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YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

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Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Psalms 18 :25-26 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,to the blameless you show yourself blameless,to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

Lets look at these people:

1.Jacob:

With the help of his mummy Rebecca(even though divine providence had determined that the elder will serve the younger),cheated out his elder brother Esau his blessings(Gen 27:5-13),By doing this Jacob not only deceived his aged father but also he sowed deception in his life which he would severally reap in the course of his life;After this incident Esau got so angry with Jacob such that he decided to avenge himself by killing Jacob,when Rebecca learnt of this she got afraid of losing her both sons on the same day hence she advised Jacob to escape and go to her brother Laban,who lived in Harran,to stay there until his elder brother’s anger subsided,at which time she would ask him back to their fatherland(Gen 27:41-45),Jacob obeyed his mother and escaped to Harran,to his uncle Laban,after staying there for one month ,Laban asked Jacob to name his wages for the labour he was providing because being his relative didn’t mean he toils for nothing(Gen 29:15),Both agreed on what would be Jacob’s wage for the work done,among the would be wages Jacob named Rachel to be married off to him as his wage for the first seven years of labour,It is worthy noting that despite Jacob having amicably agreed about the wages with his uncle,Laban would shortchange Jacob ten times as later we would read Jacob lamenting(Gen 31:7,14)(Jacob had sown seeds of deception in his life which now were slowly bearing fruits),the seven years lapsed easily because Jacob greatly loved Rachel,and now it was time for Rachel to marry Jacob,this is the day Jacob waited for,i can anticipate joy and desire he had for this day(Gen 29:21) but look at what happens:
” So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant. When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me? (Gen 29:22-25)” You can imagine the disappointment of having toiled for seven full years for the love of your life only to be cheated at the night of consummation and instead be given her sister whom you never had even a slightest iota of attraction to,and to make matters worse when Jacob confronted his uncle over this ,Laban remorselessly told Jacob that it was the custom of that land that the younger daughter could not be married off before the elder one is married, then it begs a question ,why didn’t he tell Jacob at the onset?? The answer lies in ;Jacob was reaping the seeds of deception sown by his very own hand with counsel of his mother, that was Jacob’s first deception,later it was agreed that Rachel would be given to Jacob in return for another seven years of work.God was very gracious to Jacob,He blessed him with twelve sons and one daughter called Dinah.She was beautiful.When Jacob arrived in Shechem in Canaan ,he camped within the sight of the city, When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw Dinah, he took her and raped her.  His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.” (Gen 34:2-4).When this incident happened Jacob’s sons were out in the fields with the livestock,hence Jacob didn’t confront Shechem but waited for his sons to come back.On coming back they were very shocked and furious about the heinous act done to their sister.In the course of looking for how this issue would be settled Shechem alongside his father Hamor,asked the Jacobs to name their bride price and gift ,and even make it very great they would honour it, as Shechem greatly desired Dinah to be his wife,Jacob’s sons (in presence of their father Jacob) deceitfully asked the Shechemites to circumcise all their males so that they could agree to marry off their sister to them.This seemed a bargain to Shechem and his father whom went around and convinced all the other men in the city to undergo the cut.All men of the city were circumcised,three days after the cut Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male and looting the city.Jacob on hearing this lamented to his sons(Gen 34:30) for having successfully deceived every one and carried out a revenge for their sister,almost forgetting him being the master of deceit his sons had inherited the trait from him.Despite Jacob having purchased the plot where they had settled(Gen 33:19) we read that God instructed Jacob to leave Shechem and go to Bethel and terrified the surrounding towns so that they could not pursue him in interest of revenging what his sons had done in Shechem.(Gen 35:1,5),this was Jacob’s second round of deception.Among Jacob’s sons was Joseph,He was born when Jacob was an old man hence he greatly loved Joseph he made an ornate robe for him ,Joseph was of good character and used to tell his father about the bad behaviour of his other sons,for which they greatly resented him.On top of this Joseph had dreams which irked his brothers more.One day his father sent him to his brothers who were with the livestock near Shechem.On coming to Shechem he was told that they went to Dothan,and he headed there.When they saw him in a distance they thought of killing him,throwing his body in a cistern and lying that he was devoured by a ferocious animal and see what comes of his dreams (Gen 37:19) but Reuben suggested they don’t kill him but only throw him in the cistern,this was an attempt of rescuing him so that later he could pick him and bring him to their father Jacob.So when Joseph came to them they stripped him off his ornate robe and threw him in the empty cistern.But as they sat to eat their meal ,they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites heading to Egypt,Judah suggested they sell Joseph to them because by killing their brother Joseph they would gain nothing.It seemed a good idea and they pulled Joseph from the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels to Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt,then they slaughtered a goat and dipped his ornate robe in its blood and took it to their father Jacob purporting that Joseph was mauled by some animal.(Gen 37:31-33).This greatly grieved Jacob,he wore a sackcloth and decided to mourn for Joseph for the rest of his life until when he would join him in the grave,What a pitiable situation for the old man.Efforts to comfort him were futile,this must have went on(i perceive this to have been the most excruciating deception to the aged man Jacob(Gen 42:36,38 ,Gen 43:14) until when he discovered that Joseph was alive(Gen 45:25-28)(Gen 46:30) and the whole thing was a lie.

2.Agag:

“Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites.” Agag came to him in chains. And he thought, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel put Agag to death before the LORD at Gilgal 1 Samuel 15:32-33” This incident is after King Saul had led the Israelites in defeating the Amalekites but spared their King Agag,alongside the choice cattle,this was a disobedience to the express instructions given by God to totally destroy the Amalekites(Deut 25:17-19,1 Sam 15:3).From the words used by Samuel to condemn Agag to death it becomes clear King Agag had spilled a lot of blood,killed many people hence rendering their mothers childless and consequently he is made to drink from the same cup,In the entire Bible this is the only recorded execution carried out by God’s own messenger showing severity of the judgement.

3.Haman:

Haman in pursuit of his great hatred for Mordecai and Jews who were in exile had gallows prepared where Mordecai would be impaled (Esther 5:14) But when his devious plan to destroy the Jews was made known to King Xerxes by Esther(Esther 7:3-6) the king became so angry, he ordered for Haman to be hanged on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. “And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified “(Esther 7:9-10)

If Jacob who was walking with God,speaking with God,defended and blessed by God, reaped the fruits of deception he sown,what about you and me.Do you think there could be any exemption? Sins are forgiven,consequences linger.

SO NEXT TIME THINK IT THROUGH!

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