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Payday Someday

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…, Hebrews 9:27.

For it is written:
“As I live, says the Lord,

Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then, every one of us shall give account of himself to God, Roman 14:11, 12.

Over the last few days, we’ve had a garage sale to pare down some of the things we’re going to have to move, and to make a few bucks to help with said move.   We had stuff spread out in the driveway, the garage, the kitchen and the living room.  We had lots of people stop by.  Except for one thing, it was thoroughly enjoyable. At some time, someone helped themselves to a laptop computer that was NOT part of the sale.  I never gave it a single thought or I would have put it away, but I left it out where they could see it.  They saw it and they took it.

Thank the Lord, there was nothing personal on it yet; I had just gotten it.  Still, it was saddening to me.  That person will ultimately pay far more for that laptop than he, our daughter thought she saw the person who stole it, than he can ever possibly begin to imagine.

There is coming a payday someday.

One day, that gentleman will pay for his sins, including the theft of the laptop.  My true prayer for him is that this will be the last thing he will ever steal, that he will repent of his wickedness, and that God would be pleased to draw him to Himself.

It’s a sad thing that people don’t stop to think…

Payday someday.

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A Forever Home

Home.

Forever.

Two words that don’t really go together in this life.  As we use them, they just basically mean someplace permanent.  Often, they’re used for children being adopted to describe their new home.  But they’re not really “forever.”

As I sit here typing this, my chair, a table, a floor lamp and a desk are all that’s left in this combination living-dining room.  The dining room half is empty and you can see where the formal dining table, the china cabinet and another desk left their marks in the carpet.  Their “home,” too, was not forever.  But they are still with family, and, Lord willing, one day a sixth generation will sit and eat at that table.

We’ve lived here for 18 years.  I’m old enough that I fully expected to die in this house.  But nothing in this life is forever, and, Lord willing, in a few weeks, we’ll be done here and be starting a new chapter in life somewhere else.  Grandma will get to be grandma again and I, well, I’ll be getting used to a little one with way too much energy.  At the same time, though, they have cats. 🙂  Grandma’s not too excited about that, but I grew up around cats.  I love cats.

I don’t mean the last few sentences the way they might sound.  I’m looking forward to having another opportunity to teach a new generation.  At the same time, I have a new appreciation for my own grandmother.

But….

There really is a forever home.

It’s called heaven.

During the last few days before His crucifixion, our Lord made a promise to His disciples.  He was trying to tell them that things were going to change drastically in a day or so, and that He was going to leave them.  He wouldn’t leave them orphans, but would send a Helper to be with them and in them.  He was going to prepare a place for them, so that where He was, they would one day be there, too, John 14:2, 3..

This will truly be their “forever home.”

So thus we shall always be with the Lord, 1 Thessalonians 4:17 NKJV.

Just as a coincidental note – when I accessed the Bible program I use on this computer to make certain of verses I want to refer to, it opened up with 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 as “verse of the day.”

I’m sure we really have no idea about what eternity will be like.  The only thing we know for certain is that the Lord Jesus will be there.  Nothing else really matters.

But there is a second forever place, as well.

Hell.

We can’t really call it “home,” because it will be as far from the idea of home as one can get.  And we have no real idea what it will be like.

But it will be forever.

Cecropia Moths

Yes, the title is right.

And, no, you haven’t stumbled onto a nature page of some sort.

The title is there because, this morning, I encountered a Cecropia Moth for only the second time in my 78 years.

We’ve had record rainfall this year.  As a result, everything is lush and beautiful and green.  And, as a result, the maple tree in our back yard has produced an exorbitant number of “helicopter” seeds.  I was out there trying to clean them up.  While doing this, I nearly swept up the moth.  I couldn’t really tell because of all the seeds, but it looked like the moth was just finishing up emerging from its cocoon.  It was so beautiful.  I was trying to find a picture of one of them to include in the post, but once again technology has gotten the best of me.  (At least, I know what a dial telephone is.  I read something the other day about a lady whose grandson wanted to know what the wall phone she was talking on was.)

Anyway, according to Scripture, we’re a lot like that moth, or, more correctly, the caterpillar from which it comes.

1 John 3:2 says, Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

And Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:51-54:

Behold, I tell you a mystery:  we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:  “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

One of these days, perhaps in my lifetime, or in the lifetime of our grandchildren, or maybe not until the life of their grandchildren, the trumpet will sound and believers will all be changed.

“It has not yet been revealed what we shall be….”

One day, that caterpillar was minding its own business, chewing away on a delicious bit of green when all of a sudden, it had this urge to spin a cocoon….

I’ve read that there is a complete change of DNA in that cocoon.  Nothing is left of the caterpillar as it changes into, say, a Cecropia Moth.  The creature that emerges has nothing in common with the creature that spun the cocoon.

One day, perhaps you or I will be chewing on a delicious bit of green, metaphorically speaking, and the time will come.  Death will knock at the door or the trumpet will sound, and we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

 

– And Peter –

In our reading the other morning, my wife and I read the last two chapters of Mark.  These two words in Mark 16:7 struck me, as I’m sure they have at other times in reading this portion.

Our Lord is so gracious.  So kind.  So understanding.

I’m sure Peter thought he was done.  After all his braggadocio,  “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” Mark 14:31 – here he was, hiding in the shadows somewhere, overcome with shame, remembering….

There are a couple of verses in Luke’s account that bear on this.   Luke 22:60, 61 tell us that before he was even finished with his denials, Immediately, while he [Peter] was still speaking, the rooster crowed.  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter,” emphasis added.

In the midst of His own suffering and humiliation, being taken to a death we cannot even begin to imagine in our culture of concern for “criminal rights,” the Lord Jesus remembered His errant disciple….

