(Cont. from Contempt 2).
 

HOW OUR LORD IS TAUNTING AND DESTROYING
THOSE  CONTEMPTUOUS  OF  HIS  LAW.

CONTEMPT:  RISKING LIVES TO EXTRACT OIL.
Example:  King David expressed a longing for water. Three men risked their lives to bring water to him, but   he refused to drink it. He said, "They have brought it at the risk of their lives."  (1 Chron 11:17  19 NEB).

Every day, thousands of men knowingly risk their lives to extract oil. This contempt for human life is an offence before God. As to the social inequality that oil promotes throughout the world, it swells the coffers of the greedy few over the deprived masses. But such organizations of industry and commerce are among the "houses" destined for demolition by the curse from Almighty God sent against lawbreakers. For they are among those "stealing" according to one side of the "flying scroll" described in the prophecy of Zechariah 5:1-4.

Unlike our need for water, no one has need for oil to sustain life, so there are no legitimate grounds for risking life and limb in the perilous pursuit of oil extraction at sea. To be free of any bloodguilt, David poured out to Jehovah the water brought to him, for those three men had risked their very lives to obtain it!  This principle is for all mankind, a living example, that we must never put our lives or the lives of others at risk for fear of offending Almighty God our Creator. With reference to those who show contempt for the Law of God, such as those who died in the Piper Alpha oil platform fire: For having ignored this truth and contemptuously risking their lives they "will have to learn the truth through torments after death". (2 Esdras 9:7 12 NEB). And "because of the oil" our "yoke" shall be wrecked. (Isaiah 10:27,28 NWT) (See NEB footnote).

CONTEMPT:  RISKING LIVES IN AIR AND SPACE TRAVEL.
The inferno of the British Airtours airliner at Manchester Airport in 1985, even before the aircraft had become airborne, is sufficient evidence of the extreme risk and disregard for human life undertaken in this form of travel. Even greater is the risk of space travel, as was evident in the explosion of the space shuttle 'Challenger' costing the lives of its crew.

The Bradford City football stadium fire, also in 1985, was evidence of the indignation of God against the riotous behaviour and idol worship that these types of gatherings promote. The Mexico City earthquake of 1985 revealed the anger of God against the excessive wickedness of that city, especially in their worship of false gods. This disaster served as an indicator of the work being carried out by The Christ Michael, "whom  the Most High has held in readiness through many ages" to deliver people of God.  (2 Esdras 13:26 NEB)  (Rev 11:13).

Through Ezra the angel of God spoke of the last days of this "Esau" age: "Keep a careful count yourself... When the world becomes the scene of earthquakes, insurrections, plots among the nations, unstable government, and panic among rulers, then you will recognize these as the events which the Most High has foretold since first the world beganů their beginning is marked by portents and miracles, their end by manifestations of power."  (From 2 Esdras 9:1-6 NEB).

CONTEMPT:

(a)

The action of contemning or despising;  the mental attitude in which a thing is considered as of little account, vile or worthless.

 
(b)

Disobedience or open disrespect to the authority or lawful commands of the Sovereign.

 

12/7/88.

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