A youth of godly attributes came of age. Into his person he adopted patterns of life that could only be termed as the wisdom of the wise, with these he set out to apply himself to the ancient craft of husbandry. (Farming) After a few years of faithful and diligent service to another man he had saved enough to invest in land of his own. The portion of time spent in acquiring the initial investment, that to another man might have seemed like “an eternity, and “far too great of an effort for a young life to make”, seemed to him to be short and easy. This was because his eye was ever on his objective. For his objective to successfully execute husbandry was deep in his heart, and in fact, it was what he considered a major portion of Yehovah’s will for his life.
As the cash in his account grew the young man more carefully began to consider acreage in the area where he wished to settle, for he knew that these parcels were not possessed and developed by another, but available. This he did for an extended time. At first the options were very broad but as he allowed himself time to deeply consider the pros and cons of each property the reasonable choices became fewer and fewer, until by the time he had saved sufficient money it had settled deeply into his heart and mind which property he would choose to purchase, and with it begin his career as a husbandman. Mind you, at first many properties were possibilities, but as he considered his particular person, abilities, and dreams, in the end there was one property available that he thought, the development of which would challenge him in the right way and bring out the very best in him, thus ultimately bringing to him the sense of greatest reward and accomplishment. For he seemed to understand by the observation of other successful husbandman, and by nature itself, that an extreme portion of his very purpose in being created, and in living, was in succeeding in his life's vocation as a husbandman.
The young man purchased the property. With a patience that could only have come from that faith that was introduced to him by his forefathers, and that he himself had embraced, a faith that instructed him that if he must without fail practice the attitudes and practices of godliness-which he understood comprised the wisdom of the wise-which are among others: knowledge, diligence of both thought and effort, perseverance with patience, investment with an understanding of the principle of delayed return, an understanding of the principle of sowing and reaping, honest labor, truth and integrity, cheer in the face of adversity, and an eye for both beauty and accomplishment. After rightly acquiring the property he began to set his hand to accomplish what before this time he had only been a dream to him. The payment was made, the property title was now in his hands and with his name on it, and because of his wise behavior he had done this without undo offense to any man, without lien, or regret.
With understanding, strength, desire and deep devotion the young man set himself to the task of husbandry, determined to, by Yehovah's grace develop a farm yielding maximum productivity and beauty. The man successfully year by year saw that his union to this land (Because it took into account the land's particular abilities) brought forth certain crops very successfully. He had drained great areas of its bog land, he cut down great areas of brush and worthless trees, and he removed a multitude of stumps, and hauled many ton of rocks from its fields. He plowed under what seemed like a billion weeds, and put up a million bales of hay. He built barns, erected fences and corals for the cattle. He cultivated, he sowed seed, he nurtured both crop and farm creature. He weathered with the farm both drought and storm, in both sickness and in health, though plights of animal and plant disease, and though every variation of the political environment.
He had labored both long and hard, but his application of wisdom had paid off. The farm was there. It was clean and decorative, the fields, gardens, and animal life were healthy and abundantly productive. He was deeply satisfied and thankful to the God of heaven that He was given the opportunity to experience this lifelong union with this land. He loved this farm, yet he understood that as surely as he had developed this farm he could by the application of the principles of godliness set his hand to develop another property, a property that he had observed was yet to have found someone to care for and cherish it, which cried for the wisdom and skill of a wise husbandman. Perhaps this property could offer fruits not better than, but different from his original farm, and he knew he could never forsake the first to obtain the second. This was unthinkable to him, it was to him to be unfaithful, which is to be ungodly.
This the farmer did. He acquired the additional property and by godliness applied, he developed what before was only potential into abiding beauty and productivity. This he did still other times, each time successfully, until he passed from this life into the hands of the One that was the husbandman of his spirit.
HINTS TO HELP EYES SEE, AND EARS HEAR
The husbandman is any godly man. The property he acquires is the right of marriage to a woman. The farm he wishes to develop is the marriage relationship, and all the fruits that are meant by Yehovah to come forth from that union. The creator of this man is Yehovah Himself, and the faith he possesses is the faith of Yeshua, along with an understanding of God's commandments. The wisdom of the wise is the application of that faith and God's laws, for he recognizes that to have success you cannot have one without the other. His farm labor illustrates the necessary labor of any husband and father to be successful. His facing of adversity illustrates the reality that every life, every marriage, every family will face its share of negative. The crops brought forth illustrate every good and godly fruit brought forth by the union of a husband to a wife, and bringing up of godly children. The multiple fields represent the reality that the same law of God that allows a man to marry one woman, allows him to marriage another, in so much as he does this in a manner that does right by all involved, and thus glorify God, but he must never forsake one to take to himself another.
Both Monogamous/Polygamous marriage and family life accurately picture aspects of Christ’s union to His own
An American Watchman,
Gregory A. DeHart
Consider: Is. 54:5, Jer. 3:19-20, Jer. 31:31-34, Ez. 16: -63, Ro. 7:1-4, 1Co. 6:16-18, 2 Co. 11:2, Eph. 5:21-33, Is. 64:8, Mat. 6:9, Mat. 7:11, Ro. 8:15, 1Pe. 1:17, Heb. 12:9, Mat. 5:31, Mat. 19:7, Lk. 16:18, 1 Co. 7:27