Winnowing Fork and Threshing floors…

Last night I led my SWITCHgroup of 9th grade girls at my house. After the rootbeer floats, snacks and lots and LOTS of chatter we started our study through the book of Matthew. We read through chapter 3 with ten freshman girls who have little to no Bible knowledge. We passed over this scripture:

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”–3:12

Winnowing fork? Threshing floor? WHAT?!

My heart is to read through the powerful Word of God with my students so they will grow a love for Christ and learn to seek Him on their own. But I find myself questioning if it is really the best use of our time together.

What do you think?

9 Responses to “Winnowing Fork and Threshing floors…”

  • Kara says:

    I know at that age it was more beneficial (for me) to have a topic with verses supporting it. I really feel like only now am I really ready to read through the Bible and enjoy everything it has to offer. In 9th grade it was more about knowing who I was and being sure what I was doing was Biblical and why. I have a friend who has her daughter (about that age!) memorize verses over specific situations she will inevitably face (doubting, friendships, peer pressure, etc.) and builds off of that.

    Hope that helps!

  • Mike & Misti says:

    Verse-by-verse is great. You can discover so many rich insights by going straight through a book of the Bible.

    The above commenter mentioned doing topical studies. Those are fine in and of themselves, and we have benefited greatly from such lessons. The only temptation we see in those is that it’s easy to shy away from the convicting and often-unsettling things God has for us to read.

    Our Lord Jesus speaks wonderful words of encouragement that leave us breathless. He also has stern warnings and stinging rebukes. There’s the rod of discipline and then there’s the staff of comfort. Both of them work for our good.

    We are rooting for you and your group here!

    — M&M

  • God’s Word will never return void. As long as we are open to God’s message ourselves then we will be able to share as He has with us.

    I sometimes think topics can be beneficial for quick reference when you need to find scripture fast to remind you of a promise or for memorization.

    There is something to be said about the discipline in reading the Bible to receive and not to just get. The unique part about the Holy Spirit is that He is there to give us understanding as we read, allowing God to reveal Himself through His living Word.

    I think it is awesome that you are following this path of study. You may not see immediate impact but you will eventually see greater discipline and depth. I wish I would have had someone lead me as a freshman with the same intensity and excitement for the Word. I hope I am able to lead that way someday.

  • jimmy paravane says:

    Translate into experience. FAIL! (grin)

  • I think that is a great way to spend your time. I don’t believe your influence could be used for anything better!

  • Kevin Morey says:

    Hey Anna,

    I think that studying the Bible is a great use of your time! I might suggest a different translation that comes a bit more “unpacked”.

    Here is that same verse in The Message:
    12 He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”

    Just a thought! :)

  • Winnowing fork? Haha… I have to look that one up..

    But, the first thing that came to mind when I read your post (that I just hapenned to link from Swerve) is a suggestion.

    How about reading through the book of Ruth? Esther?
    or stories about courageous women in the bible…

    and yes, maybe in a more understandable version.

    ESV?
    Hope that helps…

  • I’m with kevin… I had read this in reader and looked the message version first!

    Winnowing- is it slang for when are we going? :-) jk- for all my serious peeps!

  • jimmy paravane says:

    Scott! You should know better! Tell her to use the King James Version, which is the American bible! If you can’t understand those red letters given to King James by Jebus hisself, EPIC FAIL! (grin)

    Come on, figure it out. What, you expecting help from above? A miracle or something? What gives you the right? OK, I’ll stop now. But that was fun. (grin)

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