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Deuteronomy 26:1-11

A passage from Deuteronomy for harvest? Are you mad? No, because:

  • 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.

buying the seed beans
Here's our young gardener buying his seeds.

digging the garden
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 in Deuteronomy 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 season.)

Harvest! Picking the runner beans.

offering the firstfruits
At the harvest service, our young gardener presents the firstfruits of the harvest to God...

enjoying the harvest
...before the family enjoys runner beans with their Sunday lunch.


Desert island church by John Parker. Contact me via the about page. Text and images copyright © 2014 John Parker www.desertislandchurch.co.uk.