Teacher’s Choice – Reaping Where I Have Not Sown

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Reaping Where I Have Not Sown

Mat 25:14  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:19  After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Mat 25:20  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Mat 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:22  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Mat 25:23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:24  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Mat 25:25  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
Mat 25:26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Mat 25:27  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Mat 25:28  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Mat 25:29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Mat 25:30  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

1st) “For the kingdom of heaven is as…” This parable begins by telling us that this parable is about the kingdom of God. So, where is the kingdom of God?

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

When we read this parable, we must see that this parable is explaining something to us inwardly. What is being explained to us about the kingdom of God and about these talents? What is it Christ is telling His people about these talents that have been given to them? What are these “GOODS” that “HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND WILL BE”  delivered to us (in AORIST tense)? When we know this, we will know more about the kingdom of God operating in us.

2nd) “Who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods…And unto one he gave“. Those who are called, are called in the “aorist” tense; the goods which are delivered to them are delivered in the “aorist” tense, and when it says, “He gave”, it is also in the aorist tense.

G5777-“The aorist tense is characterized by its emphasis on punctiliar action; that is, the concept of the verb is considered without regard for past, present, or future time”

The aorist is seen as, “it just is, was and will be” as written in scripture and applies to us who have the kingdom of God in us. The English seems to imply past tense because it says “He gave”, but it should be seen as “He has, is and will be giving”. The calling and the giving of His “goods” are from before the world began, (Eph 2:10), are now being seen, Eph 2:1),and will be given, (Php 1:6) because He has desired to give (Eph 1:5) as it has pleased Him.

Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

3rd) “To every man according to his several ability“. The word “several” is G2398 and means, pertaining to self, that is, one’s own; by implication private or separate: – X his acquaintance, when they were alone, apart, aside, due, his (own, proper, several), home, (her, our, thine, your) own (business), private (-ly), proper, severally, their (own).

The word “ability” means, G1411- “dunamis“, From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work”.

This word “dunamis” is pronounced “dynamis” and is the origin of our English word “dynamite” coined (1866 or 1867) by Alfred Bernhard Nobel from Classical Greek dynamis: see dynamic” https://www.yourdictionary.com/dynamite

Each elect is being created from before the world began, was created in the heart and mind of God in Christ, and will be created with the “goods” of Christ that have been uniquely designed for them. Their creation and creating process is done through what God has predestined they walk (Eph 2:10). It is inherent in them because Christ is in them. It is not something that has come from them independently and separately from The Creator. They were not, WERE NOT, given “several ability” and then created into the world to see what they would do with the ability. This is the false doctrine of free will. All religions of the world see God from the past tense. They see God as having begun a work by giving (past tense, one time action) each individual “several abilities” unique to them, and then waiting to see what they will do with those “goods” or “talents”. It is not “by chance” that mankind has taken this word “talents” and made it into applying to our unique, individual abilities or our “talent”. If someone can sing, we say, “They have talent.”

This is a misuse of the word because it implies that the person themselves have a “talent” a “good” that is separate from all others which that person has created by their own works. They may say it is a talent “given” by God, but that implies a one-time act from the past and will never leave. Whereas, the kingdom of God and the “goods” or “talents” given to the elect (in aorist tense), or rather are to be seen by the elect, are everything we do – good or evil. Another false doctrine slipped in to blind the masses is that these talents or goods apply only to good deeds. This is incorrect, because the talent or good is our life, not an act or acts of our life.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The words “who are the called” is in “present tense” because those who are the called know that all their life has to offer was, is, and will be according to Christ’s purpose – “ALL THINGS” – good and evil. This truth is the Light (Joh 1:1-4, Gen 1:1-5, 31) and the “goods” or “talent” given to the elect, who are the temple of God. This is brought out in the story of Samson when he was wanting to marry a Philistine woman.

Jdg 14:1  And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
Jdg 14:2  And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
Jdg 14:3  Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
Jdg 14:4  But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

It was “OF THE LORD”, that Samson should marry a Philistine and mix with a nation Israel was strictly commanded not to do.

Deu 7:1  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
Deu 7:2  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: 
Deu 7:3  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 
Deu 7:4  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
Deu 7:5  But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

So, why was Samson moved to marry the Philistine women and be attracted to them? Because “it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines” to destroy them.

