A passage from Deuteronomy for harvest? Are you mad? No,
- God - through Moses - reminds the Israelites what he has done
for them. They were suffering in Egypt, and the LORD
rescued them. The Israelites hadn't done anything to deserve their rescue, but
God - in his grace, mercy and love - brought them to the promised land.
- in gratitude the Israelites were to offer the firstfruits of
their harvests to the LORD.
- ...and the celebration was to include everyone in Israel,
including the foreigners living amongst them.
young gardener buying his seeds.
In a corner of the garden, near the
shed, he prepares the soil...
... plants the seeds...
... and waters them.
As Paul said in a different context (1 Corinthians 3: 5-9), neither he who plants nor he who
waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
One of the blessings promised by God for his people
11: 13-15 is to send rain in spring and autumn so that their crops grow and
their harvest is plentiful.
(And, by not sending rain in the summer, God
also blessed their cricket
Harvest! Picking the
harvest service, our young gardener presents the firstfruits of the harvest to
the family enjoys runner beans with their Sunday lunch.