When I watched "Survivors I", the forming of secret alliance of the participants to pick out one by one the others upset me, and I wrote an article then. [Click to see that].
This is the second series. "Strategy", "picking out the other group one by one" seem to be the norm.
What does the LORD require of us ?
LORD : "Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the LORD your GOD am holy." [Lev 19:2]
When Rehoboam got part of the kingdom from Solomon, he put up two calves,
And Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now the kingdom will turn back to the house of David; if this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn again to their lord, to Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah."
So the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, "You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt." [1 King 12:26-28]
Most people would think there are no angels, and LORD is powerless, and all things that have intelligence and power must be visible, i.e. humans. Hence they forget GOD. After Jeroboam did that, LORD said the following words :
LORD : "Because I exalted you from among the people, and made you leader over my people Israel, and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you; and yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments, and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my eyes, but you have done evil above all that were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods, and molten images, provoking me to anger, and have cast me behind your back. therefore behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will utterly consume the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone. Any one belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and any one who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat; for the LORD has spoken it." [1 King 14:7-11].
When the son of king Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, became king, he killed all his brothers, because he considered them a threat to his kingdom,
When Jehoram had ascended the throne of his father and was established, he slew all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the princes of Judah.
LORD : "Thus says the LORD, the GOD of David your father, Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into unfaithfulness, as the house of Ahab lead Israel into unfaithfulness, and also you have killed your brothers, of your father's house, who were better than yourself; behold the LORD will bring a great plague on your people, your children, your wives, and all your possessions, and you yourself will have a severe sickness with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the disease, day by day."
And the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the anger of the Philistines and of the Arabs who are near the Ethiopians; and they came up against Judah, and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions they found that belonged to the king's house, and also his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz, his youngest son.
And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease. In the course of time, at the end of two years, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great agony. [2 Chron 21:4-19]
During the realm of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria besieged Jerusalem. He spoke arrogant words against LORD, [2 Kings 18, 19]
LORD : "Because you have raged against me and your arrogance has come into my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will turn you back on the way by which you came."
And that night the angel of the LORD went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went home, and dwelt at Nineveh. And as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, slew him with the sword, and escaped into the land of Ararat. [2 Kings 19:27-37]
Many people think that absolute justice doesn't exist - only power and might. So they forget LORD and do whatever their power allows them.
Jesus : "truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny." [Mt 5:26]
Whereas absolute justice will be on every one of us - whether in this world, or in the world after death (Paradise , Hades).
When LORD was about to destroy Jerusalem by the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar, LORD said the following words :
LORD : "An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. Now the end is upon you, and I will let loose my anger upon you, and will judge you according to your ways; and I will punish you for all your abominations. And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity; but I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
Thus says the LORD GOD : Disaster after disaster! Behold, it comes. An end has come, the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes. Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land; the time has come, the day is near, a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting upon the mountains. Now I will soon pour out my wrath upon you, and spend my anger against you, and judge you according to your ways; and I will punish you for all your abominations. And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the LORD, who smite."
Many of us have faced terrible sicknesses or mishaps. Those are "torture" in real life that are overlooked by many.
These sicknesses or mishaps do not come without cause : as nothing will happen on Earth without LORD's approval. Mostly, it is because we have broken LORD's Laws/Commandments, and so punishment comes.
Let us fear the invisible LORD, and walk carefully in his Laws and Commandments, and teach our children so.
If we let them discover the result of breaking LORD's Laws, and have not fore-warned them, we fail as parents/elders/responsible citizens.