Daily Devotions

My Song In The Night (Gospel of John)
我夜间的歌曲 (约翰福音)

My Song In The Night (Gospel of John)
我夜间的歌曲 (约翰福音)
Day 39

An Important Perspective Taught

Text: John 4:35-38


The Lord Jesus had to broaden the perspective of His Disciples with reference to spiritual ministry.

1. A common understanding

a. The common saying: “There are still four months and then comes the harvest?”
b. What does this common saying mean?
i. There was still plenty of time.
ii. The harvest was four months away.
iii. There is no need to feel a sense of urgency with reference to working hard at the present.

2. The perspective of Jesus

a. Jesus did not hold to this common understanding.
b. He offered a different and new perspective.
i. “Behold, I say to you…”
ii. The common human perspective needs to be changed.
iii. Spiritual eyes must be opened.
iv. There is a spiritual harvest waiting for hard-working labourers.
c. A white harvest field
i. When the harvest is ready it is described as “Already white for harvest” (John 4:35).
ii. The harvest field Jesus was referring to was the ministry to the Samaritans.
iii. It had been a largely neglected field of work.

3. Expansion of the harvest field analogy

a. There were sowers in the past.
b. There must be reapers in the present.
c. The reapers must gather fruit for eternal life.
d. Both sower and reaper may rejoice greatly together.

4. Sending the Disciples

a. The Disciples must be prepared to be sent by the Lord Jesus (John 4:38).
b. They had not laboured as sowers of the seed.
c. But they may now enjoy the work of reaping the harvest among the Samaritans (John 4:38).

经文:约翰福音 4: 35-38



1. 一种普遍的理解

a. 俗语说:“到收割的时候,还有四个月吗?”
b. 这俗语是什么意思?
i. 时间十分充足
ii. 到收割的时候还有四个月
iii. 当下,无需为努力工作而感到紧迫

2. 耶稣的观点

a. 耶稣并不赞同这普遍的理解
b. 祂给予了一个不同且新的观点
i. “我告诉你们”
ii. 这人们普遍的观点需要改变
iii. 属灵的眼睛得被张开
iv. 属灵的收割正等着勤劳工作的人
c. 发白了的庄稼
i. 当庄稼熟了时,会被形容为 “庄稼已经发白” 《约翰福音 4: 35》
ii. 耶稣所指的庄稼田是对撒玛利亚人的职事
iii. 这是个极大被忽视的事工

3. 扩展收割田的比喻

a. 过去有撒种的人
b. 现今也得有收割的人
c. 收割的人得积蓄五谷到永生
d. 撒种的和收割的能一同快乐

4. 差遣门徒们

a. 门徒们得预备被主耶稣所差遣 《约翰福音 4: 38》
b. 他们没有以撒种的人劳苦
c. 不过,他们如今却能够享受收割撒玛利亚人中的庄稼 《约翰福音 4: 38》