Lord of the Harvest Matthew 9
Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 9, 2010
KJV Matthew 9:37-38
37. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
In this parable, Jesus is referring to a harvest. The fields are full, it promises to be a successful crop. But there are not enough people to harvest the crop.
We are not told what the crop is, but once the crop is ripe, it must be harvested, or it will spoil if it remains in the field. Jesus asks His listeners to pray because there is an sense of urgency.
The spiritual meaning of the word harvest can be found by comparing a number of verses containing the word.
Joel 3:13-14 KJV Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. (14) Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Matthew 13:39 KJV The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Revelation 14:15 KJV And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
The harvest represents the end of the world.