According to Merriam Dictionary fallow means:
- Usually cultivated land that is allowed to lie idle during the growing season
- Plowed land
- the state or period of being fallow
- the tilling of land without sowing it for a season
- left untilled or unsown after plowing
- dormant, inactive —used especially in the phrase to lie fallow
- to plow, harrow or breakup without seeding to destroy weeds and conserve soil moisture
As I have thought about the above verse, I believe this “ground” is an area of life, an area of the heart or a season of life, that has been purposely allowed to sit dormant. At some point it was prepared by having something(s) removed off of it, but nothing was sown on it-purposely. Other areas of ground that we might have sown righteousness on (accepting YAHUSHA, being obedient, helping others) and received mercy (forgiveness of sin) in our past, but this section of ground did not have anything sown on it. It has been sitting there vacant and it was set aside for YAHUAH’s purpose.
Now it is time to break it up/prepare this ground, by getting rid of things (sin, wrong ways of thinking, wrong ways of doing things) that can take nutrients away (such as hope, peace, love, patience, self-control, gentleness, joy, and Word of YAHUAH) or things that can take over/consume us just as weeds in our yards can.
Also by breaking up this area that can soon can be planted on, it becomes able to soak up the rain of righteousness that is coming from YAHUAH.
So, is there an area of your life that seems dormant? Do feel like you are in a dormant season?
Well, now may be the time, that YAHUAH is calling out to you to break it apart! To tear it up! To prepare it for this new season, this new direction, this new adventure, this new road that He is taking you on. We must be willing to get rid of anything – fear, hatred, gossip, lust, overspending, overeating, any physical/spiritual junk that we have been accumulating, any distractions, wants, expectations, unforgiveness, hurts, anger, frustrations – so that we can be ground that is soft and thirsty for the rain that YAHUAH has appointed to pour down on us.
One morning recently I woke up with the above verse and Morgan Harper Nichols’ song Lead Me Back on my mind. I agree – it’s time for some things to be broken down, it is time for lies to be revealed! Each day I want to rise and seek YAHUAH’s face, waiting for His rain!
I don’t know about you, but I want YAHUAH to rain on me, in me, in my life, in our family and I don’t want to be in the way!
We have been given many rich and immeasurable gifts from YAHUAH.
The gifts of Grace and Mercy are some that are new everyday and YAHUAH never runs out of them. There is nothing we can do for these gifts. We can’t keep enough laws to receive them. We can’t do enough good deeds to keep them. We can only stand with our arms open and our arms raised to His Glorious love and receive them.
These gifts are not for us to take for granted nor abuse. They are for us to receive and give to others. Sometimes though we can get in the way of receiving YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy as a result of our own thoughts and ways of doing things or self-righteousness. Yet even still in our stubbornness, YAHUAH extends Grace and Mercy to us time and time again, without fail.
What ways can we show Grace and Mercy to others? What does the Bible say? What changes do we need to make to allow YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy to shine in our lives to be imparted to others?
This week’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy, is one that you must listen to if we expect to live with purpose and passion for the Father YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA Messiah.