August 27th 2010

Who Turned The World Upside-Down?

“…they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, ‘These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.’”
Acts 17:6 (NKJV)

A mechanic at a local garage was baffled when a customer drove in and asked for a seven-hundred-ten knob. Everyone looked at each other and asked, “What is a seven-hundred-ten knob?”  The customer replied, “You know, the little piece in the middle of the engine.  I have lost it and need a new one.  I’m not sure exactly what it is but it has always been there.”  The mechanic opened the bonnet and asked if there was one there, upon which the customer pointed to a knob which said 710.  If you’re not sure what a 710 knob is, try turning it 180 degrees!  When we look at things upside down we can sometimes get it very, very wrong!

Someone once gave me the card pictured to the right of this study.  The illustration has a word in beautiful script at its centre.  Looking at it one way up you read, ‘THE WAGES OF SIN IS’, and the script reads, ‘Death’.  Looking at it the other way up, you read, ‘THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL’, and the script reads, ‘Life’.  This reminded me of the above scripture where those who preached the Gospel were accused of ‘Turning the world upside down’.  (If you are reading this on your email, pay a quick visit to to see the photo.)

But it was Satan who really turned the world upside down and John 8:44 calls him a liar and the father of it.  We also read in 2 Corinthians 11:14 that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.  We find a warning in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Like Titus, “…we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another” (Titus 3:3).  We can be thankful that, “That serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” will be cast out in the end (Revelation 12:9).  If we stay close to God the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth (John 16:13) so that we can live our lives rightside up.

Thank you for the Gospel, Father in Heaven, that tells this upside down world about the return of the one who turns things the right way up.

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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