Monday, February 25, 2019

MURDER OF THE INNOCENTS

2019-01-31
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There is a violence continuing in our Country, this evil is not new. Murdering the defenseless has been a tactic of evil power through history.

No one knows how many male children were murdered by Pharaoh, the Egyptian King. The reason? He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we . . . " and so every newborn male was thrown into the river . . . until God stepped in by two midwives, Shiphrah, and Puah, who would not cower or cave!  They came up with a plan:  they defied the King.  Moses and many more were saved alive from the evil agenda of the most powerful man in Egypt.  This determination to violently control a nation is described in Exodus 1.

Interestingly, just this morning my husband, Eric, and I read the eighty verses in Luke One.  God worked again through two women, Mary and Elisabeth who were cousins.  Elisabeth was an old woman.  She bore the baby, John the Baptist, who would announce the arrival of Jesus, Savior of the world.  And Mary, a virgin, of course, bore Jesus, the Son of God.

Later, another evil King would mass-murder the innocent . . .  "Then Herod . . . sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men." (Matthew 2:16).  Notice how this resembles the Pharaoh.  The greatest Power, Creator Of The Heavens And Earth overruled and protected His Son, Jesus.  Joseph and Mary escaped into Egypt and for a few years lived there until Herod was dead.

What is happening when evil seems rampant? What is God doing today, with the rush of evil:  the abortion of the innocents in the United States?  I know what we should do.  Stand up and speak up and pray and ask God for mercy.  We are alive and powerful as Christians.  We have the Holy Spirit to give us courage and power.

Back in history, when another wicked King, Manasseh, killed innocents, there came a time when the Lord would pardon it no more. "Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh according to all that he did . . . for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon," (2 Kings 24:4)

The whole Country was held accountable . . . if we do not turn around, will we be destroyed?
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