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The Corn of Wheat Dying and Multiplied

The Corn of Wheat Dying and Multiplied

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BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.



St. John xii.

24. Verily y verily , 1 say unto you. Except a corn of wheat fall into the
ground and die^ it abideth alone: but if it die^ it bringeth forth
much fruit.
BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.



St. John xii.

24. Verily y verily , 1 say unto you. Except a corn of wheat fall into the
ground and die^ it abideth alone: but if it die^ it bringeth forth
much fruit.

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THE COR OF WHEAT DYIG AD MULTIPLIEDBY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.St. John xii.24. Verily y verily , 1 say unto you. Except a corn of wheat fall into theground and die^ it abideth alone: but if it die^ it bringeth forthmuch fruit.O person, I imagine, can have failed to observe inreading the Gospels how continually our Lordtakes advantage of all sorts of natural objects to illus-trate and enforce His teaching. It was, it may be said,an Eastern manner. o doubt it was so ; but to us itcomes as a very characteristic part of our Lord's owntea(ihing. It would seem as if He never let any realnatural object pass without drawing from it someneligious lesson: and so He has impressed, if I may soexpnisR myself, all sorts of religious lessons upon thethings by which we are surrounded. Does the wind blowwhcHi it listeth ? to-day from the east, to-morrowfrom the west ? Do we hear the sound thereof as welie on our bods, and with all our boasted science, yetTHE COR OF WHEAT DYIG AD MULTIPLIED 77know neither whence it cometh, nor whither it goeth ?The Lord hsis bidden that wind remind us of the viewlessoperations of the Holy Spirit, and of the naturallyundiscoverable movements of mind of those who arebom of the Spirit.The vine, and the vine-dresser: common sights inthese countries, they speak of the Church of Christ,and the separate branches of the vine, the members of 
 
the Church : and of the way in which the Father uses,in apparent harshness, but real mercy, the knife of suffering that they may bring forth more fruit.The sheep, the sheepfold, the shepherd: again theyare full of Christ's teachings. He is the Good Shepherdwho gave His life for the sheep. He has one fold.False teachers do not come in by the door, but climbup some other way. The sheep know His voice. Thewhole life of shepherds is full of Christian lessons.The flowers of the field, the pretty flowers that bloomalong our hedges, which are to-day and to-morrow arecut down — the lilies in their beauty more gorgeous thanSolomon in all his glory ; the familiar sight of the hengathering her chickens under her wings ; the light of thesun rising in the morning ; the lamp set upon the lamp-stand to give light to all that are in the house ; thebread that came down from Heaven ; the grain sown inthe earth, the harvest, the reapers, the separation of the78 THE COR OF WHEAT DYIG AD MULTIPLIEDgood grain from the weeds, the burning of the weeds,the gathering the wheat into the garner; all these and amultitude of other instances might be quoted, in whichthe Lord, drawing His lessons out of natural objects,may well be said to have impressed these lessons uponthose natural and familiar objects, so that to a Christianwell read in Holy Scripture, and bent on rememberinghis Lord's words, these objects may never fail of sug-gesting the lessons with which He has charged them.And happy, I think, are they who, living in the country,and having all these sights continually before their eyes,can avail themselves thereby of the silent lessons whichby His precious bidding they are all made to t^ach :who hear in the wind the noiseless power ; who see inthe gentle rain and dew the sweet and kindly influence
 
of the Holy Spirit ; who never see the pruning of a tree,nor the sheep wandering on the down, or folded in thenight, or a stray sheep away from the flock; or theflowers of the field and their beauty ; or the hen gather-ing her chickens under her wings, or any of these usualcountry sights, without calling to mind what the Lordof Heaven and earth has said of each of them, and howthey all and each tell of His will, and of His power,and of His infinite goodness and love.It is to one of these particularly that I wish to callyour attention to-day ; and to the grain of wheat, andTHE COR OF WHEAT DYIG AD MULTIPLIED 79the scriptural use to which it is turned. This morning,by the grace of God, we will speak of the grain of wheat in its likeness to the Lord Himself: it will supplyus with a still further and not less interesting topic if we be allowed to meet here again this evening.A grain of wheat — a single corn — which of us doesnot know it quite well ? a little solitary thing. If thatlittle grain remains unsown, what is so small ? whatso insignificant ? You drop it, and do not miss it ; youeat it, and do not feel that you have eaten anything.In itself, and abiding alone, it is hardly of importanceenough to be remarked or observed upon.But that grain has naturally a wonderful capacity of increase. Sow it, put it under the ground in a goodsoil. Let it dU, — die, I mean, not in the sense of beingreduced to nothing and being no more, — nothing can diein that sense, — ^but let it die, or decay according to itsown nature and in the process of growth, and to whatan enormous increase it will multiply. Say that fromthat grain spring four ears ; say that each of these earsproduces forty grains, — in the fourth generation of that

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