God and Farming
I have been asked where I got the name for my blog “Raised in a Barn.” Well growing up if I ever forgot to shut the door or left something lying around I would get told, “What’s wrong with you? Were you raised in a barn?” This would always give me the opportunity for the perfect comeback. “Jesus was born in a manager in a barn and he turned out just fine!” That’s how Raised in a Barn was started. This got me thinking about how farmers came around in this world. Agriculture is a job that has been around since the world was created. When there were crops and livestock there was always someone there to tend to them. It all started in a place called the Garden of Eden. If you aren’t familiar with the passage of how the world was created, I encourage you to find a Bible and turn to the very first page. Genesis means the beginning, and it’s the beginning of a book that we all should take time to read.
If you aren’t a religious person and don’t believe in God I would invite you to read this with an open mind. If you don’t agree with anything I’m talking about feel free to message me. I would love to hash things out with you and I’m always up for a debate. For me, I am a Christian and I don’t use that word lightly. I believe in God and if you would like to know a little more about the good book, feel free to message me about it.
God created the world in 7 days. In those 7 days he created a place for us to call a temporary home. In the beginning there were two farmers named Adam and Eve. The first ever job that man had was being a farmer. Genesis 3:23 – “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”
Later on people like Noah who had the biggest farming challenge of all was introduced. He had to build, stock, and operate a floating barn that was full of two of every animal for a full year. We may complain about recently flooding but at least we didn’t have to float around in a huge ark with a ton of animals for a year. Can you imagine feeding and cleaning up after them? For more about Noah read Genesis chapter 6.
Jesus wrote 4 very powerful parables over farming. You can find them in Matthew chapter 13. It’s amazing to know such a powerful and all-knowing man thought that farmers were important. It’s crazy to think how times have changed. People would gather in large crowds just to hear Jesus speak, and he taught them by using parables about farmers.
Although Adam and Noah were farmers and both faced a huge challenge, Cain is identified as being the first “farmer” in the Bible. For those that aren’t familiar with the story of Cain and Abel I will sum it up. Cain and Abel were brothers; they were born to Adam and Eve. Cain worked with the soil and Abel kept flocks. They would bring offering to the lord. Cain would bring fruits from the soil and Able would bring fat portions from some of his stock. God would look greatly upon Abel’s offerings which made Cain jealous. Abel gets so jealous that he kills Cain with a rock. For more about this story, read Genesis chapter 4. Moral of the story, jealousy kills.
There are so many great stories in the Bible over agriculture. Here are some more verses that are worth your time to look up.
- Jeremiah 31:24 - "Judah and all its cities will dwell together in it, the farmer and they who go about with flocks.
- Matthew 22:5 – "But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business.”
- James 5:7 – “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rain.”
- 1 King 19:19 – “So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him.”
There are many more verses in the Bible, there really is something for everyone. Whatever you are going through there is something in there that will help you get through it.
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