Corn has been a staple in mankind’s diet since the very beginning of time. It is first mentioned in Genesis 27:28 when Isaac is tricked into blessing Jacob instead of Esau. There are several verses of blessing included here, but having “plenty of corn” is in the first verse of the blessing.
Years later, corn was still a big part of Jacob’s life when his most loved son, Joseph, was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, but then was blessed by God and rose to such a great position of power… he was put in charge of gathering corn for the coming famine. (see Genesis 41:48-49) Joseph gathered so much corn, it was as the “sand of the sea” and became too much to keep a count of.
There are many diets that prohibit corn due to it being full of natural sugars and carbs. Jacob and his family would have starved, if there had not been available corn.
This year, with my husband’s help, I got my corn planted on Good Friday. After a second tilling of the soil, we made rows, added fertilizer, and dropped seeds. Toward the end, we were planting in a pretty good rain storm, but we got the job done.
In the South, there is a great significance to planting on Good Friday. Many gardeners have little hope in having a successful crop unless they get the planting done on this day.
If you don’t understand the meaning of Good Friday here is a link to a good explanation.
Jesus died on the cross on the day that people call Good Friday. He arose again, and with that resurrection, He broke the chains of sin for us if we accept His sacrifice. When we plant on Good Friday, we are burying the seed in the hopes of a resurrection of new life from that seed. We are fed (physically) from that seed’s burial and resurrection to new life, just as we are fed (spiritually) from “The Word” .
There are several meanings when you think of being fed from “The Word.” Most Christians think of being fed (spiritually) from the Bible as we study it, but in John 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” From this verse we know that Jesus is the Word, and He has always been… from the beginning. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, He has provided salvation which feeds our hearts with a transformed life and fills us up.
God has provided so many examples in His creation, of the death, burial, and resurrection, that we are “without excuse” when we say we do not understand (see Romans 1:20) .
So when you watch your seed popping out of the ground in your garden, in another form than when it went into the ground, I hope you will think about these things, and be reminded of what Jesus has done for us.
If you didn’t get your corn planted on Good Friday, it is not too late. Plant those seeds and hopefully you will have so much corn you will not be able to count it.
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20