Jesus told His disciples to, “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields for they are white already to harvest.” He did not tell them to look to someone else’s field or to covet another man’s crop. This was His field which He had prepared to receive good seed. He cleared the area, dug the ground, built a hedge about it to protect it and had afore prepared it to receive the Holy seed from above. There were no stony places (old covenant) or waysides (trodden down ground) or thorn or brier of a cursed ground. He as the husbandman of the vineyard had removed the curse by the washing the earthen vessel, purging out the leaven. He had planted a goodly vine even Jesus Christ our Lord (John 15), He had nurtured the plant as it grew and pruned the branches that they would bring forth much fruit and He now told His disciples that they were ‘already white to harvest’. Two thousand years plus did not have to elapse for these words to come to pass for there came forth then from the city of Samaria the fruit of His labours, “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him”.
The vineyard He had planted in Israel, which He again properly prepared and outfitted in the choicest of fields and with His choice vine, brought forth wild grapes of deceit, oppression and injustice. Where did He go wrong? He did not. He set this as an example of the ineffectiveness of the grace of God, the preaching of the gospel or the dispensing of blessings upon those that are not His people, those who have not from eternity past been one with Him. These are they that He has hated as He did Esau with an everlasting hatred who have no right, nor part nor memorial in Him. “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it?” (Isaiah 5:4). This field had indeed been afore outfitted for destruction and when God destroyed it He left it trodden down and covered with thorns and briers. “And when He sowed, some fell by the wayside (trodden down area) and the fouls of the air came and devoured them up...and some fell among thorns and the thorns sprung up and chocked them” (Matt. 13:4 & 7). These thorns and briers are of the cursed ground that God gave to Adam (Gen. 3:17) and are of the earth, earthly. They cannot by searching find out the things of God nor can they receive or understand His glory and love. There are many who claim ownership to these fields and the goodly fruit that is within through the old covenant saying, ‘We be Abraham’s seed’. These have the heart of stone that has not been taken away and when the seed falls on the stony places it forthwith springs up but because there is no deepness of earth, when the sun comes up and the glory of man fades away, they whither away.
So when Jesus told the disciples to “lift up your eyes” He was speaking of the Samaritans who were coming forth, prepared vessels, chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son, who were about to demonstrate the peaceable fruits of righteousness as they proclaimed, “this is indeed the Christ, the Savoir of the world” (John 4:42). The harvest had come, the Word was proclaimed by the Messenger with the trumpet of the everlasting gospel and all the world had seen the salvation of Jehovah.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes