During the winter of 1946 – 1947, a shepherd boy (some investigators report he was joined by one or two others) happened upon a secluded cave among the rocky hills overlooking the northwest shore of the Dead Sea.
The cave contained the now famous Dead Sea Scrolls, which created a new era in Biblical studies.
These scrolls, some 125 of them from several caves, date from about 250 B.C. to A.D. 70. One outstanding feature about them is the apocalyptic (prophetic) outlook.
One, the “War Scroll,” portrays with vividness the anticipated destruction of the “Sons of Darkness.” Even the ancient Qumran community, who wrote the scrolls, were anticipating a judgment day.1
Arthur W. Pink said, “Those who by their sins provoke God’s wrath are the real troublers, and not those who warn them of the dangers to which their wickedness exposes them.”2
In 1 Kings 18:17, the wicked Ahab accused the man of God, Elijah, as being “the troubler of Israel.” Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, due to their debased lifestyles, are the ones who were at fault for God’s hand of judgment on the nation, yet they blamed God’s servant. They were “the real troublers” who eventually faced judgment.
“Sowing the Tares.”
D. L. Moody related how he was at the Paris Exhibition in 1867, and noticed a little oil painting, only about a foot square, and the face was the most hideous he had ever seen. On the paper attached to the painting were the words, “Sowing the Tares.”
The face looked more like a demon’s than a man’s. As he sowed these tares, up came serpents and reptiles, and they were crawling up his body, and all around were woods with wolves and animals prowling in them.
He said, “I have seen that picture many times since. Ah! The reaping time is coming. If you sow to the flesh you must reap corruption.”3
“God is not the author of sin, but He punishes the sinner justly” (Augustine).4
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- Adult Teacher Supplement, First Quarter, 1969, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Copyright 1968, pp. 39, 40
- Arthur W. Pink, The Life of Elijah, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 119
- C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume One, Psalm I to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 263