The Pastor's Pen March 2014
I remember many years ago growing up on the farm in Ohio as a young boythat I spent most of the time in the summer bare-foot. The main reason for tha twas it saved our shoes for going to church on Sundays or going to visit relatives once in a while.
On our farm part of the pasture was along a creek,and because the creek usually flooded about the time Dad would be plowing and planting it didn’t ever get plowed. So hawthorn bushes grew along the creekbank beside the cow paths. I have those same kind of bushes that I have to constantly keep cutting back around my property here in New Brunswick.
One sunny summer afternoon on the farm I remember some of the relatives came to visit. My older brother, Bill and I andsome of the cousins were running around down by the creek following the cow paths. Bill was in the lead and the cousins followed him. Because I was the youngest I was last. The cousins were wearing shoes because they were visiting. I don’t know if Bill was barefoot or not, but I clearly remember that I was. I also clearly remember walking the half-mile across the field back to the house on the sides of my feet with blood oozing out around those thorns. I don’t remember how long it took my blessed Mother to pull them all out but it certainly was a relief. I’d like to get my hands on the dastardly devil that plants those thorns. Unfortunately, Noah Webster says they grow naturally.
In the parable of the sower and the seed in Matthew13 Jesus said in verse 7 “And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:” In verse 22 Jesus explained this verse for His disciples’ "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches,choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful”.
When our mind or heart lie fallow without the sowing of the Word of God it isn’t very long until the things of the world spring up and grow and choke out even a desire to hear God’s Word. Our heart and mind and soul need constant cultivation with the Word by the Holy Ghost to turn up the thorns and briers of sin by the roots so that they don’t choke the seed and we can gather some fruit in harvest time.
Have you ever wondered why they placed a crown of thorns on Jesus head? Maybe it’s because He didn’t want sin to rule us. I don’t know where the crown went; I just know thorns were meant to burn! He didn’t have it on after His resurrection! Read Romans chapter six.