During the Second World War blitz on England, falling bombs were not the only danger to the population.
The anti aircraft artillery barrage, while not very effective against German aircraft, did make the bombers fly higher and spoil their accuracy.
However what goes up must come down and shrapnel from the explosive shells rained back to earth posing a danger to those on the ground.
So when sinful man launches his attacks on the Almighty, the arrows he fires redound upon and injure himself.
The same goes for those who rejoice in contradicting God’s holy and wise laws and cast beneath their feet the message of Salvation.
Sadder still are those who pose as Christians yet do all they can to water down and relegate those parts of Scripture that do not conform to their own conceptions.
True, their impending judgment may be slow in coming but it is sure and certain none the less unless repentance and mercy intervenes.
Apparently one of the symptoms of mental illness is the fact that the afflicted cannot seem to make themselves understood by those around them and have difficulty comprehending what others are trying to convey to them.
In the same way sinful man has lost the ability to understand the things of God in fact they are hateful to him.
Man by nature is dead in sin and cut off from God and, unless aided by the Holy Spirit in conversion is unwilling and indeed unable to obtain a fatherly hearing from God because his speech is drowned out by his willfulness in rebellion and sin.
As the blind man told the inquisitive Pharisees ” God does not listen to sinners. John 9:31″.
“We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”
While most today make man the first mover in salvation, the scriptures lay the salvation of man first to last, in the will of God and power of His Spirit working in the sinner’s heart moving him to repentance and seeking to God through faith.
Sin is the great communication barrier between God and us and it is only when it is repented of and dealt with by the blood of Christ that the channels are opened and the way of fellowship cleared.
The mock turtle.
Believe it or not, this costumed character from the 1933 “live action” version of “Alice in Wonderland” is Hollywood heart-throb Cary Grant .
True it was early on in his career but it does display a willingness on his part to put aside his trademark debonair good looks to perform a role to entertain the young.
Many of the actors who played Lewis Carroll’s characters in this film were popular actors and comedians at the time, with well known faces and mannerisms and yet under some of their costumes they were almost unrecognizable unless you listened carefully and knew where to look for them.
Generally famous people are known for their self promotion and greedy seeking after publicity to further their career.
So for well known personalities to efface and disguise themselves in order to perform roles in which they may or may not be recognized is remarkable.
Self promotion is not something that sits well in the sphere of Christianity.
When the ministry has more to do with the charisma of the “personality” in the spotlight and his obvious talents and less to do with the glory of God and the salvation of sinners, spiritual failure is sure to be the ultimate result, regardless of the hype and hysteria.
We have no shortage of “show ponies’‘ in our churches today.
People who are the Christian equivalent of exhibitionists. Their overarching desire is to be seen as special or talented and be admired.
We are all prone to fall into this trap to some degree and we all have need to humble ourselves and do as John the Baptist did in like circumstance.” He must increase while I must decrease”.
While it is true someone must be out the front, they should not be there seeking fame or reputation for themselves.
Human nature being what it is, some notoriety is unavoidable for many in prominent positions in the church but we have no business seeking it as an end in itself: rather it is all about proclaiming the gospel message and bringing glory to Christ and He alone.
We ourselves are incidental in the service of Christ and all the reward we seek is his well done and all the glory belongs to Him.
Was in many ways an admirable figure. He was the sort of “out- doorsy“, self reliant man that is admired and envied by most.
He reveled in the wide open spaces and pushed himself to his limits in manly pursuits, especially hunting.
Unfortunately while he spent much time abroad in nature, like many of our famous naturalists today, he never sought to know and obey the God of creation.
He had a very two dimensional and short sighted view of existence and could see no further than his next meal and immediate carnal pleasure.
When cheated out of His birthright and blessing all he could think about was getting revenge on his devious brother rather than blaming his own short sightedness and foolishness and seeking repentance and trying to amend his life.
We do feel that during the years of separation from his brother, Esau may have mellowed somewhat.
We see this in the kindly way he received his estranged brother upon his return home.
Perhaps rather it was more to do with the restraining hand of God upon him than anything else
Yet the behavior of his descendants toward their kinsman in latter days betrays the continuance of a long held grudge and resentment towards the Jacob’s descendants, the Children of Israel because of God’s favour abundantly lavished upon them ,contrasting with the passing over of Esau and his descendants.
While it is a great deep and beyond our comprehension, God’s sovereignty in election and choosing one over another is repeatedly taught in scripture. Yet it never diminishes the fact that we are responsible for the wrong we do and for our turning away from God and living in disobedience to Him and his Word.
Let us be diligent in our seeking the Lord while he may be found!