Object Lessons

Wheat and Chaff

Objects: Some Wheat with Chaff on. Electric Fan or Hand Fan

How many of you, boys and girls, have been on a large wheat ranch at harvest time? Some of you have, and so know what it means to "thresh" the wheat and put it away in the barns. (Describe harvest-time today. Compare the methods used today with those used at the time the Lord was upon the earth.)

I have here, today, a basket of wheat just as it came from the field. (Display.) I want you to notice what happens when I turn this fan on near the wheat. (Demonstrate.) Why, something blows away! What is it? "Chaff," you say. Yes, the chaff is separated from the wheat when the fan is used. Chaff is really of no importance. This is the reason that it is removed from the wheat at harvest time. There is no life or nourishment in it. Cattle won't eat it.

But the golden grains of wheat are full of life and nourishment. Think of the many healthful and life-giving foods that are made from wheat!

No doubt you have some wheat products on your table at every meal. Yes, wheat is very valuable.

Removing chaff from the wheat, is what takes place at harvest time. It is a time of separating the good from the bad. It is also a picture of another harvest time which is to take place on the earth when those who belong to the Lord are to be separated from those who do not belong to Him.

John the Baptist, when speaking of the Lord Jesus said, "Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor and will gather His WHEAT into His garner; but the CHAFF will He burn with fire unquenchable."—Luke 3:17 and Matt. 3:12.

Chaff is God's estimate of an unsaved person. Wheat is His estimate of one who has received the Lord Jesus as Saviour. Like the wheat, they have life, and are able to nourish others with the Word. Today, Christians and non-Christians mingle together. Even in homes, some members of the family are Christians while others are not. Now, they are living under the same roof, enjoying the same comforts of the home, but this will not always be—a harvest day is coming, and a harvest day means a day of SEPARATION.

Christians are looking forward to a blessed time called the Rapture. (1 Thess. 4:13-18.) This is the time when the Lord Jesus is coming for all who belong to Him. What a blessed day this will be for those who love Him and know Him as their Saviour! But, what a sad day this will be for those who do not know Him! It will be a day of separation. Some will be taken and others will be left behind. The chaff will be separated from the wheat.

When the Lord Jesus comes back to earth there will be a final harvest time, when the fan will be used and those whose names are not found written in the Lamb's Book of Life, like the chaff, will be cast away into everlasting punishment. (Rev. 20:11-15.)

All through eternity there is to be a separation of the righteous and unrighteous. Chaff and wheat only remain together until the harvest.

I am sure, boys and girls, that you want to be among the WHEAT and not among the CHAFF. If so, put your trust in the Lord Jesus today as your Saviour. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."—Acts 16:31.

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