Contemplation on things to come


This morning, as I was driving toward the east watching the sunrise (around 6am), I began to think of the things to come on the new earth. I drove by a hospital and realized something; there won’t be any hospitals on the new earth. This got me to thinking of vocations, places, and buildings that will no longer exists on the new earth:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Prisons
  • Police Officers
  • Ambulance drivers
  • Firefighters
  • Hunters
  • Meat processors
  • Junk yard workers
  • Court rooms
  • Judges
  • Pharmacies
  • Lawyers
  • Soldiers
  • Weapons producers
  • Social organizers
  • Politicians
  • Funeral homes

And the list really goes on from there. If you can think of some other vocations, please let me know.

Now, none of that above is to say such vocations are useless or wrong, merely that though they are needed in a fallen world, in a redeemed world they wouldn’t be needed. But think about it; our world is so fallen that we take these vocations for granted. These vocations exist solely because we live in a fallen and evil world. We have come to rely on vocations that are meant to keep peace in a fallen world and provide comfort without realizing that, were it not for sin, such vocations wouldn’t even exist.

Just some thoughts.

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