Kobe Bryant who had highs and lows in his career, was known as a premier NBA celebrity. With celebrity come the temptations of ego, hubris, and skirting the customary protocols of a society’s culture. In essence, a celebrity becomes “mighty”, an icon, a god if you will! Kobe’s religious views are noted HERE. This writer was living in Colorado when Kobe got in trouble on a rape charge. The media covered it substantially, and to Kobe’s credit, he made a public admission of his guilt on television.
Kobe Bryant was hurrying in his helicopter to a basketball game. It happened on a Sunday. Sunday, according to the Bible, is the Lord’s day – the Sabbath if you will, and a day that should be devoted to the Lord. This writer is not making any judgment of Kobe’s spiritual state, and that is unknown to this writer, and This writer was probably a worse sinner than Kobe Bryant, and yet this writer has been spared by God and born again of the Holy Spirit to love, honor, serve, and obey God – why? Only God knows.; the following are things to consider. As the Scripture says in:
Isaiah 58:13-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
John 14:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (Christians believe in the Trinity which means Jesus is God in the flesh, and that obeying Jesus’ commands means you are obeying the 10 Commandments)
Isaiah 45:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 I form the light and create darkness,
I make peace and create calamity (evil);
I, the Lord, do all these things.’
Luke 1:52-54 New King James Version (NKJV)
52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
God does all things for His glory and good pleasure and that means that bad things can happen to good people – including the other 8 people on the helicopter, and that doesn’t make it any easier to take; it just makes it the reality of God:
Proverbs 21:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Lord Considers the Heart
21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the [a]rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes. (In Exodus God “hardened” Pharaoh’s heart.)
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