“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).
The seed is equivalent to the Gospel. It is equivalent to the prayer of tears. It is equivalent to giving God. Not only that. The Scripture places the death of a man is compared to the sowing of a seed. If there is going to be a sowing time, the time of harvest will also be there (Genesis 8:22).
The body of every man born in the world is sowed. The animals do not have souls and thus they are not sowed. They are buried and they become a soil within a soil and become a fertiliser to the mud. Solomon the wise said, “Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:21).
The death of a child of God or a saint will be precious in the eyes of God. During their deaths, their bodies are sown in the earth as seeds. They are capable of raising several souls. The seeds of those who died shedding blood become the foundation of the church.
There was a friend of mine in the Karnataka State and he was a good servant of God and an earnest prayer warrior too. Suddenly both of his kidneys became week and he came to Chennai for treatment. I spent a lot of time with him at that time. In spite of the treatment he died and I was shocked at it. I cried saying “Lord, how you took this servant at this young age when the requirement of such servants in India is so large?”
The pastor who came to conduct the funeral service spoke comparing his body to that of a seed. His categorical and firm announcement “The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in purity” touched my heart deeply. Yes. A farmer who sows the seed does this with the strong hope that those seeds will yield very good results.
It does not matter how many years back a servant of God died, the bones of Elisha remind us that the power of the Holy Spirit could remain in the bones to whatever extent be the duration. When a man was buried in the space where Elisha had been buried, the dead man revived and stood on his feet once his body came into contact with the bones of Elisha (II Kings 13:21). Scripture says “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Satan never likes the body being sown as seeds. During the final hour, he will bring disbelief and fear to the maximum extent. The reason is that he is a tempter. But you will overcome the death with your unassailable faith on God.
To meditate: “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).