It is worth reminding ourselves that this world is not as it should be. The Bible describes how suffering entered the world as a consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin. The apostle Paul says that “creation was subjected to futility” (Romans 8:20), and we see this “futility” in the world around us.
Rom 8:18-23 NSB I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us. (19) For the earnest expectation of the creation is waiting for the manifestation (revelation) (disclosure) of the sons of God. (20) For the creation was subject to corruption, not by it’s own will but by reason of the one who subjected it on the basis of hope. (21) The creation will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (22) For we know that the whole creation groans and is in pain together until now. (23) We also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption and the release from our bodies by ransom.
2Co 4:17-18 NSB Our light affliction is for the moment. It works more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory for us. (18) We do not look at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporal (for a season). But the things that are not seen are eternal.
People do not all live to ripe old age, but some are cut off prematurely through disease or accident, others loose their life by accident. The many tragedies we may witness in our life are reminders that the world is not as God originally intended – it is a world separated from God by sin. We also can see that lots of bad things happen because the people did not live according the rules of God, not respecting others or not respecting the laws of nature.
As long as we live in this world and with this world system, not having the theocracy set up which God has prepared for the world, those who believe in God and take His Words for granted, there is hope. The prosecutor of the first followers of Christ, got a shock and had his eyes opened. As a devote Jew Saul knew the Word of God but did first not see the light because he wanted to keep strongly to the traditions and the Jewish teaching by which he was grown up. When the sent one from God, the son of man Jeshua (Jesus Christ) opened his eyes, Paul came to understand that God subjected the world to futility “in hope”, because there will come a day when the world will be delivered corruption and restored to the paradise that God intended (Romans 8:20-21).
The momentary and light affliction of ours is working out for us an eternal weight of glory, great beyond expression, while we are aiming not at things seen, but at things unseen; for the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are eternal. Lots of people get blinded to day by all those modern gadgets which seem to enliven their circumstances. Lots of people do think they can gain lots of friends of social media which would make them so much more special. How are they mislead! Lots of people are trying to build themselves a super world which they loose as soon as they die. They do not see that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be set against that glory which is about to be revealed for us. (Romans 8:18)
Lots of them do not hear the words God gave the world. After the fall the God of love did not abandon his people. He also understand the weaknesses of man and did not mind His own son even crying unto Him why he would have abandoned him (Jeshua).
Mat 27:45-46 NSB Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. (46) About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, »Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?« Which (translated) means: »My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?«
Mar 15:33-34 NSB It was the sixth hour and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. (34) At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: »Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?« Interpreted it means, »My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?«
God had not left Jesus alone, though he had perhaps that impression. (In case Jesus was God himself such a cry would naturally be ridiculous and when he would be God he could not leave himself alone or abandon himself.) Jesus who always tried to do God’s Will and not his own will, loved the God of Abraham very much and had always followed the Words of the God from the Holy Scriptures.
Mat 6:9-10 NSB »‘Our Father in heaven, holy is your name. (Exodus 6:3) (Psalm 83:18) (Isaiah 42:8; 54:5; 63:16; 64:8) (10) »‘Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:33) (Daniel 2:44) (Revelation 11:15) (Psalm 37:10,29) (Acts 24:15)
Mat 7:21 NSB »Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. He who does the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
Mat 12:50 NSB »For everyone who does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.«
Mat 26:39 NSB Then he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed: »My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.«
Mat 26:42 NSB A second time he went away and prayed, saying: »Father, if this cannot pass away, except I drink it, your will be done.«
Mar 14:36 NSB He said: »Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup from me. Even so not what I will, but what you will.«
Luk 22:42 NSB He prayed: »Father if it is your will remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will, but your will be done.«
Joh 6:38-40 NSB »I do not do my own will. I came down from heaven to do the will of him that sent me. (39) »This is the will of him that sent me that I should not lose any of those he has given me, but I should raise them up at the last day. (40) »For this is the will of my Father. Every one who sees the Son and puts active faith in him will have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.«
Joh 7:16-17 NSB Jesus replied: »My teaching is not my own. It is his who sent me. (17) »If any man does his will he shall know the teachings. He will know if it is from God, or whether I speak from myself.
