More layers upon layers of meaning in God's Word! Hidden treasures actually.
Perhaps this is another hint, another whisper, another clue as to what we are looking for in the day of Noah and Lot and the coming of the Son of Man.
In Matthew 25 we see the parable of the virgins. Five were foolish and five were wise. The wise virgins were ready when the Bridegroom showed up, and they went into the Wedding and the door was shut. Noah went into the Ark, and the Lord shut the door behind him. Inside was safety. Outside the Flood. In Revelation 4 we see an open door in Heaven, then we see redeemed, rewarded men in Heaven (with crowns and white clothing). Here's today's tie-in with the story of Lot:
Genesis 19:10-11 - - "But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door." (emphasis mine)
It seems to be written all over the place there for us! Can you see it? Lot pulled through the door, into safety, outside the door, the men were smitten. Remember the Parable of the Virgins?
Matthew 25:10-12 - - "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.'" (emphasis mine)
They wearied themselves to find the door ("Lord open the door"), but the Lord says, "I know you not."Wait a minute. He said, "I do not know you," huh? Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, right here:
Matthew 7:21-23 - - "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'" (emphasis mine)
Its all there! Tucked right inside the story of Lot, which along with the story of Noah, we know tells us EVERYTHING we need to know about the coming of the Son of Man. We have doors, doors opened when the wise go through them, then doors closed and the foolish are without, trying to gain access. We have a few saved (Noah out of an entire world, Lot out of an entire city), we have "I know you not" told to the many, etc. Again, it's all there.
Why will so few be saved? Why will many be told "I know you not?" Why do people assume that God thinks like men think? Why do people assume that the grace and loving kindness of our Lord equates to a license to sin and do whatever they want?
1 Chronicles 28:9 - - "And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever."
The Lord does not change. If He expected Solomon to serve Him with a perfect heart, He expects us to (we have to at least try). If He expected a willing mind from Solomon, He expects it from us. If we seek Him, we will find Him. If we forsake Him, He will cast us off forever.
John 15:6-8 - - "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples." (emphasis mine)
It's in the Old Testament. It's in the New Testament. If you abide not "in Christ" there is a terrible price to pay. Don't let the Babylonian snake oil, religious salesmen/CEO "religious leaders" sell you sugar coated lies.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) demonstrates the importance of overcoming. The difference between the wise and foolish virgins is their supplies of oil. While water represents the power of God's Holy Spirit to cleanse, oil represents its power to work, to do good. Thus, the difference between the virgins is their good works ("I know your works"), how much they overcame their selfish human natures by acting in love toward God and man.
Both groups had oil, but the foolish virgins did not have enough for the unexpectedly long delay (Luke 21:34-35). When the cry went out, their lamps were still burning but sputtering and about to go out. They were not prepared for the long haul. They had not continued to overcome. They were not enduring to the end. Their oil - - their good works, their overcoming - - proved insufficient for the task. In this one point, they failed, and what a foolish failure it was!
Emphasizing the importance of Luke 21:36 and watching, Jesus Christ makes a specific promise to those living at the end who are watching, that is, successfully overcoming: "Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them" (Luke 12:37).
Conversely, considering the implications of John 17:3, Jesus gives a chilling judgment to the virgins who fail to overcome: "I do not know you" (Matthew 25:12).
(RESEARCH: Christian Apostasy / March 2009)
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