harvesting

After the Harvest

The Book of Ruth has a background intricately tied to grain and the harvest. "Grain" can be particular crops like barley or wheat. Here are the steps in ancient grain production (as described in The Lexham Bible Dictionary):

  1. Plowing (1 Sam. 11:5, Isa. 2:4; Joel 3:10)
  2. Planting (Gen. 26:12; Deut. 22:9; Jer. 50:16)
  3. Harvesting (Deut. 6:19; Jer. 50:16; Joel 3:13)
  4. Stacking stalks in sheaves (Gen. 37:7; Ruth 2:7, 15; Zech. 12:6)
  5. Transporting sheaves to the threshing floor (Amos 2:13; Micah 4:2)
  6. Threshing (Deut. 25:4; Judg. 6:11; 2 Sam. 24:16-25) - See video #1 below
  7. Winnowing (Exod. 15:7; Job 13:25; Isa. 30:24) - See video #2 below (especially at 2:28).
  8. Sifting (Amos 9:9; Luke 22:31) - See video #2 below (especially at 6:23).
  9. Milling (Gen. 18:6), parching (2 Sam. 17:28), or storing (Joel 1:17) - See video #3 below.

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Faith Trainer logo - websiteI've just completed a project that has been, in some sense, decades in the making. Well, to say I've completed it may be inaccurate, for it's really the first step of a much larger mosaic. So let's say that I've reached a milestone that, for me, is critical to fulfilling my calling. All my life I've had a desire to assist regular Christians to be an active part of the Great Commission. Yet what I've witnessed in my 20-plus years in ministry has been a deadly combination of apathy, misdirected efforts from church leaders, and outright opposition to disciple-making.

For many years now, the Lord has brought people into my life cutting-edge Christian leaders who focused on different aspects of disciple-making: Steve Sjogren (servant evangelism), Lee Thomas (praying for the lost), Bill Fay (sharing the gospel), and Jim Petersen (spiritual parenting)--just to name a few. It took a while for it all to sink in and to overcome those who opposed what the Lord was doing, but Part 1 of the project is now complete.

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May your prayers be everything our Heavenly Father desires, and may He grant you everything you ask (John 15:7-8).