Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Threshing Floor

Genesis 22:2
Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

Genesis 22:7
"The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

Genesis 22:8
Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.

John 1:36
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
1 Chronicles 21:1
Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.

1 Chronicles 21:16
Then David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. So David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces. And David said to God, “Was it not I who commanded the people to be numbered?"

1 Chronicles 21:28
At that time, when David saw that the LORD had answered him on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there.
2 Chronicles 3:1
Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
Ruth 3:6-9
So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. And he said, “Who are you?” So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.”
The Threshing floor of Ornan is the place where Abraham would have sacrificed Issac and where God showed mercy, by providing His son for all instead. It is the place where God showed mercy to David, staying His hand against him. It is the place where the mercy seat of God was placed in the holy of holies, and continues as the focal point of three major religions today. Boaz showed mercy to Ruth through her humility on a threshing floor.
The threshing floor is used to separate grain from the chaff. Luke 3:17 (His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn;). Our God is a merciful God. He has given us His Son, who died for us at the very door of Mount Moriah, the threshing floor of Ornan. Our footstep today, is to take stock of our path. Is our life producing the fruit that walking with Jesus brings forth, or chaff which will amount to nothing.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Highway of Holiness

Isaiah 35: 8
And a highway will be there,
a roadway,
And it will be called, " the highway
of holiness."

Jesus tells us, (Luke 13:24) "Strive to enter through the narrow gate". Those who enter the narrow gate, bear all things, hope all things, believe all things, and in the end, put others before themselves. Today's footstep, is to step upon the highway of holiness and walk the narrow way all the days that life offers.

~ Chris