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"He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity..." Proverbs 22:8
The Bible is full of instruction concerning sowing and reaping. Both the wicked and the righteous shall be rewarded in kind for their evil or good deeds (Prov.11:18; 22:8). Not all of the results wait for God's final judgment, and some fruit will mature in this life, as the following illustrations will show.
In the early days of the settlement of America, a Frenchman persuaded some Indians to exchange fur for gun powder, saying they would get a fine crop by sowing it in the ground. The Indians prepared a field, scattered the powder in rows, and set a guard to watch it. Discovering that they had been cheated, they took revenge some time later when the partner of the lying trader visited the same tribe with a large stock of goods for trade. Each brave helped himself to such things as he pleased until all the items were gone. When the Frenchman demanded payment, the chief shrewdly commented that full payment would be made as soon as the harvest of gunpowder would be gathered! Seeing that he had reaped what he and his partner had sown, the man left in a hurry before the angry Indians might take an even heavier punishment.
A Communist agitator, back in the 60's, rode into a city park one day and leaned his bicycle against a tree. Standing on a soapbox he proceeded to speak to the crowd, "If you want something, " he shouted, "raid a shop and take it, and don't care what anybody says. If your wife hasn't got a coat, pick the best fur you see, and ignore the law." After finishing his speech, he was preparing to leave when suddenly he shouted, "Hey, where's the bum that took my bike!"
How true the words of Scripture, "They that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same."
Louis Abel is pastor at Good AShepherd Lutheran Church in Chiefland.