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7 Feasts of Jehovah
"For, lo, I will command, and I will
sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted
in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the
sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must
ask leave before he can lay a finger upon Job. Nay, more, in some
sense our siftings are directly the work of heaven, for the
text says, "I will sift the house of Israel." Satan, like
a drudge, may hold the sieve, hoping to destroy the corn; but the
overruling hand of the Master is accomplishing the purity of the
grain by the very process which the enemy intended to be
destructive. Precious, but much sifted corn of the Lord's floor, be
comforted by the blessed fact that the Lord directeth both flail and
sieve to His own glory, and to thine eternal profit.
Lord Jesus will surely use the fan which is in His hand, and will divide
the precious from the vile. All are not Israel that are of
Israel; the heap on the barn floor is not clean provender, and hence
the winnowing process must be performed. In the sieve true weight
alone has power. Husks and chaff being devoid of substance must fly
before the wind, and only solid corn will remain.
the complete safety of the Lord's wheat; even the least grain
has a promise of preservation. God Himself sifts, and therefore it
is stern and terrible work; He sifts them in all places, "among
all nations"; He sifts them in the most effectual manner,
"like as corn is sifted in a sieve"; and yet for all this,
not the smallest, lightest, or most shrivelled grain, is permitted
to fall to the ground. Every individual believer is precious in the
sight of the Lord, a shepherd would not lose one sheep, nor a
jeweller one diamond, nor a mother one child, nor a man one limb of
his body, nor will the Lord lose one of His redeemed people. However
little we may be, if we are the Lord's, we may rejoice that we are
preserved in Christ Jesus.
they forsook their nets, and followed him.”
When they heard the
call of Jesus, Simon and Andrew obeyed at once without demur. If we
would always, punctually and with resolute zeal, put in practice what we
hear upon the spot, or at the first fit occasion, our attendance at the
means of grace, and our reading of good books, could not fail to enrich
us spiritually. He will not lose his loaf who has taken care at once to
eat it, neither can he be deprived of the benefit of the doctrine who
has already acted upon it. Most readers and hearers become moved so far
as to purpose to amend; but, alas! the proposal is a blossom which has
not been knit, and therefore no fruit comes of it; they wait, they
waver, and then they forget, till, like the ponds in nights of frost,
when the sun shines by day, they are only thawed in time to be frozen
again. That fatal to-morrow is blood-red with the murder of fair
resolutions; it is the slaughter-house of the innocents. We are very
concerned that our little book of “Evening Readings” should not be
fruitless, and therefore we pray that readers may not be readers only,
but doers, of the word. The practice of truth is the most profitable
reading of it. Should the reader be impressed with any duty while
perusing these pages, let him hasten to fulfil it before the holy glow
has departed from his soul, and let him leave his nets, and all that he
has, sooner than be found rebellious to the Master’s call. Do not give
place to the devil by delay! Haste while opportunity and quickening are
in happy conjunction. Do not be caught in your own nets, but break the
meshes of worldliness, and away where glory calls you. Happy is the
writer who shall meet with readers resolved to carry out his teachings:
his harvest shall be a hundredfold, and his Master shall have great
honour. Would to God that such might be our reward upon these brief
meditations and hurried hints. Grant it, O Lord, unto thy servant.