Picking Oakum

In the old days the very poor in the workhouses and in prisons were given the task of “picking oakum”, in other words breaking old rope into its constituent strands. it was a tedious and sometimes painful job. It could damage the skin on the hands.

The oakum was used to caulk Ships planking and deck timbers. It also has plumbing uses sealing joints in pipes by expansion.



People find fault with those who pick things in pieces. To those who do it for destructive reasons the accusation may be just.

Sometimes as in the words from Ecclesiastes 3:7 there is

  A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,”

To Build up we must first tear down. The scaffolding which surrounds the building during construction is no longer needed when it is complete.

We may need to tear down things in our lives, no matter if it is painful, to be true to Christ. Even in the Church there are things which sneak in and despite a long stay are like a sucker on a tree which only hinder its  life.


The problem with the commodity some sections of the church are marketing as the gospel is that while men may buy it , God won’t own it.


In the T.V. series “F Troop” , Trooper  Hoffenmueller could speak Cherokee, Sioux, Apache, and Hekawi. Unfortunately,  he could never be an interpereter, he could not speak English ( at least not very well).

Whatever languages we can speak , no matter how fluent, We should learn the language of prayer, in the long run it is the most important.

Jacob’s ladder

Genesis 28:10-19 recounts a dreaming vision Jacob had of a stairway to Heaven with God standing at the top. Upon this “ladder” the angels of God ascend and descend to serve Him.

Many writers through the years see this ladder as a picture of Christ (a type). First of all He is our way to God.” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 He is the unique and God appointed  way of salvation.

Secondly Christ is the conduit and channel through which all God’s blessing and supplies come to the Christian.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Eph1:3

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians4:19
May we all avail ourselves of the way : Christ






Picking Oakum

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