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The patient farmer

James 5:7-9
James teaches about patience and uses a vineyard farmer as an example.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
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When James was writing to tell Christians about the promised return of Jesus, he told them wait patiently. To help them understand this, he referred to a farmer with a vineyard waiting patiently for his grapes to grow and ripen. – Slide 1
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The farmer had pruned and prepared his vines for a big harvest. – Slide 2
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But he has to wait as the grapes begin to grow. At the moment they are very small and will taste sour. – Slide 3
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He must wait for the early rains that will water the plants and help the grapes grow. – Slide 4
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But even then they are still not as big and juicy as they need to be. They are not yet ready to be picked. He must keep waiting. – Slide 5
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He waits for the second rainy season. This is needed to help the grapes grow large and succulent. Now he must wait for the sun to ripen them. – Slide 6
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At last the grapes are ready to be picked. The farmer has had to wait for a long time before his crop is ready for harvest. – Slide 7
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The Bible tells Christians to be patient. Jesus will gather His people when the time is right. – Slide 8
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So those who trust in Jesus must wait patently for Him and be ready for His return. Jesus will come again in the right season and at the right time. – Slide 9
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