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Topic: PHONE (11/10/16)
TITLE: The Communication Gap
By Elaine Hemingway
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I am fascinated by the changes in communication through the centuries. Having been engaged in much research regarding the days of the exile of the people of Jerusalem in Judah to the city of Babylon on the Euphrates, it becomes clearer that in the pursuit of improvement the Lord God uses circumstances to prod needs and ways to overcome problems. I don’t know how long it took for the news of his father’s death to reach Nebuchadnezzar when he was fighting at Carchemish but I imagine many days. A rider would have been dispatched bearing a scroll, or a tablet with which to authenticate the message. In order for Nebuchadnezzar to secure his succession, it was essential that he return to Babylon immediately.
With only a few of his close companions he covered the five hundred plus miles in twenty-three days, an enormous accomplishment for those times. How much easier it would have been with modern technology, but Yahweh had not yet allowed such knowledge and wisdom. There was still a long way to go.
Looking at the means of travel as well as the forms of communication I am amazed at the changes between then and now, but more amazed at the time taken to achieve them. Considering that about three thousand years have passed, look at the acceleration of events in the last hundred and fifty years. In that time we have seen the arrival of the motor car, aeroplanes, even rockets to outer space.
We read in 2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Day by day God is calling the lost, but from those early days people have been loathe to listen. He has given civilisation time to learn though unfortunately so called civilisation has been slow to understand.
Psalm 90:4 - For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
There are so many signs around us that we are living in the Last Days, Israel being one such sign as we see evidence of God drawing in His chosen which includes the Gentiles, (Romans 11:25).
Our God is patient and full of mercy. It is not His will that any should be lost. He has had to give time for the recognition of the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! And now we see fulfilment of the prophecies of how our Lord will come again.
Romans 15:21 Those who were not told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.
Matthew 24:37-39 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away …
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power…
It all makes me wonder why was communication left for development for so long? Not that I question God, but that I try to find answers. And I see that now, when the message can so easily be given by social media, telephone, television, that the easier it is to hear, the harder it is for people to turn from their false gods and recognise the Truth of the One True God.
It is not too late, yet, to use every means of communication we have to help the lost find Truth.
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