Pray the Lord of the Harvest: The Harvest, the Need, and the Need to Be Sent
For the first time in the story of Jesus and his mission, Jesus indicates that his mission will require more hands than just his, which has far-reaching implications for the kingdom and Jesus’ mission as we know it today.
The Harvest Is Abundant
In this passage, the word “harvest” indicates that something that had been planned for a long time has finally materialized; there is an urgency to this language that Jesus’ contemporaries would not have missed, and Jesus’ language indicates a greater urgency than usual: this harvest is plentiful.
There is an order to things, and necessary equipping, as Jesus tells his disciples to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into his harvest. Prayer is how we partner with God, and it is how we access his will and power to get it done.
The Baal Subtext …
The people had prayed to the pagan god Baal to bless their harvests and provide for them, but Jesus makes it clear that he is the only one who can help them.
The abundance and urgency of the harvest necessitates pulling laborers away from their current occupations, which is by nature a disruptive call. It means we cannot go about our daily lives as usual.
The Lord of the Harvest has responded and is sending out workers, and Jesus begins to make clear the cost of following him in the following chapters. The call of Jesus takes on true urgency, power, and a cost, and that call will be our subject in the coming weeks.
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What does the Bible say about reaping a harvest?
The one who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction from that nature; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let us not grow weary in doing good, for if we do not give up, we will reap a harvest at the proper time.
What is the reason for harvest?
Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the blessings God has bestowed upon them, inspiring them to share with those who are less fortunate. People bring food from home to Harvest Festival services in schools and churches.
What is harvest in Christianity?
Although we are more likely to get our food from the supermarket these days, Christians believe it is still important to remember God as the creator and thank Him for the good things He provides during the harvest season.
Who is the Lord of the harvest?
How do you reflect God’s bounty in your daily life? Jesus refers to God as “the Lord of the Harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
What is a harvest prayer?
“Dear God, Thank you for the season of harvest,” for example, “we pray that people will be more determined to help end world hunger and that people all over the world will do more to care for our planet.”
What is the law of the harvest?
The Law of the Harvest: 1. You reap what you sow 2. The more I help others, the more they will want to help me in return; always remember that people’s desire is a reflection of your influence on them.
What is spiritual sowing?
When disaster strikes, you look to the world and unbelievers for solutions, even if you are a child of God. When you sow to the flesh, it means that when disaster strikes, you look to the world and unbelievers for solutions, even if you are a child of God.
What is the law of sowing and reaping?
The ‘Law of Sow and Reap’ best exemplifies karma, as it is well said, ‘Whatever you sow today, you will reap tomorrow.’ The three laws of the’sow and reap strategy’ – You must sow before you reap. – You will reap what you sow. – You will reap more than you sow.
What harvest time means?
Harvest season is the time when an annual crop (such as wheat) is harvested.
What are harvesting tools?
Harvesting implements: Small sickle, big sickle, darat, gandasa, and small axe are the most common types of harvesting implements (Fig. 9.9a, b, c).
What do you mean by harvest?
1: the beginning of the harvest season for agricultural crops. 2: the act or process of gathering in a crop to assist neighbors in their harvest. 3a: a mature crop (as grain or fruit) that yields plentiful harvests.
What are the different types of harvesting?
These are some of them:
- Reaping entails cutting the mature panicles and straw above ground.
- Threshing entails separating the paddy grain from the rest of the cut crop.
- Cleaning entails removing immature, unfilled, non-grain materials.
What does the Bible mean by sowing and reaping?
To reap is to “gather a crop,” and to sow is to “plant seeds.” Sowing is a metaphor for one’s actions, and reaping is a metaphor for the results of those actions.