Luke 6: 38 and the Parable of the Sower

There seem to be the notion that Luke 6: 38 and the Parable of the sower are related somewhat. They are both used in conjunction with Malachi 3: 10 most Sundays when it gets to offering time.

We Pentecostals do seem to have a problem with context in scripture and just simple pick and choose bible verses and applying them to fit our personal convictions. To make us part with our hard earned cash, Luke 6: 38 is quoted to us as a guarantee that the more generous we are in our giving the larger the amount God would bless us with through others.

To further help us imagine how great the returns on our giving would be, the parable of the sower is used to further lean weight to this notion. Giving sowing your money into the fertile ground of your local church would bring about a 100 fold return. And so we give with this expectation in mind.

Zeal is no substitute for knowledge and misapplication of scripture would never yield results. Luke 6: 38 is not at all about giving or “sowing” of money! Jesus was talking about the way we treat others: treat them like you would like to be treated.

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. 37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6 (New Living Translation)

No single translation of the bible equates Luke 6: 38 with the giving of money! Here are some other translations of this same verse

If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated. CEV

Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. The standards you use for others will be applied to you.” GW

The parable of the sower does not even feature in this equation as this was used by Jesus to illustrate how the Word of God thrives in different hearts.

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