I don't have another answer to another Bible question for the rest of my life that isn't Mark 4 related. One plants, another waters, God gives the increase is the law of the Kingdom. Questions about God's Sovereignty? One plants, another waters, God gives the increase/decrease accordingly. Questions about Genesis, Job, the prophets, Paul, obedience and disobedience, the book of Revelation, etc. = one plants, another waters, and God gives the increase.
The ages have been relegated to man's sowing and reaping while eternity is relegated to God's own personal harvest after the Seed He's sown. That's my story and I'm stickin' too it rather than being spoiled by vain philosophies as Colossians 2:8 warns against where God's Sovereignty is made to sound like He's part of the problem when all He was doing was giving the increase and tending His garden. What God has clearly promised and His judgments regarding years of release and of Jubilee answer the rest of the questions. All cleansing is by the Blood of Christ, nothing else.
If I've been losing folks recently with answering everything with the foremost principle of the Kingdom, according to Mark 4:13, just start re-reading Mark 4. All you need is where/what was the seed, where/what was the water, and you'll know where your Heavenly Father was at, what His Ways were, and how/when/why His Seed must ultimately prevail. He has promised to command His Blessing, according to Leviticus 25, Galatians 6, 2Corinthians chapters 8 and 9, and Hebrews 4.
Until He has, it's as each of us has measured it. God's Sovereignty is simply tweaking the harvests along the way, pulling weeds, fertilizing what He wants fertilized, giving priority to some things growing faster than to others, (Leviticus 25 again,) etc. But, Jesus said that shallow earth causes it to spring forth quickly, though it gets scorched, so not all things growing quickly are doing equally as well in terms of their roots (Colossians 2:6-7). He knows where the seeds are sown as they're cast and what type each is per Acts 17 and Romans 9.
Because of our lack of diligence, according to Mark 4:22-25 and Luke 8:15, we're often caught off guard with something suddenly appearing, not knowing when/where/why that had been growing until it comes to harvest. According to John 8:12 and Ephesians 5:13-17 we shouldn't be in the dark about any of these things. More...
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