Many have no eye nor ear for those Scriptures and have left God. They abandoned Him temporarily or for ever, but God stays open to receive them back. In our affliction many bad things may come over us, but we should also try to see the good things. some people do have to have first something very bad happening to them before they come to realise that they need God. When all these bad things have come upon them in the latter days, when they turn to the Lord of lord of lords, the Most High Elohim, come to recognise the existence of This God of gods, and hearken to His Voice because Jehovah, the Lord their God, is a merciful God; He will not forsake them utterly, nor totally destroy them. He will not forget the covenant of their forefathers, which in the very long past, Jehovah confirmed to them with an oath.
Deu 4:27-40 NSB »Jehovah will scatter you among the nations. You will become few in number among the heathen, where Jehovah will lead you. (28) »You will serve gods that are the work of men’s hands. Made of wood and stone. They cannot see, hear, eat or smell. (29) »From there you will seek Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your being. And you will find him! (30) »When you are in trouble (distress) and all these things happen to you in the latter days, turn to Jehovah your God and obey his voice. (31) »Jehovah your God is a merciful God. He will not forsake you. He will not destroy you, nor forget the covenant he made with your fathers. (32) »Ask about the days from the past. A time that came before you, since the day that God created man upon the earth. And ask from one side of heaven to the other whether there has ever been anything like this great thing, or anything like it has been heard? (33) »Did people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the middle of the fire, as you have heard, and live? (34) »Has God attempted to take a nation from the middle of another nation? Has he done this by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by great terrors? Yes, and by the use of his great power! Jehovah your God did all this for you in Egypt before your very eyes! (35) »This was shown to you that you might know that Jehovah Is God! There Is No One Besides Him! (36) »He made you hear his voice out of heaven. That way he could instruct (teach) (correct) (discipline) you. He showed you his great fire on the earth. You heard his words from the middle of the fire. (37) »He loved your fathers. Therefore he chose their descendants. In fact he watched over you and he brought you out of Egypt with his mighty power. (38) »He drove out nations far greater than you so that he could bring you in and give you their land as an inheritance as it is today. (39) »Know this and consider it in your heart today: Jehovah Is God in heaven above, and on the earth beneath: There Is No One Else! (40) »You must keep the regulations and commandments I commanded you today. Then all will go well with you and with your children after you. You may prolong your days on the earth that Jehovah your God gives you for all time.«
This God said so that people could come to understanding for not taking other gods as their god. Jesus knew this very well and tells us he did not want to do his own will but only the Will of his heavenly Father who Jesus considered to be the Only One God Whom we should worship, and not him or any other man. Jesus knew that it was over for him when he got impaled. (John 19:28) In order that the scripture might be accomplished or in order that the scripture might be fulfilled the sent one from God died with no bone of him being broken. (John 19:36)
Jesus, like several other men of God, did not abandon God nor His Laws. They followed the scrolls which were given from one to the next generation. In those scrolls we can see that though many times people did not want to see the wonders of God and were ignoring Him, He always came back to them when they had left Him.
