NLT - 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
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I submit that what Mark was referencing, would have been understood by the Jews of the early church, as a cycle of seasonal sowing and reaping. The seven yearly feast days that God ordained had within them three special days or times of giving. When the windows of heaven would be open to receive from His people, they were to bring and present an offering. The first was Pesach or passover your offering was worth thirty percent. The second was Shavuot or pentecost offering worth thirty percent. The third was Yom Kippur or day of atonement was worth forty percent and would carry you through the winter when you saw no visible growth, faith. And the next season would begin anew with first rain and the spring barley harvest, the mid summer harvest and then the latter fall wheat harvest. Having done these offerings to your level of giving 1. thirty, 2. sixty or 3. one hundred percent God would open the windows of heaven and pour out your level of blessing. To the level of your faith and in giving, to command and receive His full and complete blessing on your house for the year. We plant in faith in God's good ground and trust in Him to bring fore a bountiful harvest, so that we may plant yet again for His glory. In the Lord's Freedom..........warrior on
I have been studying with Professor C. McGhee Livers and this happens to be part of our studies. The answer is clearly stated in the book we are studying entitled "The Snatching Away" by C. McGhee Livers. The 30, 60 & 100 fold or crop as stated in some bibles is parallel to the Tabernacle of Moses also referred to as the Maturity Level Chart. There are three levels of maturity concerning our spiritual walk, refer to: I John 2:14 and also consider Galatians 5:22, and consider reading the book which explains this in detail.
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