Honestly, I don’t go looking for this stuff. It would be far easier to make up some kinder, gentler, more conventional story… to talk about politics and the stock market and the weather and look forward to grandchildren someday.
…for reasons unbeknownst to me at the time, I had cause to read [Genesis 3:8] the other day after being led by the Holy Spirit to focus on another license plate (A38 83A) just ahead of me 0n my way back from Bible study — the letter ‘A’ evoking the first book of the Bible. (Funny thing with me and cars.)
That serendipitous interlude ended up speaking, with startling specificity, to the post I’d been working on.
So last night, I’m out walking the dog just before twilight, the last few days’ worth of apocalyptic, Jesus-coming-back-any-minute-now posts bouncing around in my head like a posse of meth-addled ferrets on a hot cast iron skillet — though more in an excited, its really true! kind of way than the metaphor might suggest.
In an attempt to bring some sense to it all (and check my reasoning) I called up a faithful reader here with whom I chat from time to time about this stuff. The conversation revolved around, a) the Ark of the Covenant discovery and, b) the judgment / massive terrorist strike which I and others far more seasoned in this kind of thing sense is coming on the U.S. very soon.
Just as we were about to wrap up, I walked by a parked car. To a city dweller that would sound unremarkable, but here in the green-leafy, big-lawn, multi-car-garage, roll-up-the-sidewalks at 7PM suburbs, it’s unusual. If I had to hazard a guess, it was one of less than half a dozen cars I’d passed on a one-hour walk a good portion of which was spent on park trails with no cars at all.
What had grabbed my subconscious attention was another palindromic license plate: K89 89K. I walked a few paces past it and something told me to go back and look again to be sure I’d gotten it right.
This morning, I looked it up, using the same rules that had proven so spine-tingingly applicable on Monday. The letter ‘K’ being the 11th in the alphabet, I went to 1st Kings (the 11th book in the Bible). Interpreting it as if in a mirror (i.e., both sides, in both directions), I was startled out of my socks:
1st Kings 8:9 reads:
There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
And 1st Kings 9:8 reads (God speaking):
“And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’“
Continuing, in verse 9, we read (answering the people’s question as to why ‘this house’ is brought low):
“Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore the Lord has brought all this disaster on them.’”
Small moan, close eyes, clasp hands… Oh, Lord. Oh, Lord, Lord, Lord… It is true, isn’t it? May Your Kingdom come. May Your Will be done. On earth as it is in heaven…