The Sound of the Millstones
Wisdom's Corner
The Sound of the Millstones

One of the first sounds to greet the ear of people early in the morning during Bible times was the sound of the grinding of grain. In Palestine villages the grain was ground by handmill. This was to obtain flour for cooking.

Women normally did the grinding. They usually begin early in the morning and may work at it for half a day. The sound of the grinding was not really musical but it was a soothing sound to those in Palestine. It was a sound that represented the comfort of home and the sound of having plenty.

In Jeremiah 25:10, we read, "Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle." God was telling about sending the Babylonians to enslave the Israelites. The Israelites would become slaves. They would no longer have the pleasures of being a free people or of being a prosperous people. God was going to punish them for not following His commands.

God has given us the Bible so that we can know what to do to obey Him. He loves us and wants us to live with Him in heaven. We will not grind grain in heaven, but we will be in our eternal home. We will have the constant pleasure of being in the presence of God. We will hear only good sounds and we will have the pleasure of the ultimate home, heaven.

Study your Bible. Learn what you need to know to live in heaven with God. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 2001

Published by The Old Paths Bible School