What can be gleaned (good farming term) from God's dealings with Jacob in particular, and Israel in general? Certainly far more than I can cover here, for never has He forsaken them - proof positive that His promises to Abraham are sure, true, everlasting. So are they - His promises - to me/us.
How refreshing! How comforting!
Even so, there is danger afoot where fallow hearts are concerned (been there; done that!) ...
O Israel,” says the Lord,
“if you wanted to return to me, you could.
You could throw away your detestable idols
and stray away no more.
Then you would be a blessing to
the nations of the world,
and all people would come
and praise my name.”
This is what the Lord says to the
people of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Plow up the hard ground of your hearts!
O people of Judah and Jerusalem,
surrender your pride and power.
Change your hearts before the Lord ...
Fallow ground is:
- cultivated land that is allowed to lie idle during the growing season
- the tilling of land without sowing it for a season
who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you ...
Do not be afraid,
O Jacob, my servant,
whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.
In God's agricultural business, the best conditions for growth have never changed. He alone knows what amendments (the stinky stuff) are necessary to render fallow ground fertile. What's more, and depending on what crop He has sown, there will be great differences in both the amount of time and effort necessary to feed, water, weed, fertilize, prune and bring to harvest.
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have
crucified the sinful nature
with its passions and desires.
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.