|"The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah" by John Martin,1852|
25 August 2012
Today I was hitchhiking north on U.S. 395 and was dropped off at Davis Creek, California. I got a hamburger and something to drink at the country store in Davis Creek. From Davis Creek I continued walking north.
It seemed like it was a slow day for getting rides. I walked a few miles and began to run out of water. It was very warm (around 86 degrees F) and the air was smoky from all of the wildfires in the northern California-eastern Oregon neighborhood. Last night, as I slept in my sheepherder's camper at my friends' place, the air seemed smokier than usual (the air has been smoky for most of the past month).
I stopped walking and began to wonder why it was taking me so long to get to Lakeview, Oregon. Then I realized that the Lord was delaying me for a reason (Jesus Christ is Lord over my hitchhiking).
I stood there on the side of the road for quite some time. Then this older lady in an old pickup pulled over to give me a ride.
She told me, as the conversation progressed, that she was born in England during the war (World War II); her dad was in the Air Force. They moved to California when she was one year old. She did most of the talking. It was difficult to understand her at times; she seemed slightly eccentric.
She was talking and then she started complaining about all of the smoke in the air and all of the wildfires. Then she exclaimed, "This is Sodom! This is Sodom!"
I replied, "Yeah, there is a lot of sin in this country." (I mentioned the sins of abortion and homosexuality)
She told me that she was a believer. She also said that there were too many churches that didn't believe there was a devil. She had a Bible on the dashboard of her pickup. She mentioned Proverbs 20: 18, so I took her Bible and read that verse out loud ("Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.")
She talked some more and then exclaimed again, "This is Sodom! This is Sodom!"
I again nodded in agreement. I don't know how many times she said "This is Sodom!", but I knew that she was repeating it for a reason. "In the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established." I knew that the Lord had her pick me up so that I could hear what she had to say.
Three or four times she reminded me to pass her message on to others. I told her that I would do that. She dropped me off near the county courthouse in Lakeview.
Out of the mouths of babes, sucklings and eccentric people, Thou has perfected praise. "The Lord uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise."
The Lord had that lady pick me up. She kept repeating, "This is Sodom!" What does this mean? Maybe the drought and wildfires are just the beginning of sorrows for the United States. Maybe more judgment is coming. This is a perverse generation.
Genesis 19: 24-28:
"Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace."Homosexuality is a Sin
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Ezekiel 15: 7-8: "And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them. And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD."
Ezekiel 16: 20-21: "Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?"
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