The Threshing Floor – Steve Clark

The Threshing Floor: Refined at Work

Recognise when you are on the threshing floor,  that God is removing the extra things in our life so we can be used to nourish others.

Respond in humility, respond in faith, respond in obedience, respond in repentance, respond in prayer, seek His face, seek His presence, allow Him to bring change, a new place for Him to dwell.

Removal of Chaff is a necessary part of the fullness of the Harvest – embrace it.  Often God uses challenging circumstances at work, business….and life to remove what is not so good, to reveal that which is life giving.

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The Threshing Floor – The place of work, a place of sifting, of refining, of removing the Chaff (unnecessary materials) from the grain (the good).  A levelled place, a place made smooth, usually outside of the protection of the city gates/walls.  A place where there can be crushing, bruising, jostling, being ‘roughed-up’, brokeness and being down-trodden; however, threshing is a very necessary part of harvest, of completing the harvest.

Key Text is  1 Chronicles 17-22  but reference to Threshing Floors are as follows:

  1. Genesis 50:10 They wept the passing of Joseph’s father at the threshing floor of Atad (“Thorns / Bramble”).  Loss and stripping away is painful.

–> Threshing Floor = Death and the passing of the old order.  There is grieving, lamenting, loss, pain.

  1. Judges 6:37 Gideon’s fleece placed on the threshing floor seeking guidance against the enemy – the Midianites.  Dew on the fleece but not on the threshing floor, then as confirmation dew on the threshing floor but not on the fleece.  This was near the spring/well of Harod, near the hill of Moreh (“Teacher”).  This is the entry point to the Land of promise (Abraham stopped here, this was the point of conflict and testing for Gideon)

–> Threshing Floor = Seeking Gods direction, guidance, the place of decision, entry to God’s promises for you.  “Keep this, get rid of that”

  1. Ruth 3:2 Ruth lay at the feet of the kinsman redeemer – Boaz ( meaning quickness or fleetness ).  She covered herself with his blanket at his feet on his threshing floor.  Naomi said to Ruth – go (to the threshing floor) he will tell you what to do.  Her deliverance/provision was “quick” (Boaz).

–> Threshing Floor = rescue, provision, deliverance through a step of trusting faith.

  1. 2 Samuel 6:6, 1 Chronicles 13:9 At the threshing floor of Nachon (“Prepared”) or Chidon (“Javeline/dart”), Uzzah reached out and touched the ark to stabilise it. This was an irreverent act of helping God out and not having a holy fear / reverence of his awesome power.  It resulted in God being angry and his judgement.

–> Threshing Floor = addressing not having a fear/reverence of God, removing doing things in our own strength.   Have we “Prepared” our own future? Do we think we have it all under control?  Are we too familiar with God’s ways?

  1. 1 Chronicles 21:27-28, 2 Samuel 24:18 King David sinned by commanding a census be taken.  This represented a lack of trust in Gods provision.  I.e. can we do it (fight / win battles) in our own strength.  It also represented pride.   God judged David and the people of Israel by sending a plague.  God had mercy on the people of Israel and Jerusalem when the Angel of the Lord was at the threshing floor of Araunah (or Ornan – “Light was perpetuated”).  It was purchased at full price (although offered at half price).  A sin offering was given and mercy was given (judgement ceased).

–> Threshing Floor = dealing with the outcomes of bad decisions in our lives.  Note the failings of leaders have implications for their subjects, teams and people.

–> Threshing Floor = brings humbling, repentance, prayer, sacrifice, judgement, mercy, deliverance, fire from heaven, answered prayer, healing.  Sometimes this is the only way we will change.  The Lord disciplines his kids, hose he loves.

  1. 1 Chronicles 21:27-28, 2 Chronicles 3:1 Solomon built the temple on Mount Moriah (“Chosen of Jehovah), on the threshing floor of Araunah.

–>  Threshing Floor = The ultimate place of Gods purpose, His presence, the House of Prayer, of Worship and true fellowship.

Embrace the time of threshing as part of Gods greater purposes.

  1. Isaiah 28:23-29 (especially v 28 – Therefore he does not thresh it forever,)

–> Threshing floor = is only for a time and a season.  Know that God’s refining is for a season.  Once he has removed the chaff, you can then be ground!… to make food and bread….to feed others!  God does not plough your heart for ever, God does not winnow you for ever, he does not ground you forever.  There is hope to your time – Gods refining is not his punishment.  God disciplines those He loves.

Mount Moriah  (Chosen by Jehovah) – This was the place that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice to God, the place that the Angel stopped judging David and Israel and relented, the same place Solomon built the temple.  Here, in this place Chosen by Jehovah – is faith, obedience, trust, judgement, mercy, repentance, prayer, worship and His presence (Glory).

  1. 1 Kings 22:10 Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.

–> Threshing Floor = exposes –  the lying tongues of the false prophets.

So the threshing floor times in our lives are when God is removing from us the extra, the unnecessary, the unhealthy and superfluous to expose or leave the good and nutritious…..for the benefit of feeding others.  Tougher times bring out the true nature of what is in the heart.  Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.  Threshing reveals what’s truly inside.

When we are in the threshing floor (shaking, jostling, crushing, tossing) times of our lives we:

  1. Can grieve the past state (“We had it so good back in Egypt when we were slaves”), represents what we had, the old times. We may grieve what could have been lost opportunities.
  2. Seek Gods direction and leading for our lives, especially in the face of the enemy, as it is part of coming into new territory / victory.
  3. Are forced to step out in faith and seek out our kinsman redeemer, our provider.
  4. Can bring correction for doing things in our own strength and without a fear of the Lord (not humbly submitting, trusting and obeying).
  5. Have to deal with our past failings, poor decisions, consequences of sin
  6. May have to repent, paying the full price of repentance and seek Gods mercy
  7. See that He is doing a new thing, establishing a new place for His presence in our life. Can feel like it is forever, our permanent lot in life – we need reminding that it is a season
  8. Have to deal with the lying voices of the enemy – “this is Gods punishment”

Recognise when you are at work on the threshing floor,  that God is removing the extra things in our life so we can be used to nourish others.

Respond in humility, respond in faith, respond in obedience, respond in repentance, respond in prayer, seek His face, seek His presence, allow Him to bring change, a new place for Him to dwell.

Removal of Chaff is a necessary part of the fullness of the Harvest – embrace it.

Note: different types of grain are harvested and threshed, ground in different ways.  God deals with our stuff according to who he has made us to be.

Steve Clark
Business Pastor
LIFE

If you’d like to contact Steve you can reach him at steve.clark@lifenz.org

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