17th October 2016

Harvest

“Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.”
Exodus 23:16 (NIV) 

The Bible has a deep affinity with the harvest. The old testament Holy Days are based around the harvest seasons in Israel with the concept of the first fruits of the harvest, and the main harvest itself which was to follow. Jesus talked about the harvest in Matthew 9:37-38 when he said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

At our Autumn Harvest Festival, we have been looking at Acts 4:12 where it says “there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Jesus referred to the world as a harvest field which is plentiful, by which he meant filled with unbelievers. Jesus makes clear that the harvest field is His, not ours What’s more, we are to ask Him to send workers into His field.

For there to be a harvest you first have to sow the seeds. In Luke 8 Jesus acknowledges that when seeds are sown they don’t always fall on fertile ground. Some fall on the path, while others get strangled by weeds or wither with no foundation. This is, in some ways, discouraging as you know that many of the seeds come to nothing, but on the other hand it’s encouraging to know that it’s no reflection on us.

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

God makes the seed grow. The Bible talks about the elect or the first fruits, and the main harvest. It is God who chooses to whom He will reveal the gospel at any particular time. The seed we spread will fall on all types of ground, but if we don’t sow it, none will reach the ground that God is preparing. The enemy blinds people from seeing the truth. God may not be revealing himself to someone right now, but they are still loved and his or her time will come. Understanding the harvest gives us a more compassionate outlook of life. Instead of condemning people for the choices they make or the circumstances imposed on them, see them as beloved children of God that He loves and for whom Jesus died. It may not be someone’s time right now, it may be yet to come, but at some point Jesus’ light will pierce the dark veil that is cloaking his or her eyes and there will be a response in one of two ways. Let’s pray that all will accept the gift of life when it’s their time to be harvested.

Prayer
Dear God, thank you for revealing your love and grace to believers at this time. We pray that Your light will pierce the darkness imposed by the blindfolds of the unbelievers, so they can experience the love and grace that You have for them.
Amen

Study by Gary Glenister

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garyglenisterAbout the Author:
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Local Congregation:
Welcome Christian Fellowship – Llanelli
Trallwm Hall
Amanwy
Llwynhendy
Llanelli SA14 9AH

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
Gary Glenister
Phone: 07811-71028207811-710282
Local congregations website: www.llanelli.church
Email: gary_llanelli@hotmail.com

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