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Emanna for 08/03/2020

Not Allowing the Necessities of Human Life to Occupy Us

Bible Verses

Matt 24:37 For just as the days of Noah were, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. (38) For as they were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day in which Noah entered into the ark, (39) And they did not know that judgment was coming until the flood came and took all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Words of Ministry

Eating, drinking, and marriage were originally ordained by God for man's existence. But due to man's lust, Satan utilizes these necessities of human life to occupy man and keep him from God's interests. The most striking features of the days before the flood were eating, drinking, marrying, and being given in marriage. This indicates that the people of those days were drugged by their fleshly, worldly enjoyment. The same thing is happening in society today. However, this does not mean that there is no need for us to eat, drink, or get married. All this is necessary for our existence. But we must not allow these things to drug us and to dull our senses. People today are studying and working for the purpose of enjoying good eating, good drinking, and a good marriage. They have no thought concerning the things of God. How prevailing is this lack of sense concerning God today! This situation will continue until it reaches the climax during the Lord's parousia
[second coming]
. During the days of Noah, this climax was reached a little before the flood which came in with the judgment of God. In a sense, the parousia of Christ will be like the flood coming with God's judgment. The flood brought judgment upon the drugged people of Noah's day. The parousia will bring God's judgment upon this drugged world. Christ will descend to earth and execute God's righteous judgment upon this drugged and rebellious world.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 736-737. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 9/25/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.