Daily Readings and Thought for October 4th. “WHATEVER ONE SOWS, THAT WILL HE ALSO REAP”
Our first reading (1 Chron. Ch 18 & 19) details David’s extensive conquests – even to the river Euphrates (18 v.3) and one wonders how far the nation will extend to in the kingdom age, the time when, as Isaiah was caused to prophesy, “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom” (35 v.1) This area is largely desert today.
Our ch. 30 in Ezekiel details the actions of God toward Egypt, a land which archaeology plainly shows had been great in ancient times with an extensive civilisation. Through Ezekiel God declares, “her proud might shall come to an end … I will execute judgments on Egypt. Then they will know that I am the LORD.” [v.18,19] At least some of the generations back then, learnt that God meant what he said, just as this generation is going to! How dramatically that will be demonstrated when Jesus returns and “before him will be gathered all the nations” [Matt.25 v.32]
There are many lessons for us in the final 2chapters we read in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Paul warns them, “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” [5 v.7] Our world is full of distractions that threaten to ‘hinder’ us – let us make sure we keep “running well” and ‘obey’ – not just ‘know’ the truth.
Many of the Jewish converts had the ‘eyes of their minds’ fixed on keeping the old law and threatened to be a distraction. Paul declared, “the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” [5 v.14].
This is obviously – genuine love from the heart – how wonderful the spirit that prevailed in the first generation of believers; may we all try harder to emulate this.
In his final chapter Paul tells them that “whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” [v.7]. This is another way of indicating there are just 2 ways – the broad and the narrow! The next verse sees Paul declaring, “the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Let us make sure our minds are controlled by spiritual ways of thinking. How close are we now to God’s harvest time, when we will reap what we have sown – and the kingdom will be established!