May 30th, 2015
Soften Hearts by Preparing The Soil For His Message
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. (Hosea 10:12 KJV)
God inspired biblical writers to record His message of Truth wrapped up in a way that all mankind could understand and sow into their heart. God put His Word on the bottom shelf for easy understanding. Often His Word uses different aspects of farming for a vehicle to bring about His message. Tilling the soil and growing crops are familiar to most people, and they can readily relate to its use in His Word to simply understand His message.
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground…” are all words commonly used in farming and producing crops which many are intimately familiar. God is speaking about preparing the inner condition of man’s heart. He desires that man work the soil breaking up that soil which is hardened by tilling it or hoeing it to break apart the ground so what is left is fertile soil conditioned to hear and retain the Word of God.
If the soil of the heart is not properly worked and tilled, then the seed of the gospel message cannot penetrate into the inner heart sprouting up new spiritual growth tender and robust with the things of God blooming forth. If the seed falls on the rocky soil, it dries up and fades away without seeking to be filled with the righteousness of Christ and growing and maturing in His Word.