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The Delphic Oracle

Word of God Warnings Prophecy

Source: Wikipedia article

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-09-17

Scripture: Psalms 18:30 ; 2 Corinthians 4:2

Author: Charles Krieg
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Croesus, the rich King of Lydia who controlled much of Asia Minor, consulted the Oracle at Delphia in the year 549 B.C. to find out if she thought he should attack the Persian King Cyrus. The Oracle said: “If you go to war you will destroy a great empire.”

Encouraged by the Oracle’s response, Croesus marched against the Persians. He was decisively beaten, and the Persians then invaded Lydia and captured its capital, Sardis. Croesus became Cyrus’s prisoner. Croesus sent messengers to the Oracle at Delphi asking why she had deceived him. The priestess replied that he had not been deceived; he had indeed destroyed a great empire .... his own!

APPLICATION

Unlike the Delphic Oracle, God's Word speaks plainly of the dangers, risks, and rewards of our actions. Scripture tells us what God does not permit, what are sins, and what we should or should not do. It also implores us to repent of our sins and turn to the Lord. It warns us of what will happen if we don’t, and it tells us how we will live forever in the Kingdom of Heaven if we do! 

"As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him" (Psalm 18:30). 

Were Lost Sailors Really Lost?

Salvation Blame Warnings

Source: "Lost sailors’ story’s list of inconsistencies cast doubt on tale of survival" by AP, published FoxNews.com, 11/1/17

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2017-11-04

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2 ; Luke 15:24

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

Lost at sea for nearly 5 months, two women had harrowing tales of survival that included shark attacks. They also claimed that 6 forms of communication all mysteriously and simultaneously malfunctioned. The Coast Guard, however, suspects that for some reason these women did not want to be found.

That's because it gets even weirder: Besides the malfunctioning of all forms of communication, there was also an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on board their vessel. This device should have virtually guaranteed their rescue. Yet, for some reason, it was never turned on. Their excuse was that they never felt they were "truly in distress."

APPLICATION

I wonder how many lost people simply do not want to be found. Perhaps they're afraid that coming to Christ will mean a change of lifestyle. Or, maybe they're like the prodigal son who had to hit bottom first. Sadly, many know of the saving grace of Christ but choose to remain adrift, lost at sea, believing they have time.  They know the EPIRB is on the boat, but they don't feel the urgency to turn it on. 

"For he says, 'In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.' I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

Bumper Sticker Accountability

Accountability Warnings Correction

Source: “Speed bump-er sticker” by Staff Writer, READING EAGLE/READING TIMES, April 16, 1999

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-01

Scripture: James 5:19

Author: Staff Writer, READING EAGLE/READING TIMES / Illust
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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Call it a speed bump-er sticker.

Dennis and Cindy Kovac, concerned when their daughter collected her second speeding ticket, issued a warning—to other drivers.

They put a bumper sticker on her car that reads, “If I’m Speeding, Call My Parents,” and lists the family’s phone number. …

So far at least at the time of the publication of this article!, there have been no calls and no more speeding tickets—just a little ribbing from schoolmates.

Her parents are pleased with the results.

“That sticker may save some lives,” Cindy Kovac said.

APPLICATION

As we are recklessly speeding through life, sometimes all we need is a little accountability to slow us down and give us cause for caution.

“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20, ESV).

Thank Frances Kelsey If You Have Your Arms And Legs

Legacy Warnings Conviction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-09

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Author: B.J. Connor / Illustration Exchange
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Animal Sentinels

Sin Jesus, Savior Warnings

Contributed By: Bo Thompson | Date Posted: 2014-11-03

Scripture: Hebrews 4:15

Author: Bo Thompson/Illustration Exchange
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The School of Wisdom

Wisdom Teachability Warnings

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-12

Scripture: Proverbs :

Author: Harold L. Willmington
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Frivolous Warnings

Hearing God's Voice Humor Warnings

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-21

Author: unknown
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House on Fire

Witness Warnings Salvation

Contributed By: Mike Deese | Date Posted: 2014-02-15

Scripture: Matthew 28:19 ; Mark 16:15

Author: Mike Deese
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Flash Your Lights for Warning

Warnings Accountability Consequences

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-06

Scripture: Galatians 6:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Poisoned Water, Poisoned Soul

Hardness of Heart Wisdom Warnings

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-21

Scripture: Proverbs 11:14

Author: Lee Eclov
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