I have come across several recent internet postings concerning strange sounds being made by the earth. (Mathman just posted on the subject on 1-26-12: http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2012/mathman126-1.htm ). The sounds are eerie – some of them even sounding like groans. I have no idea what may be causing these sounds, but I was reminded of the following verses:
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:18-25.
“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-7.
Isn’t it interesting to note that all of creation is waiting for us to receive our resurrection bodies? Creation is also looking forward to the time when it will be changed – no longer subject to decay. But there is an order that must be observed: we will receive our new bodies before the new heaven and new earth is created.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:10-13.
I like to think that these sounds that people are hearing are God’s way of telling us that our resurrection is near. Creation is groaning.
It is interesting to note that the Greek word for “groan” is used one time in connection to Jesus. He sighs or groans when He heals a deaf and mute man.
“After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (which means, ‘Be opened!’). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.” Mark 7:33-35.
I wonder if Jesus groans for us, too, in anticipation of our adoption as children of God. His groan once resulted in the healing of a man’s body. Perhaps another groan from Him will result in the transformation of all of our bodies.
– Lisa Taylor