Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 14, 2017

“For his God instructs and teaches him properly.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 28:23-29.

“23 Give ear and hear my voice,
Listen and hear my words.
24 Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed?                                                                                                                                                                 Does he continually turn and harrow the ground?
25 Does he not level its surface
And sow dill and scatter cummin
And plant wheat in rows,
Barley in its place and rye within its area?
26 For his God instructs and teaches him properly.
27 For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
Nor is the cartwheel driven over cummin;
But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club.
28 Grain for bread is crushed,
Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever.
Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually damage it,
He does not thresh it longer.
29 This also comes from the Lord of hosts,
Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.”  Isaiah 28:23-29.

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There is a difficult part of this Scripture to understand, and there is an easy part of this Scripture to understand.  But it is all wonderful and great.

“This also comes from the Lord of hosts,
Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.”  Verse 29.

And, there is hope that the LORD will help us understand.

“For his God instructs and teaches him properly.”  Verse 26.

The difficult part of this Scripture is the farmer analogies such as the following verse on which we will meditate.

“Grain for bread is crushed,
Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever.
Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually damage it,
He does not thresh it longer.”  Verse 28.

As we meditate on this difficult part to understand, we check out the definition of “thresh”.

“Thresh” is defined by The Free Dictionary as “To beat the stems and husks of (grain or cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains or seeds from the straw.”  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/thresh

And, we consider the context of this Scripture.  What is one of the themes of the Book of Isaiah?

God punished the nation of Israel using nations like Assyria and Babylon as His tools.  But, God did not totally destroy Israel.  God saved a remnant.

“For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, Only a remnant within them will return;  A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.”  Isaiah 10:22.

Putting these meditations together, God threshed Israel.  But, God did not thresh Israel forever so as to totally destroy all of Israel.  God threshed Israel just long enough to separate that part of Israel which would be destroyed (the straw) from that remnant of Israel that would be saved (the grain).

The easy part of this Scripture is the general statement that God instructs and teaches His people.

“For his God instructs and teaches him properly.”  Verse 26.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”  Psalm 32:8.

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