Before we see the events of Revelation 11 let us turn to the way of God among his people and those that surrounded them. By seeing how God worked with the Israelites there is much to see of his character. The things that are seen of him in the past can be helpful to us as we study the future.
Do you remember the story of Eli and Samuel? Samuel was the little boy who was taken to live in the temple with Eli when just a little boy. He grew up there, became strong in the Lord and well known in Israel. In his young days while living on the Temple grounds God came to him and told him that the judgment proclaimed upon the household of Eli would come to pass. The endgame of the household of Eli happened in a battle with the Philistines where Eli’s two sons were killed, the Ark of God was captured, and Eli was so distraught over this that he fell off a place where he had been sitting, broke his neck and died.
Have you heard of Dagon?
1 When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. 3 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. (1 Samuel 5:1-4–ESV)
God judged Israel for their sins and allowed the symbol of his presence to be captured. Of course, God was not captured, but the Philistines pleased with their victory took the symbol of God’s presence into their own temple in Ashdod. It was a great trophy. But see what happened? The Philistine God was face down before the God of Israel, the one, true God. Twice this happened. Not only so, but if you read on in 1 Samuel 5 you will see that the anxiety level in Ashdod reached the level of terror. Not only so, but the people of that region developed tumors. [Read more…]
I finished my clinic at the Augusta State Medical Prison and headed out through all its gates. Waiting for each to buzz me through I would attend an email here or there. I had been in the endings of Madeline L’Engle’s book The Other Side of the Sun. What and ending, what an ending, but that is another story. I had been sprinkling sentences and paragraphs in catching what Stella caught in her trying days of the the post-civil war American south.
On the way to the car I called my dad who’s John Deere riding lawn mower has given up its ghost; he sought recommendations. No answer. “Ok, I’ll try again later, or maybe shoot off an email from Starbucks.” So went my thoughts. After pushing the starting button on my Tacoma I opened Moon+ Reader Pro, my reading app, and pressed play. A few sentences came through my smartphone’s speaker before it tethered into the Tacoma’s bluetooth and the richer reading sound of the truck’s speakers continued on that story.
Well, not in my stomach, and not in my heart, but patience, patience I say. I’ll come to it.
No reversing was required and so straight out of the sparking spot went the truck and off through the parking lot. East on Gordon Highway I turned; mostly uneventful, just one pickup decided to pull across about a tire’s width into my lane, but no worries and on I went. Traffic got a bit heavier after approaching I-520. There I followed this Cadillac CTS which I’d let get in front of me on two occasions. It is funny how a car here and there on the road can sort of become a traveling companion. [Read more…]