What President Obama, his Administration, and Other Leaders of Nations Ought to Do Now (Part 3)

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God’s Plan for the Nations #9

TEXT: Psalm 2

Psalm 2 is a messianic psalm based on historical reality. It is divided into four three-verse stanzas. David speaks in the first stanza, God the Father speaks in the second stanza, Jesus Christ speaks in the third stanza, and the Holy Spirit speaks in the fourth stanza.

In the first message in this part of our series titled, “What President Obama, his Administration, and Other Leaders of Nations Ought to Do Now (Part 3), God’s Plan for the Nations #9,” we began looking at what God would have the nations to do in light of the punishment that will come down on them because of their disobedience to Him. David urges the leaders of the world to “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” The nations are encouraged to confess their sins, repent, and return to the laws of God. Wise leaders will lead their nations to listen to this instruction and turn back to God.

In our last message, we looked at the second part of God’s solution for the nations, and that is that the nations should turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. The world indeed needs a moral revival in which all of the nations turn back to God and begin obeying His laws. However, not only do we need a moral revival, but we need a spiritual revival. The sick and sinful hearts and souls of mankind need to be healed and made whole. And the only way that can be done is through Jesus Christ.

Today, we want to look at God’s promise to bestow blessing and favor upon the nations if they repent of their sins, begin obeying God’s laws, and turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. The Psalmist concludes this passage on a hopeful note by saying, “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Not only those people, but those nations, who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will experience God’s blessings.

Allow me to first share with you what Charles Spurgeon said about this last phrase in verse 12 from his classic Treasury of David. He said, “Note the benediction with which the Psalm closes:—”Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Have we a share in this blessedness? Do we trust in him? Our faith may be slender as a spider’s thread; but if it be real, we are in our measure blessed. The more we trust, the more fully shall we know this blessedness. We may therefore close the Psalm with the prayer of the apostles:—”Lord, increase our faith.””

According to the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, a blessing is “the authoritative pronouncement of God’s favor.” Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” If the people of the Gentile nations begin following God’s laws and place their trust in Jesus Christ, they will experience God’s blessings and favor. Israel was blessed as long as its people worshiped God and followed His law in their hearts. When they ceased doing that, they were cursed and they began to suffer God’s judgment.

Every nation should strive to be in a position to receive God’s favor. Samuel Adams, an American statesman and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence said, “The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower; thither the righteous flee and are safe. Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better [life].”

This past week, President Obama quoted Scripture to support his immigration policy. He quoted God’s command to the Israelites in Exodus 22:21 which says, “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Although some people didn’t like him doing that, it was good that he acknowledged the Lord and His Word. However, he needs to do more than just quote Scripture. He needs to confess his sins of leading the nation down the wrong path, and he needs to lead the nation in repenting of its sins, turning back to God, and trusting in God once again.

In this passage, the phrase “trust in him” bears the meaning of taking refuge or taking shelter. Those who trust in God will find that they are under God’s protection. God will protect and provide for those nations that trust in Him. The only way to be safe from the wrath of God is to be under God’s favor.

The message of Psalm 2 is largely futuristic. It speaks of a future king and a future judgment. However, it is also a message for the nations today. While God has seen fit to declare that the rebellious nations will suffer under His wrath, He has also provided a way of hope for those who wish to turn back to Him. The question has been raised for six years: President Obama is smart but is he wise? If President Obama is wise he will confess his sins and repent, and he will lead the nation in prayer and repentance. And every wise head of state and nation will take advantage of this opportunity and turn back to God before it is too late.

What President Obama, his Administration, and Other Leaders of Nations Ought to Do Now (Part 2)

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God’s Plan for the Nations (Part 8)

TEXT: Psalm 2

In last week’s message, we began looking at what God would have the nations to do in light of the punishment that will come down on them because of their disobedience to Him. Like Nineveh under the preaching of Jonah, God desires for the nations to repent and begin obeying His laws. The Psalmist says, “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Although governmental leaders spend time and money debating and implementing new plans and new laws, many of them overlook the main thing that our nation and every nation needs to have in mind — and that is to repent and return to the laws of God. David says that wise leaders will listen to instruction and will turn back to God.

