|설교 한 주일||May 2, 2010|
“To Be Taken or To Be Left”
(Reading of Luke 17:3 –35 NIV)
31On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32Remember Lot's wife! 33Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."
People in the days of Lot don’t like to know God; they don’t like to listen to God because they have something to sustain themselves every day. They still could work; they still could play. They have something to eat and drink every day. They have place to sleep down every night.
The Bible says, according to Genesis 18 that man of God told Abraham that “I will destroy this city (Sodom) because in that city, no one is righteous including your cousin Lot.” So he answered back, “What if they have ten?” But Abraham was thinking, “Oh, definitely not!” In his eyes, it’s definitely not – there are no ten. City is being destroyed because of men. Don’t say that, “My family is blah, blah…my country is blah, blah…my barangay is blah, blah…my church is blah, blah…” God said to Abraham that time there is no one righteous in that city so He will destroy that city. They don’t like to know; they only want what they like in their eyes. They are really earthly.
When something happen just like that this is the last day, so the wrath of God is upon us, being poured right now, what does the Bible says? It says not to get back inside the house to get something. Even in the last day, the day of the Lord; trumpet sounds and your name is being called. Then in that day, people will be like, “Oh, it’s the last day! I have to go back to my house. I have to pack my money. I have to pack this…” That is your character. That’s what the Bible says in the last day.
I want to see in the book of Genesis how much the people are corrupt. Men of God entered the house of Lot and the people in Sodom visit them and said to Lot, “Hey, my friend! I know you have a visitor. Just let them out. I want them.”
“No, I have my virgin daughters. You can have them,” Lot said.
“No, I don’t like girl! What do you think of me? I’m a man! How can I like a girl? I’m a man; I have to love a man!” That is what they are doing. Even we, Christians, we are talking about very much sensitive words, so extreme, about the sexuality. Do we have time to speak that? In Sodom, men like men. They dislike even virgin girl.
How can we say that this is not the time of today? Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). This is how Bible says on how to live every day. Do you know why God allow us to put our feet to the ground? Do you know why God put our brain above, towards the heaven? Even though we are standing on this ground where there is corruption, guilt or darkness, we should lift our head and eyes to the heaven asking for mercy from God. Otherwise, we have to crawl like a snake. We Adam, we men, we stand and never upside down. Well, it’s our destiny that we put our feet and keep our head to the Lord. That is what we have to do today. Let’s think about the time of Noah; think about the time of Lot. Then you will have supply from the Lord.
Rev. David Bang