Re: Verse reading–Revelation 17 – 18 (Day three)
“Come out of her, my people.” We read here a violent tempest of condemnation: “abomination”, “blasphemies”, “drunk with blood”, “impure spirit”, “excessive luxuries”, “God has remembered crimes”, “plagues will overtake”. Right in the middle of that storm of wrath, there lies the tender call of God. He calls those who count on him to make their way to safety under his sovereign care. The juxtaposition of such tenderness and fury does not reveal favoritism of a petty God towards the “in” group. It reveals love. This is the God who has warned and shouted and divided seas and saved widows and sent prophets. This is the God who has served and healed and fed and bled and died. The. World. Is. Ending. Only those who hear and heed will survive. This is love. Are you listening?