We also looked at three specific things that President Obama should lead our nation in repenting of:

1. Seeking to suppress and certainly not doing enough to stop people from suppressing the first amendment rights of Christians to live according to Biblical principles, to worship as they please, and to speak as they please.

2. The sin of abortion — the murder of innocent babies.

3. The sanctioning and promoting of homosexuality, the homosexual agenda, and homosexual marriage on the federal government level.

Not only does America need to repent of these and other sins, but many nations need to repent of these sins. The first part of the solution to the problems that the world faces today is for the nations to turn back to God and to begin obeying His laws.

Today, we want to look at the second part of that solution, and that is that the nations should turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. The Psalmist says, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” This verse may seem a bit difficult to understand at first. What does it mean to “kiss the son?” Well, commentators have noted that while the rest of the psalm is written in Hebrew, the phrase, “Kiss the Son,” is written in Aramaic. Clearly, when this psalm was written, David was speaking directly to the foreign nations surrounding Israel.

As we have seen in our previous messages, not only does “son” refer to David himself as God’s anointed, but it also refers to Jesus Christ, the descendant of David and the Son of God. During the Old Testament period, the nations were encouraged to show respect and reverence for God’s people and God’s anointed king. As we look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the phrase, “kiss the Son”, is an invitation for the Gentile nations to come and join in the reverence of God’s Son who is Israel’s Messiah and the Savior of the world. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that “it is clear that the psalmist is telling the earth’s kings to submit to the Lord and to His anointed son, Israel’s king.”

The term connotes the paying of homage as one would do to a king — to bow down to the king, to kiss his scepter, or to kiss the ring on his hand. Paying homage is an act of surrender; it is a way of saying, ‘You are Lord and I am not.’ That is what the nations are encouraged to do.

As we have already discussed, the world needs a moral revival in which all of the nations turn back to God and begin obeying His laws. However, not only do we need a moral revival, but we need a spiritual revival. The sick and sinful hearts and souls of mankind need to be healed and made whole. And the only way that can be done is through Jesus Christ.

Not only must the nations turn back to obeying God and doing good, but they must also turn to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is more than just a moral change or a shift in our behavior. As Dr. Harry Ironside explained, “The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past… Nor is the Gospel a demand that you… give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

You’ve probably heard the song, “Jesus is the answer.” Well, that is more than just a saying. Jesus truly is the answer for the world today. It is fine for us as Christians to hold rallies and demonstrations against the various issues of moral decline in our country, but we ought to spend even more time going out and telling people about Jesus Christ. A law can change people’s behavior, but only the Lord can change their hearts. This nation and every nation needs the Lord Jesus Christ.

As the song says:

Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way.

If you have some questions
In the corners of your mind,
Traces of discouragement,
The peace you cannot find,
Reflections of your past,
Seem to face you everyday,
But this one thing I do know,
That Jesus is the way.

Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way.

Once again, David applies a sense of urgency to this command for the people of the Gentile nations to bow down, to surrender their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. He says, do it now “lest he [the king] be angry and ye perish from the way.” If our nation or any nation is to survive and flourish in these tumultuous times, we must as a people turn to Jesus Christ now while there is still time, while the judgment spoken of in this passage is still a thing of the future.

What President Obama, his Administration, and Other Leaders of Nations Ought to Do Now

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God’s Plan for the Nations (Part 7)

TEXT: Psalm 2

Throughout this series, we have looked at two major aspects of God’s plan for the nations. The first aspect, which we covered in the first three messages, was an overview of what is wrong with the nations. We asked and answered the question of the Psalmist: Why do the heathen rage against God? From that question, we talked about the sinfulness of the nations, their rejection of God, and the reason the world is in the state that it is in today.

