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Clouds above and reflected below in Laurel Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park
"Inventors Of Evil"
Message summary: Let's be on the lookout, avoid evil and walk in the path of righteousness.
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"Inventors of evil" (Romans 1:30).
Sunday afternoon following our visit to Roxbury Camp to see the Lauren Talley concert we drove over to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. We took a long trail bike ride using a portion of abandoned railroad grade and through one of the few places a bike trail runs concurrently with the Appalachian Trail. It was a beautiful rustic area on South Mountain that feels more like northern Pennsylvania as far as remoteness with a few camps here and there.
Years ago this area had a thriving forge and iron ore mining beginning even before the American Revolution. Iron-making is certainly not new technology but an ancient invention that has benefitted us all. Perhaps the earliest recorded inventor in the Bible, even before the Great Flood, was "Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron" (Genesis 4:22).
Mankind continues to invent and so many inventions are a great blessing. Just consider modern plumbing!
Although we normally think of inventions as a good thing and as a sign of progress such is not always the case. Today let us consider the only time the word "invent" is used in many standard translations of the New Testament.
This verse from Romans 1 describes another kind of inventor in Paul's inspired assessment on the consequences of rejecting God. Other versions translate this passage: "Invent ways of doing evil" (NIV) "inventors of evil things" (ASV), "Their minds teemed with diabolical invention" (Phillips). "They invent new ways of sinning" (NLT).
The underlying Greek word for invent (epheuretes) is found only here in the New Testament. It describes a person who is not content with the usual, ordinary ways of sinning, but one who seeks out new vices because he has grown blasé and seeks a new thrill in some new sin.
With or without any regard to newer technology we see a proliferation of ways in which people have become "inventors of evil" in the most sordid ways. People created in God's image who could be using their minds for noble, God-glorifying purposes, instead have been given over to depraved minds that think up unspeakable evil! (From Precept Austin Study notes).
Today, as God’s standards of morality are mocked and shrugged off by indifference, we see this phenomenon of inventing new ways to do evil growing at a fevered pitch. Thus we frankly ponder what the next frontier will be when that which is presently considered deviant becomes socially acceptable and then celebrated. It may be something we can hardly imagine but just think about where we are now and that which was unimaginable only a few years ago, by Christian and non-Christian alike.
Just consider the moral anarchy in our own lifetime. More will always be needed, a new way of doing evil will have to be invented. This can be seen in so many of Satan's vices such as gambling, alcohol, drugs, pornography, and sexual immorality. Each vice so often begins with a "harmless", scaled down introduction but will so often become the master to many and take them where they never intended to go, keep them much longer than they ever intended to stay, and change them in ways they never expected. Do people actually set goals for themselves to live in the gutter? No, not really but remember Satan distorts his evil plan so that, if we're not careful, even those who profess to follow Christ will be brought down.
Let's be on the lookout, avoid evil and walk in the path of righteousness.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we're warned in Proverbs 4:27 that we must avoid evil and walk straight ahead, not taking one step off the right way. We don't want to be lured by the enemy or caught in his diabolical trap. Living in this ever growing sin-filled world might lead us to despair especially those raising children or grandchildren, but we look to You for grace, strength and a firm resolve to remain faithful and hopeful because the Scripture reminds us, "Where sin abounds, grace doth much more abound." Where there is the existence of sin there is the presence of grace to help see us through our troubled world, to help us see the kingdom of God that will last for all eternity where sin will not enter so it can no longer destroy! Until that day we choose to remain faithful, hopeful, and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ wherever we live, work, and commune. Amen.
Fuller Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
The Appalachian Trail museum is housed in an old 200 year old grist mill. This is the midway point on the 2200 mile trail.
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