Then shall he give the rain of your seed, that you shall sow the ground with; and bread of the increase of the earth…
These words are, in their literal sense, a promise of a bountiful supply from God of the showers of dew and rain, by which the earth would be made abundantly fruitful. The promise is given with reference to the casting away of their idols by the Jewish people. But the words are capable of a larger interpretation. The whole chapter looks to blessings greater than any that can be counted by the numbers of time. The plentiful effusion of the Holy Spirit of God, which is so often spoken of under the emblem of "rain" and "dew," is hereby intended. As the rain and dew could elicit no fertility without preparation of the ground, and industrious tilling upon the part of man, — as the concurrence of both these conditions is requisite in order to secure a produce, — so is it true likewise with regard to spiritual husbandry. There must be on the part of man the use of means, as well as the bestowing of His gifts on the part of God. But it may be asked, How is God's grace to be obtained? Have any means or channels been appointed for its supply?
1. Prayer is one appointed channel.
2. So is hearing the Word of God.
3. The sacraments.
(H. J. Hastings, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
WEB: He will give the rain for your seed, with which you will sow the ground; and bread of the increase of the ground will be rich and plentiful. In that day, your livestock will feed in large pastures.