Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lent Season April 02

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The First Six Bowls Poured Out
Today's Reading Revelation 16:1-12
 "Just are You, O Holy One, Who is and Who was, for You brought
these judgments. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
and You have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!"
Revelation 16:5-6

Please notice a huge difference in Revelation 15:5, God has been referred to as "Who is, was and will be" this is the first time that the angelic beings recognize that God has now come to reign on the Earth and state, "Who is and Who was" with no "will be" associated.

Blood is very symbolic in the Bible. Blood was shed for sacrifices, blood was painted over the door posts so the angel of death would pass by (Exodus 12) and the blood of Christ was shed for all humanity. Here we see God turning the sea, rivers and drinking water into blood.  The inhabitants of the Earth were "bloodthirsty" or 'eager to shed blood' so it was given to them in abundance.

We should think about what we want and pray for in our lives. We just might get it in abundance and realize we don't want it at all!

Reflection: What do I deserve because of the sinful things I have done in my life?  Ask forgiveness and thank God for His abundant mercy.

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