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AUGUST 9

 

 If therefore the light that is in thee be[come] darkness, how great is that darkness!—Matt. 6:23.

 

The “harvest” is a time for winnowing the “wheat”—a sifting, a separating time, and it is for each of us to prove our characters: “Having done all, stand!” The tests of this “harvest” must be like those of the Jewish or typical “harvest.” One of them is the cross, another is the presence of Christ, another is humility, another is love. The Jews were reproved because they “knew not the time of their visitation.” The matter is doubly distressing for those who have once seen the light of Present Truth, and afterward go into the “outer darkness.” It implies un-faithfulness.

 

Parallel passages: Luke 11:34-36; Psa. 119:105; Prov. 6:23; Isa. 8:20; 58:8; Matt. 4:16; 5:16; Luke 16:8; John 1:4-9; 3:19-21; 12:35, 36; Acts 26:18; Eph. 5:14;  1.Thes. 5:5;  1.Pet. 2:9; Matt. 8:12; John 11:9, 10;  1.John 2:8-11.