Oh the Pain, the Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth!

A few have been posting 2 Chronicles 7:14 lately.

“If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I have not thought that we were to the point where people are calling on the name of the God of Jacob/Israel, Yahweh for help. Maybe I am wrong, but regardless Praise Yahweh, I think they did see trouble coming and reacted to it.

Not to be insensitive, but it has been pretty amazing witnessing the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of those who feel the world is ending. Everything has slowly been going their way for the last 60 years. They can’t handle what they think is about to happen. Even a Yale college professor has made mid-term tests optional for those students who are in shock over the concept that they didn’t win.

Their Christian neighbors have been beginning to actually suffer persecution here for following their conscience, but they didn’t care. Their man made morality, self righteousness and arrogance about what is or is not right is far more important.

People are no longer taught critical thought and logic. They are taught political correctness and the ideology of the victim. One of the possible reasons is that God and His morality, His Law have been set aside. People have been taught that God’s Law has been done away for the last hundred years. Removing God from the schools back in the 1960s was just a consequence of men deciding that their ideas and laws were more important, more righteous, more relevant.

What is sad is what we are all missing. When you read Deuteronomy 28 there are two lists. The first fourteen verses are the blessings for obeying God’s Law. The rest of the chapter shows what happens when we follow our own righteousness or pretend that we are being Christian being politically correct. After you read the chapter, which portion do you think sounds more like today?

A few years ago Jonathan David Brown, who recently passed away, wrote a song titled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Much scriptural logic is lost on those who might actually read scripture. Understand in the opening lyrics below that the phrase “he shall even live in them” should be understood as live well with the blessings of the first half of Deuteronomy 28 as opposed to not living or living according to the second half of Deuteronomy 28.

” . . I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness . . . I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols; I am [YHWH] your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them . . . Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my Sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth . . . Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols. Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good and judgments whereby they should not live . . .”

The Sabbath is one day in seven counting from the first day of Spring. It’s really very simple and totally for our own benefit. We are to rest for twenty four hours. We do no work or shopping, just staying home. Now under our calendar we can’t really do it, but if we just took one day in seven and rested, “according to the commandment”, yes a new covenant reference, Luke 23:56, then 2 Chronicles 7:14 might be realized with out any doubt.

Tim

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