Stimulas sermon

Genesis 47:13-27
I would love to give the Pastor
of this predominantly black church in

Virginia a hug and a
high five. This guy is obviously a leader.
Perhaps we should each decide
who our
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?

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?
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

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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