23 October 2005

The Threshing Floor

Threshing Floor
O my people, crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.
Isaiah 21:10

Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their Jewish brothers. Some were saying, "We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain." Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine."
Nehemiah 5:1-3

In time of adversity and economic upheaval, as God deals with a nation or its people there is much to be said for agrarian wisdom, principles and practices. The chapter in Isaiah deals with an allegory in comparison of the people of Israel as grain crushed and tread upon as harsh treatment and times befall them. Again in Nehemiah we can see a people economically vexed and taxed by an oppressive governmental and politically corrupt system of usury.

The wisdom that could be gleaned from these two passages alone would fill a week worth of writings. Wisdom to those well able to discern the times and the land they live in today.

There are positive attributes that one can derive as well from each of these passages too. A call to be watchmen, keep your shields well oiled, act justly and give attention to those in times of need. Speak against the evil of the day, and in doing so you might warn others to be vigilant and prepare.

As for my wife and I the above photo is from our family’s threshing floor in our basement as we harvested and dried amaranth from this year’s agrarian experimentation with a grain crop. Humble beginnings and high hopes, but with purposed intention and a view toward the future ~ eyes wide open! (to be continued)


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