October 2017

Winnowing the Chaff

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Scripture

Matthew 3:11-12 (NIV)

"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Consider

To the farmers of Jesus' time, winnowing (or threshing) was a familiar harvesting event. A winnowing fork was used to toss ripe grain into the air so that the wind could blow away the worthless chaff.

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Firm Footing

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Scripture

Psalm 143:7-10 (NLT)

Come quickly, LORD and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don't turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

Consider

Like so many psalms of David, this one is a cry to God for rescue. The psalmist feels overwhelmed by enemies to the point of desperation and despair.

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Circumcise Your Heart

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Scripture

Deuteronomy 10:16 (NRSV)

Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer.

Consider

This verse is situated in an important Old Testament passage in which God describes the essence of his relationship with his people. "You belong to Me," God says in effect. "I chose you. Physical circumcision distinguishes you from the world, but you must circumcise your hearts as well. You must 'cut off' useless and counterproductive practices of the world and instead act in ways that identify you as mine."

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