Rain

Rain

Occasioned by the condensing of the clouds — Job 36:27,28; Psalm 77:17; Ecclesiastes 11:3.

God

  • Made a decree for. — Job 28:26.
  • Prepares. — Psalm 147:8.
  • Gives. — Job 5:10.
  • Causes, to come down. — Joel 2:23.
  • Exhibits goodness in giving. — Acts 14:17.
  • Exhibits greatness in giving. — Job 36:26,27.
  • Sends upon the evil and good. — Matthew 5:45.
  • Should be praised for. — Psalm 147:7,8.
  • Should be feared on account of. — Jeremiah 5:24.

Impotence of idols exhibited in not being able to give — Jeremiah 14:22.

Not sent upon the earth immediately after creation — Genesis 2:5.

Rarely falls in Egypt — Deuteronomy 11:10; Zechariah 14:18.

Canaan abundantly supplied with — Deuteronomy 11:11.

Designed for

  • Refreshing the earth. — Psalm 68:9; 72:6.
  • Making fruitful the earth. — Hebrews 6:7.
  • Replenishing the springs and fountains of the earth. — Psalm 104:8.

Promised in due season to the obedient — Leviticus 26:4; Deuteronomy 11:14; Ezekiel 34:26,27.

The want of

  • Causes the earth to open. — Job 29:23; Jeremiah 14:4.
  • Dries up springs and fountains. — 1 Kings 17:7.
  • Occasions famine. — 1 Kings 18:1,2.
  • Removed by prayer. — 1 Kings 8:35,36; James 5:18.

Withheld for three years and six months in the days of Elijah — 1 Kings 17:1; James 5:17.

Divided into

  • Great. — Ezr 10:9.
  • Plentiful. — Psalm 68:9.
  • Overflowing. — Ezekiel 38:22.
  • Sweeping. — Proverbs 28:3.
  • Small. — Job 37:6.

The former, after harvest, to prepare for sowing — Deuteronomy 11:14; Jeremiah 5:24.

The latter, before harvest — Joel 2:23; Zechariah 10:1.

The rainbow often appears during — Genesis 9:14; Ezekiel 1:28.

Often succeeded by heat and sunshine — 2 Samuel 23:4; Isaiah 18:4.

The appearance of a cloud from the west indicated — 1 Kings 18:44; Luke 12:54.

The north wind drives away — Proverbs 25:23.

Unusual in harvest time — Proverbs 26:1.

Thunder and lightning often with — Psalm 135:7.

Storm and tempest often with — Matthew 7:25,27.

Instances of extraordinary

  • Time of the flood. — Genesis 7:4,12.
  • Plague of, upon Egypt. — Exodus 9:18,23.
  • During wheat harvest in the days of Samuel. — 1 Samuel 12:17,18.
  • After long drought in Ahab’s reign. — 1 Kings 18:45.
  • After the captivity. — Ezr 10:9,13.

Often impeded travelling in the east — 1 Kings 18:44; Isaiah 4:6.

Often destroyed houses — Ezekiel 13:13-15; Matthew 7:27.

Illustrative

  • Of the word of God. — Isaiah 55:10,11.
  • Of the doctrine of faithful ministers. — Deuteronomy 32:2.
  • Of Christ in the communication of his graces. — Psalm 72:6; Hosea 6:3.
  • Of spiritual blessings. — Psalm 68:9; 84:6; Ezekiel 34:26.
  • Of righteousness. — Hosea 10:12.
  • (Destructive,) of God’s judgments. — Job 20:23; Psalm 11:6; Ezekiel 38:22.
  • (Destructive,) of a poor man oppressing the poor. — Proverbs 28:3.

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