Jdg 16:29  And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.
Jdg 16:30  And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

All that his parents saw as evil was meant for good. The lying spirit in the flesh, who seeks to justify the flesh, instantly says what Apostle Paul knew it would say.

Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

And…

Rom 9:19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

However, we will not give place to the devil and try and justify God because anyone who is born from above knows that is not what the scriptures are telling us. The purpose for this study is for us to see that God reaps “where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed“. This is a stumbling block and a rock of offense to the world because the world cannot and will not let go of its fabled free will. The flesh of all mankind wants to reap its own labors and harvest its own straw. These verses seem to say, to the natural eye, that God does not sow in some places, and He does not straw in some places. How can that be when we just read that Samson’s actions were for the purpose to seek an occasion to destroy the Philistines? This is how it is done. God has created evil spirits and Satan to do and to move the flesh of man to bring about the plan of God, for the good. We will explain this below.

1Ki 22:20  And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
1Ki 22:21  And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
1Ki 22:22  And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
1Ki 22:23  Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

Who gave the lying spirit the permission? God. Who did the action of lying? The evil lying spirit.

1Sa 16:14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Where did the evil spirit come from? It came from the LORD.

Job 1:11  But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Notice in verse 12 it says “all that he hath (Job) is in thy power” and then see what it says in this next verse.

Job 2:3  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

God used Satan to move against Job. Again in 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 it shows how God uses Satan to do what He has planned.

2Sa 24:1  And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

1Ch 21:1  And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

These are all examples of God reaping where He had not sown. Take these examples and apply them in our lives inwardly and in every moment of our lives in the aorist tense. We all have a desire to serve God and to serve Him in a Godly manner. We all have the desire to do what we know is good and decent. We all know that we have done things we don’t want to do though.

Were these acts by me, from me and consisted by me? If I think they did, then I am God, and the man of sin is controlling me still. However, if we see that “all things work together for the good, to them that are the called” then we are the called according to His purpose. If we know the things that have been done in our lives come from the purpose of God, then we give Him HIS TALENT WITH USURY. We give Him the glory for using Satan, an evil spirit, whatever to bring us to where we were were yesterday, today and tomorrow. We are all three servants in our time, the one with five talents, two talents, and the one talent. We are blind to these truths in areas of our life until we aren’t. The servant with the one talent said he knew his Master was a hard man and that He reaped where He had not sown and gathered where He had not strawed. So, he said he “hid thy talent in the earth“. We all know where the earth is.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

He hid his sin, because, although he knew it was from God, he did not give credit to God, which is the usury which his Master required. Near the beginning of this study we quoted Colossians 1:16, 17 – “all things created by Him, He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” This truth is applied to ALL THINGS including sin. You may ask, “What about James 1:13?”

Jas 1:13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (KJV)

Let’s read the Young’s literal version.

Jas 1:13  Let no one say, being tempted —’From God I am tempted,’ for God is not tempted of evil, and Himself doth tempt no one, (YLV)

God does not specifically tempt us, but we are tempted by evil spirits and are drawn away and enticed by the evil within us, when we believe we are rich in knowledge and wisdom.

Jas 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

We are created with a lust in us to be God. The sin in us, from our father the devil, cannot and will not give credit to God for all things, especially sin, our most prized possession. We hold onto sin as though we are its creator, and we hide it in “our earth” as though it is gold to us. This chapter in James starts out saying:

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations

What is the temptation we are being tempted with?

Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [knowing H3045 – “to know, learn to know,to perceive and see, find out and discern,to recognise, admit, acknowledge, confess, and it is in the Qal stem, which means it just is. By eating of the fruit you will inherently think you have the knowledge to know good and evil, separate from the Creator – A false doctrine]
Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

1Ti 2:14  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Her eyes lit up with the lusts to be a god, independent and separate from the only God. In James it says that when we are tried, we are being tried to learn endurance, patience, wisdom and faith. These things teach us not to be double-minded about Who God is and who we are, or about where all things come from, or about relying on the Creator of “all things” and about not relying on ourselves, the grass of the field. The rich man in these verses is not speaking of literal rich but of our carnal man which exalts the flesh, and the poor are those who do not exalt the flesh.

