Surely these things happened to Judah according to the Lord’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive. 2 Kings 24:3-4
After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:10
Both good and bad behaviors have consequences.
Repercussions don’t ask for our moral resume.
They just fan out,
like ripples in a pond. ) ) )
King Manasseh shed innocent blood… ) ) )
Foreign raiders came to destroy Judah.
King Jehoiachin did evil in the Lord’s sight. ) ) )
The temple treasures and 10,000 captives were carried away to Babylon.
Zedekiah did evil in the Lord’s sight.) ) )
The Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem.
The people remained captive and starving in their own city.
The walls of Jerusalem were torn down, the temple burned and looted.
The people of Judah were exiled to Babylon.
Paul and Barnabas disagreed over Mark. They split up. ) ) )
Paul enlisted Timothy. ) ) )
Churches grew in faith, strength and number.
The Holy Spirit prevented Paul from preaching in Asia) ) )
In Macedonia, Lydia and her household were baptized.
Paul cast out a prophesying spirit. ) ) )
… ( see Acts 16:22-40 tomorrow for the rest of the story)
Gossip, Selfishness, Dishonesty, Idolatry, Pride : ( : ( : (
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, Self-control : ) 🙂 : )
We affect everyone around us even when we are unaware.
Perfume drifts through the air.
Voices echo in the streets.
Music blasts from car windows.
Bumper stickers broadcast opinions.
Conversations influence those within earshot.
Smiles encourage and hugs comfort.
Ripples that begin with me set others adrift in a sea of uncertainty.
Ripples that begin with God move in the direction of his will.
May I begin each day with the Master Rippler.