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The Tale of Two Kings

October 31, 2013

Disclaimer: Sorry this will be extremely brief. I woke up late because of this medicine I took last night, so I don’t have much time to delve into the text.

I want to thank Elder Marcus Carter for being God’s conduit for this post. At church on Wednesdays, we are surveying the book of Mark. We were in Mark 6 last night. If you have been reading the post recently, the matter of our faith or trust in Christ has been the focus. Today is no different; however, my presentation will be different. Please read Mark 6 in order for you to get the most out of this post. In fact, I ask you to read God’s Word on each of my post for it is God’s Word that makes the difference.

Brother Carter raised the comparison/contrast between The  Tale of Two Kings presented in the text – Herod and Jesus. Both had a gathering. Both feed people. Both did something memorable that those who gathered would not forget. Both are mentioned in God’s Word. One in a positive light and the other in a negative light.  Light is a good transitional word and context. Jesus’ actions are aligned with the light while Herod’s actions were dark. In the Word of God, light is associated with God, His power or His character while darkness is associated with sin or evil.

Again, Jesus and Herod are the two kings mentioned in the text. Jesus represents the kingdom of God and Herod represents the kingdom of satan. Herod’s actions were out of service for himself. He wanted to celebrate who he was where as Jesus wanted to serve the people.  The text below is after the disciples return from sharing the message of repentance and healing people.

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”

When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

There you have it in bolded black and white, Jesus’ motivation.  His compassion. Jesus’ compassion ALWAYS drives Him to a serving action. This is how we discern the difference between The  Tale of Two Kings. When Jesus sees the crowd, He has compassion which stirred His love and pity for the people. The first thing He did was to teach them many things. Remember, we primarily have two needs – spiritual and physical. Our primary and most preeminent deficit is spiritual. Jesus immediately addresses their primary need. He described them as they were like sheep without a shepherd – lost with no guidance or protection from harm. Then, Jesus attended to their physical need. He knew the people were hungry, so He performs a miracle to attend to their needs. He takes five loaves and the two fish and feeds more than 5,000 people.

We all have to make a choice of which king we will serve. We will either serve the King of Kings, Jesus or the ruler of the kingdom of air, satan. The King of Kings will reign victorious while the ruler of the kingdom of air will rule just that nothing. Ultimately, that is The  Tale of Two Kings.

 

 

 

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They Tried Me!

October 30, 2013

The statement They Tried Me! has relevance throughout the ages and connotations for which we all can relate. When I was growing up, the phrase ‘try me’ meant that some one attempted to test one’s manhood in the sense of daring one to defend himself. Even today, I still hear that statement from time to time among students who have an altercation whether verbal or physical. Needless to say, we all, at some point, will be drawn into defending our ourselves.

The same is true about God; however, God, in his patient mercy, challenges disbelief or a lack of faith by those who claim to trust Him. Why? It says that you, who supposed to be a believer in me, do not trust in my character. You don’t believe that I am trustworthy, faithful, true. You think that I am a liar. There are two things that I know will move God to action: 1. His people demonstrating faith in Him. 2. His people demonstrating a lack of faith in Him.

We see this phenomena throughout the bible. For our purposes today, we will review Psalm 95.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
8 “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

The words Meribah and Massah are references to places where the Israelites demonstrated a lack of faith in God. That where God said, “They Tried Me!” Those place-names may be translated “quarreling” and “testing.” They sum up Israel’s attitude toward God during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness. For the history see Ex. 17:1–7 and notes; Num. 20:1–13.  (Ligonier Ministries). God had made a promise to Abram which He was wanted to fulfill to that generation, but of them He said “They Tried Me though they had seen what I did.”

Have you seen what God has done? Is God saying of us “They Tried Me though they had seen what I did.” If so, we should expect God to rebuke us for our unbelief. Jesus is the promise for us now, but how do we show our unbelief in God? This is a matter that we need to correct.

Like  Jacob on his deathbed (48:21), Joseph expressed firm confidence in God’s covenant promises and His gracious visitation. All people of faith, like the Hall of Fame Finishers in Hebrews 12, will be honored by God for their confidence in Him. Instead of expressing indignation, God will say of them They Trusted Me.

Encourage One Another Daily

October 29, 2013

We must Encourage One Another Daily. In life, there are always challenges waiting to seize us. Those challenges may be physical, relational, financial, vocational or the like. All of those challenges serve as minions to the greatest challenge that every human will ever face – sin. In Genesis, we see God proclaim that to Cain, thus to us. “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7 Rule means to have dominion or to reign.

