“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. Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” Hosea 10:12-13 (KJV)
The “Fallow ground” of verse twelve is land that had previously been plowed, but now left unused. God’s Word and His Spirit is the plow that is needed to break up the soil of a hard heart (See Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23). Hard hearts cannot yield crops of righteousness and mercy.
It is a prominent theme in Hosea that the children of Israel will reap exactly what they have sown (Also see Galations 6:7-8). It is a law of God’s created order to reap what we have sown – and that, no matter the timeline, culture or society which we may live.
Hosea gives us three steps to heal the land:
- Break up your fallow ground (v. 12);
- Put God’s Word in your heart – (Read Psalm 119:9, 11; Hosea 10: 12);
- “Reap in accordance with kindness” referring to the breaking of their hard hearts through repentance and sowing the seed of God’s Word in their lives.
God gives Israel every opportunity to repent. It is God’s desire then to cleanse them, and make them a vessel of His grace. Judgment would come.
For those of you who might think that the word of God is irrelevant for today; you better think again. Your heart is hardened against the word of God and righteousness, and you trust in your own righteousness which in God’s eyes are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
Come to God through His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the grave. Trust Him. Trust Him alone for you salvation from sin.