This Bible lesson was taken from an 1879 book, and is still very relevant today. The original text is in the public domain, so you are free to use this however you wish for personal Bible study, a Sunday school lesson, sermon outline, to adapt to a children’s lesson – as long as it is not sold or used commercially. I’ll include a pdf printable version at the bottom.
1. Harvest time proclaims God’s faithfulness.
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22
2. Harvest time tells of God’s goodness.
“You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11
“The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.” Psalm 65:13
3. Harvest time is a time for prayer and work.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-39
4. Harvest time is a time of joy.
“You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.”
“Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Psalm 126:6
5. Harvest time is a testing time.
“The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.” Matthew 13:20
6. Harvest time is connected with seed time.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8
7. Harvest time speaks loudly to the unsaved.
“The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8:20
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds of mankind.” Psalm 107:8
Adapted from “Notes and Suggestions for Bible Readings.”
S.R. Briggs, John H. Elliott
Scriptures from NIV (New International Version of the Bible)