Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Recent Sermon From a Church In Virginia: Obama as Pharaoh

Here's a powerful short sermon for your Sabbath ponderings.

My brother sent it to me and assures me it was preached in a Virginia church by its pastor.

I wonder if the pastor knows he has committed a federal crime by preaching it...

A Recent Sermon From A Church In Virginia

*Gen 47:13-27*
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?... 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

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 the government, no, it says they gained

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
laves 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

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.

Behold Lord Obama went for forth to bring light unto the nations...

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