Bread – Destruction

November 12, 2012


Readings for Monday, November 12, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Joel 1:1-13; Rev. 18:15-24; Luke 14:12-24; Psalms 77,79, 80

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Because we are reading from prophetic books primarily, there is certain darkness and destruction forecast for those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. In Joel, today, for example we begin with Joel’s recitation of a great locust infestation which destroys all of the crops and products of the earth, destroys, destroys and destroys, to the point that there is nothing left. For those of us who are used to shrink-wrapped produce from the grocery store, this may not seem like a big thing, but destruction of the source of food and nourishment is in fact destruction of man. In the day of judgment, God’s wrath will destroy the foundations on which man builds his house, unless the foundation is the Lord. Everything else – money, power, property, education, position – is for naught in those times, for there is nothing which man has done or can do to withstand the locusts.

In Revelation, an equally stark picture is painted. A “mighty angel” takes a great stone, casts it into the sea, and declares that Babylon (symbolizing a place of great wealth, power, and prestige, whose people are reliant on themselves and not God) will be thrown down with “violence, and will be found no more.” Rev . 18:21 Total destruction. Just to make the point, the kinds of things which we recognize as ordinary life are gone – “the sound of harpists [music]…will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more…” Rev. 18:22-23. No music, no economy, no food, and no light. Dead. Destroyed.

Finally, we have in Luke the lament of the Father that He has thrown a wedding feast for those of the earth, those of Babylon (and the United States), and those who will suffer the coming destruction, and they don’t bother to come. They have lots of “good” excuses, like “I have another appointment related to my job” and “I have a family to take care of.” All good things in and of themselves, but instead of the emphasis being on God and His demands on our lives, the focus is on ourselves and others, and their demands for our lives.

Do you not know that we have been invited to the wedding feast? Well, you have. Jesus has extended the invitation, for those who repent of their sins and deeply trust Him, to attend. We can have our excuses, all of which sound good, or we can accept Jesus’ invitation. The first choice leads to destruction. The second choice, the choice to go to the feast, leads to everlasting life.

What say you?

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© 2012 GBF

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