Plano Illinois is the birthplace of the Reaper, also called the Harvester. In 1831, Cyrus McCormick drove this one horse contraption through a wheat field to cut the very first grain mechanically It became known as the Plano Harvester. One man drove the horse while another raked the grain off in sheaves to be tied into bundles with some 'twisted strands of the, same grain stalks. Since before Christ, all grain had been planted by hand, cultivated with a hoe, cut with a scythe and threshed with a flail.
In Matthew 9:35-38, we see that Jesus was going through all the cities and small towns in Galilee teaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom. He also healed many people of every kind of disease and sickness. Matthew then tells us that He felt compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. These people are scattered, distressed, exhausted, and hungry, they are desperate, and they have no one to lead them. This is an indictment against the Jewish leadership; they were faithless shepherds, filled with pride, and taught error. And many of these people did not know it and some did not care, but the Good Shepherd was moved with compassion. What He saw made His gut turn, His stomach hurt. These people need help, so Jesus tells His disciples that the harvest is plentiful, Christ envisions the people as grain ripe for harvest, ready to respond to the gospel. But the workers are few.
No one is more concerned about harvesting men’s souls than the Lord of harvest and our first step in working His harvest should be to ask the Lord for help. Our aim is that these series of bulletins help you in some small way to be laborers in His harvest.
Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38)