They will not listen!

Scripture:
Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: “Turn from all your evil ways. – 2 Kings 17:13a

Observation:
We read of the rebellion of King Ahaz against the king of Assyria. When the Assyrian king learned of the rebellion, he arrested the Israelite king and imprisoned him. Then the Assyrian king began a three-year siege of Samaria, which finally caused the fall of the Samarian Empire, the northern kingdom of Israel. God abandoned his people and turned them over to their enemies. He had sent prophet after prophet to warn Israel and Judah to stop their rebellion against him, but they were very stubborn and refused to stop.

Application:
Hear oh America, the same call has come to you now! The LORD is sending his prophets to you one after the other, including this one to warn you of the impending doom facing this nation if we don’t stop our rebellion against the LORD and return to him in repentance. There is still time for America to fall on her knees, confess her sins, and ask God to cleanse her from the evil we’ve perpetrated. We’ve slaughtered and offered our children on the altars of Molech in the name of pro-choice. We’ve slaughtered and offered marriage on the altar of Baal in the name of free choice. We’ve slaughtered and offered blessing of God on the altar of greed in the name of self-gratification. These and other sins have stained us red with the blood of the innocent. Our streets run red with their blood. We are not able to just wash our hands clean of their sacrifice.

We must pray for the leaders of our nation and believe Jehovah to speak to them and see the error of our ways as a nation and turn to God once more. However, the word of the LORD is clear, “They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ And whether they listen or refuse to listen—for remember, they are rebels—at least they will know they have had a prophet among them. Son of man, do not fear them or their words. Don’t be afraid even though their threats surround you like nettles and briers and stinging scorpions. Do not be dismayed by their dark scowls, even though they are rebels. You must give them my messages whether they listen or not. But they won’t listen, for they are completely rebellious!  Son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not join them in their rebellion. Open your mouth, and eat what I give you.”

The choice is up to you America. Will you remain stubborn and see the hand of God’s judgment pound the USA as he did Israel and Judah? Or will you fall to your knees, tear your clothes and heart, and repent of your sins? God cries out to you and appeals to you through his prophets as he has done in times past. Repent or perish! The choice is yours!

Prayer:
Father, I lift up the leaders of this nation to you today. They remain defiant and will not bow their knees to you because they, like pharaoh, believe they are gods! They see no wrong in what they do. They destroy the innocent, call good bad and bad good, pervert justice, and yield to the pressures of every little faction that complains about not getting their way. Bring about the day of reckoning that our people deserve but in the same moment preserve those who are of the remnant of your house. Call to together those who will believe on your name and rescue them from the pending doom. Let your true people arise and soar with eagles’ wings. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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