1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

The rich is our old man and the poor is our new man.

Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

When we are tried by the heat of the Sun of righteousness;

Mal 4:2  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Our flesh is withered away. It cannot stand in comparison to the righteousness of Christ and glorifying Him for ALL THINGS, good and evil. We do not hide our “talent” in our earth.  Now let’s read the verses leading up to James 1:14, having these truths in mind.

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. [a man struggling between who is in control of his life, God or himself]
Jas 1:9  Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: [our new man, who knows he is not in control of anything]
Jas 1:10  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. [our old man]
Jas 1:11  For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Jas 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.[again, our new man loves God by giving God credit for all things]
Jas 1:13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: [God does not tempt us to think we are God, that comes from the lust we are created with to be our own God]
Jas 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Our old man, who thinks he is rich, is drawn away to be a god in and of himself.

Pro 28:11  The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

He loves to say he has stopped himself from sinning, he has gone here and there, stayed a year and made all kinds of money.

Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Did we see that? All such thinking is glorying that you have the power to make such plans, and this is EVIL, sin. To think you have the power to do anything, good or evil, outside the will of God is evil.

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

We know from the scriptures we covered earlier that we are tempted, tried in the fire by evil spirits sent from God. As the elect of God, we are those that are born again from above, are given eyes to see that the desire which leads to the temptation to be a god independent from the God is within us. It comes from the evil heart with which we are created with.

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

We are given the definition of iniquity in Ezekiel 33:13.

Eze 33:13  When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

We are shaped in self-righteousness. Self-righteousness has been labeled only as thinking you are better than others. This is part of it, but self-righteousness is any thinking, at all, where you think you are a god independent from the God. Any thought thinking you can do anything outside the will of God, separate and independent of the only God, whether it be sin or a good act, IS SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is the thought that is being described in James chapter 1 and leads to the rest of the book of James. This is why when we try to hide our sin, we are not giving the usury to God that we are required to give Him as glory for what He has used to drag us to the knowledge of the truth in that area of our life. As I stated earlier, we are all three servants mentioned in this parable, the one with five talents, two talents and one talent in different times and areas of our life. We are the one with one talent in one area of our life, and we are the servant with five talents in other areas of our life. This is a parable about the kingdom of God growing and filling our lives.

Dan 4:10  Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.
Dan 4:11  The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
Dan 4:12  The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

Dan 4:20  The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;
Dan 4:21  Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:
Dan 4:22  It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.
Dan 4:26  And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. 

We must go through the temptations, the trials, to be cut down from who we thought we were so that we can come to know that God is the only One Who is God.

Dan 4:17  This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest [H8215]  of men.

This is the intent of the book of James that the elect, THE LIVING, may know that the Most High rules their kingdom and gives it to whomsoever He wills and sets up over it the basest of men in the positive, our new man, who is “base…lowly” in heart and mind after our old man has been cut down.

H8215
שְׁפַל
shephal
shef-al’
(Chaldee); from H8214; low: – basest.
Total KJV occurrences: 1

H8214
שְׁפַל
shephal
shef-al’
(Chaldee); corresponding to H8213: – abase, humble, put down, subdue.
Total KJV occurrences: 4

God reaps where He has not sown in that He reaps the benefit of our carnal mind when it is crushed to powder and recreated into a new man that brings forth fruit to God. Like the Canaanites who planted the land of Canaan and built houses, fields, cities and nations which the nation of Israel then took over and reaped the benefits. They did not plant or build, yet they reaped the benefits of them after the Canaanites were crushed.

Deu 6:10  And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, 
Deu 6:11  And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full

Jos 24:13  And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

This is wisdom that we have been given in seeing and understanding God. This is why God describes the coming of the kingdom of God within us as a thief, because if we had known He would come and take all that we are, or thought we were, we would have guarded against it.

Mat 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mat 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 

Rev 3:3  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

It is too late now. The LORD has come and all that I ever thought was mine, is, was and will be His and His alone. I cannot bury my “LIFE”, my “talent”, a year’s wages, my life’s wages in the ground anymore. It all belongs to Him ,and I am joyful to see what I see and hear what I hear. To God be all glory for all things that have ever been, are being, or will be in my life.

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