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Freeway Shootings
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In March 2005, 4 people were shot while driving on southern California freeways in what appeared to be random shootings. Each year an average of forty people are killed in freeway shootings in and around the Los Angeles area. That's enough to make you think twice before hopping into your car.

Police authorities believe many of the killings are related to road rage or random acts of gang members. When millions of people live as closely together as they do in some communities, its actually surprising their isn't more violence.

In the New Testament we find a story about a man traveling on what was then considered a main thoroughfare--the road that led from Jerusalem to Jericho. Jesus said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead" (Luke 10:30).

Not much has changed. Satan continues to use people who have given themselves over to evil to maim and kill other people--just as he has for thousands of years. Some of his methods are a little different today, but the end result is the same.

Nobody wants to be a victimized by these heartless people, but that shouldn't be our biggest concern. Jesus says, "My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!" (Luke 12:4-5).

Some sources in ancient Hebrew literature refer to the valley Hinnom as "a valley of fire" because it was there that heathen tribes offered their children as burnt sacrifices. The curse of hell is permanent separation from God. Anything that can influence us to choose such a plight should be greatly feared.

A Message of Hope

Besides alerting us to Satan's immanent threat, Luke 12 also leaves us with a message of hope and assurance:

"Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7).

Evil people may treat you like trash and may even try to destroy your life. But that doesn't mean you are less valuable to God. Praise God for freeways, sparrows and hair!

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