Sowing and Reaping

Friday, June 21, 2024

Though many people never consider or discern the results of their actions, it’s a biblical law and truth that what one sows he will also reap. That law will not be denied, it’s God’s law and his Spirit spoke its truth. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). Immediately, then, the Spirit explained this saying, “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” (Gal. 6:8). This law applies not only to people, but also to nations.

It’s important to recognize that this law did not originate with the New Testament, but was active during the Old Testament as well, because it was first established there. This is true because God doesn’t change, Mal. 3:6 and Heb. 13:8. What was before will be again for “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new’? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after” (Eccl. 1:9–11). [My bold emphasis]

Consider that “There is no remembrance of former things”, and then think of the many in the Western evangelical church and how that most (and I mean most) have no idea or remembrance of those things God did in the Old Testament, and cannot discern that God’s law of sowing and reaping is yet active, but could be delayed because Goddesires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Tim. 2:4–6). In this we see that God patiently waits before sending His judgments on unbelievers, and even disobedient people who claim faith in Jesus Christ. Today, under the New Testament the wrath of God is restrained by Christ, but the day is coming when all will again see the judgment wrath of God just as it once was revealed in the Old Testament. The problem today is that most pastors and Bible teachers have shirked their responsibility of instructing believers that God does not change, and that what He did before He will indeed do again and that God can’t be mocked.

Let’s consider a few examples from the Old Testament in light of the fact that God said “There is no remembrance of former things”. We see clearly what God thinks of rebellion against His word by His wrath upon 10 of the 12 men sent to spy out Canaan, their Land of Promise. Those 10 rebellious men led nearly the entire house of Israel to revolt against Moses and by extension, God. Therefore,the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land, those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD” (Num. 14:36–37). And lest you forget, these men who “died by the plague before the LORD” were part of Israel, equal to ministers and leaders of God’s church today! Today, we don’t see such judgment, for “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Yet, today, in the organized evangelical church, there are numerous examples of overt rebellion against the “it is written” testimony of God which fulfills the prophetic promise that “nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after”. That speaks to today’s church, for most of the church today does not remember the “former thingsand God’s judgment brought upon His disobedient and rebellious people.

Consider from God’s Law the promised blessings and curses of Deut. 28. Many believers are quick to quote the blessings, but ignore the curses though both are still active. Why? Because they’ve been preached a convoluted view of the God who does not change. Discern the blessings for obedience, Deut. 28:1–14, and curses for disobedience, Deut. 28:15–68. The blessings are 14 verses in length, but the curses are 53 verses in length! So, why is it that many readily quote the blessings but ignore the curses? It’s because pastors and Bible teachers have softened the God of the Bible to create a narrative that fits people’s desires of the God they want. The same occurred in ancient Israel. In obedience, let’s allow God’s word to bear good fruit in our life that we might trulyTrust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones” (Prov. 3:5–8). It’s a very good thing to be in agreement with the “it is written” testimony of God in Christ, and a very bad thing to be in rebellion and unbelief of the same. Let’s be a true people of God who remember those “former things”, that God does not change and live accordingly.

As mentioned above, the law of sowing and reaping applies equally to nations of the world. Specifically, the nation of Israel, the Land of Israel, is clearly in focus when considering the judgments or blessings of God upon other nations as related to their conduct toward Israel. Before the twelve patriarchs of Israel were even born God said to Abraham, the father of our faith,Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:1–3). All families of the earth are blessed because salvation faith in Christ has been made available to them all, Gal. 3:29.

Islamic nations curse Israel. In this they reap what they sow; they literally produce the most horrible human rights abuses against even their own people living under the curse of Islam. In the 20th Century wars, Israel, being outnumbered in manpower and equipment of war soundly defeated Islamists who came against her. And so it will be until the end of this age. Be warned that the Obama/Biden regimes have turned against Israel. Antisemitism is given promotion to foment rage, violence and destruction. God will severely punish every nation that harms Israel.

God said, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” (Zech. 12:2–3). God’s judgment of any nation, America included, that harms Israel is not sleeping. But will it be by nuclear war? If so, know that our God knows how to shelter and deliver His elect saints through His judgments.

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Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written TheFridayLetter.com for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the end-times. This on-line and in-person ministry to which God called me helps many people to know the truths of Christ rather than traditions of men which make "the word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:13).

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  1. Hello Marlin, I hope you are well. I was wondering if you have considered publishing your posts on the Substack app? You would be able to reach even more people.

    The other thing is that the organised Churches are very big on operating with the law designated by government. A big example being locked out for non-vaccination for the covid con, etc. (In Australia we were, presumably over there as well).

    It does say in places in the Bible about following authority. This is really hard since what the governments are now decreeing are totally wrong (probably always were!).

    How do you follow the Bible’s teachings, knowing that pure evil has overtaken our governments and that things are only going to get worse? I am trying to follow God’s will rather than my own, but we are surrounded and I believe that the gift of discernment is what is enabling me to see some of the truth. I am sure that I still have many things wrong – it seems that there are so many articles in the alternative media that also are questionable.

    Proverbs 3,5-6
    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

    This is hard to do!

    1. Hi Michelle, it’s nice to hear from you again and I pray all is well with you and yours. I have not considered posting my Letter on the Substack app as I’m unfamiliar with that platform, but I might look into it. Thank you also for your discerning comment “that the organised Churches are very big on operating with the law designated by government. A big example being locked out for non-vaccination for the covid con, etc.” This condition of churches blindly following government mandates and orders will only grow much worse in these end-times. Many church leaders point to Rom. 13:1-7 as proof that we must obey government, not discerning that God’s instruction there is conditional. We as true believers must discern the truth as you have, saying, “It does say in places in the Bible about following authority. This is really hard since what the governments are now decreeing are totally wrong (probably always were!).”

      I would refer you back to my May 31, 2024 Letter entitled “Many Conflicted Believers” on this very topic, and there you will see how that Rom. 13:1-7 is conditional and is not an exclusive stand alone passage. It must be taken in proper context. In this regard God’s Spirit said “We ought to [“must” NIV] obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). As true believers we must discern the truth that governments of this world do not govern being considerate of God’s word. God tells us exactly what the governing authorities of this world think of His word, saying, “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings [includes presidents] of the earth set themselves, and the rulers [our lawgivers] take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us” (Psa. 2:1-3). That’s who government authorities are, accounting God’s word as something to be broken and thrown away, and we must be discerning of those politically evil powers.

      You also mention a very real truth that “it seems that there are so many articles in the alternative media that also are questionable.” Again, be very careful and discerning about who and what you read, bringing it subject to the “it is written” text of God’s word which is our only and best defense. I agree with you that Prov. 3:5-6 can be hard to do, but we know that with God all things are possible, Mark 10:27. Remain strong in the Lord and His mighty power!

      Marlin J. Yoder
      thefridayletter.com

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