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Where the Corpse is, There the Vultures will Gather

The New Testament book of Luke ends with Jesus telling his disciples about the coming Kingdom of God.  But the last line of the chapter caught my attention:   “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”  My mind wandered a bit (what’s different?), and I thought about how often we run into obstacles with our career, project, or company.

When things start looking bad, we immediately feel compelled to talk about it. But the truth is, even rats jump off a sinking ship.  Nobody wants to be associated with a dying project.  So when difficulty comes, stop broadcasting it.  I’m not one who believes in shallow motivation, but at the same time I also know that inspiration matters.  People want to feel like they’re part of something special.  Stop being a corpse, because that only attracts vultures.  And for the record, stop complaining to people who can’t help you fix the problem.  Think about it.  How much time do you spend whining and complaining to people who can’t do a thing about it?  What a waste of time!

Snap back to life.  Get your projects, your company, and your life back on track.  Dwell more on positive alternatives and you’ll become a magnet for other people.

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  1. and the vultures insist on putting powder, perfume, and lipstick on the corpses!  thanks for this word, and i always appreciate your insights so much–GREAT help for avoiding the vultures and corpses 🙂

  2. Well Phil, I thought the scripture means that saints help ego-filled “saints-to-be”… become saints through “assisted self examination,” through picking sin-flesh off the bones. It takes an eagle to do it properly. Through statements like Jesus made to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan.” Ouch, bet that hurt Peter’s ego!

    To wit:

    Breaking Off Adhesions
    By Robert Winkler Burke
    Of inthatdayteachings.com
    Copyright 1/27/09

    Matthew 24:28
    For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

    Breaking off adhesions,
    By all rights,
    Strange requires bruising,
    Tender fights.

    You need, in fact,
    A friend,
    In temp as enemy,
    To rend.

    To break adhesions,
    Off ego,
    Then perchance, per spec,
    We grow.

    Thank friend enemy,
    Who the cycle ends,
    Parting soul from ego,
    Stopping selfish sins.

    Breaking off adhesions,
    Isn’t nice to do,
    Eagles pick off our flesh,
    An ugly task true.

    Only a friend you fight,
    Can likely do it right,
    Excising selfish blight,
    To spark godly light.

    Usually you break his wing,
    His beak or talon,
    It’s the onerous job due,
    He who was carrion…

    Who is now eagle,
    No more cannibalic,
    Picks sin sinew from bone,
    Ending ties satanic.

    Some day you might be eagle,
    Breaking off sticky, bad adhesions,
    From a friend you sadly fight,
    Destroying popular delusions.

    Don’t fear the fight, the friend,
    Or all what you will see,
    Better to see the ugly truth now,
    Than in eternity.

    We think we are so good when so bad,
    And evil the friend who proves us wrong,
    But only a friend as kind eagle,
    Without mercy beats our weakness strong.

    Breaking off adhesions,
    By restoration right,
    Requires that we lose,
    Ego’s last breath fight.

    P.S. I learned this physically and spiritually through Russian Martial Art, also called Systema, said to be King David’s fighting style. See http://www.battlebornsystema.com or http://www.russianmartialart.com.

  3. I don’t know how I came across this blog. I am nobody of consequence but recently, the Holy Spirit gave me some revelation on this verse and I thought I would share it with you since I found myself here.

    I read past this verse the other day as well and it stuck with me. From past experience I knew the Lord wanted to reveal something to me about it so I kept it tumbling around in my mind. Not long after the Lord gave me a very clear image of a man pulling a corpse behind him attached to a rope slung over his shoulder. It was rotting and quite gross and putrid. As he drug it along vultures gathered upon it and fed off the rotting body. When the man would stop and rest they would flock around him, even sit on his shoulder and speak in his ear and chatter at him from the corpse.

    The Lord revealed to me that the vultures are demons or unclean spirits. The corpse is our old person who was put to death when we accepted Christ as our Lord and were literally made a new creation in Christ. When we continue to drag around our old man we give the enemy something to feed on and sustain them. They then have access to speak into our lives and an easier time doing what they do. Steal, kill and destroy us. We need to let go of the rope.

  4. As he drug it along vultures gathered upon it and fed off the rotting body. When the man would stop and rest they would flock around him, even sit on his shoulder and speak in his ear and chatter at him from the corpse. The Lord revealed to me that the vultures are demons or unclean spirits. The corpse is our old person who was put to death when we accepted Christ as our Lord and were literally made a new creation in Christ. When we continue to drag around our old man we give the enemy something to feed on and sustain them. They then have access to speak into our lives and an easier time doing what they do. Steal, kill and destroy us. We need to let go of the rope.

  5. I read past this verse the other day as well and it stuck with me. From past experience I knew the Lord wanted to reveal something to me about it so I kept it tumbling around in my mind. Not long after the Lord gave me a very clear image of a man pulling a corpse behind him attached to a rope slung over his shoulder.

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