Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lions Among Them

2Ki 17:23  Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day. 
2Ki 17:24  And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof. 
2Ki 17:25  And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them. 
2Ki 17:26  Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land. 
2Ki 17:27  Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land. 
2Ki 17:28  Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD. 
2Ki 17:29  Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt. 

Can you see the similarities of Samaria to the United States? The leadership being corrupt brought in a foreign king. The people of the nation were exiled and foreign nations were brought into the land that knew not the God of Israel. The lions were attacking the people, satan had his way, so the king sent in a priest, because he realized the trouble was more than lions, it was a spiritual problem. The people did not fear God. The king sent back a priest, from the region of Samaria to teach  the way of God, the God of the land, to the people. Still the foreigners made their own gods and worshipped them. 

The priest taught the Samaritans the word of God, the lions were subdued, but because there were so many other gods in the land, the Samaritan religion became a mixture. In the time of Christ's first coming, the Samaritans were despised by the Jews, because of their mixed religion. Isn't this what is happening in our land? We have many gods and the true faith of America has become mixed with the gods of the culture. The people do not fear and reverence the God of our fathers.We must keep the true word of God. We are to speak and teach the truth of God to keep away the lions, the demons and destruction.

A priest again came to Samaria and he was also the Lion of Judah, the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to a woman at the well in John 4 and she was told that he was the Messiah. She was confused about religion and he clarified how we were to worship God in spirit and in truth.

John 4:20  Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 
John 4:21  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 
John 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 
John 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 
John 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 
John 4:25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 
John 4:26  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. 
John 4:27  And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 
John 4:28  The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 
John 4:29  Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 

Take heart, people of America. Jesus is Lord and he is coming again. Prepare your hearts and minds and worship him in Spirit and in truth. Teach the true faith of Jesus Christ and the lions will be subdued. Hopefully others will hear and be saved before the judgement comes.

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