Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Life is often hard and full of hardships. Sometimes our circumstances can be overwhelming or make us feel hopeless. What can we do when the enemy seems to have overwhelmed everything like a flood. God is in the restoration business and loves to return things to their rightful state. God has often used seed not only to begin things but also to restore things.
Restoration through the seedtime and harvest process is the context of Genesis 8. God established this by covenant as long as the earth remains. This is right after the overwhelming circumstance of the flood and it is the process of seedtime and harvest. The garden was gone. The Earth needed restoration. How is God going to restore or return the earth to bring forth increase? Seedtime and harvest. Remember seed is the source, origin, or beginning of anything. The seed is what God gave Adam in the Garden to begin things. Seed also brings the restoration or return of anything.
The beginning or restoration of harvest (increase) is not an accident, or by chance, but choice. The beginning or restoration of harvest (increase) was put under a process not a one time shot. Restoration and harvest (increase) depends on seedtime and harvest. We can expect restoration to come from a seed. We must sow to reap. We have no right to expect a harvest without sowing seed but sowing is permission to expect a harvest. Seed sown is the basis for my hope. We should tie every hope of restoration to a seed and with a seed we can cause things to increase. We have seed to start a cycle of restoration, multiplication and increase to thrive.
God chose seedtime and harvest to redeem/restore us Genesis 3:15. God said the woman’s seed would bruise our enemy’s head. God was prophesying satan’s defeat all the way back in the Garden. Have you ever noticed that before Jesus, the seed, was born it lists a series of births in His geneology saying that this person begot so and so and then this person begot so and so and on and on until Jesus was born (Matthew 1:2-16). There is actually a lesson in that list of “begots.” What is that? That is harvest of the process God chose in Genesis to destroy the devil and deliver us. He could have used any method but He chose seedtime and harvest. The most important work of God, man’s salvation in redemption, was all done by the seed process.
He has frequently used the seedtime and harvest process not only to begin things but to restore things.
1. In the FIRST CREATION (Genesis 1:11, 12, 26-31). A seed for your need system.
Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
2. After the FALL (Genesis 3:15). God chose to use seed to deliver us.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
3. After the FLOOD (Genesis 8:22). Seed was the principle to restore the earth.
Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
4. After the FAMINE in Isaac’s day (Genesis 26:1-3, 12, 13). Seed brought increase in a famine.
Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. 13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:
5. After the FAILURE OF THE MONEY SYSTEM in Joseph’s day (Genesis 47:13-27). Seed allowed them to thrive.
Genesis 47:19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
Genesis 47:23 Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.