Christian Pilgrim


158. Grind to Powder

Exodus 32:20 - "And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it."

Moses ground the golden calf to powder. This is what we should do to all false idols in our life.

2 Kings 23:6 - "And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people."

2 Kings 23:15 - "Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove."

2 Chronicles 34:7 - "And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem."

All these references are to King Josiah, the last good king of Judah. He was the only one to actually remove the altars and groves of the false idols.

Matthew 21:44 - "And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."

Luke 20:18 - "Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."

This verse speaks of Christ, the "stone of stumbling and rock of offence" (Isaiah 8:14, Romans 9:33, 1 Peter 2:8). But which one do you want to be? For a long time I thought that the ones who fall on the stone and are broken are the true believers and those ground to powder were the unbelievers, but I now think that exactly the opposite is the case. Those who "fall" on the stone are those who stumble at the rock of offence which is Christ. They will be broken. However, those upon whom the stone falls shall be ground to powder. This is exactly what we should want - our pride ground to powder.

Upon conversion, the rock of pride in our hearts is cracked open, bu we then live a lifetime of sanctification, whereby all the little rocks of pride which are still there in the heart need to be ground to powder until there is nothing left.

Isaiah 27:9 - "By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up."