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Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 4…

2Ti 2:6,7 “The hard-working farmer (KJV – “husbandman”) ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.” (NAS)

Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (NAS)

—–Just gotta tell you this: That word, “husbandman,” transliterated is “George” – my earthly father’s name.———–

The laws of the harvest come to my mind at this point. The farmer receives the firstfruits of his labors. I know that’s the way we handle our blueberry bushes. Bob picks ours first!

So, we had best plant well, obeying the “rules” of the whole process of harvesting. Plenty of verses to amplify this subject come to mind because I have been preparing “The Laws of the Harvest” for some future Ladies Bible Study lessons. I have typed that phrase into Google and there are millions of papers on this subject. I read a few. What is lacking? That when the grain, or seed, is planted it dies.

But, it will “bear after its kind.” It cannot bear what it isn’t. That’s the law. In context with the other professions mentioned in this portion of Scripture, this verse emphasizes “the toiling farmer.” Each example that we are given endures hardship, discipline, and hard work. These are not sought, in general, by folks today. Lives filled with ease and abundance are sought for satisfaction through entanglements with the present world system. This “age” is only the preparation for the “next” age when, as verse 8 reminds us, “Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, SEED of David…” will rule with a rod of iron for the next 1,000 years.

The “husbandman” is the Father: John 15:1 I (Jesus, the Christ) am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

And, there is the sense that we are encouraged to be patient as the farmer who waits upon God for all he needs for a good harvest:

Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

In the Bible, all the seed, fruit, harvesting, farming, and waiting, have to do with the coming of the Lord and setting up His coming reign. I will close today with some more James 5 verses:

Jas 5:7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.

8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

11 Behold, we count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and [is] merciful.

 

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March 13, 2012 - Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , ,

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