In this passage from Ecclesiastes, “bread” represents the Gospel, and “waters” symbolize the world, meaning that giving to spread the Gospel to the world protects your future against evil!
This passage tells us to “give a portion to seven” (a common seed) and “also to eight” (an uncommon, extraordinary seed).
In other words, giving to spread the Gospel to the world protects your future against evil!
There is no doubt that we live in a troubled world. Many bad things happen and the evil upon the earth is more apparent than ever. It surrounds us, permeating every level of society in every region and nation. When God says that a seed can protect us from evil, this certainly includes financial ruin.
It means that when we give toward the Gospel, we’re building a hedge of protection against the uncertain and chaotic times that can happen.
In Bible times, people used stones to build hedges for protection and blessing. The psalmist David spoke of an impenetrable hedge when he wrote, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust” (Psalm 18:2).
In this passage from Ecclesiastes, however, we are being told to build a hedge of protection by casting our bread upon the waters.
Casting your bread (sowing your seed) upon water might seem to be an exercise in futility, but even though you may not know what the actual results will be when you are generous, you can expect a future return.
The Word of God points to this truth many times, including these verses:
He who sows righteousness will have a sure reward. (Proverbs 11:18, NKJV)
Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9, NKJV)
We protect our tomorrows by being a lover of the Gospel today. As a giver toward the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ, we have legal rights and protection provided by God Himself. The apostle Paul said, “That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come” (1 Timothy 6:18-19, KJV).
Every time you sow seed toward the Gospel, it’s as if God places another stone on the hedge around you!
The righteous, the givers, are promised protection:
“His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever” (Psalm 112:2-3).
Giving toward the Gospel puts you in a safe place physically and financially!