We all know that Israel has God's favor. It was His chosen people, but why did the Jews underwent great sufferings. The Book of Jeremiah and Lamentations showed the great sufferings of the Jews :from famine to brutal slavery in another country and death.
Imagined mo kinakain nila pati anak nila sa sobrang gutom. It was so appalling , if you can imagined kung ano nararanasan nila sa mga panahong yun. Yung iba unti unting pinapatay tulad ng binabalatan hanggang sa mamatay. Siguro, kahit panoorin mo sa TV hindi mo kakayaning makita. Ano nangyari?
From the beginning the Israel people were hard headed. They have seen signs of miracles and wonders of the works of God, but still they went their way and disobeyed God. Di ba they made a calf made of gold. Dahil lang ba hindi nila nakita or nakikilala ang Dios, pinalagay nilang ang imaheng yun ang nagligtas sa kanila. When they created the calf image, they were thinking that was God who saved them from Egypt because they have not seen Him.
Have not God made the Commandments : 20 And God spoke all these words:2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.3 “You shall have no other gods before me.4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments(Exodus 20).In our contemporary society, man still do the same thing. They disobeyed God. They forget the number one commandment of God: Luke 10: 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
In the Old Testament was the full order of God's command and was still the number 1 commandment of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Bakit po ito and number 1? Because if you follow that commandment hindi ka maliligaw? Look around what's happening? People are lost. Have you watched "Seklusyon"? It's a story of blind fanaticism through religious idolatry. Idolatry, is the number one reasons for people to get lost and be separated from God.
The commandment of God was very clear to not make any form or image in heaven or in earth or below waters. Anu ano ba ang nasa heaven at earth : men, stars, moon, animals, plants, sun, etc. And God continued to say to not bow or worship them. Psalm 115 states:
1 Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.No wonder Jesus said that , many will try to enter the gate, but only few will make it. The rest will wrestle in hell. This was how Jesus described hell :
2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
6They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell.
7 They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
8Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
48 where“‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.(Mark 9:48)’Just imagined the heat of flame burning you , you can feel it and worms that crawl over your body forever in that place.Gusto niyo po bang mapunta dito? Magisip po tayo?Bakit di natin kilalanin ang tunay na Dios. God's grace is still open. When will you decide? Sabi nga ni God, pag narining mo ang balita, do it now.
Sa akala mo lang kaya mong tanggapin na mapunta sa hell, because you are enjoying your life now. What about if you meet accident and die tomorrow or will be diagnosed with terminal cancer? What will be your chance? Wala na po kapag nangyari yun.
What happened to the Quiapo fanatics was so appalling: so many lost souls. They cried out to the image who is not God who can save them. Satan can also make miracles and fanatics of this image tend to credit miracles to the image. Is there anything as black Jesus or called Jesu Padre Nazareno in the Bible?
Naging panatiko din ako ng Quiapo. Bata pa po ako nun, pero sa Quiapo lang kami umiikot. However today, sobrang pagtutulakan sa kapal ng tao at umaabot na hanggang Luneta. Maraming galing pa ng malalayo. Anong nangyari? Nakakalungkot at nakakaawa pong pagmasdan sa mga taong ito na naghahanap ng kasagutan sa kanilang mga problema. Satan rules these people, because they were blinded to see the true Living God.
To God be the Glory , in Jesus name. AMEN.