The Parable of the Sower and Jude

The Parable of the Sower is a favored parable  because of Jesus

The Sower

The Sower

explaining it.  You don’t have to worry about various meanings because Jesus tells the disciples exactly what He wanted them/us to know and see in it.  He clearly states that the Word will land on four types of people.  As I said in Job’s Friends that the majority of the seed lands in the field and those people will produce a good crop.  The Word also lands on other people and it does grow in two of the three of them it just does not produce a good crop.

In the Book of Jude, the half-brother of Jesus takes time to warn the people to beware of men/leaders who are there for their own benefit and are hurting people.  Jude names Cain, Balaam, and Korah as the types and shadows of these men.

Cain, the first-born child, is the type of the natural man who is jealous and angry and is willing to kill the spiritual.  He is the “pathway” where the Seed could not grow.  Think about what he had thought; he could talk with and hear God.  It may have been that he saw God, yet it did no good because as it says in 1 John 3: 11 – 12, “ His actions were evil and he belonged to the evil one.”  This happened because he refused to master sin (Genesis 4:7).  So the “way of Cain” is to kill the spiritual so you do not have to face your actions.

Balaam, a mystic in Numbers 22, is an example of the “rocky ground.”  He called God Lord (see Lord My God) and seemed to want to do His will but he had no root even though people recognized the Abrahamic covenant working in him.  His error was that he used his knowledge of the spiritual to make a financial profit.  He counseled Moab to have Israel sin sexually so that they would not be holy and out from the covering of the Lord’s blessing.

Korah, a Levite in Numbers 16, is the soil with the “weeds.”  This area is on the edges of the field and it is possible for it to produce fruit but it has problems that mess up its full potential.  (see Seeds)  His rebellion was against God’s earthly authority and thinking he could do someone else’s job and that God would bless him.  Part of his family did go on to serve as musicians so good did come from the family.

Luke 8:1–15, Mark 4:1-20, Matthew 13:2-23

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Zelophehad’s Daugthers

The story of Zelophehad’s daughters is a story of family, love for a father, and a lasting legacy.  With only fifty words they had their wish come true, their father’s name did not “disappear” just because he had no sons (Numbers 27:1-11).  Now, this did not happen without conditions (Numbers 36) and a little reminder to Joshua and the elders (Joshua 17:4), twelve more words.  Their story is recorded in three books of the Bible-Numbers, Joshua, and 1 Chronicles.  If you timeline this, Numbers 27 occurs and then the elders of Manasseh in Numbers 36 are worried about land that has not even been won yet but God agrees and sets conditions for inherited land and how it should be passed on if no son was born to a father.  After Numbers 27 + 36 Moses is called to go up the mountain, view the land and die so this may have been the last set of rules he sought God on.

The girls loved their father and he had brought them up to be obedient and independent.  They had a strong sense of justice and knew that just because there was no male descendant that they should not exclude them from their rights in the Promised Land.  So they looked to God and the authorities to do the right thing.

Zelophehad’s daughters were very conscious of politics in the camp and were aware that their father had made some wrong choices. So they start their petition for the inheritance with the fact that he died for his own sins, not Korah’s.  Korah wanted to be a priest (Numbers 16) and lead a rebellion against Moses and Aaron (see Jude 11).  The daughters were very aware that he was not a perfect man when they said he died for his own sins, which would have been grumbling, complaining, and wanting to go back to Egypt.

Names are important in the Bible and it is always interesting to see what the names of people mean.  (I know that sometimes I make too much of the meaning.)  I always assume that the name we see was the one given them at birth but it is always possible that it could have been changed as they grew or that they were nicknames.  With that said here are the meaning for the daughters’ names from my Strong’s/Vines Concordance for the KJV.

  • Mahlah – 4244 – weak one
  • Noah – 5270 – movement (not exactly the same of Noah of the Ark)
  • Hoglah – 2295 – partridge
  • Milcah – 4435 – queen
  • Tirzah – 8656 – delightsomeness

Zelophehad’s name is used 11x in KJV and 9x in the NIV.  In the Strong’s Concordance it is not given a meaning but in the NIV Concordance, it listed as – shadow of dread, terror or protection from dread.  He is also the son of Hepher (pit or shame).  Maybe the Dead Sea Scroll’s shed new light on the root words that made up his name.

As part of Manasseh, the girls received land on the west side of the Jordan not in Gilead that was for the shepherds of the family.

The last mention of them is in 1 Chronicles 7:15. Where again it is pointed out that God had done something special for Zelophehad and his daughters. The land was the inheritance and it was important but his daughters gave him the gift of being remembered because they were brave enough to stand up for their family name and their father.