“SOWING & REAPING”

Sunday 3rd July 2011 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh

Matthew 13 3-9 3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

In this scripture, Jesus spoke in parables and applied them to our everyday life. Do not underestimate the power of parables, parables carry with it the truths of living our everyday life.

Sowing – to scatter, to receive seed.
To sow used metaphorically – Matthew 13 3-9, John 4:37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

To sow used literally – 1 Corinthians 15:36,37 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

To sow used in the interpretation of a parable – Matthew 13:19-23 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

To sow used in spiritual teaching – 1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

1 Corinthians 15:42-44 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 3It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

2 Corinthians 9:6-10 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

To sow – to plant seed by scattering in or on the land (Oxford dictionary)

Agriculture was first recorded in the Bible in Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed Genesis 2:8. God gave Adam dominion over the garden and Adam is recorded as the first farmer.

This blessing became a curse because of disobedience, a 3 fold curse – Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

God called Adam to be a worshipper but because of the seed of disobedience sown Adam became a worker. Adam had to step out of the place God created for him. When we are disobedient we will end up in a place God did not create for us.

Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam, Cain killed Abel for his sacrifice and not for the recompense of his sins and the land was cursed. Anyone who came into the land did not prosper.

Noah became a man of the soil Genesis 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard

Joshua and the chosen generation went into Canaan to conquer a land of milk and honey. Numbers 13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
Deuteronomy 8:8A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;

As they moved into a different environment, they moved from God an environment where God provided everything for them, He provided manner, cloud of fire, shoes for them to walk in the wilderness into a land where they had to provide for themselves. An entire generation had to pass away before they entered into Canaan. The new Joshua generation entered into a land where they had to work for what they wanted.

Agriculture became the base of the commonwealth of Israel, anywhere they applied water it was rich. As farmers they knew how to read the seasons, in the early part of the year if they did not see rain this was an indication there would be a famine. They would expect rain between November and December but not after March (the early rain), latter rain from September to November…..

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month

James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.,

Amos 4:7&8 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

It is important when you sow to understand the times and seasons….. do not sow out of season. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven Ecclesiastes 3:1

It is also important that you understand there are different types of soil which you can sow into and those which you cannot sow into. We need to know when and where to sow.

5 areas in our life we sow into:-
1) Financial
2) Spiritual life and in our walk with God. A prayer-less Christian is a careless Christian. Praying, witnessing and reading the word is a part of sowing.
3) Emotionally – that which you sow emotionally is what you will reap emotionally
4) Educationally
5) Genealogically – sow into our children and into our children’s children

The procedure for sowing is a particular process Isaiah 28:23-29 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place? 26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

As you sow there are a number of things which the sower must do, sowing is hard work.

– The sower must be patient – we cannot sow today and expect results tomorrow, the preparation process is a lengthy one. Before Elijah became a prophet he was a farmer, he understood the process of sowing and reaping, breaking up fallow ground. While Elisha was ploughing the land the prophet passes by and throws his mantle saying this is the anointing I have and can transfer to you. Sometimes when we sow that is when the anointing comes upon us but in order to reap bountifully we must sow bountifully…….Your purpose and place in the kingdom depends on your sowing.

1 Kings 19:19-21 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. 20And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee? 21And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
– The conviction that goes with sowing. The farmer uses a goad like instrument to stick the oxen to stay in line, sowing brings with it the rod of conviction to get us on the right track..it is conviction that brings us to our salvation. Judges 3:31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.. Saul on his way to Damascus was thrown off his horse and made blind, a voice from Heaven would speak to him –And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks Acts 9:5 – speaks about the conviction Saul felt. Some of us do not sow for when we do God will convict us of that which we have done.

– Breaking up of the fallow ground, clearing it up in time. Jeremiah 4:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Confession brings restoration. God says break up the fallow ground and allow the Holy Spirit to rain down to bring restoration and bring you back to God. The children of Israel went abhorring against God and were seeking after other Gods’ their hearts became stony and nothing they sowed was productive, it would take the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit to bring restoration

– The soil in which the seed is sown. Seed which is sown in with the stubble of the preceding crop would cause the land to become moist and richer. There is some stuff which has to be left in the soil for the next crop to be richer and bigger. The soil in which you are sowing is important, it is said leaving things in the soil is commendable action which brings satisfying results.

– Identifying things in the soil which will hamper growth. It was bad husbandry to sow amongst thorns and thistles which choke the seed. Proverbs 24: 30-31 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

King Solomon saw land which had value but was seemingly of no value and he considered the sower to be educated on sowing the land. When we sow it is important to evaluate a good asset, prayer is an asset which sometimes go to waste in the life of the believer.

A wise man will learn from a fool but a fool will never imitate the actions of a wise man. Lack of diligence robs us of our sowing for we do not see the areas which we sow into.

Sowing – there are some things when you sow you have to dig deep, you may not want to dig and labour but sowing requires sacrifice and hard work to bring forth the crop we desire.

We need to sow according to the Word of God, your call, conviction, confession brings restoration.

They who sow to the wind will reap the whirlwind
They who sow to the flesh will reap carnality
They who sow to the Lord will reap joy, peace and eternal life.

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