The calendar indicates that spring begins March 20th. The natural rhythms of life on earth are directly influenced by the interactions of the sun, moon, and earth. Passing the spring equinox means the long nights of winter will give way to increasingly more daylight. Snow will melt, soil will warm, and the deadness of winter will give way to new life.
People whose livelihood and hobbies depend on the seasons are attuned to the rhythms of the natural world. Farmers and gardeners are preparing the soil, so they can sow their seed when the moment is right. They dream of the harvest to come.
What most people don’t realize is that the physical seasons parallel the spiritual seasons of God’s master plan for humanity. This is one of the major ways God instructs us about His plan. God’s plan is to make the whole earth His garden. Each human being, composed of the soil of the earth, is a plant in His garden. God is in essence a spiritual farmer tilling the soil of willing hearts and minds, in order to produce crops of love, joy, peace, kindness, compassion, and patience.
God placed seven holy days on the physical calendar in their proper seasonal sequence, in order to share His thoughts and plans with us. These annual holy days, sometimes called high Sabbaths, are laid out in the chronological order of events in His plan. They are in order as follows:
- Unleavened Bread
- Feast of Tabernacles
- The Last Great Day
Each holy day depicts an extremely important event in the unfolding of God’s plan for humanity. For example, this year Passover falls on April 6th. This day pictures Christ’s death, as our Passover, so He can save us from the wages of sin which is death. Without Christ’s sacrifice, death would be like eternally dead winter. His sacrifice makes it possible to receive life anew, another springtime, to bear crops leading to eternal life.
James 5:7-8 alludes to God as a spiritual farmer: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” Many times Christ compared Himself to a sower, a farmer, a gardener, and a shepherd because He and His Father really are spiritually tilling, planting, weeding, and watering the earth, leading to a huge harvest. God started a small garden, and it is growing and expanding as surely as the existence of the sun, moon, and seasons. Soon this whole earth will be a magnificent and abundant garden. A beautiful Millennium of peace is just around the corner. If you would like to know more, we would love to share the good news of what God is planning for the earth and all who dwell on it.