Not needle and thread – my poor husband generally has to hem his own pants and put buttons back on.
Sowing took place after the first rains had softened the ground. If the farmer tried to plough before the rain, the plough-blade could not dig into the ground.
“I shall give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. Take heed lest the anger of Yahweh be kindled against you, and He shut up the heavens, so that there be no rain…. (Deuteronomy 11:13-17)
There were two methods of sowing seed:
by broadcasting the seeds by hand
or using a seed-drill.
For the first method, the farmer walked along the furrows at a constant pace pulling handfuls of seed from a bag at his side and throwing them over the soil.
Several people might be involved for the second method: one to direct the plough and push the handle down into the soil, one to direct the animals, and a third person to hold the seed bag on his shoulder and drop the seeds into the funnel which pointed down to the soil. These seeds would fall behind the plough-point, so that they were covered by the falling soil.
When your words or thoughts are issued forth in the broadcast method, we should not be surprised that it will not be well received by all hearers. Some falls on good soil, some on thorny and some on rocky ground. This is the method of many teachers,clinicians,comedians etc. It is relatively an easy way to deliver ideas. There is little interaction with the hearer.It seems that if you want to do the ” focus on”individual”, more isolated, specific spot teaching, more helpers are required. Someone else is needed to aid in the process. Someone helps to prepare the hearer for the word, someone may have to hold him down and make him listen and someone may have to explain the whole process after it is done.