What happens at the threshing floor?

Over the past year, I’ve not been able to get the “threshing floor” out of my mind. My word for the year is Believe but I have repeatedly been reminded of the threshing floor.

In February, I wrote this post on the story of Ruth and Boaz. Though I don’t mention it, that is where my curiosity-turned-mini-obsession with the threshing floor began.

What is the *threshing floor*?

I’m so glad you asked. In English, to thresh is ¹to separate seed from (a harvested plant). It’s related to thrashing which gives us a good idea of the activity on the threshing floor of old.

²Threshing (thrashing) was originally “…’to tramp or stamp heavily with the feet’…” and was later applied to the act of separating out grain by the feet of people or oxen and still later with the use of a flail.

We’re looking at the threshing floor from a spiritual perspective, though. 

For the past several months, I’ve been working my way through the Old Testament in the Chronological Study Bible. God has opened up his Word – and the threshing floor has shown up again and again.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for threshing floor is go’-ren, which translates to make smooth. Let’s ponder what happens when we go to the threshing floor – spiritually speaking. Have you ever felt like God was working to make smooth something in you? I feel like this is a daily thing for me.

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Considering the people of Old Testament days grew or raised most, if not all, of their own food, imagine how important the threshing floor was. What happened there was vital to their existence and survival. The threshing floor meant provision, food, and income.

What do we find at the *threshing floor*?

Security…Rest…Home – It’s what Ruth found at the threshing floor {Ruth 3.3-18}. In her day, being widowed, homeless, and without provision meant social stigma. She found Boaz, her rescue and redemption, at the threshing floor.

Confirmation…Deliverance – It’s what Gideon found at the threshing floor {Judges 6-7}. This man of faith led an army to defeat the Midianites in what appeared insurmountable odds.

Obedience…God’s unwavering expectations – It’s what David found at the threshing floor {2 Samuel 6.6; 1 Chronicles 13.9}. In moving the Ark of the Covenant, King David realized God meant what He said. Period.

Repentance…Costly Worship…Prayer – It’s what David found when he went again to the threshing floor {1 Chronicles 21.18-24}. God gave the instructions. Repentance and a costly offering of worship followed. [This later became the place where David’s son, King Solomon, would build the long-awaited temple. {2 Chronicles 3.1}]

Victory…Celebration – It’s what Micah prophesied to God’s people {Micah 4.11-13}. The Word of the Lord promised they would go from Exile to Victory.

Cleansing…Gathering…Outpouring – It’s what the New Testament writers prophesied the Messiah would bring {Matthew 3.12; Luke 3.17} … …

  • He would provide cleansing for our sin {repentance, deliverance, victory}
  • He would gather us to Himself {security, rest, home}
  • He would burn up all that is unnecessary {costly worship, obedience, prayer}

…that we might be known as daughters and sons of the Most High God. BUT, we must go to the threshing floor.

What do we find at the threshing floor? Security, provision, redemption, deliverance, the difficult. And always the beautiful.What happens at the *threshing floor*?

At the threshing floor you’ll find the beautiful and difficult. You’ll find a forever home in Jesus, but also a death-to-the-life you’ve known.

As you seek God at the threshing floor He hears and responds, but the outcome requires obedience of His unwavering expectations.

At the threshing floor you repent and lay down your life. This is not a one-time thing, but a continual journey of learning to live in obedience. It is not a life of cheap grace ³without the cross.

At the threshing floor we celebrate. He paid the price for our freedom. We no longer have to live in exile, but receive victory through the blood of Jesus. And this brings us back to the difficult, because we must go through the fire.

I don’t know about you, but I keep crawling down off the altar.

In our humanness, it’s easy to forget that in the sacrificial and costly – we find life. At the threshing floor we give in to the unnecessary being beaten out of us. Only then can we begin to see ourselves as God sees us…

Secure, redeemed, clean, shining brightly, beautiful, mature, and smooth as stone.

Warning:  A trip to the threshing floor will cost you, but the process of being separated and refined leads to the beautiful.

Always the beautiful.

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¹Merriam-Webster dictionary

²Wikipedia Link provides more information on the threshing floor, as well as several pictures.

³Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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