In Psalm 51:5, David reveals or conveys that we all were born into the world as sinners: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Likewise, Paul reinforces that point in Ephesians 2:3 which states that “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath..” If we are all “by nature children of wrath,” it can only be because we are all by nature sinners–for God does not direct His wrath towards those who are not guilty. God did not create the human race sinful, but upright. But we fell into sin and became sinful due to the sin of Adam. (Matt Perman)

In Cain, God presents the human paradox. How can those who are born in sin rule over sin? Only in Jesus Christ. We see this throughout the bible but particularly in Romans 6.

We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

As believers in Christ, we are dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Consequently, sin shall no longer be your master.  It is in Christ Jesus that we can rule over sin. As with Cain, sin is crouching at our door. With Christ, we can master or rule it. In the post Turning Away from the Living God, I communicated that our hearts are sinful and unbelieving. This is why we are told to Encourage One Another Daily in Hebrews 3.

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”[c]

It is sin that is our enemy which is why we must Encourage One Another Daily. Sin will turn our hearts away from the living God. If we don’t want to be turned away or have another brother or sister turned away, we must Encourage One Another Daily. We do that by reminding each other what God has said in His Word. In Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Turning Away from the Living God

October 28, 2013

Imagine that you have a highly esteemed guest who wants to visit you. It could be your favorite actor, athlete, business person, mentor or politician. You receive a call from that persons’ assistant requesting a time to come and meet with you. You are stunned and amazed. You pinch yourself to make sure that you are one the phone with the assistant of that esteemed person. When you all begin to work out a time where you will get the visit, it all falls apart. You simply tell them that you are not interested.

Sounds foolish and at the least anti-climatic. Why did you say no? It was that one word – esteem. For some reason, the value, the high regard and respect just dissipates. Some how, you no longer respect that person. You no longer value that person. Sounds strange. I am sure that there are many people whom you have had high regard, but at some point, you lost respect, honor or value for that person. That is plausible for man because we are fallible and broken. What is hard to understand is Turning Away from the Living God.

God, who is perfect, righteous and holy, should always be esteemed. We saw it in Jesus. At one point, He was highly esteemed. People pinned their hopes on Him. Then, they chose the murderer Barabbas instead of Jesus. How could such a miscarriage of justice happen? Our text from the post Wambled Witnesses  gives us the reason. They were unstable in their belief just as those identified in Moses’ time, just like any one found Turning Away from the Living God. We find the example in Hebrews 3 where the account is provided. More importantly, it is there where we find the remedy for Turning Away from the Living God. Let’s read the admonition.

Hebrews 3

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”

The cure for the sinful, unbelieving heart is encouragement in and of Christ. As believer, it is our responsibility to encourage and to accept encouragement from other believers. We must examine who are we spending our time with; what are we listening to; what are we treasuring in our hearts; If we are not engaged in reading the Word of God, praying to God, spending time with fellow believers, we are in jeopardy of Turning Away from the Living God. If you don’t believe me, just read the account listed in Hebrews 3 and of Barabbas where the crowd shouted “crucify him, crucify him.” Jesus who had just been told “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” was now being condemned by the same people.

We are told that our hearts are sinful and unbelieving. Examine yourself to see if you a prime candidate who will be found Turning Away from the Living God.

 

Wambled Witnesses

October 26, 2013

In the post You Shall have No Foreign god among You, I had to report on the echoing thoughts of God telling me you shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. That thought led me to Isaiah 43:11-13.

Isaiah 43:11-13

11 I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”

This morning, I am not at home. Internet is not available, so I am using my phone as a hot spot. Earlier this morning, my signal was so weak that I could not get a steady connection. As a consequence, I just continued to meditate on Isaiah 43:11-13. More specifically, I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.

revealed (declare) – to tell, announce or make known
saved – to save, be saved, be delivered
proclaimed (shewed) – to hear, listen to, obey, tell, proclaim, utter a sound

Essentially, God is telling me and reminding me of the actions He has taken to communicate to me that He is God. If He has done all that, why then is He telling me again? The answer lies in the title of today’s post – Wambled Witnesses. Wamble is to move unsteadily. God does not want worshipers who move unsteadily in their belief/faith in Him. God wants steady believers. Steady conveys a belief/faith or following that is constant, stable and fixed.

The Word of God can say it better than I could ever imagine. Here it is.

Hebrews 2
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[k] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 3
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,”[a] bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory…

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

For God, Wambled Witnesses are undesired and useless; therefore God, just as He did in Isaiah 43:11-13, He does in Hebrews 3. He reminds the believers of who He is and what He has done to strengthen their belief/faith. He wants our faith in Him to be constant, stable and fixed on Him.

