if you want to experience what he meant
saying- 73; no master, few laborers.
(latest update: 24-11-2018)
The harvest is great but the laborers are few.
Beseech the lord (master), therefore,
to send out laborers to the harvest.
If we consider as the harvest the people of Galilee, then the few laborers must indicate a
shortage of people like Jesus himself, teachers of the kingdom. But this does not seem very likely
considering Jesus' lamentation in various sayings that only very few understood what he
meant anyway. So, more of him around would not have resulted in more people
following his teachings.
In Matthew and Luke (Q-derived) the translation of lord of the harvest rather points
to 'the owner of the field' which implicitly means the Lord God (Quispel,2004).
However, as argued with saying-55, Jesus and his friends took care of the sick, while assisting
in burying the dead and in mourning rituals. They did so out of universal compassion with their
fellow human beings. While doing so, they were likely to be rewarded by any food the families
cared for could offer.(probably, the laborer was worthy of his reward, or, as in Deuteronomy
24:15 : At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is
poor, and setteth his heart upon it.) Even if Jesus cared for the poor, in their eyes he might
have been even more destitute than themselves and could not refrain from fulfilling their
religious obligations, which they followed by providing something to eat as reward. As these
people were poor, it may not always have been kosher food that could be offered.
Therefore, I think that by “the harvest” Jesus meant the large number of poor people that was
unable to pay for any care when sick, or for assistance in case some family member had died,
but who desperately needed that care. But those willing to take the role of the lowest of lowest,
and were prepared to enter into a state of impurity for his neighbor’s sake were few. So, Jesus
exclaimed his concern for the matter in this metaphorical way, and the last sentence of the
saying should therefore not be taken as an invocation to prayer.
Metaphorically Jesus also might have meant with"the harvest" the potential of people
that were willing to accept his kingdom teachings as a reward for
his practical services.
Matthew 9:37; Luke 10:2.