Neh 9:6-17 NSB »You are Jehovah, even you only! You made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their armies, the earth and all things in it, the seas and everything in them. You keep them from destruction and the armies of heaven are your worshippers. (7) »You are Jehovah, the true God, who took Abram and made him yours, guiding him from Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham; (8) »You saw that his heart was true to you, and made an agreement with him to give the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Jebusite and the Girgashite, even to give it to his seed, and you have done what you said; for righteousness is yours. (9) »You saw the trouble of our fathers in Egypt, and their cry came to your ears by the Red Sea. (10) »You did signs and wonders on Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land. You saw how cruel they were to them. So you made a name for yourself as it is today. (11) »You parted the sea before them, so that they went through the sea on dry land; and those who went after them went down into the deep, like a stone into great waters. (12) »And you went before them by day in a pillar of cloud and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light on the way they were to go. (13) »You came down on Mount Sinai, and your voice came to them from heaven, giving them right decisions and true laws, good rules and orders. (14) »They received word of your holy Sabbath from you. You gave them orders and rules and a law, by the hand of Moses your servant. (15) »They received bread from heaven when they were in need, and you made water come out of the rock for their drink, and gave them orders to go in and take for their heritage the land that your hand give them. (16) »But they and our fathers, in their pride, made their necks stiff, and paid no attention to your orders. (17) »They would not obey you and gave no thought to the wonders you did among them. They became stubborn and turning away from you. They appointed a leader over themselves to take them back to their prison in Egypt. However, you are a God of forgiveness, full of grace and pity, slow to wrath and great in mercy, and you did not give them up.
Neh 9:18-33 NSB »Even when they made for themselves a bull out of metal, and said: ‘This is your God who took you up out of Egypt, and had done so much to make you angry.’ (19) »Even then, in your great mercy, you did not give them up in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still went before them by day, guiding them on their way, and the pillar of fire by night, to give them light, and make clear the way they were to go. (20) »You gave your good Spirit to be their teacher. You did not hold back your manna from their mouths. You gave them water when they had need of it. (21) »Truly, for forty years you were their support in the wilderness. They needed nothing. Their clothing did not get old or their feet become tired. (22) »You gave them kingdoms and peoples, making distribution to them in every part of the land. They took for their heritage the land of Sihon, even the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og, king of Bashan. (23) »You made their children as great in number as the stars of heaven. You took them into the land, of which you had said to their fathers that they were to go in and take it for themselves. (24) »So the children went in and took the land. You overcame before them the people of the land, the Canaanites, and gave them up into their hands, with their kings and the people of the land, so that they might do with them whatever it was their pleasure to do. (25) »And they took walled towns and a fat land. They became the owners of houses full of all good things, water-holes cut in the rock, vine-gardens and olive-gardens and a wealth of fruit-trees. They had food enough and became fat, and had joy in the good you gave them. (26) »But they were hard-hearted, and went against your authority. They turned their backs on your law, and murdered your prophets. These prophets gave witness against them with the purpose of turning them back again to you. They did much to make you angry. (27) »So you gave them up into the hands of their enemies who were cruel to them. In the time of their trouble, when they prayed to you, you listened to them from heaven. In your great mercy you gave them saviors, who made them free from the hands of their enemies. (28) »When they had rest, they did evil again before you: so you gave them into the hands of their enemies who ruled over them. When they came back and prayed to you, you listened to them from heaven; again and again, in your mercy, you gave them salvation. (29) »You admonished them so that you might make them come back again to your law. Their hearts were lifted up, and they paid no attention to your orders. They went against your life giving decisions and turned their backs on you. They were stubborn and did not listen. (30) »You put up with them for years. You admonished them by your Spirit through your prophets. Still they did not listen. So you gave them up into the hands of the peoples of the lands. (31) »Even then, in your great mercy, you did not put an end to them completely, or give them up; for you are a God of grace (loving-kindness) and mercy. (32) »Now, our God, the great, the strong, the God who is to be respected, who keeps faith and mercy, do not let his trouble seem small to you. It has come on us, and on our kings and our rulers and on our priests and our prophets and our fathers and on all your people from the time of the kings of Assyria till this day. (33) »You have been in the right in everything that happened to us. You have been true to us, but we have done evil!
When Adam and Eve were cast out they could tell their children what happened. And their children could continue telling what happened in the Garden of Eden and what the consequences were of the things man had done wrong. The population grew and more and more things happened where God had to intervene and God had to give guidance again so that people would be able to come back on the good track.
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