Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Sieve

UV 2719/10000 The Sieve
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Hebrews 12 v 27

Everything in the heavens and on earth can be shaken, changed, removed but the kingdom of God is unmovable, unshakable, constant. Every single thing that is created including the mountains, the skies, the rivers, the creatures will be removed. The word emanating from the Lord is unmovable, unshakable, incontrovertible. At the appearance of Jesus, everything that is to be dissolved and impermanent will be melted. The word of the Lord is immutable and no letter of it will change. It is our anchor, bridge and connection with Mount Zion which cannot be shaken. We therefore need to respect, revere, honour and obey the Word.

The Lord gives authority to His own to shake or change the elements that are shakeable or subject to change. This includes everything in the visible world- the political, social, cultural and economic domains. When we spend time on our knees or when we prostrate before the Lord, He will begin to move in that which we ask of Him. His kingdom will come and His will be done. But when we pray we expedite it. We become partners with the Lord in the establishment of His kingdom.

The image or world-view emerging from this uni-verse is that the whole of creation is going through a kind of sieve, wherein the things that need to be removed, the perishable parts or the parts that ought to perish will be removed while the eternal, the pure, the perfect will remain. The things that should perish will wither like the leaf of the vine or of the fig tree. The covenant of peace of the Lord with man through the process of justification, refinement and sanctification enabled by Jesus will remain. The covenant relationship of the Lord with man of loving kindness will remain. The new creation will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. This thought should cause us to live in freedom from fear as well as attachment to the perishable things of this world and fill us with reverence, grateful worship as well as joy and hope. If we lose something in this life and world, we should not grieve over it too long or too much as it is the sieve of the Lord at work who is separating the chaff from the grain. If we gain something in this life and world, we should not set too much store by it as it too will one day be removed. Our chief source of joy and hope is the Lord and His word.

Prateep V Philip

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