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Water Turned to Blood

By Benjamin H. Liles

"Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they turned to blood" (Revelation 16:4, Berean Study Bible; see also Ex. 7:17, Ps. 78:44, Rev. 8:10, 11:6).

I recently was watching a show I like on Netflix and a thought dawned on me. It seems that even though some say, "There are no moral absolutes," that we all agree on the basics that there are absolutes we all agree on. One of the Ten Commandments says, "You shall not murder" (Deut. 20:13). I had to really think on this. Christ also said, "You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, 'You shall not murder;' and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.' But I tell you, that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of the fire of Gehenna" (Matthew 5:21, 22).

The point is that Christ is equating hateful anger, whether we think it or call each other horrible names, as if it's actual murder. It's an assassination of another's character and livelihood. It tears people down, thus making them feel as though they not only don't matter, but they shouldn't be alive. I'm no Pastor or Preacher, but I do believe I am a teacher. These days hate abounds so much more in this world and it seems if we don't somehow model Christ that we're in danger of a worldwide annihilation. Now scripture may not teach the world will be destroyed, but evil and sin are all the more rampant.

So, let's look at the above verses and see how God's judgment on the nations as well as personal actions deal with our hearts. The first thing I want to point out is "And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of Man was great on the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil continually." (Gen. 6:5, Darby). This isn't actually the first time that men's hearts were nowhere focused on God. Cain saw that Abel was joyful and blessed by the Lord. He wasn't so favored or blessed. This allowed resentment, bitterness, and anger take a hold of him. Yet, God admonished Cain. "Why are you angry? Why has the expression of your face fallen? If you do well, will it not be lifted up? If you don't do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it" (Genesis 4:6, 7).

In other words, God was giving Cain the chance to repent, to turn his eyes to Him who called out, letting Cain know that he could conquer what was in his heart. Now I want to point out that if God was always angry and bent on our destruction why would He tell Cain, "If you do well, will it not be lifted up?" He's saying to Cain, "Your heart's demeanor can change only by you changing your heart. Do well in this and you will be lifted up." God didn't desire for Cain to fail or fall. He didn't even want the sin in Cain's heart to destroy him.

However, Cain allowed that lust for life master him. For the sake of brevity it boils down to this: any time murder is committed, whether in deed, our words, or which ever way, the blood that is spilled taints our lives. So, God's judgment is just and right. The judgment, whether on ancient Egypt, or on the world in the last days, is that God desires for mankind to turn their hearts to Him through Jesus Christ. By acknowledging Him, meaning Christ, and allowing Him to come into our hearts, changing us from darkness to light, we can overcome the sin and evil that desires to swallow us up to Hell. He wants our desire to be for Him, not for destruction.