Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

National Sins and National Judgments

John Owen

Sermon IX. National sins and national judgments.

Preached April 11, 1679.
“For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory. The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.” — Isa. iii. 8, 9.
First, Here is a confluence of sins delighted in.
Secondly, Here is a concurrence of various judgments unregarded. In the ninth chapter of this prophecy, the prophet enumerates, from the 13th verse to the end of the chapter, all sorts of judgments and indications of the continuance of God’s displeasure, concluding every one of them with this: “For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still;” and it will end in their utter destruction.
Thirdly, Here are the preparative causes of ruin, that which would dispose Jerusalem and Judah to ruin and destruction. There are five of them reckoned up in this chapter:—
1. When God takes away the good, the sober, the understanding
part of a nation, and leaves a nation very thin of such kind of persons: Verses 1–3, “Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, the mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, the captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.” When God makes a nation thin of such persons, it is a preparation and disposition to their ruin.

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Darrel said...

We are so guilty.
America is following hard and fast down the same road, with the same attitudes, actions, and heart displayed by Israel, and England in Owen's day.
For those whose conscience has yet to be seared with a hot iron and are still able to know guilt on some level, there is still no remorse or repentance. We scoff at the remote possibility that God will judge America and wallow in our ignorance that we are in the judgment of God and have been for some time now.

For over forty years 2 Chron. 7:14 has been quoted, preached on and harped on by many to the point that it has become meaningless to us personally and is something that the other guy should do. We cover our sins with our own unique pride and wait for someone else to confess and repent over the miserable condition of our country and the ever increasing wickedness we so love.

Daniel OWNED the sins of Israel as his own (Dan. 9). Whether he committed any of the things he confessed is immaterial, he sought mercy on behalf of his nation. Did not the Lord Jesus take upon Himself our sins, He who was without sin? So where are the Daniels of our day? I don't know any. Who has the heart of David to ask for a new heart to be created in him because of his sins?

Lord, we have sinned against you and love it, too. Create in us a clean heart, a heart that does not hide our sins from You. Help us to fall upon the Rock that we may be broken, lest He fall on us and grind us to powder.

lyn said...

Where are the Daniels of our day?

Excellent question Darrel, most are too busy peddling their books, conferences and cd/dvds.
America is perishing, there is a famine of truth, and those huge names in evangelicalism are much too busy to take notice. God will hold them accountable, as well as every believer who fails to pray for this nation.