Summary: A look at the law of the harvest or as it is sometimes called the law of sowing and reaping.
20, February 2005
Dakota Community Church
The Law of the Harvest
Principle: A fundamental truth, law, doctrine, or motivating force, upon which others are based. A principle is a rule of right conduct or the law of nature by which a thing operates.
- God has established certain truths that the world operates on.
- They are always true and they work for anyone who will apply them.
- The more of them you know and obey the better your life will go.
- They should be diligently taught to our son’s and daughters.
- They are the keys to the abundant life.
One of these laws is the law of the harvest or as it is sometimes called the law of sowing and reaping.
Genesis 1: 11-12
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
The thing has right in it the capability to reproduce itself. (Anger)
Genesis 8: 22
"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."
So this is a dependable truth that is not going to change until the earth passes away.
Mark 4: 26-28
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
So the whole Kingdom of God operates on this principle.
- A man scatters seed.
- A harvest follows.
- It doesn’t matter whether he understands the process.
Galatians 6: 7-9
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Three truths concerning the law of the harvest:
1. You cannot pull a con job on God.
He knows what you are really sowing.
You will not reap according to your image or your reputation; you will reap according to the reality of your sowing.
You are not getting away with anything!
Jeremiah 12: 13
They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. So bear the shame of your harvest because of the Lord’s fierce anger."
"Most of us spend the first six days of the week sowing wild oats, and then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure." -- Fred Allen
Consider the example of Jacob:
Genesis 27: 32-35
His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him-and indeed he will be blessed!"
When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me-me too, my father!"