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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pre HD Hobbies vs. HD Future

Hey guys.

So I watched episode 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday after going swing dancing.  What an amazing ride it is starting out as.  I will say that with the final scene after the final commercial break they set a really high standard.  I have to say that I am really excited about this show and about Thor:The Dark World.  But that excitement made me think about something important.

We like our hobbies a lot, don't we?  I get really excited about board games, movies, and television shows.  I also really enjoy swing dancing.  We all have something that gets us excited.  But here is the crazy part about life:

What we have here is nothing compared with eternity:  Just consider the descriptions of the Throne room in scripture: 

 "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.'  At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke."  Isaiah 6:1-4

"At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.  And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.  A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.  Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones and seated on them were twenty-four elders.  They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.  From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.  Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing.  These are the seven spirits of God.  Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal." Revelation 4:2-6

Can you imagine how we will feel when we see the throne room of God?  Scared, excited, flabbergasted, unworthy, confused, joyful.  It would seem with these descriptions that God doesn't like to keep his throne room the same at all times.  Paul speaks of heaven as being indescribable:

"I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.  Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know--God knows.  And I know that this man-whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows--was caught up to paradise.  He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell."  2 Corinthians 12:2-4

We get so excited by earthly things, and that isn't bad.  We do need things to keep our minds and bodies active.  But this is not the highest definition experience.  In Romans Paul says that all of creation is groaning for redemption.  Revelation 21:1 says that we will experience a new heaven and a new earth. 

Now, this man that was caught up to Heaven (some think it was Paul himself) could not tell us all he had experienced because it wasn't his place to tell us.  Have you ever been so excited about a birthday gift or a Christmas gift you were giving that you were going crazy waiting for the person to receive it?  I wonder if that is how God feels sometimes.  What if the reason Paul could not tell us everything was that it was to be saved for when we see eternity for ourselves?

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