This week was a study in the macabre, on many levels, and a synonym for that word is “horrible” Psalms 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.:
Iran has cut a deal with the United States whereby some of our citizens have been freed and it reportedly involves the exchange of goods/services to the tune of $6 Billion: Iran prisoner swap: US citizens freed in $6bn deal – BBC News
Other synonyms include “fearsome” Psalms 48:6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail. Psalms 36:1 « To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. » The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
The influx of 7,000 people has “overwhelmed” a little Italian city with an original population that is only 6,000: Lampedusa migrant crisis: 7,000 people arrive on Italian island of 6,000 | CNN Doesn’t overwhelmed include the concept of fear? The fear of being inundated, swamped, submerged, engulfed or buried?
Speaking of which, UNC Chapel Hill was put under a SECOND lockdown in just this new semester because of another gunman: UNC Chapel Hill under lockdown for second time because of gunman (usatoday.com) you have to admit that is just GROTESQUE. That is another synonym for macabre, as well as FOUL Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
The scene, right now, in Libya is quite sickly and grotesque. Flooding is bad, and hundreds of thousands (e.g. entire neighbourhoods were dragged into the sea: Libya floods: Entire neighbourhoods dragged into the sea – BBC News ) are directly affected and dead; however, the United Nations warns that “disease could bring a 2nd crisis”: U.N. warns disease could bring a 2nd crisis in flood-ravaged Libya (msn.com) Psalms 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. Ps 106:22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea. (don’t forget the Suez Canal).
The extremely bizarre (another synonym for macabre) scene in Guatemala just keeps on: Guatemala President-elect suspends transition after agents raid election facilities, open vote boxes | AP News Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice
Then we have the matter of the anniversary of the attacks, on American soil, which happened 9/11/2001 and this piece underscores that “first responder deaths from post-9/11 illnesses nearly equals number of firefighters who died that day”: First responder deaths from post-9/11 illnesses nearly equals number of firefighters who died that day (msn.com)
Bloody, bloody is a synonym of macabre, too…
We are left with a stark reality, and it is this: Habakkuk 2:12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!