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May 23, 2018 Parable of The Farmer and The Trees

[7:58] The good land readily produces its plants by the leave of its Lord, while the bad land barely produces anything useful. We thus explain the revelations for people who are appreciative.

Matthew 13 - The Parable of the Sower

3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: 

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 

4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 

5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 

6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 

7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 

8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

 

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 

19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 

23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

 

The seed sown along the path

[47:16] Some of them listen to you, then as soon as they leave they ask those who were enlightened, "What did he just say?" GOD thus seals their hearts and, consequently, they follow only their opinions.

 

The seed falling on rocky ground

[29:10] Among the people there are those who say, "We believe in GOD," but as soon as they suffer any hardship because of GOD, they equate the people's persecution with GOD's retribution. But if blessings from your Lord come your way, they say, "We were with you." Is GOD not fully aware of the people's innermost thoughts?

 

The seed falling among the thorns

[7:169] Subsequent to them, He substituted new generations who inherited the scripture. But they opted for the worldly life instead, saying, "We will be forgiven." But then they continued to opt for the materials of this world. Did they not make a covenant to uphold the scripture, and not to say about GOD except the truth? Did they not study the scripture? Certainly, the abode of the Hereafter is far better for those who maintain righteousness. Do you not understand?

 

The seed falling on good soil

[2:261] The example of those who spend their monies in the cause of GOD is that of a grain that produces seven spikes, with a hundred grains in each spike. GOD multiplies this manifold for whomever He wills. GOD is Bounteous, Knower.

[2:265] The example of those who give their money seeking GOD's pleasure, out of sincere conviction, is that of a garden on high fertile soil; when heavy rain falls, it gives twice as much crop. If heavy rain is not available, a drizzle will suffice. GOD is Seer of everything you do.

[14:24] Do you not see that GOD has cited the example of the good word as a good tree whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches are high in the sky? [14:25] It produces its crop every season, as designed by its Lord. GOD thus cites the examples for the people, that they may take heed. [14:26] And the example of the bad word is that of a bad tree chopped at the soil level; it has no roots to keep it standing.

 

[79:1] The (angels who) snatch (the souls of the disbelievers) forcibly.

[79:2] And those who gently take (the souls of the believers) joyfully.

 

[71:17] And GOD germinated you from the earth like plants.

 

[22:18] Do you not realize that to GOD prostrates everyone in the heavens and the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the animals, and many people?

 

Everything Glorifies God

[17:44] Glorifying Him are the seven universes, the earth, and everyone in them. There is nothing that does not glorify Him, but you do not understand their glorification. He is Clement, Forgiver.

 

You are a tree in a farm

There are many workers who work for the owner at the farm who tend to all your needs and the needs of the farm.

All your needs are being met and because of this you produce delicious fruit generously

One day it dawns on you, how do you know that the farm you reside at is the best one for you? Perhaps there is another farmer who can tend better or just as well to you somewhere else.

The farmer who owned the farm who heard your question gave you an opportunity

He said that he will let you decide for yourself if there can be a farm better for you than the one He provided, but he will do you one better if you want

You can go to that new farm not only as a tree, but as a worker as in that farm tending to yourself.

You will no longer be limited to being fed and watered by the farmer and His workers you can decide for yourself all your choices without the farmer dictating to you

Imagine you gave a plant freedom of choice, a body the ability to mobility, the ability to choose its spouse and choose to produce fruit or not 

You will have complete mobility and complete freedom of choice in how you behave as a worker

But there is one contingency if you go to another farm and you are not able to meet the requirements of being a good worker then when you come back to being a tree in my farm you will continue being a tree but you will no longer be able to produce delicious plentiful fruit and instead all you will be good for is firewood for all of eternity.

While most of the trees refused such responsibility a group were confident in their abilities and said yes they want to see a new farm and decide for themselves if they want to come back to their original farm as a worker (a promotion) but if they fail to maintain the requirements of being a worker then they will come back as a tree that is only good for firewood.

