Nitrogen Poisoning

When we can, we like to hit current events.  The New York Times and other news agencies have recently announced that Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi have authorized Nitrogen gas for Death Row executions, as the previous drugs are being harder to find.  


Have you ever flown on an airline?  If you have, you remember, you get a variety of safety instructions.

You might remember the part about “in case of a pressure loss,” always putting on your air mask before helping someone else.  You might think… now why is that so important.  I would rather risk my own life than my child’s…. well it turns out we will find out why, and gain some new insight on a well-known Bible verse.  Destin from Smarter Every Day put out a video on this

When you start to lose pressure, your body goes through Hypoxia, lack of oxygen, but in this case you could also call it Nitrogen poisoning (as in the new death row drug).

Please check out the video:

In this case we were the observer, and could clearly see the issue Destin was having, but he could not.  On a podcast of his I listened to he said, inside he kept thinking "I don’t want to die", but he couldn’t take action.

He was very proud of that video and first showed it to his wife, who promptly slapped him for taking foolish risks, she was very frustrated with him.  Does it get frustrating for God to see us trying to help others when we are blinded by our own issues?

I leave you with Matthew 7:3-5, and I hope like I did, you have a new appreciation and perspective on this verse.

Matthew 7:3-5

Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.


Might be a good time to review Jason’s sermon: Holy Prescription too.

© Vivian P. Kirkpatrick, 2017

This devotion in video form here.