THE PRICE OF A RECKLESS LIFE

There's a story told in the word of God that shares a striking resemblance to our nation and where we are. It's found in (EZRA) ,. The last part of chapter two is where we will be looking but It might be helpful to read the whole book.

In the short of it the nation of Israel had been in captivity for some years. While being among other people they started to take up the ways of those people even to the point of being married and excepting their religions.

As time marched on another king arose and allowed them to go back to their homeland and rebuild it. As this process began many of the people that had basically lived just as they pleased apart from God's direction wanted to be recognized and numbered with the other people that had stayed God's course through all those years.

It says in verse 63 of chapter 2 that the  (TIRSHATHA ) which means (THE FEARED) spoke to the people. In essence he told them that certain things could not be done until a priest stoop up with (URIM) and (THUMMIM) could be found or stood up to make these decisions.

One of the first things one might say is that (we as a nation) have not been in slavery like That nation was. No other country has conquered this country and placed us in slavery. That might be true but we have become slaves in a far greater way the nation of Israel ever did. We misunderstand is that a nation living under grace, with the liberty that God grants all people without restrictions are far more accountable that a country that has given guideline to go by. For example, when a law tells us not to commit adultery  so therefore, we don't, then no wrong has been done. If we do commit adultery then we will be killed. If on the other hand, we are told  that we will be forgiven even if we do commit adultery because grace will cover a multitude of sins, then we are left to live righteously because it is our choice to do so.

The Bible says in (1 CORINTHIANS 6:12) ALLTHINGS ARE LAWFULL UNTO ME, BUT ALL THINGS ARE NOT EXPEDIENT: ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL FOR ME, BUT  I WILL NOT BE BROUGHT UNDER THE POWER OF ANY. 

The American people, and all peoples, are blessed to serve a God that  tells us that He will love us no matter what we do and He will save us even if we fall short. We took this to mean that we can live any way we choose and everything will be alright but that's not what God wanted. His desire is to have a people that although His love for us is so great that it will never stop, we, as His people would realize that love and in return live a life that is pleasing to Him.

As  nation we took all of God's goodness and ravished ourselves with whatsoever sin we called our personal pleasure. We enslaved ourselves to what ever it took to satisfy our flesh and are still doing it today.

The (TIRSHATHA) one to be feared. Who would that be in our country? Could it be that our enslavement to our sinful ways is just the beginning of a true slavery?

Who would be our ( URIM AND THUMMIM )? Even if there is such a person in our country, could we unite around what that person said and follow in unity?

The nation of Israel is still waiting for that man to stand up, and He will. Our country had better unite around that man. We can spiritually, if we fail to we will one day stand before Him physically.

SELAH-- MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS !!!! 

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