Distinctive periods of the year marked by certain climatic conditions. Seasons are examples of God’s perfect order in the world. They represent the balanced cycle of creation which is sustained by God and through which his provision and mercy are made known.
The dry and rainy seasonsJoel 2:23The rainy season, accounting for over 90 per cent of the national rainfall, runs from October to March/April. Its beginning is marked by the autumn rains in October/November; the lighter spring showers in April/May announce the coming of the dry season. See alsoEzr 10:13; Hos 6:3; Jas 5:7Israel’s continued enjoyment of seasonal blessings was conditional upon her obedience:Lev 26:3-4; Dt 11:13-14; Dt 28:12
Seedtime and harvestPr 20:4Ploughing and sowing take place from October to December when the autumn rains have begun to soften the ground. Most crops are harvested between April and June. See alsoEx 34:21; Nu 13:20; Job 5:26; Ps 1:3
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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