In most of the western world, and northern hemisphere, October is pretty
well the end of the harvest season. All is safely gathered in !
Certainly, around Maybole, in south west Scotland, September’s sunshine
seems to have favoured this year’s in-gathering of crops.
Years ago I would help a farmer friend at harvest. I remember rubbing
my knuckles sore lifting sacks of corn onto a trailer towed through the
newly cut field. The others didn’t have that trouble, but they were
regular farm workers and I was a soft handed city guy!
You might say I wasn’t hardened to country life and labour. That’s
true. But I wanted to have a hand in the harvest.
Harvest has another meaning for Jesus. His concern is with human
souls. This was not a matter of sunshine ripening fruit and grain or
Jesus rubbing His knuckles sore.
His work in this harvest was death on Calvary’s cross - shedding His
blood for the forgiveness of our sin.
The corn has no escape from
the harvest as modern machines swallow up fields of ripened corn –
separating grain and stalk, spilling the grain into waiting container
and compressing the straw to disgorge it in huge plastic wrapped
Nor can we avoid an in-gathering, but we choose between two
harvests. We may be among those who have asked God, in Jesus’ name,
to forgive our sins. Or we reject God’s offer of forgiveness in Jesus
and become part of what Jesus described as the harvest of the tares.
(Have a look at St. Matthew’s Gospel chapter 13, verses 24-30 & 36-43)