I've been enjoying the change of seasons lately. My family and I live in a little town in the Maine foothills, and we adore the change of seasons. Summer nights in our area of the country give way to a refreshing crisp air, and the woodlands that surround us trade their summer green for beautiful colors that the eye can barely take in. When you add in the aroma of pumpkin spice in the air, apple picking at a nearby orchard, and harvest celebrations at the various local fairs, you've got yourself a season to savor.
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I've been thinking on the subject of harvest in Scripture throughout this season of change, harvest celebration, and preparation for a season of familial celebrations that will soon be upon us. The one thing I've walked away with this harvest season is the basic truth that God needs to be put in his place, based on the time I've spent in the Scriptures and considering this problem.
I noticed this one day when reading Matthew 9:35-38, where Jesus says:
“Jesus traveled around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the kingdom's good news, and curing every illness and sickness.” He felt compassion for the throng because they were harried and defenseless, like sheep without a shepherd. ‘The harvest is plenty, but the labourers are few,' Jesus told his disciples. As a result, pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.'”
Harvest's symbolic meaning in Scripture is divided into two parts: God's provision for us and God's goodness for others. While we only have a harvest season once a year, we are constantly reminded of the spirit of harvest.
We experience harvest every day we go to work and get a salary. We feel harvest every time we receive love from our family and others in our lives. We experience harvest every time we feel God's closeness in a way that fills us spiritually. We experience harvest whenever we are full.
Harvest, then, isn't something that happens once a year, but rather something that happens every day.
This is when the significance of the words Jesus employs comes into play: The daily harvests we enjoy belong to God, not to us, for he is the Lord of the Harvest, not we.
We recognize God as the Lord of our Harvest when we put him in his due place. We acknowledge that he is the one who gave us hands to work with, that he is the one who feeds us, that our family is truly his family… and that it rightfully belongs to him.
Finally, when we identify the Lord of the Harvest for who he is in our life, we know that while our harvest is given to satisfy our needs, it is also something he wants us to utilize to bless others. All those lovely things in our life for which we'll express gratitude next month? Those things exist, in great measure, to benefit the world we live in.
Whether you're on a Maine hiking trail or soaking in the sun on a California beach this harvest season, I hope you'll join me in pausing for a moment of thought and asking, “Do I need to put God in his place this harvest season?”
And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.'I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. (ESV)
Here are a few ideas that can help us broaden our perspective the next time we ponder about Jesus sending out harvest workers:
What is the harvest in Christianity?
Harvest is a time to express gratitude for the crops that have been successfully gathered. During harvest, Christians give thanks to God for the food. Christians believe that God created the world and everything that exists within it. Christians also give thanks to God for the diversity of foods available and for everything that aids in the growth of those foods.
What does the harvest is ripe mean?
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When fruits in the farms are ripe, they should be collected as soon as possible to maximize their utility. If they are not picked, there is a risk that the fruits or produce would rot and their value will be lost.
The fruits in this article represent human beings, or souls, who are supposed to repent of their sins by accepting our Lord Jesus Christ and go to heaven at the end of their earthly lives. It's awful that so many people are wallowing in sin without someone preaching the gospel and converting them to a Christ-like lifestyle.
That is why, in Joel 3:13-14, the Bible laments, “Come, get down; the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is enormous.
14 In the valley of decision, multitudes: for the Lord's day is nigh in the valley of decision.” There is no need to delay, and believers should get their nets and fishing hooks ready to go into the field for the soul harvest. There are a lot of folks that want to be preached to. Many individuals on our globe today do not fully comprehend the cause for their creation and the reason for our Lord Jesus Christ's appearance in the realm of humanity. Many people are debating whether or not to take action. These folks require direction in order to emerge from the valley of decision and follow Christ. Many people are seeking salvation from our Lord Jesus Christ because they are no longer interested in world affairs. As a result, evangelists, pastors, and salvation preachers are needed to lead them to Christ.
What does harvest of righteousness mean?
What is God's purpose in this situation? The result of God's growing season for us is described by Paul as “Righteousness' harvest.” “Righteousness” does not imply that we obey laws in order to be good; rather, it means that we grow to mirror God's character in everything we do because we are credited with Jesus' righteousness.
What are the different types of harvesting?
- Crop harvesting using modern technology decreases grain waste while increasing quality and quantity.
- During harvesting, the direction of cutting fruits, grains, and vegetables is very important to preserve the quality of the products, and we must also ensure that the tools used do not harm the plant.
- Harvesting at the correct time improves grain quality and provides seed protection.
Water can be considered for harvesting because we store rainwater for future use.
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting and storing rainwater rather than letting it flow off. Rainwater is collected from a roof-like surface and channeled through percolation to a tank, cistern, deep pit, aquifer, or reservoir, where it seeps down and replenishes the groundwater.
How is harvest celebrated in church?
Poplar class is aware that our institution is founded on Christian principles and values. Love, peace, respect, determination, creation, and creativity are our school values, and they underpin everything we do. These qualities are actively encouraged in order to assist children in growing and developing positive Christian ideals of their own.
We've been learning about how Christians celebrate harvest this week.
We discovered that Christians frequently hold a Harvest Festival in church.
This entails praying, singing, and decorating the church; baskets of food are brought to express gratitude to God, and the food is frequently distributed to those in need.
We've been studying Judaism as well.
We learned about the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, which celebrates the collecting of products from the fields.
It is customary to build a sukkah and attempt to live in it for seven days, sharing meals with family and praying to God.
Poplar students have been creating model sukkahs out of natural materials.
The following are some images from the procedure.
What is the harvest season?
The noun “harvest” comes from the Old English word hrf-est, which means “autumn” (the season), “harvest-time,” or “August” and was coined before the Angles relocated from Angeln to Great Britain. (In British accent, it still means “fall” and “crop-gathering season” in general.) The action of reaping, gathering, and storing grain and other grown products throughout the autumn, as well as the grain and other grown products themselves, became known as “the harvest.” The word “harvest” was also defined: “to harvest” refers to reaping, gathering, and storing the harvest (or the crop). Harvesters are people who harvest and machinery that harvests; they are harvesting while doing so.