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Job 4:8 (a) We shall receive back evil for evil, and trouble for trouble. This is a comparison of spiritual truths with that which is seen on the farm by the farmer. He receives back in the crop whatever he sowed as the seed.

Psalm 126:5 (a) Here we are told of the success that one will have in soul winning if the worker cares enough to weep. This refers not only to ministry among the unsaved, but also to ministry among the believers.

Proverbs 22:8 (a) Evil works are not permanently fruitful. We must not cease laboring because of the fear of difficulties.

Hosea 8:7 (a) This figure is used to inform us that a little bit of sin may produce a tremendous lot of evil and harm.

Hosea 10:12 (a) In contrast with Hosea 8:7, the Lord is telling us that a little investment in goodness will produce great and numerous blessings.

Matthew 25:26 (a) The Lord seems to be using this expression in derision and scam. It is not true that men reap where they have not sowed, except it be that one soweth and another reapeth. It is certainly true that in the case of each convert, at least in civilized countries, someone has preceded the soul winner with messages and godly influences. In this way the one who gathers in the last soul is reaping that which another prepared.

John 4:38 (a) GOD had worked in the hearts of the people before the messenger arrived with the closing word. GOD had been dealing with Israel through the years preparing their hearts for the Messiah. Now the disciples were to go and put on, as we say, "the finishing touches." The prophets had been telling that the Messiah would come, and that they should believe on Him when He arrives. Now the disciples were to go forth pointing to Him and saying, the hour has come, the Messiah has arrived, and you must believe on Him.

1 Corinthians 9:11 (a) The lesson we learn here is that those who preach and teach the Word should be well paid for their services. The ox that works for the farmer should be well fed by the farmer. So the servant of GOD should have his needs well met by those whom he well serves.

2 Corinthians 9:6 (a) This statement of fact is a comparison between our ministry to one another with the seed-sowing of the farmer. If we say very little about the Saviour, we shall expect little results. If we say much about Him, we may expect large results. If we spend only a few moments either with Him, or for Him, we may expect that the results may not be very great. The farmer who skimps on the seed may expect a skimpy harvest.

Galatians 6:7 (a) Again our Lord uses the seed-sowing of the farmer, and the resultant harvest as a picture of that which happens in our human lives. The man who gives his life over to whiskey, tobacco, long night hours, careless exposure to the elements, may expect that his body will suffer from it, and his soul will not prosper.

Galatians 6:8 (a) Those who sow to the flesh make provision for the flesh to obtain what it wants. If he is a drinking man he will lay in a stock of liquor so that he may have it easily when he wants it. If he is addicted to tobacco, he will lay in a stock of tobacco, so it will be easy to get when he wants it. This is in contrast to those who sow to the Spirit. These carry a Bible with them so that it will be easy to read the passage suggested by the Spirit. They will have some kind of arrangement whereby they can get alone to pray when the Spirit offers that suggestion. They will make companions of GOD's people, so that the Spirit can easily engage them in heavenly conversations.

Revelation 14:15 (a) Probably this refers to the time appointed for the death of people. It is compared to the ripened harvest which is ready to be gathered in. With some people this occurs very early in life. With others, it occurs late in life. Only the Lord of Heaven knows when the time has arrived. This is a national harvest.

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Bibliography Information
Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Reap'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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