Danger Signs

19 09 2013

My husband killed a millipede in the room the other night and scraped it into the trash can.  Once the lights were off in the room, a bright light flashing every few seconds could be seen even through closed eyelids.  The remainder of the millipede was still on the floor bioluminescing – probably to warn off predators that it was oozing cyanide.

We have like warnings flashing in God’s Word to stay away from things that are dangerous to us.  The fruit that Adam and Eve ate was off limits, they had been explicitly instructed by God not to eat it, and their decision to disobey brought spiritual and physical death to them and all people. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. “ Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25 The Bible is God’s love letter to you.  When He does say “Thou shalt not”(putting up a fence), it is not that He’s a killjoy trying to ruin all your fun, He really has your best interest at heart. His limits keep us from exposing ourselves to the destructive cyanide of sin.  JFK paraphrased GK Chesterton, saying, “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”  Sin will always take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you intended to pay. When we sin, it is like cutting ourselves.  When God forgives, it heals that wound.  But sin has consequences – the gash hurt us and most likely upset others, and there may be lasting effects such as a scar.

Warnings from Israel’s History as recorded in the Old Testament: “These things have become examples for us so that we won’t desire what is evil, as they did.  So don’t worship false gods as some of them did, as Scripture says, “The people sat down to a feast which turned into an orgy.”  We shouldn’t sin sexually as some of them did. Twenty-three thousand of them died on one day.  We shouldn’t put the Lord to the test as some of them did. They were killed by snakes.  Don’t complain as some of them did. The angel of death destroyed them. These things happened to make them an example for others. These things were written down as a warning for us who are living in the closing days of history. So, people who think they are standing firmly should be careful that they don’t fall.  There isn’t any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape. 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 God’s Word Translation


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