As long as the earth remains
In certain Christian denominations, it is taught that seedtime and harvest mean you sow money into spiritual leaders and or their ministry and at a set time you reap financial rewards. Many believers in Christ have done just that but passed away with no more than their paycheck or retirement. Others have walked away from the church and some have turned their back on their faith when the fault lies with wrong teaching. In Genesis chapter 8: 21 and 22 we read:
21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
These are the verses that are taught as a promise of riches but this is incorrect.. Again I allude to Gilbert Tripp the founder of Tripp Bible Institute who said we should always read what comes before and after specific scripture in order to have proper understanding of the context.
A world in utter chaos
Genesis chapter 8 takes place after the flood when the entire earth was destroyed. Noah and those who were on the Ark with him are seeing the world for the first time after the 40 days and nights of rain. It must have been a distressing sight and they were probably wondering how they would obtain food. The Lord gave them some encouragement by saying that seedtime and harvest would remain.. Please read the entire chapter in the King James and then other translations so you will understand what is going on. God had given the sign of the rainbow as His pledge that He would never again destroy the world by a flood. He then gives the promise that He will not curse the ground again and the seasons of summer, winter, spring, and fall would continue for as long as the earth remains. Seedtime and harvest in this context refer to planting crops in the ground that would grow in due season and produce food for Noah and his family. This has nothing at all to do with giving money to a spiritual leader and expecting God to multiply it and give you a due season of prosperity. It is about the Lord promising Noah and his family that they once again would be able to eat from the land and that it would continue until the end of time.
Prosperity pimps have lied to the body of Christ but it is not all their fault. 2 Timothy 2:15 says Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. This is not about obtaining higher education because what you are taught might not be biblically accurate. One school may teach speaking in tongues while another may teach that tongues have passed away and both cannot be right. Paul was telling Timothy to study the Bible for himself and obtain the proper understanding from the Holy Spirit so that he could teach others and not give them false doctrine. Many preachers teach Seed----Time---and a harvest of finances that people are not seeing and wondering why. When you understand that Genesis chapter 8 is all about the people who were on the Ark and what they could expect then you will not fall for the misleading doctrine that separates you from your money and makes greedy preachers rich. Imagine the shock of Noah and his 7 family members as they exited the Ark to find the world they once knew was gone. They had no idea how they were going to make it but the Lord gave them assurance that they would.
Anyone who has ever planted a garden knows that there is a specific time of year when you plant seeds for specific vegetables. When you adhere to the proper schedule then you reap a harvest in the due season. I recall people plowing their gardens in early spring and the food growing in later spring and summer. This was done every year like clockwork and is what farmers still do today. There are many misinformed believers who think that God has blessed them because they planted financial seeds and are now living well. If they examined themselves closely they would find that their life choices were the cause of their so-called harvest. If you work for certain companies for a specific number of years you will obtain retirement income from the company as well as your social security whether you believe in God or not. This is built into the system and is not a supernatural blessing from the Lord. If you bounced from job to job you will not have this second income at retirement even if you have served the Lord well and given to the church or your spiritual leader. Sadly there are those who made wise business decisions who are bragging that seedtime and harvest worked and God blessed them. This causes believers who are struggling financially to wonder what they did wrong and why they gave and gave and have not seen a return?
Manna from on high
To make this easier to understand consider that when the Israelites were in Egypt they had to till the land in order to have food to eat, just like everyone else. When they were in the wilderness the Lord sent manna and quails supernaturally from heaven. Over time, a good-paying job, and retirement benefits are not supernatural in nature while we thank Him for everything. If seedtime and harvest really worked the way it is being taught then the preachers would not have to ask the members for anything because it would be like manna from heaven; automatic and systematic but it is not. Preachers have jumped on the seedtime and harvest bandwagon because it seems to work for their colleagues rather than research scripture for themselves. They then teach this misinformation to the sheep who share it with others. The Lord said in verse 21 that He would not again curse the ground from which the harvest comes. Thsi has nothing to do with money. This should be self-explanatory but wrong teaching has blinded the eyes of the sheep. Now that you know the truth please enlighten someone else.
A final note
There are people who say that they believe that a financial blessing they received is connected to giving to another individual and I do not dispute anyone's testimony. The fact still remains that the context of the scripture is about the actual earth and not money.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Cheryl E Preston