Unmixed Seed

Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with diverse seeds - the law of the Word.

Thou shalt not plow with an ox and ass together - the law of the Work.

Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as wool and linen together - the law of Worth.

Paul wrote, "All Scripture is given by  inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 
These three Old Testament laws speak a clear message. God sets boundaries for the conduct of His People. He draws lines of demarcation. There are clearly defined principles which remain as "fixed" now as they were in the beginning. These three laws bear a message for us today. We're living in a time that Paul said is perilous, where everything tends to erase these lines, cross these boundaries. Trying to mix what God wants unmixed. No doubt we are experiencing in some measure, a replay of the days of Noah, sinking to the level of the days of Lot. Quite evident that men are "lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. ... traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. MADNESS: music is mad, fashions are mad, art is mad. The way people dress, dance, and conduct themselves is "madness!" Are they to blame? They have found that their parents are dishonest in religion, crooked in business, corrupt in politics. What can they believe? Accept?
Psalms 11:3, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" There is an answer. The battle revolves around the Bible. Salvation depends on that answer. Is it or is it not, the Word of God? The final rule for conduct. We must know beyond doubt what is fundamental and eternal. There is no ambiguity. We face certainties. These precepts are laws of Behavior. They are unalterable. They have been proven in practice. They are backed by centuries of experience. They bear a message for our time: 
First law: Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds. God dictated these laws in "picture language," something akin to the Parables of the New Testament. A picture to the eye, a message to the ear, a lesson for the heart. God is the only author of absolutes. Jesus said, "The Word is the Seed." Whatever raises questions to the WORD is "divers seed."

Proverbs 3:5-9, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil." More wisdom in those words of Solomon than all the philosophy of the world. We are in trouble when we mix God's Word with conclusions of men. God's ways are not our ways. A Christian is a "believer." Not picking and choosing, but as Paul testified long ago, "I confess unto thee that after 'The Way' which they call heresy, so worship I God, my fathers, believing 'all things' which are written in the law and the prophets." Without faith, we cannot please God. Only the Word of God can preserve us from this madness. It is the "sword" that can cut the way through the vain babbling and the science falsely so-called of our day, as in Paul's. "Dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, joints and marrow and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 
Second law: Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together. Unequal terms, so evident here. Just as the Bible must be the "single authority" in our lives, so there is only "one standard" for our service to God. It cannot be ½ ox and ½ ass, ½ serious and ½ casual. No peace until our life is settled in this matter I John 4:4-5. "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." That's not difficult to understand, as Jesus prayed for His disciples, "To be kept in the world, but to be kept from evil." That's the goal: but yoked with unbelievers there is no way of being kept from evil. We must mingle with unbelievers. Jesus was constantly in the center of crowds; but He had fellowship with only a few true believers. He had a single purpose in meeting all kinds of people: "Bring them to God. " It is impossible to plow a straight furrow with an unholy mixture. There is only "one yoke." Matthew 11:29, states the conditions given: "Come take My yoke upon you and learn of Me." Then we can claim the promise. We become Christ-like. 
Third law: Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts. God wants a plain simple testimony. John describes this eternal testimony of the ages, "It was granted that she shall be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. For the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Our garments of righteousness must be one thing or another: boundary clearly defined, marked. God accepts only "one righteousness." He will not honor a mixed garment. Trying to wear two kinds of garments is not acceptable. Some try to repair their old garments. God expects us to discriminate between a self-righteousness (our own goodness); and the imputed righteousness of  Christ, through Calvary. Many garments may pass inspection in the religious world but never crash the Gates of the Kingdom with them.

Matthew 22, the King came in to see the guests .. "How camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?" We'll have to let the Spirit clothe us. Only the Spirit knows what is proper for the wedding. There's no doubt the man in the Bible account, wanted to do right and end up at the right place. The trouble was, he wanted to do it his own way. We must let the world know that we are heading towards the wedding. And we want to be arrayed with the garment fitting for the occasion. "Being found in Him, not having mine own Righteousness but that which is through the faith of Christ, the Righteousness which is of God by Faith."

