120814 – The Watchman, Paul, And Solomon

Consider the world today. People are being beheaded, to include small children. Murder is rampant. Anarchy is trying to replace laws that have been put in place by recognized governments. Agents of militant Islam are trying to replace existing governmental laws and freedom of religion with Sharia Law and Islam (a link can be found at the bottom of this page). Those who are joining in this grand series of lawlessness can best be described as being, “red, yellow, black and white.” In the year of 587 B.C., God commissioned the prophet Ezekiel to warn the people of exiled Israel of their sinful ways, and to caution them of their need to repent of their sins. Being a priest, Ezekiel had the responsibilities of pastors of today. His message of national repentance was preached while he was in exile with other Jews from Judah. However, his message was for all of Israel, whether they had been exiled to Assyria or to Babylon (where Ezekiel had his place of ministry). In the following verses, it is easy to see that God was very serious about the responsibility that He had placed before Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 33:1-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Watchman and His Message

33 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
10 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?”’

The Apostle Paul very clearly points out the problems that faced the world in his time, and in our world today. He pointed out the problems that were facing the world of his day, and said that the lawless acts of his day were due to sinful spiritual influences on the inhabitants of the world of his day; the same situation exists today. The remedy that Paul gave was to pray. Such prayer helps us to know what to do during times of anarchy, which are rampant throughout our whole world today.

Ephesians 6:1-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

Children and Parents

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Bondservants and Masters

5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also” is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,”against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

The following passage of scripture deals with things of life in Solomon’s lifetime, but it can also relate to our world today. We can see the reverence that King Solomon had for God. You can read his humility, in the way that he postured himself as he prayed. As we read Solomon’s prayer, we can see that he talks about sin, confession, prayers, forgiveness and mercy. He also provides a remedy for the peoples’ sins of any nation in the last verse. Nations of the world need leaders as we see in the example of King Solomon. That is especially true of my nation, the USA. We need a leader who will unashamedly speak to our nation about the need to repent of its sins and to turn in repentance to God.

2 Chronicles 6:3-41 New King James Version (NKJV)

Solomon’s Speech upon Completion of the Work

3 Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. 4 And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David,

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

12 Then Solomon ” stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands 13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven);14 and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.
19 Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You: 20 that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. 21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.
22 “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 23 then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
24 “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.
26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
28 “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; 29 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: 30 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men), 31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
34 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send them, and when they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name, 35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
36 “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near; 37 yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness’; 38 and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the temple which I have built for Your name: 39 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You. 40 Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place. 41 “Now therefore, Arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place,You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, And let Your saints rejoice in goodness.

Solomon Blesses the Assembly 1 Kings 8:54-55

54 And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord, that he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. 55 Then he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice,

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)

Solomon Dedicates the Temple

1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple;” 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. 3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 7:12-14 New King James Version (NKJV)

God’s Second Appearance to Solomon

12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The following link will show pertinent information about Sharia Law. Read it for yourself and determine if it is a system that should replace laws that are in existence in non-Islamic nations.

http://www.billionbibles.org/sharia/sharia-law.html

Nations of the free world have got to get serious about our allegiance to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. My nation, the USA, is in serious trouble. We are sitting on the edge of freedom and uncontrolled anarchy. Consider the following song. Be honest with yourself as you consider the words that are sung, and the fervency of the singer as he is pleading for the mercy of God. The judgment of God is upon my nation, and on the rest of the world. We must plead to God for His mercy. While I still am able to say this, I will do so. America is a great nation because it is a good nation. As long as it is a good nation it will remain a great nation. But, we are tethering on the edge of no longer being good. We allow millions of unborn babies to be aborted each year. We are allowing men to marry men and women to marry women. Our nation’s leadership is allowing anarchy to go unchecked. We are being told a lie about a war being waged against women, and by police officers against black people. In fact, of the forty-three million black people who live in America, only one hundred thirty-four were killed by law enforcement officers during the past year. We are allowing mob rule and street judgment to force laws to be ignored. Our nation needs leaders who are like King Solomon, as we read in this post. Please don’t shoot the messenger/watchman of this post. This message is true. I truly want the best for all of the people of the world, “red and yellow, black and white.” Watch the news reports each day; all of them. May God bless the USA.

Lord, Have Mercy
Moody Church

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