The second aspect of God’s plan for the nations, which we covered over the last three weeks, was God’s reaction to the nations that have rebelled against His authority. We learned that God will indeed judge the nations and that His Son, Jesus Christ, will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem. Even though the devil will stir up the Gentile nations to oppose Christ’s return, he and his cohorts will be defeated and Jesus Christ will rule in the earth with all of the nations being subject to Him.

Today, we are going to begin answering the question: What should the nations do in this present day in light of what we have already learned? In light of what God has already stated will happen to rebellious nations, what should the people of earth concern themselves with right now?

The nations should repent and begin obeying God’s laws. The Psalmist says, “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” David is calling on the heathen nations surrounding Israel to voluntarily submit to the laws of God. He tells them that this is the “wise” thing to do. The nations are advised to abandon their foolish rebellion and begin serving the Lord.

This week, due to the outcome of the recent election, Americans experienced a shift in the political direction of the country. New senators, new representatives, and governors will be taking over from old ones in about two months’ time. These new leaders will attempt to correct what they consider is wrong in the country. They will attempt to implement new plans, new agendas, and new laws that they believe will help the country or their state or the people in the districts that they represent. Sadly, however, while I am sure that their ideas are noble and well-intentioned, many of these leaders will overlook the main thing that our nation and every nation needs to have in mind — and that is to repent and return to the laws of God.

Recently, Billy Graham said, “Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ. The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer. If only they would discover the power and wisdom that there is in reliance upon God, we could soon see the solution to the grave problems that face the world!”

Tony Evans said, “America is in trouble. From sea to shining sea we are witnessing the devolution of a nation. The United States is quickly becoming the divided states. Disunity and conflict abound. Family breakdown, the immigration crisis, the threat of terrorism, an abiding racial divide and political dysfunction all point to a deeper problem. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you sit on, it is clear: Things are unraveling at warp speed. Like never before, we must pray for our nation and her leaders.”

A few weeks ago, an admitted Satanist drove a car into the Ten Commandments monument on the property of the Oklahoma State Capitol, smashing it to pieces. Symbolically speaking, many in our nation have done the very same thing — trampled the Word of God and the laws of God underfoot. And it is not just the people — it is the government also. The governments of America and many other nations have sanctioned, promoted, and defended activities such as homosexuality, the killing of innocent babies, and the suppression of people who hold Biblical views. They have endorsed acts of rebellion against God, and because of it, as we have seen, judgment is coming. God will judge the nations.

But, right now, that judgment is still future, and David says that a wise ruler, a wise king, a wise judge (or president, or prime minister) will listen to instruction, will repent, and will begin serving the Lord and obeying His laws.

In light of that, I would like to say that if America is to avoid God’s judgment, President Obama must repent of his pride and arrogance, as shown this past week in his response to the election results which showed that voters had repudiated him and his policies. With a humble spirit and attitude before God and man, President Obama should also lead the nation in repenting of the following three things:

1. Either seeking to suppress and certainly not doing enough to stop people from suppressing the first amendment rights of Christians to live according to Biblical principles, to worship as they please, and to speak as they please. Within the past two years, we have seen Christian churches, schools, and business owners sued, fined, and denounced because they refuse to go along with providing contraception for their employees or they refuse to go along with the homosexual agenda. As you might recall, Hobby Lobby went to the Supreme Court to defend their right to refuse to offer contraception coverage in health care plans for employees due to religious objections. More recently, the lesbian mayor of Houston, TX, subpoenaed the sermons and other communications of pastors who opposed a city ordinance that would allow men who feel like they are women to use female bathrooms and women who feel like they are men to use male bathrooms. Situations like that are happening all across this country and President Obama should lead the nation in repenting of such behavior.

2. President Obama should lead the nation in repenting of the sin of abortion — the murder of innocent babies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Guttmacher Institute, there are approximately 1.21 million abortions in America each year. How can God bless a nation where innocent blood is shed so frequently? How can God bless a nation where so many people decide they have the right to kill an innocent baby that they had nothing to do with creating? President Obama ought to lead the nation in repenting of this atrocity.

