Screenshot Day 5 Just Keep Sowing: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) Where is the “as it is written” reference from and how does it relate to the rest of the passage?

2) How do the truths of this passage relate to parable of The Sower in Matthew 13?

3) How does the sowing of seed result in “many expressions of thanks to God”?

2 Corinthians 9:9-15

As it is written:

He distributed freely;
he gave to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

10 Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.11 You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. 14 And as they pray on your behalf, they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Original Intent

1) Where is the “as it is written” reference from and how does it relate to the rest of the passage?
The reference in verse 9 is a quote from an acrostic poem (in the original Hebrew language) in Psalm 112. The poem describes the overflow of a life fueled by the righteousness of God, and the solidity of that life. The psalmist paints a poetic picture of the actions of the righteous one, the blessings that follow their life choices, and the reality of their source of righteousness found solely in trusting God. The specific portion quoted refers to the generous aspect of the righteous one, as he or she lives with open hands and open heart, ready to give away what they have because their solid foundation is built on the God who faithfully provides. The remainder of the passage in 2 Corinthians describes God’s generous heart. The righteous person’s generosity is an overflow of the generosity exhibited from the character of God. He is the “one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food.” (verse 10)

2) How do the truths of this passage relate to parable of The Sower in Matthew 13?
In both of these passages, the Sower holds dualistic significance. The Sower is seen as both us, as believers working in God’s Kingdom, faithfully sowing seeds of righteousness, as well as the Lord God, who provides both the seed (the gospel) and the means by which the seed is spread (the Holy Spirit). Through His Spirit, God is the one who will “multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” The work of growth is His, our call is to be obedient and “just keep sowing” that a harvest of righteousness may be yielded!

3) How does the sowing of seed result in “many expressions of thanks to God”?
Here in Corinthians, Paul was specifically speaking of financial generosity from the believers in Corinth to support other believers who were suffering. This ministry of generosity would supply the needs of others, while also bring many expressions of thanks to God as a result. But the principle of sowing seeds of the gospel generously applies to every aspect of obedience to Christ’s calling on our lives. When we live in obedience to Him, growth happens and God is glorified!

Everyday Application

1) Where is the “as it is written” reference from and how does it relate to the rest of the passage?
When you notice a quoted, or inset or bolded, portion within a passage of Scripture, imagine a huge, waving flag announcing buried treasure. Be a diligent student of God’s Word and lookup the reference, reading the full passage to gather its original context. Regularly using this study tool, will broaden your perspective of Scripture and significantly deepen your understanding of a specific text. If you haven’t already, go ahead and read the full of Psalm 112 (don’t worry, it’s short, but packed with treasure!). Seeing Scripture linked to other Scripture will help you become more familiar with God’s Word, while also building your trust in His Word as you more clearly see Scripture as one, fluid story with one main connective theme. As you read Psalm 112, consider where you have seen the Lord grow righteousness in your own life. In what ways has your heart learned to be “steady” and “unafraid” as you’ve learned to trust the Lord?

2) How do the truths of this passage relate to parable of The Sower in Matthew 13?
In His famous sermon on the mount, Jesus taught deep truth about the righteous life. When a Christ-follower surrenders His life to become an instrument of righteousness, incredible things happen just like what is outlined in Psalm 112. Jesus taught that believers are like salt and light in the everyday world around them. (Matthew 5:13-16) That is, we are called to make much of Jesus, allowing the Spirit to lead us into ever deeper obedience as we hold out the seeds of the gospel in everything we do and say. Jesus said it like this, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Commit to learning from the Master Sower in deeper ways by studying His Word, living in biblical community with other believers, and investing in your personal relationship with Jesus. As your relationship grows, you will become more fully equipped to sow the seeds of the gospel.

3) How does the sowing of seed result in “many expressions of thanks to God”?
No matter what it looks like, sowing the seed of righteousness, made available to us through the gospel of Jesus Christ, will always result in expansion of His kingdom and glory to His Name! His Word never returns void to Him without yielding a harvest. (Isaiah 55:11) We, as believers, as co-laborers for the gospel, have the opportunity every single day, in all the moments of our day, to just keep sowing the seed! (1 Corinthians 3:9)

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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