Bible Study Notes

February 25, 2008

steppingup.jpgI’ve been doing a Bible study of Beth Moore’s Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent for a few weeks now. It can in no way compare to her Daniel study (very few things can, IMHO), but this one is quite good too. And this week’s reading just blew my mind:

Speaking of poverty-stricken areas of Angola, she quotes someone as saying, “One of the most frustrating things is that in villages where they receive seed, they often eat the seed rather than planting it and bringing forth the harvest.” Beth Moore then expounds upon this concept:

I couldn’t get the statement out of my mind and suddenly had an answer to the questions I most often ask God: Why do some people see the results of the Word and others don’t? Why do some study the Word of God and yet remain in their captivity?

Some just eat the seed and never sow it for a harvest…. Why have many of us read books on forgiving people, known the teachings were true and right, cried over them, marked them up with our highlighters, yet remain in our bitterness? Because we ate the seed instead of sowing it. Why have we repeatedly heard how Christ has forgiven our sinful pasts and sobbed with gratitude over the grace of it, yet we remain in bondage to condemnation? Because we ate the seed instead of sowing it.

Sometimes we don’t even realize the difference. We’ll think we have accepted the teaching because we were so moved by it. But, you see, the seed of God’s Word can fill our stomachs and give us immediate satisfaction and still not produce a harvest — that’s when we eat it but don’t sow it. Many times we apply biblical truth to our theologies without applying it to the actual practicalities of life.

I’m going to be thinking about this one for some time to come!



  1. Wow, that is powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing so we can go forth and sow the seeds.

    Remember the 80’s song about: …”sowing the seeds of love…” ? Just came to mind. Cool huh?

  2. just don’t think on it and eat it up! lol. thanks for Word!

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