Seed, bread, harvest

coffee-316578_6402Corinthians 9:10: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Here God is being shown to be the provider. He is the one who provides seeds for those who wants to sow, and after sowing, he makes the harvest possible. Paul wrote that he sows and Apollos waters but God gives the increase (1Corinthians 3:16). The main thing is the increase that God brings.

God is a supplier. James says that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should come to God who gives lavishly (James 1:5). The bible says God gives us everything richly to enjoy (1Timothy 6:17). He gives laughter and he even laughs. The bible while talking about the rebellion of the kings of the earth against Jesus, said the one who sits in heaven will laugh (Psalm 2), mocking the foolishness of the kings of the earth who presume they can resist God.

Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit while praising God for what he revealed to Peter and his cohorts and using them mightily, while hiding himself from the intellectuals (Luke 10:17-24). God is generous in grace, reaching down to the underdogs, and taking them to the highest place of prominence (1Samuel 2:8).

The principle of seed, is the principle of life coming out of death, plenty coming out of loss, resurrection coming after burial. Except a seed falls to ground and dies, there is no multiplication. In the parable of the sower, the sower carried seed precious to him. But with an eye on the harvest, he made the necessary sacrifice and effort to allow the seed to leave his hand for him to experience harvest in his life.

God does not just has seed he also has bread. Jesus took the seed of the few loaves of bread and fishes from a boy, and he multiplied it (John 6:1-12). That was seed and harvest in operation, albeit in a supernatural sense.

When Elisha asked a widow to borrow many vessels and pour the little oil she has into them, that was seed and harvest in operation when the little oil filled many vessels (2Kings 4:2-7). It does not matter how little you have, once the life of God is in operation through it, there is no limit to our experiencing a great harvest. Isaac sowed and had an 100-fold increase because he acted in obedience to God’s word (Genesis 26:1-6, 12), just as that widow acted in obedience to the word of Elisha. And Jesus is the word of God (John 1:1-6), hence why he was able to multiply a boy’s meal to feed thousands. The life is in the word of God, and acting on it beings about supernatural multiplication in harvest.

God sent Elijah to another widow who said she was only preparing the last meal so that afterwards she and her only son will wait for death to come by starvation (1Kings 17:1-16). At that time, famine was ravaging the land because of drought, which had just caused the brook of Cherith which Elijah had depended on to dry up.

So here was this woman who was planning to die, but God having her given a seed in the form of giving a meal which she made for Elijah, got an harvest of supernatural provision for the duration of the famine. Acting on God’s word, which is seed, she experienced supernatural multiplication as her obedience activated the life in the word for that harvest.

Moses also had his seed and harvest moment with God. He encountered God in the wilderness in a tree which was not consumed by the fire burning it (Exodus 4:1-3, 20). God asked him to throw his staff on the ground and it turned into snake, and he was asked to pick it up again, and it was then called the rod of God which was used to do miracles.

He threw down the staff as a seed, but when he picked it up, it became a tool for the supernatural. When you throw down your time and energy at the feet of God, you pick it back up again, and supernatural things happen.

God gives bread, and not just seed. In the Garden of Eden and in the wilderness, Adam and Eve and the children of Israel respectively were given fruits (Genesis 2:6-16) and manna (Exodus 16:35). They did not have to work for it, it was gift.

It is with the same receiving attitude that Jesus said we should pray to God: give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). We are his children, the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 79:13) and as David wrote, the lord is our shepherd. And the sheep totally depend on the shepherd for sustenance in everything (Psalm 23). It expresses absolute trust in him, follow his lead to have its needs met.

David said that since he was young and now old he has never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread (Psalm 27:35). That means we should expect divine supply.

Jesus admonished that we should not worry about what we will eat (Matthew 6:25-30), because the sparrows neither labour nor gather into barns but our heavenly father provide for them, how much more us his children.

When Adam and Eve were made, they had a reservoir of resources all around. Though Adam was meant to tend and keep the Garden of Eden, it was not something hard. The fruits of the garden were meant for his enjoyment.

Similarly, Paul wrote that God is able to make all grace abound towards us, so that in all things and at times, having sufficiency in all things we may abound to every good work (2Corinthians 9:8), and we would be able to minister to others in their needs, having had our own needs met. We are supposed to have sufficiently tapped into the provision of God that we overflow in that into the lives of other people.

We are empowered, knowing that God is the one who sustains us. Paul prayed for the Philippian church that his God will supply all their needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

This is because whatever we enjoy from God as bread is the harvest of the seed Jesus sowed of his life. That was why he was bold to declare that I am the bread which came down from heaven (John 6:41-58). When we eat him, he becomes the seed of life in us, the seed of change, and we experience water in us springing up into eternal life (John 4:14).

When we take him in he becomes seed in us, saving seed. That is why Peter said that we are not saved expect by the incorruptible seed of the word of God which abides forever (1Peter 1:23).

And when the seed of life is in us we get to have an harvest of it in our lives and as we release the seed-word into people’s lives they encounter Christ through us, as the bread of life and the seed is also established in them in a continuous chain bread-seed-harvest.

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