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Reaping And Sowing

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

Jacob in the Book of Genesis is one of the first examples we have in the Bible of the law of reaping and sowing in action. He took advantage of his brother Esau’s carnality and  pressed him to sell him his birthright for a bowl of soup (Gen. 25). He deceived his father, Isaac, and fooled him into giving him the blessing of the first-born son (Gen. 27:). It seems in his early life that Jacob sought to acquire those things which God intended for him through deception and guile.

Jacob sowed deception and only a few chapters later we see him reaping the same. Laban, his uncle, deals with Jacob deceptively throughout Genesis 29-31 and, no sooner does he escape than he finds himself having to pass right through Edom, the home of his brother Esau whom he deceived so many years before.

Jacob will eventually fall victim to the very same type of deception from his own sons culminating in the selling of his favorite son, Joseph, into Egyptian slavery (Gen. 37). Rather than dealing honestly with their father, the sons, of course, lie and deceive him about Joseph’s fate.

The tale of Jacob is one wrought with pain, sorrow, and regret. At the end of his life, he tells Egypt’s Pharaoh:

“The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning.” (Genesis 47:9)

And what of King David, the man after God’s own heart? His adultery with Bathsheba and subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite, in order to cover up his indiscretion brought horrific consequences upon his household and would forever stain his life. The blood on David’s hands would severely limit the potential God had blessed him with and would alter the course which God had intended for him to walk.

Saul of Tarsus, the great persecutor of the early Church, would himself suffer greatly at the hands of those who would beat and cast stones at the body of the apostle, much as he had done to others. the Lord said of him when he was converted and became the Apostle Paul:

“For I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”(Acts 9:16)

Paul’s own testimony in 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 attests to the validity of the Lord’s warning.

The Biblical law of Reaping and Sowing is seldom talked about in the Body of Christ anymore. Because the Lord forgives our sins, we tend to forget that there are often temporal consequences for the sins we commit. We relegate verses like Galatians 6:7 to the unsaved and unrepentant. It is the lost sinner who will ultimately reap what he sows in the fires of Hell, we conclude. Yet all of the examples we have considered were, in fact, the Lord’s people! Jacob, David, Paul, and many others mentioned in the Bible who suffered likewise were servants of God who would reap the harvest of their actions. And the Book of Galatians was not addressed to lost sinners, but to a body of believers in Christ.

God does forgive our sins and, for those trusting in Jesus Christ, an eternity in Hell is not a consequence of those sins. But there are other consequences that we may suffer here on earth for our actions. Just because we have passed from death to life and are saved by the blood of Jesus in no way means that we can expect to get away with behaving however we please.

As we begin a new year, may all of God’s people be mindful of the words we say and the deeds we do. Let us begin afresh to sow things pertaining to godliness and holiness into our own lives and the lives of those around us. It does matter how we treat others and may we never be guilty of supposing that our access to the forgiveness of Christ enables us to fulfill the lusts of the flesh with impunity.

To God goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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9 responses

  1. Thank you, Loren, for sharing about that verse in Galatians. I just had read that book and had been thinking about that scripture! God bless you and yours abundantly!

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  2. Thanks, Deb! May our Lord bless you greatly also!

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  3. Hi Loren,

    There’s a lot to think about in sowing and reaping. What we sow is often connected to our love for God and how we put Him foremost in our actions. Sadly, our self-centeredness often pushes God out of the picture of our desires. We imagine we are getting something good for ourselves, even though we realize it’s not really good or in God’s will. Thank you for posting.

    Wishing you a blessed New Year!
    Margaret

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  4. I’m not sure what reaping and sowing has to do with God. It’s just a series of probability and ‘I told you so’ stories with a little schadenfreude thrown in. It’s frustrating when religions seem to claim the bleeding obvious as theirs to preach. You can get the equivalent from many a fairy story without the baggage of faith (I use ‘baggage’ very deliberately)

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  5. Mike,

    If I ask you an honest question, will you give me an honest answer? What is it that compels you to comment on websites such as this? Have you ever asked yourself that?

    You originally commented on my post about why God sent the Flood, which I would surmise you found through a search engine using keywords “God” or “the Flood”, or “Noah’s Flood”, etc. All topics which you maintain you have no belief in. What prompted you to search for websites about subjects you do not believe in?

