the term illustrates principles of spiritual life and growth, especially in later parts of the OT and throughout the NT.

How seed was used

Seed for eating Ge 1:29; Ge 42:1-2; Ne 5:1-2; Isa 28:28; Ecc 11:6

Seed as an offering Lev 23:15-21 pp Nu 28:26-31; 2Ch 31:5

Seed to measure value Lev 27:16

How seed was appreciated

The presence of seed was a blessing Zec 8:12 See also Ge 8:22; Ps 67:6; Ps 85:12

The absence of seed was a curse Joel 1:16-17 See also Dt 28:38-42

Regulations in the law concerning seed

Dt 22:9 pp Lev 19:19 See also Lev 11:37-38; Lev 27:30

Seed used figuratively to illustrate kingdom life

To illustrate those ready to enter the kingdom of God Jn 4:35-38

To illustrate birth into eternal life 1Pe 1:23 See also 1Jn 3:9

To illustrate the growth of the kingdom of God Mt 13:31-32 pp Mk 4:30-32 pp Lk 13:18-19 Mk 4:26-29 See also Mt 13:24-30,36-43

To illustrate the growth of the church 1Co 3:6-7

To illustrate God’s word and people’s response to it See also Mt 13:1-23 pp Mk 4:1-20 pp Lk 8:4-15 the parable of the sower

To illustrate faith Mt 17:20

To illustrate the principle that death comes before life Jn 12:23-25 See also 1Co 15:36

To illustrate the resurrection body 1Co 15:35-38

God calls his people to sow seeds of righteousness

Jas 3:18 See also Ps 126:5-6; Pr 22:8; Jer 4:3-4; Hos 10:12; 2Co 9:6,10; Gal 6:7-9

See also

2357Christ, parables
2375kingdom of God
4484mustard seed
8160seeking God

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