Life, sin and satan will assail us. We must rehearse and recall who God is and what God has done in our lives for we are unsteady people at heart. Make a list of things that God has done for you in your life. It will help you not to be Wambled Witnesses, but steady ones. Be blessed today.

You Shall have No Foreign god among You

October 25, 2013

In the post Open wide your mouth and I will Fill It, I referenced Psalm 81:9-11. As I began to prepare for today’s post, I had an echoing thought.

Psalm 81:9-11

You shall have no foreign god among you;
you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

11 “But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.

We learn from Ligonier Ministries that the reference to bow down to a foreign god includes a warning which implies that Israel was not observing this basic commandment I am the Lord your God. Strongly reminiscent of the preamble to the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:2).

Why is God telling us not to have a foreign god among us? Let’s refer to another scripture where we see the same position.

Isaiah 43:11-13

11 I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”

While not amusing, I am smiling as I read Isaiah 43:11-13. God is telling the Israelites there and us now not to mistake Him for some cheap knock-off. He is authentic, the real thing. God cares so much for us that He does not want us to believe the hype of some passing fancy of a false god.

Let me digress for a second. Imagine, Almighty God is taking the interest and time to tell us He is worthy of our trust/faith. I know He cares because He is self-sufficient; yet, the Almighty, Self-Sufficient God expresses interest in me. WOW. OK, now back to what God proclaimed. Because He does not want us to be disappointed in trusting in a god who can’t deliver, God plainly expresses why we should trust in Him.

  • I am the Lord – He proclaims He is Lord and no other
  • Apart from me there is no savior – no other can save or deliver except me
  • I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I have shown and proven who I am
  • You are my witnesses that I am God – You have seen and experienced what I have done first hand
  • Yes, and from ancient days I am he – before the day was I existed and there was nothing because I had not created it
  • No one can deliver out of my hand – No one can stop me or has authority or power over me
  • When I act, who can reverse it – Because I have all power and authority, I can deliver and no one can reverse it.

I feel like a football player whose team is losing at half-time, but the coach makes a rousing speech. I am so encouraged right now. I am excited that God is my God and Savior. I will meditate on these verses for a while. God has made me some promises for which He has shown not only the Israelites but me to that He keeps His word and can deliver.  Here are the two that first came to mind.

Hebrews 13:5-6 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.     What can mere mortals do to me?””
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I truly see why God said, ” You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.

Open wide your mouth and I will Fill It

October 24, 2013

As you may have found out by now, this site had been shut down. I was not sure why, but it was. I continued to ask WordPress how I had violated the agreement. It was a simple error and mistake. There was a post, A Giant Neon Sign, on August 16, 2010 that created the problem. There was also a repost of it on a later date. The post had a link to a commercial site.  While this was down, God told me to keep writing. He had me to pursue other means to not be reliant on this system despite its ease of use.  Within the next few weeks, I will have my own site that will be hosted, so I can avoid any issue like this in the future.

I found this text that spoke to me.

Psalm 81:9-11

9 You shall have no foreign god among you;
you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

11 “But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.

We learn from Ligonier Ministries that the reference to bow down to a foreign god includes a warning which implies that Israel was not observing this basic commandment I am the Lord your God. Strongly reminiscent of the preamble to the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:2). The relationship of grace came before revelation of the law. I will fill it. Much of Israel’s history, as recorded in Joshua through Chronicles, is the story of God’s people looking for satisfaction without God. If they were worried about rain, they turned to Baal (1 Kin. 18). If they were worried about enemies, they wanted a strong king (1 Sam. 8). They kept forgetting they had a God who could and would fulfill all their needs easily.

The message to me was God has sought me and freed me to proclaim His truth. He told me to seek a resolution, but it was never an option to stop posting. I have been called to share the Word of God. The internet has given me a medium to do that with people and in places that I could not ever physical see or go. According to WordPress annual report, this post has been read in more than 200 countries. I had never actually thought about how many countries there were in the world. I surely did not think it was that many. Despite my ignorance, God has used this medium to share His thoughts with me.  Where He tells me to Open wide your mouth and I will Fill It. I am looking forward to hear from God how He used this post. I am excited about being involved in the work of God in ways I know not.

Thank you for reading and following what God gives me to say. May you be encouraged to follow after Christ as a consequence.