    I have been doing this long enough to realize that there are those who enjoy “trolling” or heckling blogs like mine, but if that’s your reason, it still leaves me with a lot of questions. For instance, why Christian websites and Bible-based blogs specifically? You probably don’t accept Islam, Hinduism, Shintoism, Buddhism, or a host of other religions either; do you seek out those websites to attack as well? I would wager that you do not. Or what about Scientology? When was the last time you went on one of their forums and weighed in on the preposterous “teachings” of a science fiction writer who was quoted as saying, “You wanna make real money, start a religion.”

    Now I know that you’re probably already eager to respond with how you are on a noble quest for truth with the intention of educating “ignorant and weak-minded” people of faith who willfully ignore all of the scientific evidence which “proves” that a Deity simply cannot exist, but surely you must realize that you’re not likely going to persuade someone to reject their beliefs no matter how many insults about “faith baggage”, “Green Goblins”, and “99,999 billion trillion (how’d you arrive at that number anyway?) to one odds” you throw at them. Why? Because people like myself and many of the 3-4 thousand visitors to this website each week believe in God because we have a relationship with Him. We believe in Him because we’ve met Him. You would have about as much luck convincing me that my wife doesn’t exist simply because you have never seen her!

    Or perhaps your explanation for attacking the Christian faith has to do with you not wanting Christian values to influence the laws and policies of your government. I don’t know what country you live in, but this is an argument I have heard given by many militant atheists here in the United States. I completely reject this as a valid reason because, if our laws were truly based on principles of fundamental Christianity, our nation would be governed very differently. Abortion is legal, prayer and the mention of God has been prohibited in schools, government offices, most businesses and virtually every public forum. Many states are attempting to force even private churches and clergy to recognize and perform homosexual marriages or risk losing their legal status as religious entities and laws have been proposed outlawing the condemnation of the violent teachings of Islam and the practice of sexual fornication from the pulpit. Alcohol, tobacco, pornography, marijuana in many states (and who knows what other illicit substances in the future) are completely legal and freely available to any and all persons of legal age. Christians are obviously not winning the cultural war of morality and anyone who would suggest otherwise is simply misinformed or dishonest. So the excuse that the risk of evangelical morality being “forced” upon the general populace must be abated is a very weak argument indeed.

    So what is it, Mike? What threat from Christian ideology is it that urges you to Google a bunch of terms you whole-heartedly reject and then take time from your daily life to compose a response to what you consider something “equivalent [to] many a fairy story”? I’m genuinely curious as to why you believe you do it. Because, honestly, I don’t accept the teachings of Zen Buddhism but I can tell you I have never once went on a forum about it and attacked its adherents. Not once. I really want to know what it is about Christianity, the Bible, and Jesus Christ specifically that elicits such vitriol and outrage. Have you ever asked yourself that about your own anger? If Christians believe what amounts to little more than fairy tales and fantasies, shouldn’t we be pitied rather than attacked? Or perhaps, as the Bible says, people are offended by the name of Jesus Christ because He truly is Who He said He was and, like the demons of Hell, sinful men despise the Light of God because they prefer the darkness…

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  6. Hi Margaret,

    So very true! Those words in Galatians are so convicting. We sow things into our lives that we know are not what God intends for us to be sowing because we are selfish and impatient. We don’t want to do it His way because we want what we want right now. And then we are often surprised when we begin to reap the consequences. I’m praying for a big time crop failure on many of the things I have sowed and for the Lord to strengthen me to only sow those things which reap blessings.

    Have a great New Year as well, Margaret!

    Loren

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  7. I love that , Loren . .. praying for a big time crop failure on the things that I have wrongly sowed! And strength to sow only those things which reap blessings, His crops!

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  8. Loren,

    : ) I really had to laugh a lot. I’m sure all of God’s children are praying for a big time crop failure on the things we have sown. And, we all can surely praise our Lord, who has promised to give us crop failures for Jesus’ sake!

    Psalm 145:14 assures us — “The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.”

    It’s marvelous to realize that we are so dearly loved. That love strengthens us to sow good seed. Even your comments are good seed. It’s good to know that we can rejoice in our Lord.

    Margaret

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