Andrew Fuller Fridays: Fuller on Passages that Seem Contradictory (Gen. 8:22 and Gen. 45:6)


“While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest shall not cease.”—Gen. 8:22.

“There are five years in which there shall be neither earing nor harvest.”—Gen. 45:6.

The former of these passages contains a general truth or rule, which, as is common with general rules, has its particular exceptions. And yet it hardly amounts to an exception; for there never was a year since the flood in which there was no harvest throughout the world. To understand the promise of God’s engaging never to afflict any particular nation, or number of nations, with famine, is to make it universal as to place, as well as uninterrupted in respect to time; and this would go to insure a harvest to the sluggard who refuses to sow.

Fuller, A. G. (1988). The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller: Memoirs, Sermons, Etc. (J. Belcher, Ed.) (Vol. 1, pp. 667–684). Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications.


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