The Bread of Adversity and Rain

Isaiah 30:20-21Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers[03384] will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Deuteronomy 32:2Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass.

Although the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction
You will not have a famine of hearing His words.

He will come to you like rain in your affliction
His words will be as raindrops upon tender herb
He will refresh and sustain you.

Like sweet spring rain
You will see with your own eyes
The light of the King’s face
His smile and favor.

Hosea 6:3 … So let us know{acknowledge}, let us press on to know{acknowledge} the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering[03384] the earth.

Psalm 34:19Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Proverbs 16:15In the light of a king’s face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

Word Study

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From NetBible Isa 30:20 and Hos 6:3

  • teachers/rain[03384] = to shoot arrows, to throw water, rain, to flow as water, to instruct, to point out (as if by aiming the finger)

From Commentary

  • A famine of bread{the bread of adversity} is not so great a judgment as a famine of the word of God.Amos 8:11“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD.
  • the bread of adversity and the water of affliction = a famine of bread and water, as is common in times of a siege.
  • some interpret teacher as the same word as rain, because doctrine from the mouth of a teacher drops like rain upon the tender herb, and as showers on the grass;
  • bread of adversity—He will not deny you food enough to save you in your adversity (1Ki 22:27; Ps 127:2).
  • teachers hidden no more = be removed—rather, “hide themselves”; they shall no more be forced to hide themselves from persecution, but shall be openly received with reverence [Maurer]. Contrast with this (Ps 74:9; Am 8:11).
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7 Responses to “The Bread of Adversity and Rain”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    frosty morning

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    Glitter

  3. khollandsblog Says:

    Notice in the above the word for teachers is the same as rain. This is a wonderful promise! Yes there will be adversity but we will hear the Lord’s voice and guidance – teaching us. This is especially encouraging in light of Amos 8:11 from the study below. I think there already is a famine of HEARING the Lord’s words. Blessed are those who press on to know/acknowledge the Lord – they will hear and follow His voice! Praise the Lord!

  4. khollandsblog Says:

    From:
    http://classic.net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=84&verse=6

    As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain[04175] also covers it with pools.

    http://classic.net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Joe&chapter=2&verse=23

    So rejoice, O sons of Zion, And be glad in the LORD your God; For He has given you the early rain[04175] for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, The early[04175] and latter rain as before.

    http://classic.net.bible.org/strong.php?id=04175
    rain[04175] = rain, teacher
    *from [03384]

  5. khollandsblog Says:

    From:
    http://classic.net.bible.org/verse.php?search=psalm%2032:8&book=psalm&chapter=32&verse=8

    I will instruct you and teach[03384] you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

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