3. President Obama should lead the nation in repenting of sanctioning and promoting homosexuality, the homosexual agenda, and homosexual marriage on the federal government level. God condemned homosexuality as an abomination in His Word, and He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of the homosexuality that went on in those cities. America is on the same path of destruction if she does not repent while she has a chance. Billy Graham related this story: He said, “Some years ago, my wife, Ruth, was reading the draft of a book I was writing. When she finished a section describing the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex, she startled me by exclaiming, ‘If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.'”

If President Obama is wise, if our other governmental leaders are wise, if the leaders of countries around the world are wise, we will repent of our sins, and do as King David said — “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”

There are two key words involved in this verse.

The first one is “serve”. According to the Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, the Hebrew word for “serve” combines two ideas — action and obedience. It means obedience in action. We need people in this country who will not just talk about obeying the Lord, but who will be about obeying the Lord.

The second key word is “fear.” This word involves “emotional foreboding or dread of impending misfortune.” David wants the heathen nations to use the previous decree of God’s coming judgment as an incentive that would spur them on to obedience. According to John Calvin’s Commentary on the Book of Psalms, by opening this verse with the adverb “now”, David “signifies the necessity of their speedy repentance, since they will not always be favoured with such an opportunity. Meanwhile, he tacitly leads them to understand that it was for their advantage that he warned them, as there was yet room for repentance, provided they made haste.” In other words, the fear of coming judgment should be a motivating factor in our repentance.

If you were to ask the man on the street, what is the solution to the world’s problems, you would get varying answers. Some would say we need equal distribution of wealth, others would say we need more education, still others would say we need less government or more government. However, the truth of the matter is that all of those suggestions are merely bandages; they will bind up the wound and stop the bleeding for a little while, but they will never heal the infection.

In 1863, while the nation was in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a national day of fasting. He said, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions yet with [the] assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

The solution to the world’s problems is for the nations to repent of their rebellion against God, to turn back to God, and to begin obeying His law.

GLMX #166: The Government that Will Never Shut Down

It’s been almost two full weeks since the United States government shut down on October 1, 2013. On that date, 800,000 federal employees were ordered not to show up for work. 1.3 million “essential” federal employees were ordered to show up for work, but were told they would not receive pay. Over 400 national parks and monuments were closed causing local economies to lose over $75 million per day. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., was affected negatively to the estimated cost of $200 million per day. And the nation’s standing in the world took a hit as citizens vented frustration with their government and other nations feared the economic consequences of the shutdown.

Governing a nation of over 310 million people is no easy task. Yet, crippled and battered, the ship of state sails on. However, the Bible tells us that one day the United States government and the governments of every country in the world will come to an abrupt halt. It will be the shutdown to end all shutdowns. Imagine that: every single government in the world closing up shop.

In the heavenly vision that God gave to the Apostle John of the last days, it is revealed that after a series of judgments on the earth, an angel appears and blows a trumpet. At that time, Revelation 11:15 reads, “there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

The prophecies in the Book of Daniel shed more light on this great event. In Daniel 7:13-14, the prophet writes, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days (God)… And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

The “son of man” is the Lord Jesus Christ. The “Ancient of Days” is God the Father, the Creator of the universe. At the end of time, Jesus Christ will return to this earth, and all the kingdoms and governments of the world will be turned over to Him. He will shut them all down and set up His everlasting kingdom which will never end and which will never be destroyed. The kingdom of Christ will never run out of money because Christ owns all the riches of the universe.

All of the people who have believed in Christ and trusted Him as their savior will live in His kingdom with Him. In Luke 22, as Jesus Christ was eating the last supper with His disciples, He promised them that one day, they would “eat and drink at my table in my kingdom.”

Wouldn’t you like to be seated at that glorious table in the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ? At the end of time, when all power in Heaven and Earth is placed in His hands, wouldn’t you like to be able to sit down and eat dinner with the King of the Universe?

To do so, you must become a citizen of Heaven — Christ’s Kingdom — while you are alive on this Earth. You must believe on Jesus Christ as your Savior from your sins and the punishment of sin just as the disciples did.

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