A Time for Everything
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Everything in life follows a cycle: the seasons, days, months, and years.
In spring, new seeds are sown and over time plants grow.
In summer, the weather gets hot and some plants begin to reach full maturity, other plants need some more time.
In autumn/fall, the weather cools and now is the time many farmers and gardeners begin to harvest their crops before winter comes.
In winter, the weather is cold and snow comes, the land is bare. Few plants are left alive.
If you’ve ever taken care of plants that produce fruits or vegetables, you know it’s hard work making something grow. But then when the plant bears its fruit you know your hard work has paid off. You can enjoy what you have gathered.
How does God and His Word fit in with this?
Have you ever thought about God as a farmer, and his creation as his field?
We usually think of God as this almighty, all powerful being that can zap things into existence like some ethereal Harry Potter (or Dumbledore). But, if we closely look at the Bible, we can how God works during each generation (in the Old Testament, and at the first coming of Jesus), to bring forth people who will serve Him faithfully. God doesn’t just zap things into place, but instead he waits until the proper time.
In Amos 3:7, it says how God does nothing without first revealing it to his prophets, and in Hosea 12:10 how he gives his prophets visions and parables. God gives his servants these words to share with his people until the time is right for God to make those things happen.
In the Old Testament, the prophets prophesied the coming of a messiah, for example:
Isaiah 7:14 – The virgin will give birth to a son
Jeremiah 31:21-22 – The Lord will make a new thing, a woman encircles a man
Both of those prophets lived 500-600 years before Jesus Christ was born, and yet they were speaking of his birth. God needed that time for his people to hear the prophets’ words.
At Jesus’s first coming, he fulfills the prophecies in the Old Testament about him (read Luke 24:13-27), as well prophesies about his second coming to his disciples (Matthew chapters 13 and 24, and all of Revelation) – and for believers today.
In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus talks about the Parable of the Weeds, which goes like this:
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Have you ever wondered what this passage in Matthew is all about?
Have you ever thought about which type of plant you are?
Give this some serious thought and contact me if you’d like to discuss this more.