I've been pondering (again) Bernie Madoff (made-off) and his unequaled, history-making Ponzi scheme. I could readily rail against Bernie but that would not be harmonious with the point of this posting.
Consider the following text: "And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.[Emphasis added] [Revelation 9:20, 21].
Bernard Madoff, former chairman of NASDAQ, is an unknowing player in the fulfillment of the unrepentant described in these verses from Revelation.
He is being "punished" by confinement to a lavish penthouse in New York City. Curiously, very curiously, a Federal judge refused to revoke Bernie's bail and send him to jail. And Bernie's lawyer, is negotiating for a reduced sentence based on Bernie's willingness to 'confess' to certain charges.
Oh Isaiah, how true, how true are your words; "Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey." [Isaiah 59:14 and 15].
I've been wondering (but I would never put these thoughts to paper) whether or not Bernie and the 'judge' share a common, hidden bond.
God Bless. e.c.