These balls of cotton ain’t rotten! Cotton is a pretty plant this time of year. They are prime for picking! Probably before the week is out, I’ll look out my bedroom window (four miles west of this field) and see gigantic John Deer combines drive past, followed by trucks with 20 foot wide cotton picking heads on flatbed trailers heading to the fields down the road. They will be followed by large tractors with huge bailers that will bail the picked cotton into large tightly packed rectangular blocks of picked cotton (about 3.5 bales each) and blue numbers painted on the sides of each, designating the order they will proceed from the edges of fields where they will be dropped to the cotton gin plant in the next county. There, the seed will be extracted from each ball of cotton in the photo and saved for next year’s crop. The harvest is looking really good this year! There will be no hands getting bloody from the thorns that surround the cotton balls as was in the days when picking was done by hand. Those days are long forgotten!
How many pairs of fruit and the loom and hanes underwear, bath towels, wash cloths, sheets, pillow cases, medical and minister cloaks, politician’s shirts and ties and yes, even 100 dollar bills get to be printed from this field of cotton? Let’s not forget all those designer cloth masks!
“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had (G2192) a bow (G5115); and a crown (G4735) was given unto him: and he went forth conquering (G3528), and to conquer (G3528).” (Rev 6:1) Definitions from Strong’s:
*G5115 – τόξον – a bow (apparently as the simplest fabric)
Derivation: from the base of G5088; KJV Usage: bow.
>G5088 – τίκτω – to produce (from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc.), literally or figuratively. Derivation: a strengthened form of a primary τέκω (which is used only as alternate in certain tenses); KJV Usage: bear, be born, bring forth, be delivered, be in travail.
*G2192 – ἔχω, including an alternate form σχέω ; (used in certain tenses only) to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) Derivation: a primary verb; KJV Usage: be (able, X hold, possessed with), accompany, + begin to amend, can(+ -not), X conceive, count, diseased, do + eat, + enjoy, + fear, following, have, hold, keep, + lack, + go to law, lie, + must needs, + of necessity, + need, next, + recover, + reign, + rest, + return, X sick, take for, + tremble, + uncircumcised, use.
“…had (possessed) a bow (simple fabric)…”
For other definitions, see “A Sabbath Message 8/14/21 – The White Horse” and “Conquering and To Conquer” in main menu.
Cotton might be king again in the south as a “cash” crop, but it is not the King of Kings and Lord of Lords soon to come!