Deep Creek.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” – Jesus.

Lately I have been thinking about the story of the Deep Creek Massacre where, in Hell’s Canyon In 1887, more than 30 unsuspecting Chinese Miners were ambushed and murdered by a gang of horse thieves. How often murderers victimize those whom they think no cares about! They probably felt these were nameless unknowns among the thousands of Chinese workers who had come over – strangers in the middle of nowhere. Who would miss them? Who would advocate for them? They murdered them, stole their gold, and sent their bodies floating down the Snake River.

But some of the corpses were washed down to Lewiston – and someone did know them; the Sam Yup company of San Francisco who employed them had a reckoning of the murdered miners, and investigated and advocated to bring the murderers to justice. The Chinese consulate in SF also got involved. But, in this life, no one was punished for the crime – some of the murderers escaped the arm of the law, and those who were brought to trial were acquitted.

Today Americans are murdering (or standing with the murderers of) those whom they think no one knows or keeps a reckoning of, the nameless. But they are wrong. God knows every fallen sparrow and he knows every baby not yet born that is killed today. Unlike our courts, no one slips away from his judgment, and, unlike our courts, “he will not at all acquit the wicked”(Nahum 1:3) We should take warning from His word to us, ”the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (just as what happened in Hell’s Canyon came to light) (Isaiah 26:21)

Friends, things haven’t changed since God revealed the only cure for murderous sinners like us when Jesus was cursed and killed for our sins. Trusting he died for your sins is still the only way to be saved. Americans don’t need more hand-sanitizer or more appearance of respectability; our only hope is the blood of Jesus. ~Watchful


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