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Harvest Time (2 of 3)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bibles, please turn to John chapter 4. We’re in a series called “Seasons.” The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, “To everything there is a season, and there’s a time for every event, every purpose under heaven.”
God has divided life into seasons. We see that in the created world and nature because in nature there are seasons. The Lord said after the flood when Noah got out of the ark, He said, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” There’s going to be order to the created world. There’s order to nature, and there are going to be seasons in nature, and we see that as we’re in summertime and we’re getting ready to go into autumn or fall, and then wintertime, and then it's springtime. It just keeps on going. Well, life is like that. Life has seasons. And there are times that this is happening and times that that is happening and times that something else is happening. And if you really think about it, you tend to repeat.
Now last week we talked about the season known as seedtime, as the Lord says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest….” And seedtime is the time for plowing. It’s the time for preparing the soil. It’s the time for planting the seed. It’s the time for weeding and working and watering and waiting, because at seedtime you don’t see a lot of the fruit of your labor because that doesn’t come up yet. That doesn’t come up during seedtime. That comes up in harvest time. But seedtime is so critical. Seedtime and harvest, they fit together, because if you don’t plant the seed, you don’t have a harvest. The Bible says in Proverbs chapter 20 and verse 4, “The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing.” If you don’t plant at seedtime, then you have no harvest to reap. Seedtime is so critical. Remember we said last week, ...
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