Hope Deferred

October 18, 2013

As I survey the lives of those all around me, we all have one thing in common. We all hope. Some are hoping for better grades. Some are hoping for better provision in their lives. Some are hoping for better health. Some are hoping for better relationships. Regardless of the object of the hope, we all are hoping.

All too often, our hopes are not realized. That which we so longed for eludes us, and we are broken over it. How do we deal with life when experience Hope Deferred. The word defer means to put off action or delay until a later time. In normal circumstances, we typically like deferments. We like deferment of obligations like loans payments from college or a ticket that one is required to pay; however, when it comes to our desires, things we want, deferment is an agonizing experience. I have written about those in past posts, but today and once again, this is captured in our text for today, Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

When our desires, dreams or hopes are deferred, it leads to frustration. A common human experience: frustrated expectations cause a loss of morale and a sense of hopelessness. This does not imply that instant gratification is good, but rather that we should honestly strive for desirable goals in life. In terms of the  tree of life, Ligonier Ministries conveys that the reference is probably not a specific allusion to the tree of life in Gen. 2:9, though the author would have known of it. The flourishing tree was a common figure in the literature of the time for continuing blessings. The metaphor is used again in 11:30; 13:12; 15:4. More important is the theme of “life” in Proverbs. “Life” in the Bible is essentially linked to our relationship with God. Disruption of the proper relationship with God, the source of life, leads to death (Gen. 2:17). Wisdom is concerned with proper relationships with God, other people, and with nature.

When we have to wait, we don’t like it, and in many instances, we blame God resulting in our distrust and loss of fellowship with him. The heart reference to making the heart sick points to the inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding. All of our cognitive and affective capacities are negatively impacted by delays to our hopes. This is why we cannot afford to desire anything on this earth more than our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As we cross that line, our spiritual life is in cardiac arrest. Matthew Henry states it like this “It is therefore our wisdom not to promise ourselves any great matters from the creature, not to feed ourselves with any vain hopes from this world, lest we lay up matter for our own vexation; and what we do hope for let us prepare to be disappointed in, that, if it should prove so, it may prove the easier; and let us not be hasty.”

In the Bible, hope is connected with wishful thinking or uncertainty about a longing, but a confident expectation of future blessing based on facts and promises of God. While nearly nothing is more enjoyable than having a longing fulfilled, God wants our hope to be centered around Him as He is the only hope that does not disappoint. In Christ, we have a living hope. One that is alive and responsive. Hear Peter’s encouragement “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” 1 Peter 1:3

Jesus himself is the paradise, the garden, for it is He who is a tree of life. Life is a major theme in Proverbs. Life in the Bible is essentially linked to our relationship with God. Disruption of the proper relationship with God, the source of life, leads to death (Gen. 2:17). “ Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:36)

He who hopes in that other than Christ will have his hope eternally deferred. At that point, Hope Deferred will make his heart sick but more importantly his soul damned.

I Will Winnow Them

October 15, 2013

In the posts God’s Rule and Reign In Life and Must You be Controlled by Bit and Bridle?, some interesting dynamics about how God relates to man surfaced. After completing the latter post, I continued to do some reading especially as another friend communicated with me about being tired about circumstances of life. In effort to provide my friend some Word for encouragement, I found Jeremiah 15.

Specifically, God expresses that He was tired. Tired not as in having the ability to go on, but tired of holding back punishment for their disobedience. I wonder how many of us ever thinks about how patient God is in dealing with our disobedience. I have children of my own, and I work with about a thousand children every day. I can empathize with God’s position. Listen to what God says in Jeremiah 15.

“Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?
Who will mourn for you?
Who will stop to ask how you are?
You have rejected me,” declares the Lord.
“You keep on backsliding.
So I will reach out and destroy you;
I am tired of holding back.
I will winnow them with a winnowing fork
at the city gates of the land.
I will bring bereavement and destruction on my people,
for they have not changed their ways.

God expresses his frustration with the peoples’ failure to humble themselves and become obedient. As a consequence, God says, I Will Winnow Them. According to dictionary.com, winnow is defined as to free grain from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., especially by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away impurities. God uses the metaphor of people as use pieces of grain or useless pieces of chaff. God expresses that He will separate people based on their usefulness for Him. Those who will not relent in following their own will and way are like the chaff.

I Will Winnow Them is the rallying cry. I don’t want God to cause the winds of life to blow on me because His storms or His disruptions always hurt. I would rather do right without those encouragements to humble myself. I certainly don’t want God to express His tiredness of my unwillingness to humble myself. Join me in humbling ourselves before God. I want this response “When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.” 2 Chronicles 12:7