Where The Vultures Gather

Where The Vultures Gather

Luke 17:37

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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Woe To You Lawyers

Woe To You Lawyers

Here’s a short post dealing with the The Gospel according to Luke.  It’s just one verse.

Luke 11:46

And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens heavy to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”

Lawyers, lawmakers, Congress, government, is this what Christ was referring to? Continue reading

Special Mediocracy

Special Mediocracy

Luke 17:7-10

Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?  Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’

This is a lesson for many of us today.

So many of us feel we should be rewarded for just showing up in life and we teach this to our children. We start this “you are special just for showing up” at a very young age.

Participation trophies, attendance awards, etc., these are meant to make the mediocre special.

No wonder we now throw around hollow and meaningless compliments like pennies in a wishing well.

This feeling of mediocracy as something to celebrate spreads into our adult lives.  We have a government that swears by it and promotes it. We have mass media that follows suit. Continue reading

The Great Equalizer

The Great Equalizer

Luke 3:4-6

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
    and the rough places shall become level ways,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

 

I read these verses the other day and thought this simple thought:  The great equalizer, God/Christ. Continue reading

Kingdom In Your Midst

Kingdom In Your Midst

Luke 17:20-21

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

I thought I would write some more about the Gospel of Luke.

Luke is becoming my favorite book of the New Testament and one of my favorites of the whole Bible.

I have written how God is talking to us and showing us things everyday but we fail to see them because we are caught up in our daily activities and ourselves.

This is what Christ is saying to the Pharisees, the leaders of the temple, the ones who are to be in tune with God.  Here in your midst stands the Son of God and you are caught up in yourself, your power, your prestige and earthly matters.  The very presence of God, unbeknownst to you, is causing you great fear and anxiety, so much so that you are seeking to rid yourself of this presence.

I think Christ is not only speaking to the Pharisees but to us. Continue reading

Lowering The High And Mighty

Lowering The High And Mighty

Luke 7:28-35

28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,

“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’

33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

Just like my last post there isn’t any in depth discussion or insight that I have for these verses.  I just read it and liked it. Continue reading

Chain of Command

Chain of Command

Luke 7:1-10

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.  And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”  And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.  Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed.  For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”  And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

There isn’t a lot of in depth insight that I have to write about these verses taken from the New Testament.  I just know when I read it, I liked it. Continue reading