Are you looking for some bible-centered things to celebrate and consider during the fall harvest season? Our Abba has so much for us to celebrate at this time of the year, and scripture uses the harvest theme as a major means of communicating a critical message of our Abba: many hearts deeply desire to know Him better.
In our present culture, the fall season is often linked to Halloween and the promotion of things that are associated with darkness.
While raising children, we have been on an annual search to navigate this season in a holy way for years. I cannot say we have it down pat, but year after year as the oldest children grow, we can see the fruit of our labor to help them separate darkness from True Light.
Parenting is hard work, and raising a child in the wisdom and knowledge of God in a post-modern world is no easy feat. We have no guarantees (save for Christ), but we can continue to do the work of goodness in our lives, and then hand the results over to our Abba.
31 Scriptures to Remember and Explore During the Harvest Season
The term harvest is a special term used in scripture. It is often associated with the Godly work of salvation. It is a result of hard work and beautiful imagery we get to enjoy each year as we remember the work we are each called to do.
This is a special symbolism to teach to our children. They may or may not understand it right away, and that’s ok. I believe, though, that by the repeated nature of the annual cycles, we have a great opportunity to plant seeds of goodness and water them in the patient hope of their growth in time.
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” ~ Gen. 8: 22
“I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations.” ~ Lev. 20: 24
“You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” ~ Lev. 20: 26
“The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.” ~ Lev. 23: 33-36
“Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” ~ Lev. 23: 41-43
“You must not worship the Lord your God in their way.”Deut. 12: 4
“But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to because the Lord your God has blessed you.” ~ Deut. 12: 5-7
“You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit….” ~ Deut. 12: 8
“For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.” ~ Deut. 16:15
“The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.” ~ Ps. 85:12
“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.” ~ Prov. 14:4
“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” ~ Matt. 4: 8-10
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”Matt. 6: 33-34
“Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” ~ Matt. 13: 32
“The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.” ~ Matt. 13:39
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” ~ Luke 8: 8
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” ~ Luke 8: 16-18
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” ~ Luke 10:2
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” ~ John 4: 35
“Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” ~ John 4: 36
“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” ~ 1 Cor. 3: 8
“…whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.” ~ 1 Cor. 9: 10
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” ~ 2 Cor. 9: 10
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~ Gal. 6: 9
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” ~ Eph. 5: 8-11
“It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” ~ Eph. 5: 12-14
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” ~ Eph. 5: 15
“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ Eph. 5: 17-20
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” ~ Heb. 12: 10
“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” ~ James 3: 18
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” ~ James 5: 7-8
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Sow Good Seeds and Trust the One Who Makes them Grow
As we continue to use annual lessons and the beauty of creation to speak to our children about the Truths of scripture and the Character of our Abba, we can place our hope and peace in Him who loves our children even more than we do. It is hard to imagine that someone else could possibly love our children more than we do, but our Abba surely does.
May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!” ~ Deut. 1: 11