Matthew _13

Scripture

Matthew 13:37 – 39 

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

Observation

Jesus spoke to the crowds that formed around him, while in a boat as they sat on the shore. 

Understanding

Matthew 13:40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. 

Whoever has ears, let them hear. (Matt. 13:43)

The harvest is coming soon. “The harvest,” the one we have been waiting for, will be here soon. We all have loved ones that need to know the truth, that need to hear about the salvation of the world that has come to rescue and save them from their sin. Immanuel came down to be with us. 

We have the opportunity to tell those who need to hear the message so that they will be the wheat when the harvesters come. 

Last year around this time I believe the Lord impressed on my heart for DSC, “ the people are coming, get your house ready.” 

A few weeks ago, I felt another impression. This time I heard, “It’s time for you to start to pray. Ask me to send you unbelievers. Ask me to send you the laborers.” 

I felt a little startled and hesitant to pray, not out of fear or unbelief, but because I could feel the weight of the words He said. I knew at that moment it was going to happen. I knew, I know, that if we pray, “…send us unbelievers, send us laborers, send us into the harvest field,” It is going to happen. It is happening.  

“Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

As we sit down at a table today prepared with food that celebrates a harvest. We sit around the table with our family and friends, neighbors and even enemies. We sit at a table that celebrates harvest season, a job well done. 

Let’s look to the future when we all sit around the table together in a place called heaven, at the marriage supper of the lamb, celebrating the harvest, a job well done. Sitting together with friends and family, neighbors and even those who were once enemies. 

The salvation of the world is here, the kingdom of heaven is here, the harvest is upon us. 

“Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Application

You are in a harvest field. 

Remember the wheat grows among the weeds. We are in a harvest field. We see those who need to hear the “good news” everyday. We see them at work, school, the grocery store, and even in our own home. 

Wherever we go, we are among those who need to know. 

Ask Holy Spirit to empower you to be a witness. “Holy Spirit, how can I be the light to someone today?” 

He may have you pray for them, he may have you start having lunch with them, he may have you give them an encouraging word, or he may have you introduce them to Jesus Christ. 

“Whoever has ears, let them hear. The harvest is plenty. (Matthew 9:37-38)
 
Deborah Lee