- Dry soil chokes strawberry plants as weeds rob nutrients and precious water.
- Water is life carrying the nutrients from the roots to plant cells where light received creates energy for the plant.
- Roots develop and grow in a moist soil.
- Tilling and plowing break up hard ground so the plant may receive water, and nutrients from the soil in which it lives.
As weeds emerge, their roots compete, spread, and sometimes take over. Thorny weeds prick and are difficult even to remove; some have long tap roots or rhizomes, which highway underground. Some farmers have to use herbicide after plowing and before sowing to kill seeds of weeds, which can survive years underground.
The same with us.
- Dry soil is hardened ground with too little of the Spirit of Yahweh.
- Seed or the Word planted in dry ground has difficulty to send out good roots.
- Eventually the underfed plant weakens by heat, insects, disease , wind and withers .
We are born again of the Spirit through the life giving blood of the Lamb, Yeshua Messiah , [Je’sus Christ] (John 3:5). This Spirit is unending rivers of Living Waters, out of our very being or belly, deep inside [John 4:14] . Through this Spirit comes fruit of the Spirit, such as joy, peace, patience, long-suffering, and faith and love [Galatians 5:22-23].
Yahweh calls us to repent, turn from our wicked ways and come to Him, through the blood of Yeshua. If we make this repentance, and put away all abominations out of His sight, we will cease to stray. We will be as the tree planted by the Waters of Life, as in Psalm 1, not be moved. We shall rejoice and say, Yahweh lives, in truth, justice and righteousness.
Fallow ground is ground once ploughed or tilled but now gone dry.
- Dry ground must be broken, so water, air, and nutrients can penetrate and circulate through the soil.
So the Word says, Break up your fallow ground.
- You once were flowing in the Spirit, and now have withered. You used to sing, praise, and worship Yahweh but no more. You used to sit up reading the Word, and read to your family and children, but no more.
You need to break up your fallow ground. You were once freshly plowed but have hardened your heart.
Remove the dryness by a broken heart for Yahweh.
- A heart broken is a contrite heart as in Psalms 32 and 51.
Yahweh loves a humble and contrite heart. Breaking up the fallow ground is similar to removing the ‘foreskin’ or thick skin covering your heart from Yahweh.
- He wants a broken and contrite heart for Him. He wants the stony heart changed to a heart of flesh, as in Ezekiel 11. He also wants the ‘foreskin’ of the heart removed.
Fallow in Hebrew is niyr, freshly plowed land.
- Niyr also means the gleam of fresh furrow or to till the soil or break up hard ground.
- Rusted plow blades shine and reflect the light after plowing and tilling. The gleam is so bright as if one polished them! Niyr also is to glisten, be a lamp or a light!
So, fallow ground is good soil while dry needing to be broken so it can be fed Rivers of Living Waters.
- When water hits the surface of dry ground it runs away in rivulets, never penetrating the ground. So fallow ground while good must be kept broken!
- Fallow ground now broken and now moistened can nurture and grow the seed planted.
- Fallow ground now broken can be easily weeded also, pulling them out root and all. No choking, no withering, nor thorns to destroy the plant. Now it can grow and bear fruit.
Brokenness reflects the Messiah, broken for us. The more broken hearted we are, the more Light we will reflect to others. We can never be Messiah, the Holy One of Yisrael! But, we can surely be the lamp or light on top of the hill . The blades of the plow cut up the ground, and glisten afterwards! As we repent and turn to Yahweh, His Face shines on us. We, in our broken state now can be fed and receive from the Spirit within, and in turn, reflect Him!
Repent [shuv], backsliding Yisrael [Israel], says YHWH ; and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you: for I am full of mercies [rachamim]…& I will not keep My anger forever…only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed…scattered your ways to pagans…have not obeyed My voice…Make teshuvah [repentance] , O backsliding children. For I am married to you: & I will take you …& bring you to Tzion [Zion]. [Jeremiah 3:12-15]