Woman & Dragon, 2

Our lives often mimic a roller coaster more than they do a long, straight stretch of highway in the plains. From joy to affliction and back again, the ups and downs of life often leave us questioning God’s attention and care. Israel has faced a similar up-and-down existence for most of her history. From complications from her sin to the weight of the expectations accompanying their status as God’s chosen people, the Hebrews found themselves in frequent affliction, wondering about God’s care and attention. However, even amidst those valleys where they felt the shadow of death, God showed His care and attention. He has never allowed the Hebrews to be destroyed in spite of evil men like Nero, the Muslim Turks, various “Christian” leaders, and Hitler. God has frequently and often miraculously come to the aid of His people, proving time and again that He will not desert them or ignore their affliction. Revelation 12 offers the comfort that a future day is coming when God will intervene for His people again, nourishing them in their wilderness and delivering them from the attack of the dragon. So also, we, the church, can take comfort that as another people of God, the same is true for us. The church is a unique people of God from Israel, but God’s care and attention for us are no different. In fact, we are told that we will be delivered from the very gates of Hell, death itself, prevailing against us (Mt 16:18). So when pain persists, triumph tarries, adversaries advance, and death dismays, we are assured that God is not blind to our affliction. He sees, displays His compassion, declares His consummation, delivers conquest, and defines continuance. In this, we take comfort for these are the promises of God. He has said and so it will be. “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ [will] come.” Praise the Lord! –Pastor Rory

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: How to Study the Bible–Revelation 

10AM: Pastor Rory Martin–Woman & Dragon, 2–Revelation 12:1-17 (sermon notes)

No Evening Gathering

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