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A threshing floor

threshing floor
John the Baptist said, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matthew 3:11-12.

A threshing floor is often a piece of ground, where after harvest farmers would use oxen to tread on the grain to loosen the chaff from it, then afterwards use sticks to beat on the grain to separate it from the husks. 

I remember doing that with my parents in Zimbabwe when I was young.  After treading on the grain, we would throw it into the air with the fork-like sticks and the wind would carry the chaff away while the precious kernel would remain, thus, separating the grain from the husks.

The threshing floor in Scripture is a symbol of the judgement; where chuff is separated from grain, tares from wheat, goats from sheep, the ungodly from the godly and the bad from the good.

The prophet Hosea said, “Therefore they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window” (Hosea 13:3). And David said that the ungodly “are like the chaff which the wind drives away” (Psalm 1:4 also Isaiah 17:13).

John the Baptist said, “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." I hope you will also be gathered my friend, to eternal life.

Notice the language here depicting things that would occur at a threshing floor. In the parable of the wheat and the tares, Christ stated that the work of gathering out the tares and burning them is to be accomplished in the time of “harvest” at “the end of the world” (Matthew 13:36–43, 49-50).

Jesus, as Ruler will shepherd the people, and baptize them with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

God bless you,

Laurence 

www.muzembi.org - Simple Gospel Summation 

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