Say not, that there are yet four months to Harvest.
John 4:34-35 “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the Will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His Work.
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
This was said, when Jesus had rested at a well in Samaria,…..and had a conversation with a women at that well. (John 4:4-42)
The Bible speaks often of seed time and harvest. Though they are different, they are connected;….though the harvest should be a time of rejoicing; yet it will never happen without the planting of the seed.
The sowers and the reapers are both necessary….both will be equally rewarded….both are sent of God.
If they do not harvest, when the field is ready….then some of the grain would be lost….
Johns 6:39 “And this the Father’s Will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, and should raise it up again at the last day.”
The Old Testament, for Israel was a “seed time”. God sowed His Word, and His laws in the hearts of the people;….sending leaders (Moses, Joshua), judges, and prophets to spread God’s Word, and message of the coming Christ.
But now, He has come, and He speaks of this here to His disciples,…..because in a few minutes they will experience a great “harvest” in this Samaritan town.
There was a saying in those times: “Sow and in four months you will reap a harvest.”
So here, Jesus is speaking to His disciples, so they can “Look up” and see what God is doing,….by the Word God has spoken in the Old Testament,……and the Word that He speaks, now, through His Son.
(How much training in “seeing” do we need, in order to see the way the Lord sees things!)
In the other places where Jesus speaks of sowing and reaping: He is preparing to send out the twelve into the fields, to say:
Matthew 9:37-38, 10:5-6 “Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
Pray therefore the Lord of harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Israel was to be presented the Way to the Kingdom of heaven, first. The harvest was to begin with them.
Later in His ministry,….Jesus sent the seventy. Seventy of His disciples went two by two; to preach “the Kingdom of heaven is at hand”.
Prepare the people’s hearts to hear Me, when I come through their towns.
(This was in His last year of ministry…..there was an urgency, therefore He sent more of His disciples out….to minister, and to prepare them for His coming through their towns…..prepare them for His Word.)
And the encouragement from the Lord is the same…..look, for the harvest is ready.
Luke 10:1-2 “After these things the Lord appointed other servants also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come.
Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest.”
Jesus is showing them (and us) the work they are called to do: sowing and harvest.
1 Corinthians 3:8 “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
(Planting, is to spread the Word….the good news of Christ. Watering is to pray for the Word to take root in the heart and life of a person.)
Psalm 126:5-6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bring his sheaves with him.”
Later, right before the Last Supper,…..Jesus speaks again about that “Precious Seed”……which will die that it might produce a great harvest.
This time, not just in Israel…..but throughout the whole world.
A harvest of believers in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
John 12:24-25 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
He that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”
The Lord was showing His disciples that He, as the Son of God, was going to die,…..but that was not the end.
He would be raised up in newness of life (in His resurrection, and ascension) to produce a further harvest: “much fruit”….
…..the fruit of a believing “harvest”….in hearts all over the world.
From His death and sacrifice, the knowledge of His atonement, has spread……and from His resurrection and ascension, the power of His eternal life has been given……To those that believe on Him, to the saving of their souls.
And He went on to say, that, as His believers, we, too, are not created, to be unto ourselves…..
Our Salvation was not an end,…..but a beginning…a sowing, for the harvest to come.
We are being “sent forth” today…….to bear our “Precious Seed”—Jesus Christ,……that we might return in joy,…..rejoicing in His Salvation for men.