And He turned and looked at Peter.

That look must have torn through Peter like a knife into his soul.

The fact that all the disciples said it, Matthew 26:35, was probably no comfort to Peter.

He had said it.

And Peter went out and wept bitterly, Luke 22:62.

Ah, beloved, the Lord knows us better than we can possibly know ourselves.

“But go and tell His disciples – and Peter….”

And He still loves us and cares for us and restores us.

“This Little Light…”

“You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold; the lampstand shall be of hammered work….  You shall make seven lamps for it, and they shall arrange its lamps so that they give light in front of it.  And its wick-trimmers and its trays shall be of pure gold.  It shall be made of a talent of pure gold, with all these utensils.  And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain, Exodus 25:31, 37-40 NKJV.

He also made the lampstand of pure gold; of hammered work he made the lampstand….    And he made its seven lamps, its wick-trimmers, and its trays of pure gold.  Of a talent of pure gold he made it, with all its utensils, Exodus 37:17, 23-24 NKJV.

This is the second piece of furniture in the holy place – the first compartment of the tabernacle.  It’s perhaps the most important piece, if “rank” can be assigned to these pieces, because by it the priest could see the other pieces and could see where he was and where he was going.

Scripture has a great deal to say about “light.”

One thing it says is in John 1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it, vs. 1-4.

These verses tell us that God is the source of light, or, more specifically, “the Word,” the Lord Jesus, is that source.  In Genesis 1:3, God said, “Let there be light,” and created light as something distinct from Himself, who, Himself, is Light, 1 John 1:5.

John 1 further says that life itself is “light:”  the life was the light of men.  Life itself tells us that there is “more to life” than life.  This is spite of the fact that evolution tells us that man is just a sad, essentially useless cosmic accident, with no purpose or meaning.  This world and all that’s in it will wend its way through the ages that remain until the Sun, with its last dying gasp, flames out and extinguishes everything.

But man knows innately that there is something more “out there.”  How many religions and philosophies there are which want “to ascend,” want to leave this physical plane for some “spiritual” something or other that is said to be superior to, and “beyond,” ordinary life.

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1. Light guides us.

I’m thinking here of the old sailing days, before GPS and all the electronic gadgets that we have.  Old time sailors were not without their own navigational aids in the stars and Sun and lighthouses and a lot of knowledge that I’m afraid is pretty much lost to us.  We can’t hardly go to the corner store without consulting Alexa or some other electronic device.  Even then, our eyes are glued to our phones, to the extent that, according to the latest news,  “distracted driving” has become a major problem and is an increasing cause of traffic accidents and deaths.

To the old-timers, a lighthouse was a welcome sight.

Scripture also guides us and gives us some indication as well as to what is “out there.”  It tells us that there is indeed more to life than life and that when this life is over, life itself is not over.

There’s a story told of a little country church that was surrounded by fields belonging to an atheist.  The church wasn’t air-conditioned and, in warm weather, had to have its windows open.  One spring, this atheist planted his fields on a Sunday, plowed and tended them especially on Sunday when the church was in session, and, finally, harvested them on a Sunday.   After he was done, he wrote to the editor of the local paper:  “I planted my fields on  Sunday, took care of them on Sunday, and harvested them on Sunday.  I didn’t pay any attention to god and I had a bumper crop this September!  What do you think about that?”  The editor printed the letter, but then answered, “My friend, God doesn’t settle His accounts in September.”

“God doesn’t settle His accounts in September.”  But He will settle them!

It is appointed to men to die once, but after this the judgment, Hebrews 9:27, emphasis added.

2. Light discovers.

You can see stuff in the light that is hidden in the darkness.  That’s why, almost invariably, when people go into a dark room, even a familiar one, they turn on the light.   In the same way, Scripture lights up the darkness of this world so that we can see things to avoid – or to receive.

I heard someone the other day who called Christians, “God’s flashlights.”  That’s not a bad analogy.  We’re here to shine in the darkness of this world, in order to guide people to the light of the Gospel.

3. Light can be overpowering.

When I was in Bible College, one of my fellow-students in the dorm, if I remember the wattage correctly, decided to get a 1000 watt light bulb.  It’s been over 50 years, but I remember vividly that when you walked into the room and turned on the light, it almost knocked you over, it was so bright.  Needless to say, the administration took a dim view of this and made him get a smaller bulb!

This is what happened to Saul of Tarsus as he was intent on wiping out the name of Jesus.  On the road to Damascus, with no thought of anything but that, he saw “a light from heaven, brighter than the Sun, shining around him and his party.  It turned him and his life completely around, to the point that he was preaching salvation through the very Name that he had just a day or so before tried to destroy!

He saw the Light and it overpowered him.

That’s what light does to the darkness.  It doesn’t negotiate with it.  It doesn’t try to “woo” it or reason with it.  It simply shines, and the darkness is gone!

4. Light isn’t always welcome.

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed, John 3:17-20, emphasis added.

Men don’t like to be told they’re sinners, or that, apart from the Lord Jesus, they stand condemned in the sight of God.  They want to believe the devil’s lie that they’re all right.  As the saying was, a few years ago, “I’m ok, you’re ok.”  The problem is that, apart from the Lord Jesus Christ, I’m not ok, and neither are you.

The Lord Jesus has come and turned on the light!

What does it reveal?

Have folks come to the Light?

Or have they, like rats and roaches, scuttled back into the darkness?

Thank the Lord, many have indeed come to it, but many more have rejected it.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,”  Matthew 5;16.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31.

“Three…”

I know it’s a little late for this, but it just occurred to me this morning as we were reading.

“For as Jonah was parts of three days in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be parts of three days in the heart of the earth,” Matthew 12:40, Good Friday version.