God's Law of Harvest

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God’s Laws of Harvest

TEXT: Galatians 6:7

Introduction: When God created this world and set it in motion, he put in place laws to guide this world and its inhabitants. God put certain laws into place in the physical and moral realm.

God’s laws are fixed, constant.—(Pick up a book and let it go to drop to the floor.) It always happens that way, every time. It is good that we have God’s laws. We can depend upon things being constant. Without these fixed laws everything would be chaos. You could not walk down the street unless the law of gravity was constant.

God’s laws are for our good—His laws are not to disappoint you or to spoil your fun. Many people seem to believe God made laws just to keep them from having fun. They view God as a cosmic kill-joy with a lot of “Thou shalt nots.” However, “Thou shall not steal’ is not only to keep you from taking what you want, but also to protect you to keep what you have.

Let us consider a certain group of God’s laws, that are fixed and for our good. We need to realize and appreciate the certainty of these laws. We all depend upon God’s laws of harvest. Without the farmer, the seed and God’s laws of harvest, we would not have the harvest that keeps food on our tables. But God’s laws of harvest apply to each one of us in a more important way. Each one of us are spiritual farmers whether we want to be or not and we all are subject to God’s laws of harvest.

I.          You Will Reap What You Sow

A.        Physical reaping

1.      The farmer who sows a field is usually the farmer who reaps the same field

2.      But not always. Yet in the spiritual realm every one of us will reap what we have sown.

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap

B.        Spiritual reaping

1.      Harvest day:

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad

2.      You will be there and you will reap on that day.

Romans 2:2-3 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who prac­tice such things. And do you think this, Oman, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God

II.       You Will Reap In A Different Season Emm When You Sow

A.        Physical reaping

1.      When a farmer sows in the Spring, he does not expect to reap his crop until Fall. This is one of God’s laws of harvest.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted

2.      Seeds planted in the warm, rich earth take sun, water and time.        

3.      The farmer knows that when he sows, the day will eventually come in which he will reap his reward.

James. 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain

B.        Spiritual reaping

Galatians 6:7-9 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart

1.      The things you do in this life and this world are the seeds you sow. Your words, your deeds will grow and mature and in time, in due season you will reap.

2.      Sometimes your actions and deeds may bring immediate consequences, but not al­ways! Do not think you have escaped the consequences of your actions if they do not occur immediately.

3.      Someone might say, “I had an uncle who drank and smoked for years and he lived a long life.” One may never reap the consequences of a sinful life here and now, but “in due season” we all shall reap.

III.    You Will Reap The Same Kind As You Sow

A.        Physical reaping

1.      If you sow wheat, you will reap wheat. If you sow tomatoes, you will reap tomatoes. If you sow weeds and thorns, you will reap the same.

Genesis 1:11-12 Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth’; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good”

B.        Spiritual reaping

1.      Jesus asked the obvious question; Matthew 7:16 Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? The answer is “NO.”

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward

Ephesians 6:8... knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free

Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.

2.      Jacob is a prime example of one who reaped the same kind of trouble of deception, jealousy and strife as he sowed. He lied and deceived his father. Later, he reaped the same kind of trouble as he had sown. His sons deceived him leading him to believe Joseph was killed by a wild animal. Jacob grieved for years. He reaped the same kind of trouble as he had sown.

IV.    You Will Reap More Than What You Sow

A.        Physical reaping

1.      Sow one kernel of corn. The result will be one stalk with about 4 cobs and approxi­mately 200 kernels of corn on each cob. You will reap 800 kernels by sowing one small kernel.

2.      This is God’s law of harvest, you will reap much more than what you sow.

B.        Spiritual reaping.

1.      This is good news and bad news.

a)      The bad news is: sow evil and you will reap far more evil than you ever sowed.

b)      The good news is: sow good and you will reap far more good than you ever sowed.

Hosea 8:7 They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up

Isaiah 7:11 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold, therefore you will plant pleasant plants and set out foreign seedlings; in the day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; but the harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow

2.      David sowed the sin of adultery, deception and murder. David reaped far more evil than he sowed. His child died shortly after birth. One of his daughters was raped by one of her step brothers. One son killed another son. His son Absalom led a rebellion that caused David to flee Jerusalem and ended in the death of Absalom.

3.      Some profess not to understand how God will condemn people to Hell who do not understand his law. This is God’s law of harvest.

Rornans 2:4-11 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribula­tion and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.”

V.       You Will Eat The Fruit Of Your Harvest

A.        Physical reaping

1.      The reward of the farmer for his sowing and reaping is to eat of the fruit of his labor.

B.        Spiritual reaping

1.      Likewise, each one of us will eat the fruit of our deeds.

2.      I-low will your life taste to you? Will it be sweet, sour or bitter?

Isaiah 3:10 Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings

Proverbs 1:28-31 Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord, They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. There­fore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies’

Conclusion: There was a young man who had trouble with one of the local farmers in his hometown. To get the farmer, the fellow went out one night to his fields and sowed weeds throughout the farm. The farmer fought the weeds for years, but one day the young man married the farmer’s daughter and inherited her father’s farm. The young man spent the rest of his life fighting the weeds he had sown earlier. If harvest time came today, what would you reap? It is time to sow righteousness by obeying the Lord.

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