Concordia Theological Monthly

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rural life, farm, farmer, urban, church, elisha

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Rural life at first was perfect. The entire first chapter of Genesis describes bow God created the various animate and inanimate objects which still today comprise rural life for us, and in the last verse we hear His evaluation: "And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1:31). But then came the Fall and with it the curse directed particularly to agriculture, although it extended over all of man's activity: "And unto Adam He said: Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Gen. 3:17-19.)


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Genesis 1:31; Genesis 3:17-19; Genesis 3:23; Genesis 8:22; Genesis 24:63; Genesis 32:14-15; Judges 6:11; 1 Samuel 16:11; Luke 18:18-30; Luke 19:11-27; Luke 15:11-32; Luke 12:13-21; Matthew 13:31-32; Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:26-29; Matthew 13:24-30; Luke 17:7-10; Matthew 21:23-32; Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 16:1-13; Judges 15:1-8; Luke 13:6-9; Matthew 25:31-46; John 4:35-38;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars