Skip to main content

Early rains: spiritual significance

Let us know, follow on to know the Lord; as the dawn is arranged its exit, and come to us like the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth. Hosea 6: 3

Miraculous early rains

The early rains only lasted a few days, maybe even a week, but that was just the time and the required amount of water that the land needed to start being tilled. Usually they were light, but the effect on earth of that first rain of the agricultural cycle was absolutely miraculous. Thanks to the nourished and moistened the soil remained little later, after having plowed and planted properly, began to emerge the first tender shoots.

The land of Israel, hardened and cracked by the summer desert (Jeremiah 14: 4), before the astonished eyes of men literally came to life. The early rains were the most miraculous and loving Divine manifestation of those days (Joel 2: 23-24).

One plowed and sowed coming behind him

All looked forward to the fulfillment of the promise of rain (James 5: 7). By the time they arrived, already they had ready both as asadón implements, plowing, etc., as well as oxen and donkeys. The whole family farmer involved in planting, which began immediately.

Although early rains fell between our October and November, were never regular, they could even be delayed until well into December.

The peasants tilled the soil in the rain (Proverbs 20: 4). While a person made the furrows with the plow, another, who came immediately behind, he threw the seed and covered with some of the same land.

It is precisely this process of planting that John the Baptist alludes:

This is the one that comes after me is preferred before me, which I am not worthy to untie the shoe. John 1:27

While John prepared the way to sow our Lord Jesus Christ came behind him to sow the seed, which is His Word.

For this is he that was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Matthew 3: 3

God's Word and rain

Just as the early rain, which sensitizes the earth and has to be sown, the Word of God, is a spiritual and invisible rain (John 3: 8) that comes from the Most High and sensitizes the hearts of men (John 3:27 ). The effects of the Word in the heart of man are the same as the effects of rain on earth. As the rain makes the earth produce fruit in abundance, the Word does give spiritual fruits that produce salvation (Galatians 5: 22-26 / 2 Peter 1: 5-8).

For as descends from the heavens the rain and snow, and do not return there but water the earth, and maketh it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word that comes from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I want, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55: 10-11
Let us know, follow on to know the Lord; as the dawn is arranged its exit, and come to us like the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth. Hosea 6: 3

Land is the heart of man (Luke 8: 8); Word is the seed (Luke 8:11); the Holy Spirit is rain. Both come from God, for He gives both the seed (2 Corinthians 9:10) as rain (Psalm 65:10). The Lord Jesus Christ is the seed that God gives us (John 3:16) and is also the rain that sends us from Heaven (Hosea 6: 3).

The seed and rain together sprout the fruit of the land. The seed is the word that we read and hear with our physical eyes and ears. Rain is the understanding that only the Holy Spirit can lead us into our hearts (John 16:13). The fruit of the land is unconditional obedience (John 12:24) to the Word.

For I will pour water on the thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing on your offspring. Isaiah 44: 3