Friday, October 14, 2011


Recently, someone sent this in an email. I thought it would be a good post. Most who know me know that I do not normally copy other people's work, but this I just could not resist. I guess that the email had gone around so much that the writer's name was deleted, and for this I am sorry. I would like to give credit where credit is due, so if you know who wrote this, would you leave me a comment so I can seek their approval for posting. 

Genesis 47:13-27
Genesis 47:13-27
I would love to give the Pastor of this predominantly black church in Virginia three cheers. This guy is obviously a leader. Perhaps we should each decide who our real leader is... It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000 years.

Good morning, brothers and sisters; it's always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God's Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will, to the 47th chapter of Genesis. We'll begin our reading at verse 13, and go through verse 27.

Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us? .... (reading) ... Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray. So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt , and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again.

So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock - their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey - to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year. But the famine wasn't over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land and their own lives. "There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh." So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh's government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain.

What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?
That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery? Yes.... That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master?

Yes. But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt , in the land of Goshen . And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly." God provided for His people, just as He always has! They didn't end up giving all their possessions to government, no, it says they gained possessions! But I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one.

We see the same thing happening today - the government today wants to "share the wealth" once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago - as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our leaders.

What Mr. Obama's government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh's government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr.Obama a "Messiah," don't they? Is he a Messiah? A savior? Didn't the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, "You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh"? Well, I tell you this - I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. OBAMA IS NO MESSIAH! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. Bow with me in prayer, if you will...

Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do, where it says "And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day..."
And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh's government. In God We Trust... 

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 Have a nice day... And God bless...
"Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your self confidence, As old as your fears. As young as your hope. As old as your despair. In the central place of every heart, there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage, you are young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism, and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, have you grown old."

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed
 is that good men do nothing."

1 comment:

  1. I actually disagree w/ this for many reasons. 3 of which are the following:

    1. Joseph was in charge. To say that the govt. wanted to enslave us during that time is ridiculous. The Lord gave Joseph rule over all the land of Egypt because He revealed to them that he'd make it a great famine for 7 years.
    2. Those people chose to give up their possessions for food in those hardships because they didn't prepare. They knew the Lord made Joseph ruler over them. They knew Joseph was preparing for 7 years of bitter times, yet they didn't store any grain themselves? Sounds like they were depending on the govt. before these events even took place instead of providing for themselves... laziness.
    3. Gen 47:19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
    - Today is no different from back then. What they did was sell themselves into slavery to provide food for their family. It's no different from having a day job or joining the military... unless you own your own business, you're a slave to someone else... a willing slave.

    In my opinion, those verses the pastor took out of the Bible was badly taken out of context... if you went one verse earlier it would explain everything:
    Gen 47:12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.

    Notice how since Joseph was ruler he was a wonderful ruler over anyone who was underneath him? Even later the Bible explains how great of a ruler Joseph was:

    Exo 1:6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
    Exo 1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
    Exo 1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

    With a ruler/president like that, EVERYONE would be happy! Joseph provided for the people of Egypt, not because he was govt., but because he obeyed God.

    I would sell myself into slavery under his rule if I didn't have money either. To even compare our current day to the time of Joseph's reign is not reading the Bible to it's fullest and taking things out of context... a bad leader/pastor at that.

    I completely disagree w/ that pastor's message.