“The Body We Might Kill……”
There seem to be many murders in our area. Most of them are in the cities of South Bend, Elkhart and a few in Goshen.
From time to time there are murders in our rural areas. Murder is not new. The first one is recorded in Genesis 4 when Cain murders Able.
When someone commits a murder, they kill the body, they can not kill the person’s soul. God made our soul to last forever.
Please read the following verses.
3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.
6 These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying, and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.
8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.
10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
13 At that very hour, there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.
You see, the ones that saw God’s prophets lying dead thought they had finally gotten rid of all their troubles. Three and a half days later, the Lord raised their bodies up from the dead and back to heaven they went.
Martin Luther, the reformer wrote a hymn that suggests what we just read. Please read or sing along with the fourth verse of A Mighty Fortress Our King
That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
God’s truth abideth still,
Think on these words. Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.