23 Pay attention, and listen to my voice! Listen alertly, and hear my word! 24 Does the plowman plow all day at planting time – while the land is open to sow seed, does he still harrow his ground? 25 Once he has flattened the ground’s face does he not scatter dill, and sow cumin seed, and put wheat in a planted row, and barley in an appointed place, and spelt grain for its border? 26 And his God instructs him, teaching him about the right way to do this. 27 Because dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a wheel of a utility cart turned over cumin, but dill is beaten out with a stick, and cumin with a rod. 28 Grain is crushed fine, but definitely one does not thresh it forever; and one drives the wheel of his cart, but his horses do not crush it. 29 This also comes forth from Yahveh of armies. He gives wonderful advice; he produces much wisdom.
the right way
Isaiah had been called to share the word of God to a stubborn people who would not accept it. He had just told them that the very foundation stone of God’s way to deliverance would be rejected by his people. Now, hoping against hope, he pleads with them not to do this. He uses the analogy of a farmer, plowing all through planting season. It is work, but it is not the right work to accomplish the task. If you keep plowing and never plant, you will never have a harvest. If you harvest with the wrong tools, you ruin your crop. Isaiah pleaded with his generation to trust that God knows the means of his own plan for deliverance.
Ultimately, many in Isaiah’s nation chose to reject Christ, the son of the virgin, when he appeared centuries later. A remnant recognized who this man, Jesus, was. He is God’s plan “A” for delivering his people, and there is no plan “B.” Even today, all over this planet, there are people busy plowing who do not realize it is planting time. Their souls can never produce the righteousness and peace they seek. They have rejected the one way – the right way. Perhaps they think their way is more logical, or more practical, but it is neither. Only God’s way brings results.
LORD, forgive us for trusting in ourselves. Show us how to trust in Jesus, your way to bring righteousness and peace to this planet.