Originally scheduled for August 24
During World War II both the Nazis and the
allies invented, independently, a method of battling the new science
of radar. It was called chaff. It looks very much like the wrapper
of an ordinary piece of gum, with aluminum foil on one side only.
You wouldn’t think this would be very much of a problem for radar,
but it is. The strips of foil are technically known as tuned
dipoles. They are cut to a very precise length which matches the
wavelength of the radar system to be confused. The result is that
they show up as much larger than they really are. They flutter
about; in so doing they leave tracks which look like those of an
airplane. Eventually you can tell the airplane from the chaff — but
it’s usually too late.
Have you ever wondered why they call it chaff?
The term is actually used in the Bible. It describes a part of the
wheat plant which is discarded.
To separate wheat from chaff – it’s called winnowing – you
toss the grain in the air when there’s a good wind blowing.
Chaff, being very light, is blown along with the wind while
the heavier grain falls back on to the threshing floor.
If you do this a sufficient number of times, the chaff gets
blown off the wheat. The
real chaff is very light, blown along with the wind and has to be
separated from the real wheat – that’s why the tinfoil chaff was
named that way. Real
chaff is lightweight and worthless – fit only to be burned.
That’s what John the Baptist was warning people
about. Speaking of
Jesus, he said:
"His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His
threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He
will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
(Matthew 3:12 NASB)
We are warned that communion should begin with
a period of self-examination; “Let a man examine himself.”
So – are you lightweight chaff or the heavier grain?
Chaff is blown around by the wind –
every new fad picks up the chaff.
These people seek the grace of God without the Lordship of
Christ. As a result,
they are constantly looking for a new way to remain comfortably idle
in the church.
Wheat, being heavier,
takes Christ seriously.
These are the folks who bear fruit – and are willing to do so
even when there’s work involved.
Those looking at you from the outside often
can’t tell the difference.
That’s why we are called to examine ourselves – take the view
from the inside. If you
feel like you are just floating along in church, take warning.
In communion we partake of the body and blood of Christ –
something which should never be taken lightly.