As we look at the world around us, we can see a manifestation of the principles found in the verses below. Most of the world is going in one direction, honoring and exalting those who do not honor God’s Word. Mortal, sinful men are lifted up and exalted, while at the same time God’s Word is held in very low esteem. Much of what is said and done is blasphemous, idolatrous, yet few are aware that it is so. It is only because we have God’s Spirit that we see, and truly it is a wonder to behold!
Revelation 13:3 . . . and all the world wondered after the beast.
Strong’s Greek Dictionary:
2296. thaumazo, thou-mad’-zo
from 2295; to wonder; by implication, to admire:–admire, have in admiration, marvel, wonder.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
[The media coverage of the Pope’s visit to the U.S. prompted me to write this post.]