Friday, December 2, 2022
I once heard a preacher ask the audience, “Does anyone enjoy sinning?” As one who enjoys asking questions like this from the pulpit, my interest was piqued. You are faced with an internal dilemma – be honest and vulnerable or give the church answer that you think is the right answer. (I am always looking for the honest answer.) He followed up that question by telling everyone, “Of course you do. Why else would you do it?” Temptation would not be tempting if it was not desirable.
Sin has it’s appeal. It is tempting. Abstaining can be difficult at times.
In chapter 17, John is carried away by the spirit with an angel. He is taken into the wilderness where he sees the great prostitute. This prostitute has stolen the attention of all the people of the world. As he describes her, we see all the things that the people of this world crave after: power, prestige, wealth and attention.
John stared at this with complete amazement. The angel asked in vs 7 – “Why are you so amazed?”
All that this prostitute offers is temporary and ultimately leads to destruction – yet like John, we can stare in amazement.
We need to heed one of John’s other writings.
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
1 John 2:15-17 NLT
Do not get caught up in the pursuit and temptations of this world. For the prostitute, the beast and all those that fall into their temptation will be destroyed and eternally separated from God.
- What are you amazed by when you read Revelation 17? What questions do you have? What is the greatest “take-away” or lesson from Revelation 17?
- How would you describe the woman on the beast and what she represents?
- How often do you consider the eternal consequences of your choices? Would it be easier making wise choices if you thought of it more often?