Sowing and Reaping Revisited

photo of wheat in the fieldThis morning the pastor at church said he was going to talk about the law of sowing and reaping. A few of the same thoughts I shared previously made their way into the pastor’s sermon, but then he shared a couple of other good points. I thought you might enjoy his outline.

Introduction

Isaiah 33:1; Galatians 6:7-10

God will forgive your sins. He has promised to do so (1 John 1:9). However, when you set that sin in motion, you also set in motion the law of sowing and reaping.

You cannot break God’s law of sowing and reaping.

Wise sowers always sow with the harvest in mind.

  • The wise sower anticipates the harvest in the future
  • Sometimes we forget this spiritually
  • As you get older you understand the law better and try to help those younger than you also understand

You will reap what you sow.

You won’t reap something different than you sow. You cannot plant a pear tree and expect to get apples from it. You cannot sow sin and expect to reap blessings.

Jacob

Jacob deceived his father by pretending to be the older son. Jacob was deceived by his father-in-law by receiving the elder daughter when he was expecting the younger.

Ahab

Ahab wanted the land that belonged to Naboth (1 Kings 21). When Naboth would not sell it to him, Ahab went home and pouted to his wife Jezebel. Through cunning and deception she had Naboth killed and presented the land to her husband. As a result the prophet Elijah proclaimed that Ahab would be slain and the dogs would lap up his blood from the same place where Naboth was killed. In 1 Kings 22 Ahab was slain and the prophecy was fulfilled.

Paul and Stephen

Before Saul of Tarshish was saved he stood and watched the stoning of Stephen. Years later after his salvation and a name change to Paul the Apostle, he too was stoned. While Paul survived the stoning (unlike Stephen), he reaped what was sown earlier in his life.

Whatever you are sowing now you will reap later.

You always reap more than you sow.

  • One seed generates much more than originally planted

2 Corinthians 9:6

This should not always be seen as a negative aspect of sowing and reaping. The law is true when sowing righteousness too.

Innocent people are affected by what you sow.

  • Humanity was impacted by the sin of Adam and Eve.
  • All of Egypt was blessed by the obedience and trust Joseph had toward God.
  • Innocent bystanders can be blessed or cursed by the things you sow.

What are you sowing?

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