The Harvest Is Ended and We Are Not Saved
INTRODUCTION: Let me give a little background to our message this evening. Jeremiah was the major prophet during the decline and fall of the southern kingdom of Judah. He is the author of the book of Jeremiah, as well as the book of Lamentations, a record of his lament over the demise of Judah. He is often referred to as the "Weeping Prophet of Israel."
Jeremiah's comment in (vs.20) has to do with Israel missing her opportunity to repent from the error of her ways. She had, time and time again, turned from God. She had worshipped false gods, and she refused to have the Lord rule in her life. As a result, Israel went into Babylonian captivity, and Jerusalem was destroyed. Jeremiah had reason to weep didn't he? Look at Jeremiah 9:1, "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!"
Jeremiah likens Israel's missed opportunity to turn to God to that of a missed harvest: "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." In the Scriptures, the Lord often uses the word "harvest" to represent the abundance of lost souls that need to be harvested for God. Matthew 9:37-38, "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."
May I say to you this evening, "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few." The world is full of men and women and young people who need Christ. The question is: "Who will reach them? Who will tell them?
We are surrounded by the unsaved. They are our co-workers; they are our family members; they are our neighbors; and they are the people we meet on the street every day.
The purpose of my message this evening is to stir our hearts ...
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