Today we begin reading the message given to the people of Israel by the prophet Joel, following a devastating locust plague. This plague was so severe that it is described as being like that of an invading army that completely destroys the good and fertile land.
When disaster strikes, whether it is at a national or personal level, often it is claimed that God is to blame! Here however the priests and people are urged to mourn, wail, (v 8 &13) and cry out to the Lord (v14), and to repent because there is someone to go to and He is listening.
In our own experience, through our television sets we see devastating destruction of people and land in countries like Syria, iraq, Yemen. The Lord will listen if we ‘mourn, wail and cry’ to Him for them and perhaps even for our own land that we may repent and turn back to Him for ’the day of the Lord is near.’
LUKE 12 : 49 – 59
Jesus talks a lot about peace – blessed are the peacemakers Matthew 5:9, peace I leave with you, my peace I give you John 14:27, I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace John 16:33. The good news that He brought produces that peace with God that comes from forgiveness and a restored relationship. But in today’s passage Jesus warns His disciples that His reason for coming to earth is SO impacting on lives that even families will be split apart as those who reject Him will also reject believers.
While we know that people who commit themselves to Christ from other religions receive strong opposition or even death, it is a very sad development in our current Australian society that vehement opposition to the Christian position is growing fueled largely by the media/internet.
Warnings are positive – Bluebottles!
Crocodiles swim here!
Stand behind the yellow line
These can save us pain or even death if we heed them.
Jesus’ love for people meant He gave clear warnings of a future judgement on His return. Are we listening?
Peter and Elizabeth