Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Jesus Addresses Current Events
Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
It seems obvious by a cursory reading of the Scripture that disasters or other tragedies sometimes can come about as a result of judgment, self-affliction or just pure happenstance.
It is possible that this tragedy brought about by the wicked Pontius Pilate stemmed from an act of worship by some rabble-rousing (in Pilate's estimation) Galileans.
We read in Acts 5:37, After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
Some believe this happened contemporaneously with Jesus' ministry. Now, some took it upon themselves to act as the cable news service to deliver this tidbit of information to Jesus and His disciples.
Strange how Pilate and Herod despised each other as they pulled stuff like this on each other to get under the skin of their nemesis. Yet, when Jesus was the one accused, they worked together to orchestrate His crucifixion.
But the fact remains, people were slaughtered at the hands of a despot, and he committed sacrilege.
Speaking of current events, these days we are hearing about floods, typhoons, earthquakes, nuclear accidents, tornadoes, wildfires, economic upheaval, genocide, wars and skirmishes.
It should not go unnoticed by us that nothing goes unnoticed by the Lord. He is, in fact, up on the latest news. He loves those who suffer cruel fates. It behooves us to be busy about the Lord's business and see that these people get the gospel and repent before they perish.