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Oil in This World

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 28, 2013

Mark 9:2-3 NLTse Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, (3) and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them.

I had to go back to this text. I was shown a revelation today. I took the cup I used to measure oil last night and dropped it in a bowl of soapy water. You know how they say oil and water don’t mix. Oil and soap repel one another.
My mind immediately went to the world and asked, “what does the world runs on?” Oil. Without oil this world would plunge into chaos. The economy would instantly fold. Wars would break out. Neighbors would kill neighbors, friends and family for any bit of oil available. The world not only runs on oil, it depends on it. We use it in your cars, computers, laptops and cell phones. Oil is used to manufacture our homes, clothes, and grow our food. We cook and heat our homes with a byproduct of oil. There is not a section of this world or our lives that is not touched by oil. Even the ink in our Bibles used to be printed with oil based inks.
But God has shown, this world will not run out of oil before Jesus returns. Like the flood in the days of Noah, fire will come from above and below.
What is oil? It is made up of dead, decayed matter from plants, animals, and those who walked this world before the flood. Those who turned their backs on God as well is the few who followed, honored and obeyed the Creator. Like planted seeds they are supposed to be lessons for us to learn from. But what has Satan turned those seeds into? A product of greed, control and selfishness.
Its sad to think how the world uses oil to repel Jesus’ cleaning ability. Oil is the symbol of greed in this world. It is one of the world’s most plentiful resources, second only to water. But look at what oil symbolizes. The world supply of oil is totally controlled by only a few people. When we honestly look at the facts, fewer people than we can count on one hand have controlled the majority of oil in this world at any one time. These people are responsible for some of the worst wars, famines, persecution and disasters this world has seen. Why? Is it in the name of progress, change, or greed?
Why did Jesus wait six days before taking three men up on a mountain? 

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