Impending disaster

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 5:26-30

He will raise a signal for nations far away,

and whistle for them from the ends of the earth;

and behold, quickly, speedily they come!

None is weary, none stumbles,

none slumbers or sleeps,

not a waistband is loose,

not a sandal strap broken;

their arrows are sharp,

all their bows bent,

their horses’ hoofs seem like flint,

and their wheels like the whirlwind.

Their roaring is like a lion,

like young lions they roar;

they growl and seize their prey;

they carry it off, and none can rescue.

They will growl over it on that day,

like the growling of the sea.

And if one looks to the land,

behold, darkness and distress;

and the light is darkened by its clouds

When Israel rejected their heritage, the word of the Lord spoken to all nations through, them they faced judgment.  There is a lesson to be learned here.  When we receive the blessings of the Lord and his salvation, there is a responsibility that comes with it.  Jesus spoke often of the need to deny self for him and the kingdom of God.  When we stray, as Israel did, from the relationship with our maker, there will be consequences.  How genuine is our love for our God?  Can it be seen in our actions, thoughts and words?  Or, have we strayed from the Word of God and called evil good and good evil, replaced light with darkness, say what is sweet is bitter and what is bitter is sweet?  Are we buying into tolerance and in doing so allowing the rottenness of one apple to spoil all?  It is time to search our hearts and minds.  It is time to replace the noise of the world around us with the music of the Word of God.  It is time to reflect, repent, renew our relationship, for the consequences of denial are not pleasant and will destroy our relationships.

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What are we doing!?! …..

Ezekiel 16:20-42

“Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, 21 that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire? 22 And in all your abominations and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood.

23 “Then it was so, after all your wickedness—‘Woe, woe to you!’ says the Lord GOD— 24 that you also built for yourself a shrine, and made a high place for yourself in every street. 25 You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry. 26 You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger.

27 “Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior. 28 You also played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. 29 Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader, Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied.

30 “How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord GOD, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot.

“You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. 32 You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. 33 Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry. 34 You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given you, therefore you are the opposite.”

‘Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD! 36 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them, 37 surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness. 38 And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy. 39 I will also give you into their hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places. They shall also strip you of your clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you naked and bare.

40 “They shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones and thrust you through with their swords. 41 They shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women; and I will make you cease playing the harlot, and you shall no longer hire lovers. 42 So I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. I will be quiet, and be angry no more.

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Loving the Lord in return for his love and then turning away from him to other interests is described as a form of prostitution, but different.  Different in that the one turning away is paying the others for what the Lord gave freely.  No wonder proverbs calls it foolishness.  To do this to one who can destroy not only your body but your very soul is foolish indeed.  Jesus said:

“…Matthew 10:28  – And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell….”

The nature of God includes wrath.  It is seen towards those who disrespect him with their self-importance.  Not only this but they included others in their actions, the innocent, the children.

“…you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured….”

Brings to mind our present day abortion issue.  We continue to flaunt self-worth at the expense of others, self-interest at the expense of the unborn child and also our children born to us; through neglect and abuse we demonstrate thinking only about ourselves.  Abortions are common and child abuse abounds.  Are we calling down the wrath of God today as Israel did  in Ezekiel’s days?

“…I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. …” and

“…you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?…”

Has God changed?  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  What to do?  Be active in opposition to the killing of the unborn?  Be active in opposition to the neglect and abuse of children?

Counter with the teaching and message of the love of God and God’s blessings on the lives of those who follow him?  We need to hear the voice of God, in the anguish of the abused, neglected and aborted.  We need to obey his voice and be found faithful to him, not prostituting our allegiance to others or ourselves.

Worth taking the time to read.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month at http://jenblizzard.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-is-national-child-abuse.html

Pretend I’m a Tree and save Me: http://loveundefiled.blogspot.com/2010/08/pretend-im-tree-and-save-me.html#!/2010/08/pretend-im-tree-and-save-me.html

Planned Parenthood and Gender Based Abortions      http://biltrix.com/2012/05/30/planned-parenthood-and-gender-based-abortions/

Sin no longer reigns…

Romans 5:12-21

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—  (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.  And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,  so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

one brought sin, One brought redemption.

one disobeyed, One obeyed.

The act of one brought condemnation, the act of One brought pardon.

The consequence of one was death, the consequence of One brought life.

Enter sin through disobedience;

Enter redemption through obedience.

Condemned; pardoned.

Death defeated death: life gave life.

through one man sin entered the world,

through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came

by the one man’s offense many died,

through one Man’s righteous act (…)the gift of righteousness will reign in life

through one man’s offense judgment came

through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came (…) – eternal life .

where sin abounded,

grace abounded much more,

as sin reigned in death,

so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life

Can we say thank you!?