“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
“And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.” – Amos 9:13-15

Readings

John 3:18-36 ยท Psalm 97

Sermon

This text is a parable of the Lord’s kingdom. It relates to the Lord’s new Church, the Holy City New Jerusalem now descending from God out of heaven.

In the Scriptures “days” mean states. Therefore the words “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord” foretell such a state of the Lord’s Church on earth as is here described. The church is ever progressing to purer and nobler ideals. In the heavens this is apparent, and all that can be desired for human society on earth is that it be brought more and more into harmony with heavenly ideals and customs. For this the Lord taught us to pray: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as in heaven, so also upon the earth.”

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