John Lesson 6 Day 3

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John Lesson 6 Day 3

Study of John 4:35-38

Numbering coincides with BSF questions. Does not include answers to questions about the lecture or notes.

6. a.”Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest?’” ESV

“The statement concerning four months was probably a proverb signifying that there is no need to rush in performing a task.” (Footnote on John 4:35 also found in several commentaries.)

b. The fields are white for harvest

Jesus was saying the physical harvest might be four months away but to look at the spiritual harvest that is before them right now. I imagine the Samaritans were beginning to pour out of the city to come and meet this Man who had told the woman all the things she had ever done. Jesus was saying, “Look at the spiritual harvest that is ready to be picked right now.” Andrew Wommack

  • “The souls who are ready to receive the truth are very numerous.” (Adam Clarke)
  • Christ calls Himself the Lord of the harvest (of souls.) Matthew 9:38
  • “The harvest is not temporary, like gathering grain, but shall result in eternal life.” Barnes
  • The place of the harvest is the whole earth.
  • Wherever the unbelievers are.
  • The crop is the souls gathered unto eternal life.

7. a. Often, one sows the seed, and another reaps the harvest.

Sower  —

  • A laborer (worker) who acts as a minister of Christ, spreading the good news —preparing the way. He is represented as a day-laborer: he comes into the harvest, not to become lord of it, not to live on the labor of others, but to work, and to labor his day. (Adam Clarke)
  • The prophets of old, the teachers among the Jews, John the Baptist, and Jesus Himself prepared the way.
  • Today, as sowers, we have many tools at our disposal.
    • Websites translate into other languages with the click of a mouse.
    • Audio recordings and digital Bibles and books can be carried around in our hands or pockets.
    • Television broadcasts and digital videos are available online and on CDs.
    • Travel is easier and safer than ever.

Reaper —

  • One who gathers the ripened grain—sees the reward of his own sowing or the result of the sowing done by others, welcoming souls into the kingdom.
  • “It was customary with the Jews to call their rabbis and students reapers; and their work of instruction, the harvest.” (Adam Clarke)
  • Paul wrote, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6 NLT

b. Wages —

  • In this life, the personal reward is the joy and satisfaction of knowing someone received Jesus.
  • In the life to come, those who sowed in prayer, in word, or in provision for others will rejoice with those who reaped the harvest.

c. Lessons learned

There are many ways to sow. When a seed is sown, it takes time to germinate, grow, and produce a harvest.

Miracles speed up the process. Miracles are to spiritual harvest as Miracle-Gro® fertilizer is to plants. They produce a bountiful harvest.

8. Jesus’ words about the harvest

Over the summer, my friend and I went to a local festival with the evangelism team. We didn’t see anyone accept Jesus, but I remember thinking as we walked away from a woman who clearly wanted nothing to do with us or our message, “The kingdom of God has come near [you.]” Mark 1:15 I hope our attempt to reach her planted a seed or at least softened the ground. Praying that another laborer will reach her.

These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Matthew 10:5-8 ESV

Later, He sent out seventy-two others with a similar charge:

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Heal the sick…and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ Luke 10 ESV

Examples of miracles that produced harvests: Mark 2:10-11; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:41; Acts 3:6-11 with Acts 4:4 and Acts 14

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