Friday, April 30, 2010

Sifted Like Wheat

I have read multiple articles on the sifting process (which is referenced in Luke 22) and I learned that sifting is separating the what from the chaff and preparing for the harvest. That is so like Jesus to use that analogy when describing what Satan was going to do to Peter.
Chaff is the inedible, dry, scaly protective casings of the seeds of cereal grain, or similar fine, dry, scaly plant material such as scaly parts of flowers, or finely chopped straw. In agriculture chaff is used as livestock fodder, or is a waste material ploughed into the soil or burnt.

The sifting was to separate the pure from the impure to prepare for a harvest. Relate that to the process of sanctification. The bull headed type people, like myself, will tell you that they have probably had this take place in a spiritual sense. There are some things that need to go for us to have a harvest of the soul and the Lord can use whatever means to allow our impurity to become pure and useful not something that is thrown out as fodder.

I could be way off here but here are my thoughts on the verse below: Christ references Peter as Simon when speaking with him in Luke 22. We also know that Christ renamed Simon Peter to Peter as in Mark 3:16These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter...
We also know that Peter denied Chrit three times and after the death and resurrection of Christ what did Peter do? He went back to the life he had before the shame of his denial. He dropped the net to follow Christ and then picked that net back up after a monumental marking fall in his personal life. Peter loved Jesus. That is so us when we do something that we know better but we don't have the excuse of ignorance or being lost. It almost makes the guilt worse. Peter went back to becoming a fisherman instead of a fisher of men. We do get a huge sense of guilt and feel like we can't be used of God again when we really blow it. With the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. So back to my thoughts on this verse below Christ called him Simon and to me it sounds like He is saying talking about Peter before he dropped his net and followed Christ...maybe the state of being unredeemed. Since Peter's denial and betrayal (which haven't we all betrayed Christ by our actions)Christ knew that for Peter to understand his redemption and live a life worthy of his calling that something in Peter was going to have to go. Only then could Peter turn back, help snatch others from the flame and strengthen the brethren and preach the gospel to the Jews as we are told in Galations 2:7. In the meantime, how fitting it is that Peter penned these words under the influence of the Holy Spirit: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:5-6" If anyone knew of the need to humble themselves it was him. So let us continue to humble ourself under the mighty hand of God. That is our freedom.

Luke 22:31-32 31"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."


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1 comment:

Cherie Hill said...

Such a great post sister...I was just reading over these Scriptures last night. God is always at work...preparing us for the harvest. Oh how He loves us.
Blessings to you sister,
With Joy,