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Miracles Follow The Plow (5 of 7)
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."
Here are two kinds of ground: fallow ground and ground that has been broken up by the plow.
This picture is very important in our lives as it relates to the work that God is doing in our churches and individual lives.
Jeremiah 4:3 - "For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns."
This was the message that Jeremiah was commissioned to bring to the people of Israel and Hosea was delivering the same message as well. God compares the nation to fallow ground. Fallow ground is ground which is permitted to lie idle and uncultivated, with the result that instead of producing grain and fruit, the land becomes covered with weeds and thorns, and disaster lies ahead.
The spiritual applications of this expression are many and profitable, but the one which suggests itself first of all is that there can be no blessing without effort, and no harvest without plowing. There is no making without breaking.
There is a process that we need to understand in this message. Before a thing can be made it must be broken. Before a house is built; the tree must be broken down. Before the foundation can be laid; the rocks must be blasted from their quarry bed where they have long laid in peace and quiet. Before the ripe grain can cover the fields; the soil must be broken and beaten small, and the cutting blade of the plow must turn over the sod and the sharp teeth of the harrow pulverize the soil. Before there can be life there must be death; before there can be joy there must be weeping. The joy that floods the mother's heart at the sound of the first cry of her newborn babe was preceded by the tears of anguish of childbirth.
If you are being broken by disappointment or ...
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