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Plow That Fallow Ground!

Scripture reading for September 9th: Hosea 9-11

As a farmer, I learned that my farmland sometimes needed a rest.  This was called letting the ground lie “fallow”.   Occasionally we would be seed it down with a cover crop and let that crop grow and the land rest for a year.  When it rested, weeds would also grow.  Before they could go to seed in the fall, we would go out and plow that ground and turn all the cover crop and weeds under.  That way the soil could be full of decaying plants and the next year it would produce a better crop.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed (fallow) ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.  You have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception.  Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors.”  (Hosea 10:12-13)

Right living according to God’s law and word brought a good crop for the Israelites.  God’s unfailing love would bring blessing and a good harvest.  But the Israelites had let their hearts rest and weeds of sin had grown up.  Their land needed plowing!  That fallow ground needed broken up.  Hosea’s preaching was like the plow and God’s word was the plowshare that went into their hearts to break up the hardness and turn over the weedy growth!  They had planted wickedness instead of righteousness and had eaten the fruit of deception.  This is a reference to the Garden of Eden and the forbidden fruit that Eve and Adam ate!  They depended on their own strength instead of God!

How like today this is in our own land!  People have sown wickedness and our land is full of broken promises and false oaths.  Lawsuits spring up everywhere. (Hosea 10:4)  Guilt is upon the land and it’s people.  Thorns and thistles, representing the curse of Genesis 3 are growing over the altars of wickedness. (Hosea 10:8)  The fear of terror and war and economic hardship is in the air.   The ground needs plowing!

How God yearns to love and have compassion on His wayward children!   Let this ancient word from God do the work of the plow in the weeds of your heart!  Sow righteousness and reap the crop of everlasting love!  God will rain His righteousness upon you!

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