Acts 5:20, "Go, stand, and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." Not a theory. Not a doctrine, but the life of Jesus lived over again. The Bible is the record of this life. Names are written in Heaven in the Book of this life of the Lamb. The Gospel is the story of this Life. Born again is receiving the Spirit of this life. In Him was life. Everything pertaining to Jesus is life. It's the way of this life of Jesus. The Bread of Life is the only thing that can satisfy a hungry soul. The tree of this life, eat the fruit thereof and live forever. A pure river of the water of life: it purifies and quickens. All that Jesus touched came to life. He touched blind eyes and they saw. He touched deaf ears, and they heard. He touched muted tongues and they spoke. He touched the lame and they walked. He touched lepers and they were cleansed. He wants to touch our hearts, to touch our lives, and conform us to His Image and Likeness.

Paul preached, "The Spirit of (this) life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and death." The promise of the Father, "to be endowed with power from on high. " (His Spirit) This made the "Acts of the Apostles" possible. Could also be called Acts of the Holy Spirit. This Book is God's work at its best.

One word is oft repeated, "filled." Not ½ full, or partly full, but filled. When they had prayed, the place was shaken .. and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. They spoke the Word with boldness. Others knew it, especially the adversary.

Verse 28, "Ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." If we are not filled in the right way, we will be filled with the wrong.

Verse 17, the high priest rose up and all that were with him, and were filled with indignation." The battle is joined: wherever God is working, the devil also is busy. The adversary sows weeds. Heaven sows seed. The enemy sows difficulties.

Verse 18, "They laid their hands on the Apostles and put them in the common prison." If the devil didn't realize how important "fulfilling the Will of God is" in our lives, we wouldn't have opposition. To move in God's Plan, leads to opposition. Lukewarm indifferent peopleare not attacked: they have clear sailing right into a lost eternity. "Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you." Satan will hunt and hound the steps of Jesus' Disciples to the very end.
We are promised, victory, not ease. "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through Him that loved us." We can trust God when we are doing His Will.

Verse 19, "The angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors and brought them forth."

Verse 20 is our theme and thoughts here. God can open wide, what sin locks tight. "Commit thy ways unto the Lord, trust also in Him, He will bring it to pass!" He's the Author and Finisher of the Faith: (Starter and Stopper), He'll have the last Word. Remember who said, "Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us." He brought it to pass. Paul and Silas in prison, feet fast in stocks: they prayed and sang hymns and "suddenly there was a great earthquake that the foundations were shaken, doors opened, bands loosed." That Power from on high was working for them. "He gives His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." The hosts of heaven tip the odds in favor of His Servants. We are to preach "all the Words of this Life." Angels are not commissioned to preach: it takes a saved person to carry a living message. Wonderful when we have this "anointed utterance." They were straitly commanded not to teach nor preach in His Name. The world system challenged their right to preach, that they were unauthorized. They had a backing from Heaven, the Holy Spirit.

Verse 29, "We ought to obey God rather than men. " His Spirit is vital and central in this work.

Verse 32, "We are witnesses of these things and so is also the Holy Ghost whom God hath given to them that obey Him." The price-tag is "obedience," complete surrender of self: "Not my will but Thine." Nothing else avails. No Elder or Worker should ever over-rule the leading of His Spirit. Peter got a call to go to a Gentile home and preach. Something that was so against all his raising and previous experiences. The Spirit said, "Go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them." He likely thought, it was this Roman Officer that had sent for him. But an angel had spoken to him, to do that. Peter was called on the carpet, as he returned to Jerusalem: "Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised and didst eat with them. " Peter just related all the Holy Spirit had wrought in that experience and ended with these words: "What was I, that I could withstand God?" He wouldn't go against the leading of the Holy Spirit. Apart from the Holy Ghost, wisdom becomes folly! Strength is weakness. "When I am weak, then am I strong." Learning is confusion until He reveals. Worship is form until He inspires. Preaching is powerless until He anoints. Pray in the Spirit, and sing in the Spirit. Work, wealth, enthusiasm have so little value, without the prompting of His Spirit! This is God's Work. He will prosper and complete it.

Verse 38, "Refrain from these men and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught, but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God." Jesus said, "Upon this rock (Revelation of His Spirit) I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Don't forget the Builder. "I will build my church." Not left to men, though He uses human instruments. "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."