Good morning and praise God. We take this opportunity to thank God for the gift of a new month of August. May our God bless our new Month which we receive as a gift from Him. Thus far the Lord has brought us. The threat of the 4th wave roams around us but we trust that our God will keep us safe. He is God who was, is and ever shall be. He will calm the storms and keep us safe. This is again a special day in the calendar of LUC where we gather to worship the Lord and bring our harvest to Him. We spend this time to reflect on the essence of this event from the scriptures.
Scripturally, harvest was a time of gathering of things planted, a natural time of reaping in joy what has been produced during the year in an agricultural community. Jesus reflects the Bible's theological viewpoint on harvest when he enjoins believers to ask the "Lord of the harvest" for laborers ( Matt 9:38). God stands in control of the harvest time as part of His work ( Jeremiah 5:24 ; Amos 4:7).
A human response to God came with planting and reaping. Offerings came from the fullness of one's harvest ( Exodus 22:29 ). At least two festivals in the biblical world focused on harvest. The Festival of Harvest or first-fruits came in the spring, fifty days after Passover ( Exodus 23:16 ). The Festival of Booths fell at the end of harvest in the fall.
In the scripture we learn that farmers needed to do their part in planting to be able to reap ( Prov 6:8 ). But the focus in harvest revolved around the product and the work of the Lord in bringing it to completion. Even during harvest, the Sabbath rest was to be kept so that the focus would remain on the Lord ( Exodus 34:21-22 ). Of course, great joy accompanied the harvest ( Isa 9:3 ).
The first-fruits came to the priest, who would offer them to the Lord. If a person brought them, then the Lord might accept them (Lev 23:10-11), an acceptance perhaps reflected in the successful completion of the harvest in the fall, a "blessing" (Deuteronomy 24:19 ; Psalm 107:37-38 ).
There is also some metaphoricals usage of harvest which takes on a positive sense when Jeremiah refers to Israel as God's fruits of harvest (Jeremiah 2:3). In the New Testament, believers may sow and reap a spiritual harvest of righteousness (2 Cor 9:10).
This day therefore we bring our harvest as a sign of gratitude and in response to the scriptures, believing that the God of the harvest will shower us with blessings as we return to the Lord.
Now then, we connect this with our lesson today from Galatians 6: 6-7. In this Paul admonishes us not to be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Now, the scripture tells us there is a law of the harvest. The law of the harvest is illustrated everywhere in life. As we look at the law of the harvest today, remember the law of the harvest says that you reap what you sow. ''Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Let us therefore not deceive God even in the harvest today.
May God help us therefore to be faithful in all ways and be accountable to our master. This is because every choice has consequences as we will find out in this month. May God help us therefore to make the rights choices that we don’t regret in the end. Amen!