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"The Harvest"

 

 

(Matthew 9:37-38)

Know that the Kingdom of Heaven is liken to a landowner, who had a huge farm. It was harvest time, and the wheat was ready to be harvested. So the landowner drove to the nearby town, to the “labor hall”, to hire some workers. It was where men would go, and wait around to get hired out for work.

The landowner told the men,

“It was harvest time, and he needed workers to go out into his fields to harvest the wheat. He asked if anyone could drive a combine harvester. A few men stepped forward, so he drove them out into his fields.

He still needed more workers, so he went back to the labor hall to get more workers; he decided to ‘lower the requirements’. Instead of highly skilled workers who could drive a combine harvester, he asked if anyone could drive a tractor, a big truck or any kind of farm machinery. Again, a few men came forward. So he drove them out into the fields.

He still needed more workers, so again he went back to the labor hall and said, “I still need more workers, the harvest is ripe, ready to be harvested. If it is not harvested, it will rot and be ruined in the fields”.

Then suddenly one person stepped forward and said to the landowner, “Sir, I cannot drive those big trucks or tractor combines, but I am willing to work.”

The landowner said to him, “What can you do?”

He said, “I am a cook. I can cook and prepare food and bring it out to the hungry workers out in the fields.

Again, another man stepped forward and said to the landowner, “Sir, I cannot drive a tractor or any farm machines, but I am willing to work.”

The landowner asked him, “What can you do?”

He said, “Sir, I am a mechanic, I fix big trucks.”

“Good”, the Landowner said, “Go out into my fields and fix and repair my trucks and farm machines to keep them running and in good shape.”

Still another man stepped forward and said to the landowner, “Neither can I drive any farm machinery or big trucks, but I also am willing to work.”

Again, the Landowner asked the man, “What can you do?”

The man said, I am a construction worker, I build buildings.”

“Good”, said the Landowner, and he left.

The landowner still saw many men still standing around waiting for a job. So he called out in a loud voice so everyone could hear him “There are no unemployed men on my farm. I have many different jobs that need to be done. Whoever wants to work I will give them a job.”

The Landowner then waited, again only a few came forward. The Landowner then said, “Truly the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” and I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).

The meaning of the parable

Harvest Time:  end times, right now

Landowner: the Lord

The “Labor Hall”: churches throughout the world everywhere

Cook, Mechanic, Construction Worker: Christians using their gifts