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We will in the next few posts look at biblical examples in which the principle of The Plow is seen.  In the actions of the various Bible characters as portrayed in the pages of Scripture we have much to learn and to apply to our lives.  Each person presented in this section had to go against the grain of the way of the world in order to be obedient to God – they plowed fallow ground in order for a new work could be done in their lives.  Many had to do something never done before, or what has not been done for many years.   There is often pain involved when you open yourself up and invite The Plow into your life.  This look is a brief look at biblical examples and is in no way exclusive, but is meant to represent what The Plow can accomplish when sought out by a heart yielded to the work of the Holy Spirit and the command of the Lord.  The Bible is designed to give us what we need in order to live the life commanded by our Leader of the Kingdom Revolution as illustrated in the following passages:

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of Scriptures might have hope.  (Romans 15:4) 

Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  (1 Corinthians 10:11) 

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

James makes it clear that biblical characters were no different than you and I in Chapter Five of his epistle.  This is one reason why I love the Bible and can trust in its truthfulness and application to my life: real people are presented with all their flaws to be seen by us all.  We see these great people of faith’s flaws to show us that we can be used by God just like them.  We are mere humans with much more growing yet to be accomplished, but when our lives are open to The Plow extraordinary things can happen to us, ordinary people:

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the earth produced its fruit.  (James 5:17-18)

We then have reason to seek God in His Word, with study and meditation, because men with natures like Elijah can accomplish great things.  Luke reminds us of the exemplary character of the person who searches the Scriptures daily in search of the Truth:

These (the Bereans) were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.  (Acts 17:11)

The person of The Plow desires to live by the truth of the Word of God.  To live a life exposed to The Plow a person only needs to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit and be in submission to His will.  The following Biblical giants were nothing but people willing to submit to The Plow.