Why do I worry so much about the nation? Why should we pray for our prime minister and cabinet? Though they align with evil?
Two reasons. The first is that these people can take our peace away. I want to be left alone, and allowed to do my job. This is now going away. I’ve spent time reading and looking at the rules, and it is looking bleak today. I pray that the rulers will leave us alone.
The second is that if the nation is apostate, it happens from the leadership down. And god will have recompense. I’ve changed the transatin today, and it is clear that God will respond to our actions.
Our actions have consequences, in this life, and in our nations. And note well: here the Jews are a warning.
58 “You must obey all the commands and teachings that are written in this book. And you must respect the wonderful and awesome name of the Lord your God. If you don’t obey, 59 the Lord will punish you and your descendants with terrible diseases. He will cause you to suffer illnesses that have no cure. And you will find no relief for your misery! 60 He will bring on you all the diseases you saw in Egypt that filled you with fear, and you will not be able to avoid them. 61 The Lord will even bring troubles and diseases that are not written in this Book of Teachings. He will continue to do this until you are destroyed. 62 You might have as many people as the stars in the sky. But only a few of you will be left, because you did not listen to the Lord your God.
63 “The Lord was happy to be good to you and to make your nation grow. In the same way the Lord will be happy to ruin and destroy you. You are going to take that land to be yours. But people will take you out of that land! 64 The Lord will scatter you among all the people in the world. He will scatter you from one end of the earth to the other. There you will serve false gods made of wood and stone. They are false gods that you or your ancestors never worshiped.
65 “You will not have any peace among these nations. You will have no place to rest. The Lord will fill your mind with worry. Your eyes will feel tired. You will be very upset. 66 You will live with danger and always be afraid. You will be afraid night and day. You will never feel sure about your life. 67 In the morning you will say, ‘I wish it were evening!’ In the evening you will say, ‘I wish it were morning!’ This will happen because of the fear in your heart and the terrible things you will see. 68 The Lord will send you back to Egypt in ships. I said you would never have to go to that place again, but he will send you there. In Egypt you will try to sell yourselves as slaves to your enemies, but no one will buy you.”
29 The Lord made an agreement with the Israelites at Mount Horeb. In addition to that agreement, he also commanded Moses to make another agreement with them while they were in Moab. This is that agreement.
17 “The number of our people in Egypt grew. There were more and more of our people there. The promise that God made to Abraham was soon to come true. 18 Then a different king began to rule Egypt, one who knew nothing about Joseph. 19 This king tricked our people. He treated them badly, making them leave their children outside to die.
20 “This was the time when Moses was born. He was a very beautiful child, and for three months his parents took care of him at home. 21 When they put him outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him. She raised him as her own son. 22 The Egyptians taught Moses everything they knew. He was powerful in all he said and did.
23 “When Moses was about 40 years old, he decided to visit his own people, the people of Israel. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he defended him. Moses hit the Egyptian to pay him back for hurting the man. He hit him so hard that it killed him. 25 Moses thought that his people would understand that God was using him to save them. But they did not understand.
26 “The next day, Moses saw two of his own people fighting. He tried to make peace between them. He said, ‘Men, you are brothers! Why are you trying to hurt each other?’ 27 The man who was hurting the other one pushed Moses away and said to him, ‘Did anyone say you could be our ruler and judge? 28 Will you kill me just as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’[a] 29 When Moses heard him say this, he left Egypt. He went to live in the land of Midian, where he was a stranger. During the time he lived there, he had two sons.
What Stephen has done is started a rapid summary of the history of the Jes, paying emphasis to the parts they don’t want to think about. That Moses was rejected. In his last sermon — which is the book of Deuteronomy — he warned Israel that if you reject God you will be scattered, enslaved, and never find peace.
But this bunch have not rejected Moses. They havve rejected Christ, and build instead useful myths to keep us quiet. If you look at a narrative, you see generally a lie explaining facts, or telling you to discount facts. As if the content does not mattter.
The apostate Israelites thought id did not matter. They wroshipped the paga n gods and bowed to idols of wood and stone. We should consider this, as the West falters.
Is the post Christian west any different?
For I know that those of faith are now hounded, and are not allowed to have peace.
But we are to speak truth. And that means we will not be like them.