The ‘Balanced’ Life ~ Part 4

“When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and there was a black horse. The horseman on it had a set of scales in his hand. Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius – but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.” Revelation 6:5-6

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Will you join me in prayerfully considering these verses?  Don’t forget to read part 1,2, and 3 for further understanding!

The voice that comes from among the four living creatures announces the price of a quart of wheat, indicating that food will be scarce and expensive probably due to severe drought. A denarius was the normal day’s wage of the common laborer. A quart of wheat (necessary for bread) was typically enough for a meal for one man. Barely (necessary for porridge and the stalk was for feeding animals) was usually considered inferior and used as food for livestock. The vision shows that a man working all day would only have enough for himself. Since food for the non-laborer usually comes from the excess of the laborer what will become of those in need as well as the animals? Nonessentials like wine and oil apparently will still be available.

According to Vincent’s word studies, “a balance is anything which joins two bodies, hence a yoke.” It is also the beam of the balance, and hence the balance itself. “The judgement of this seal is scarcity, of which the balance is a symbol, representing the time when food is doled out by weight.” Leviticus 26:26 gives us an example of a time when there was a ration of food and it was therefore weighed for each person. “When I cut off your supply of bread, 10 women will bake your bread in a single oven and ration out your bread by weight, so that you will eat but not be satisfied.” (All of Leviticus 26 is interesting to read as we look at the seals) Another example is found in Ezekiel 4:16-17, “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, I am going to cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem. They will anxiously eat bread rationed by weight and in dread drink water by measure. So they will lack bread and water; everyone will be devastated and waste away because of their iniquity.” DIVAs, do you feel compelled to repent of your wrong doing and seek the Lord desiring His paths wholeheartedly?

What if this seal instead represented a spiritual judgment (the lack of nourishment for our souls) as opposed to a physical judgment (the lack of nourishment for our bodies)? Isaiah 55:1 instructs us to, “Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!” When the darkness of ignorance spreads as denoted by the black horse, the knowledge and practice of truth becomes scarce. What if people despised their spiritual food and God justly deprives them of their daily bread (spiritually speaking)? The famine of bread is indeed terrible but is the famine of the Word more more awful? How would you answer?

Thank you Deanna for leading in worship!  We are blessed indeed.

A statement in our feature verses begs the question, “Why are the olives and grapes spared?” Is it the question of poverty vs. wealth? We seem to do a fine job drawing our line between the haves and have-nots and keeping the issues of the have-nots removed from sight. Is there judgment associated with this? Judge our hearts Lord and determine where our true lack is. May the Lord have mercy on us as we repent in our areas of pride and greed.  Or, are we “yoked” together, the have and have-nots, and each will be weighed in the scales of Justice?  Revelation 1:3  tells us, “The one who READS this is blessed, and those who HEAR the words of this prophecy and KEEP what is written in it are blessed, because the time is near!” (emphasis mine) My personal belief is the blessing is that those who read Revelation will be blessed because the season of His coming will be recognized.  However, the Father will bless in whatever way He sees fit!  Could a blessing be that we read the warnings and change?  I think so.

Why do you think the olives and grapes might be spared?  Why do you think about the scales?  Post your thoughts in the comment section!  I want to hear from you♥!

In His grace,
Amanda

4 Comments on “The ‘Balanced’ Life ~ Part 4”

  1. I read a commentary about Revelation 6 concerning the third seal. It talked about the wine representing believers in Jesus Christ, and the olive oil representing Israel(the Jewish people). If this is the case than God has instructed the third horsemen not to harm those who belong to Him or His chosen people. This is just food for thought. Either way we place our trust in God, and His Word.

  2. Samantha, I love how you spend time thinking through spiritual concepts and share them with us! Anything that causes us to look deeper into weighty things will surely bring blessing. You have blessed me Samantha!

  3. Furthermore, the oil and wine could represent those who labor in Christ..whose souls are pouring over with nourishment so His sheep are fed?

    Oh how I love Him!!!!!!

  4. Leviticus 24: 1-4….1The LORD said to Moses, 2“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. 3Outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, Aaron is to tend the lamps before the LORD from evening till morning, continually. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 4The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the LORD must be tended continually.

    We need to always be ready for Jesus’ return as our lamps continuosly stay full of oil so our light never burns out.

    1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of the virgins were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra266 olive oil with them. 4 But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed a long time,267 they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 9 ‘No,’ they replied. ‘There won’t be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But while they had gone to buy it, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. Then the door was shut. 11 Later, the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ 12 But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I do not know you!’ 13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:1-13).

    The wine…well, could it be the purification process of His Church? I found this article that might be of interest. It is a long read, but insightful nevertheless :-). http://www.bible-history.com/links.php?
    cat=39&sub=718&cat_name=Manners+%26+Customs&subcat_name=Vineyards

    And the scales…could it be referring to spiritual judgement? Could the prices and weights attached to the barley and wheat represent the debt accrued by those who labor to sustain self and lack excess for those non-laborers around them? Those who souls are spiritually malnourished and are not able to feed His sheep? (John 21:15-17)

    Could the untouchable, or spared, wine and olives have no weight or price attached to them because they are freed of their debt and purified, which represents His Church? 🙂

    Much love

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