You have sown much, and bring in little; Haggai 1:6 NKJV
The farming phrase of sowing and reaping is used many times throughout the Bible. One reason might be because it is a phrase the people of that day would understand. It was relevant to them. Everyone grew their own food. The concept of working the ground, planting seeds, and waiting for harvest was like a second nature to them.
Here in Haggai 1:6 we see the phrase “sown much.” Typically when sowing seeds the more you sow or plant, the higher the yield of crop that grows. But in this case the Lord points out “you have sown much and bring in very little.”
What could cause this to occur?
Let’s find out by looking at Mark 4 in the parable of the sower. The sower went out to sow. Some seed fell by the wayside and the birds ate it. Some fell on the stony ground that didn’t have much earth. When the sun came up it was scorched because it had no root it withered away. Some seed fell aong thorns which choked it and yielded no crop. But other seed fell among good ground and yielded a crop that increased thirty, sixty, and hundred-fold.
The seed is the Word of God. Satan comes to take away the Word sown in their hearts. The stony ground represents those who hear the Word gladly but only endure a short time when trouble comes they have no root to support them. The ones sown among thorns are the ones burdened with the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and desire for other things choke out the Word of God and become unfruitful. The seed in good soil represent those who hear the Word, accept it and bear fruit.
Based on Mark 4 parable of the sower, what kind of ground do the people in Haggai represent?
The stony ground might be a good fit for them. They were far too busy building their own house than to build the temple of God. They didn’t bear fruit because of the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches and the desire for other things.
The seed is always of the Word of God. The Word will always be there. The soil or ground is the condition of one’s heart to receive the Word. If the soil is not prepared it won’t be ready for the seed. Neglecting the soil can cause loss of fruit, as God may allow circumstances in one’s life to get their attention.
What kind of soil are you?
Lord, thank you for the promise of what we sow we also reap. Thank you it is always the same. Teach us to sow what is helpful, right, and true. Lead us back to you. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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