July 15, 2018: SOAP #3146: Isaiah 22-24; Hebrews 12
Scripture: Isaiah (NIV) 24:1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants—2 it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor…. 17 Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of the earth. 18 Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. 19 The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken. 20 The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls—never to rise again.
Observation: There are many things in life that separate people into different groups. Sex, nationalities, skin color, language, wealth, education… Some people live in huge gated homes, others live on the streets. So many differences, yet we all live on the same earth. What happens to the earth happens to all of us. Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes—no one escapes. Disasters that come from nature do not check to which group we belong. And so, eternity awaits all. As Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after death, the judgment.” No one escapes.
Application: The holy nature of God, the Judge, demands that sin be punished. But the loving nature of God, the Heavenly Father, demanded that a way of escape be made for those who trust Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for your love for me and your wisdom to provide a way for me to share eternity in your heaven! Thank you for your Son, Jesus who died for me and rose again. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who is helping me to grasp the wonder of your perfect holiness, your immeasurable love and your great wisdom Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!