VIRGINIA CHURCH SERVICE
STIMULUS SERMON

Genesis 47:13-27


This Preacher is obviously a leader.  It’s amazing to
see how 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 will 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 donkeys - 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."

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’s the only reason government wants to be
our provider is so they can 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
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 health care, 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 4000 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 Jesus Name we pray, Amen.”
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