UNTO THE HILLS MINISTRIES

Biblical Mathematics
Multiplication
Thomas Donelan

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Biblical Mathematics
Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 1 Multiplication Principle ................................................................................................................................. 2 The Seed Principle......................................................................................................................................... 3 The Soil Principle ........................................................................................................................................... 3 Tend Your Garden ..................................................................................................................................... 4 The Harvest Principle .................................................................................................................................... 5 Closing thoughts ........................................................................................................................................... 5

Introduction
We know the Bible is true. The promises of God in him are yea and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20) and the Bible says let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4). You may say I have tried the Bible and it does not work for me. Let me submit this for your review: if God’s Word is truth (and it is, just see John 17:14) then maybe it may be us that is wrong and God that is right. In that vein, we need to see that the Bible works based on principles. In our study of Biblical mathematics we will see two principles: multiplication and addition. In multiplication we will learn three different principles to receive from God, as multiplication is his purview. In the addition principle we will learn 8 different things to grow in faith that will keep us from backsliding and allow us to be fruitful in the Lord.

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Multiplication Principle
2 Peter 1:2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  Multiplication is the God’s territory, it is His purview. He does the multiplication to us as we attain knowledge of God and Jesus Our Lord. As we learn of Him He multiplies grace and peace to us.  Grace: from a root meaning cheer, happy, to be well. (G5463)  Peace: to join together (G1515)  Multiplication is a result of sowing and reaping as illustrated in the parable of the sower. Mark 4:3-9 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: (4) And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. (5) And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: (6) But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. (7) And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. (8) And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. (9) And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  Multiplaction is God’s purview. It is illustrated here in the parable of the sower. We see the three basic principles of multiplication: the seed principle, the soil principle, and the harvest principle.  The seed principle: you get what you sow. Seed produces after its own kind (see Genesis 1:11-12).  The Soil Principle: It is the soil’s job to grow seed. The condition of the soil determines the amount of your harvest.  The Harvest Principle: You get more than you sow. Mark 4:13-20 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? (14) The sower soweth the word. (15) And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. (16) And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; (17) And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. (18) And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, (19) And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other

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things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. (20) And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

The Seed Principle
 The seed determines the harvest. Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  We like to think about the positive aspects of this but we can also reap the negative. Just look at the soil that produced the thorns. The seeds sown include the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and lust of other things. We need to take care to use the proper seed. The seed is the Word of God (Luke 8:11).  The Word of God works on seed principle. We see what we want in God’s Word. That is like the picture on the seed packet. If we want grace and peace according to verse two it is by gaining knowledge of God and Jesus Christ our Lord. The word knowledge means to be fully acquainted with.  We sow the Word by reading and we water the Word by meditating on what we read, we get the harvest by activating our faith by doing what the Word says expecting the result promised. God is not a liar. He will perform what He has promised but He will determine the amount of the harvest.

The Soil Principle
There are two parts to the soil principle:  The job of the soil is to grow seed. It does not matter what kind of seed you plant the soil will grow it. I remember reading a story about Hank Aaron when he was growing up. One of his chores was to weed the garden. As a kid he used to say “dumb weeds. Why can’t we just eat the weeds.” Then when he reached the end of the row he would run off to play baseball. They did not plant the weeds but the seed would wind up in the garden anyway planted by the wind blowing the seeds or birds dropping the seeds and they would end up in his garden.  The condition of the soil determines your harvest. There are four kinds of soils (hearts) given here:

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 The hard heart: this is the unsaved person who rejects the Word. It is laying on top of his heart for Satan to come and take out.  The stony heart: this is the heart of the backslider. They were saved but because of not enough dirt (and as Luke tells us in 8:6 lack of moisture) that because of afflictions, persecutions over the Word, and temptations (see Luke 8:13) they fall away. They were and are not. We need plenty of dirt and water for the seed to grow in us.  The thorny heart: it is too crowded with other things and the Word gets choked out and according to Luke 8:14 brings forth no fruit to perfection. I remember as a boy in NJ those great apple trees. They would start off as little green apples hard and bitter. Then they would be big green apples, not quite so hard but still very bitter. Then we would have some red on them but still not quite sweet or juicy enough. Finally we would get those big, beautiful red delicious apples, soft but crisp, juicy and sweet. Those whose lives are choked off by the cares of this world may get a little green apple or two from time to time but will not bring forth fruit unto perfection.  The good soil. The one that is soft with no stones or weeds, this is the one that brings the best harvest. Tend Your Garden So then according to the seed principle and the soil principle we need to tend our garden to get the best harvest possible. What does it mean to tend your garden? First of all tending your garden means watching what you plant in it that it is good seed. For the second principle we look to the Old Testament prophets: Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Break up your fallow ground. The best way to describe it is to take you back to country of my ancestors: Ireland. Do you ever wonder why they have so many white stone fences over there? Because when they were plowing up their land for planting that is what they found in the soil. Ireland is a very rocky island. So they took their lemons and made lemonade the best they could. They got those rocks out and built fences with them, houses and stables out of them. They did not waste their wood on this when there were so many stones lying about. We need

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to break up our stony hearts, defeat those fleshly desires, build compassion into our lives. Lastly we need to weed our garden. Just like Hank Aaron did in the days of old when the enemy plants a tare in our garden we need to remove it quickly before it takes root in our lives. Confess, repent of sin quickly and turn towards righteousness. All of this prepares us for the harvest principle.

The Harvest Principle
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. Just like the farmer prepares his soil and plants it is up to God to send the rain and grow the crops. He may have some idea when he expects his harvest he does not know the exact date or time. He has an idea on what to expect but he does not know the exact amount to come. Our job is to be prepared to receive the harvest. God will determine the exact time and amount, it is up to Him if it is 30, 60, or 100 fold. We need to plant our seed, tend our garden, and expect God to keep His promises. One more thought on the harvest. In Israel they did not pick up what they dropped, the did not reap to the corners. This was left for the gleaners (the poor, the destitute, those who did not have another form of income to make a living like Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi). The entire harvest is not ours to keep. When we reap our harvest we need to remember this and share with others.

Closing thoughts
Biblical mathematics, The Multiplication principle is divided into three principles based on the parable of the sower. These principles we learned will yield fruit in our lives if simply follow them.  The seed principle: make sure we use the right seed and that seed is God’s Word.  The soil principle: tend your garden. Get the rocks and weeds out. Get rid of the fleshly desires and sins that pervade our lives. A clean garden gets a better harvest.

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 The harvest principle: God determines the date and amount of the harvest we need to remember to share the harvest.

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