Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters By Rev Eastwood Anaba


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Topic: Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters

Scripture Reading:

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Main Text:

Ecclesiastes 11:1

1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

The book of Ecclesiastes gives one of the most vivid descriptions of the natural law of giving and receiving. It mentions casting one’s bread upon the waters and finding it after many days. This book is unequivocal in asserting that we reap a harvest when we sow seed. Casting your bread upon the waters and finding it after many days has a number of possible meanings. The writer of Ecclesiastes might have been referring to the agricultural method in which seeds such as rice were sown by broadcasting them onto grounds tha t were covered with water. Cattle were then made to tread upon the earth and in the process bury the seeds deeper into the earth to enable them take root when they germinated (Isaiah 32:20). A good harvest followed such agricultural practices. The book of Isaiah mentions this agricultural practice.

Casting bread upon the waters could also refer to the common custom in the ancient times in which seeds were broadcasted upon the water of the river Nile when it was overflowing. The waters receded later and the seeds that had fallen onto the alluvial soil at the bottom of the water germinated and produced a good harvest of grain. Another school of thought believes that casting bread upon the waters referred to giving to needy sailors on the waters as they passed by people who lived on the shores of the waters. Whichever way you understand casting your bread upon the waters, one thing is clear – you will find it after many days. Those who are in the position to give to others today may be in a situation tomorrow when they need someone to give to them – we don’t know the evil that may come upon us.

King Solomon instructs us to give a portion to seven people and even to eight people because we don’t know the evil that could come upon the earth. Seven is a number of perfection and completion while eight is a number of new beginning. I encourage you to give to the end and to the last person even if you are weary – give to seven. Don’t give up as long as there is the opportunity to continue giving – give to eight. When you give to everybody and to every project at a particular time and specific place – to seven – look for another person or person or project and give again – give to eight.


Pray that you’ll not grow weary of giving.

2. Pray also that any “bread” you cast will not be destroyed, but you’ll find it.

Recommended Reading:

“Concerning Giving and Receiving” by Eastwood Anaba

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