From Pastor Perry

03/27/2013 Revelation 18:17-24

Revelation 18:17–24 (ESV)

The Fall of Babylon
    17     For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”
And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off 18 and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,
        “What city was like the great city?”
19 And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,
        “Alas, alas, for the great city
where all who had ships at sea
grew rich by her wealth!
        For in a single hour she has been laid waste.
    20     Rejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and apostles and prophets,
        for God has given judgment for you against her!”
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,
        “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,
and will be found no more;
    22     and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,
will be heard in you no more,
        and a craftsman of any craft
will be found in you no more,
        and the sound of the mill
will be heard in you no more,
    23     and the light of a lamp
will shine in you no more,
        and the voice of bridegroom and bride
will be heard in you no more,
        for your merchants were the great ones of the earth,
and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
    24     And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
and of all who have been slain on earth.”

Yesterday, we saw merchants of the earth (farmers) and merchants of wares are no longer profiting and now their security and wealth are brought to an end.  Even trade from overseas is lost in today’s reading and laid to waste.  How did they respond?  “19 And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,
        “Alas, alas, for the great city
where all who had ships at sea
grew rich by her wealth!
        For in a single hour she has been laid waste.”

This scene of the fall of Babylon reminds me of the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymadius, where a fallen, broken statue is lying in the desert.  The last part of the poem reads: “And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away." Ozymandias may have been mighty at one time, but is in a fallen waste land.  Today’s reading states: “21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,is the  “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more”.  We must always remember that God is the creator, Satan is the created.  We worship the one and only God, we do not worship the creation.  I pray: O Lord, turn our hearts away from Babylon, materialism, and worldliness, and to trust in you to provide our daily bread.  You know our needs, help us to trust in your provisions and your guidance.  You are the way, the truth, and the life.  Thank you for everything you have done for me.  Amen!

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