I don’t have much to say about this chapter, and what I do have to say is kind of tangled around in my mind, so bear with me.
I’m struck by the people who were not killed during the upheavals after Christ’s death. Those who had stoned the prophets and otherwise been incredibly wicked were killed by fire, and others were killed by flood and earth falling on them. But the people that were left were not just the incredibly righteous- we’re told the people wailed in the darkness and bemoaned the fact that they had not repented before that day. This brings to mind two thoughts- first, that the Lord is always more lenient than I expect when it comes to “being good” or “being worthy”. Like Brandy has said on a couple of occasions, I realize more and more that God gives us every possible opportunity to do what’s right. Therefore, I have to think that many more than just those who already believed in Christ were spared. The other thought is that we’re all sinners. There’s no separation in the text between those who believed and were spared and those who didn’t and were spared- it’s entirely possible, and probable, that those who did believe were wailing right there along with those who didn’t. We’re all in a constant state of needing to repent, and something huge like 3 nights of darkness and the impending threat of death would probably really bring that home.
That’s all. Your thoughts?