The rest of the trees who did not want to bear the responsibility were given the opportunity to come as trees to the new farm and see for themselves how these workers care for them. After their time at the farm they are welcomed to come back to their original farm as a tree in their usual role.

The farmers land was endless so he designated a small plot of land for these trees who have now been turned into workers He asked some of his workers to go help the new farmers with the land

At this point one of the workers refused. He thought that his was beneath him. He thought that he was better than these new workers and felt insulted that he was given such a task.

So in return, the farmer did him a solid and offered this disgruntled worker to be the manager of this new farm. If he could make the workers and farm as happy as the workers and farm in his kingdom then he would prove his point. But if he can’t he too will be demoted to a tree and spend all of eternity as firewood.

 

When the entities were presented to their new farm in their new roles things did not go as planned

  • Many of the new farmers once experiencing the freedom they had did not want anything to do with their responsibilities
  • They realized that being a worker required a lot of work and discipline and they did not want to provide
  • They preferred to pursue other interests
  • Because of this the trees that these farmers were responsible for withered and died and the farmers wasted their life
  • Other workers did take on the responsibility of maintaining their farm
  • They got up every morning at dawn to tend to the farm
  • They followed the regiment of the workers and grew strong
  • They were happy with what was given to them and never complained
  • And in return, their yield was immensely productive and kept the farm alive
  • The manager thought how hard could it be to maintain a farm. What he didn’t realize was all the work of keeping order and keeping everyone productive
    • Fights broke out among workers
    • Workers bad life choices led to health problems
    • Workers demanded more pay and benefits. They were unhappy with their accommodations, their pay, their amenities
    • The trees were dying, the yield was declining and there seemed to be no hope in sight for the manager
    • So he decided to sabotage the efforts for one last effort. He figured that if everyone turned away from the farmer that perhaps the farmer would have mercy on him when they return after the experiment utterly failed

When the experiment was all over…

  • The trees who never accepted being workers were admitted back into the farm now with a new sense of appreciation and for this they continued being taken care of and produced even more fruit
  • The trees who failed as farmers were turned back into trees, but because of the neglect they faced during their time as workers they have lost their ability to produce sweet fruit (just bitter) let alone anything good for the farm and thus spent the rest of eternity supplying firewood because that was all they were good for.
  • And for the worker who thought he could be a farmer he too was turned into a tree, but suffered more than anyone else because his demotion was the greatest.

For the trees who became farmers and failed:

  • What would happen if you had all this then went back to living life as a tree
  • Imagine you were offered a food so delicious that once you eat it you will never want to eat anything else in your whole life, but the contingency was that once you eat it you will never be able to eat it again. Would you eat that fruit?
  • When someone is rich and lose their wealth they commit suicide 
  • Don’t know what you are missing then there is no remorse 

Freedom of Choice

[33:72] We have offered the responsibility (freedom of choice) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and were afraid of it. But the human being accepted it; he was transgressing, ignorant.*

Why would God create someone only to burn in Hell for all of eternity? 

  • What good is a tree that can produce no fruit or anything of value for a farmer aside from being firewood?
  • Firewood is still providing value, but the misery is for the one who experienced heaven and then had to spend all of eternity only as firewood 
  • Fuel For Hell

[8:37] GOD will sift away the bad from the good, then pile the bad on top of each other, all in one pile, then throw it in Hell. Such are the losers.

[3:10] Those who disbelieve will never be helped by their money, nor by their children, against GOD. They will be fuel for Hell.

[4:56] Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise. [4:57] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, we will admit them into gardens with flowing streams; they abide therein forever. They will have pure spouses therein. We will admit them into a blissful shade.

[2:266] Does any of you wish to own a garden of palm trees and grapes, with flowing streams and generous crops, then, just as he grows old, and while his children are still dependent on him, a holocaust strikes and burns up his garden? GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect.