And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
I like what Christ is saying to his disciples, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
Now if you go back and read verses twenty through thirty seven in Chapter 17 of the Book of Luke, you will see that the obvious reference for verse thirty seven is about when and where will the Kingdom of God come to man, when will the rapture take place.
Christ addresses both his disciples and the Pharisees to be aware of the false prophets, those who say as in verse 23 “And they will say to you, ‘Look, there’ or ‘look, here’. Do not go out or follow them.”
But Christ also tells them to be aware. The rapture will come at any time, like it did for the world with Noah, or like it did for the inhabitants of Sodom.
So where will it come?
The disciples ask that question and Christ answers, where you find sin, the rotting smell of death due to sin, that is where the vultures will congregate.
I looked at this verse from a bit of a different angle.
“Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
Maybe what Christ was saying is that the sin, the sin in man, when we fail and commit sin, be prepared for that sin to attract more sin.
Your sin will not only externally attract more sin as the evil in your heart draws in others, but internally it will attract more sin.
It’s the pack affect.
Two dogs or wolfs are fighting for dominance of the pack. The pack watches and when one losses, they all pounce on the now vulnerable loser.
I have seen this in the office environment. Two workers who wish to establish their dominance over the office pack battle for days, months, even years and most of the pack remains neutral. Then one of the combatants has had enough and leaves. The rest of the workers pounce and side with the apparent victor and deride the now departed loser.
And so it is with sin.
The evil that can easily come into our hearts battles with what we know is right. If we don’t stay disciplined and don’t make a conscious effort every day to maintain and strengthen our relationship with God, then sin slips through and this encourages more sin to swoop in like vultures to the smell of death.
Christ was saying be ever vigilant. Watch over your heart and watch over your relationship with God for their lies the kingdom of God.
If you allow sin and it’s odor of death to take its place in your heart the vultures will come and devour your heart.
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