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Political situations in the Bible?

I was reading these Scriptures in the Bible, and I came across these verses which I even shared in the Scripture reading in the Church.

1 Kings 16

Elah Reigns in Israel

In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha became king over Israel, and reigned two years in Tirzah. Now his servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him as he was in Tirzah drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, steward of his house in Tirzah. 10 And Zimri went in and struck him and killed him in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his place.

11 Then it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he was seated on his throne, that he killed all the household of Baasha; he did not leave him one male, neither of his relatives nor of his friends. 12 Thus Zimri destroyed all the household of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord, which He spoke against Baasha by Jehu the prophet, 13 for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, by which they had sinned and by which they had made Israel sin, in provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their idols.

14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

Zimri Reigns in Israel

15 In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri had reigned in Tirzah seven days. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines. 16 Now the people who were encamped heard it said, “Zimri has conspired and also has killed the king.” So all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp. 17 Then Omri and all Israel with him went up from Gibbethon, and they besieged Tirzah. 18 And it happened, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house down upon himself with fire, and died, 19 because of the sins which he had committed in doing evil in the sight of the Lord, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he had committed to make Israel sin.

20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the treason he committed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

Omri Reigns in Israel

21 Then the people of Israel were divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king, and half followed Omri. 22 But the people who followed Omri prevailed over the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath. So Tibni died and Omri reigned. 23 In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel, and reigned twelve years. Six years he reigned in Tirzah. 24 And he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; then he built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, Samaria, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill. 25 Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all who were before him. 26 For he walked in all the ways of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin by which he had made Israel sin, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their idols.

27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and the might that he showed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

28 So Omri rested with his fathers and was buried in Samaria. Then Ahab his son reigned in his place.

Ahab Reigns in Israel

29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel; and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. 31 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made a wooden image.[a] Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.[b]

It just occured to me now that Ahab was the son of Omri.  We all know what happened to Ahab, and Jezebel.  The Bible is so rich with practical solutions and answers to everyday problems.  Whatever happens now has happened before in the Bible, which brings in Ecclesiastes again, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  So then Elijah was born and he was the one that delivered the people of Israel from Jezebel, if I’m not mistaken.  In the book of Revelation Jesus says to one of the Churches that they have allowed that woman Jezebel to come in and to persuade people to commit sexual immorality and eat food given to idols.

We also know that two witnesses will be given – one Elijah, and there is speculation if the other one is Moses, or Enoch, but I believe it is Enoch, since Moses already saw death.

This is something to chew on and dig deeper on.  Some people are so much focused on reading the New Testament, and while that’s good for the edification of the Church as well, some of the deepest stuff is found in the Old Testament, and 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Many times the Holy Spirit will bring a word in season, and just at the right time, we will see things, that are confirmed in the Spirit.  But like any good Christian knows it takes digging.  So let us take out our shovels, and do the laboring.  I believe this laboring is more important than laboring for money, which cannot satisfy.

The Old Testament had numerous numbers of Kings in them and what happened to them so sometimes all of our answers are in the Bible, but it takes someone just to help point it out.

The Political situations in Israel at the time when they were recorded in the Bible, were much worse than they are now in America. (well maybe only in America)  But back then they had kings being killed, and that’s how others would reign.  A King was in power until he died.  This case with Omri and Tibnih describes the factions that are going on.  Now I’m not going to say that one is better than the other.  But the nation of Israel was divided into two parts – half followed Omri and the other half followed Tibnih.  I don’t think at this point we have any Tibnih’s and even Tibnih died because he was not chosen.

But the blessed thing to know is that Jesus Christ is King over all Kings or Presidents or Prime Ministers, and if we obey Him, then we don’t have to really worry about what happens with these earthly kings because our citizenship is not of this world.
Another situation I would like to point out is that of Herod and Pilate.

Luke 23-

Jesus Faces Herod

When Pilate heard of Galilee,[b] he asked if the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.

Imagine that for all this time you have had two people, who were maybe in leadership or not,  and they despised each other, I mean really despised each other – it says they were enemies, but because of Jesus they became friends.

They both decided later that there was nothing wrong with Jesus, and they just chastised Him and let Him go (Thank You Lord for the chastisement of our peace was upon Him)

But here’s where the situation gets tricky –

Taking the Place of Barabbas

13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15 no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[c] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16 I will therefore chastise Him and release Him17 (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).[d]

18 And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”

Let’s pause here, there was this leader who knew he was about to do the wrong thing, a thing he didn’t feel comfortable to do, and because of the insistence of the Crowd, if he decided not to be a people pleaser, and took a stand and just boldly said “I will  not do it, I will not allow this man to be crucified. – then maybe we would have had Pilate dying for Jesus.  But in God’s master plan it didn’t happen that way.  He knew that Jesus was going to die for all mankind and He was already slain in His father’s heart for the sins of mankind.

THE CROWD CAN BE WRONG!!!!

23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.[e] 24 So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. 25 And he released to them[f] the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Sometimes we choose darkness and slippery slopes, instead of holding on the innocent virtues.  As a society we can see the decline.  We have as a crowd over and over again chosen the way of Barabbas (rebellion) instead of the way of Jesus.  Lord forgive us.  Thank You Lord for opening our eyes to see the Truth.

That’s why in the Bible says that many will be called, but few are chosen.  Because many in turn will choose the way of Barrabbas (rebellion), instead of the way of Jesus.  The Bible also says as was in the Days of Noah,

 

Then the Lord[b] saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

So shall it be when the Son of Man comes.

He also says – will he really find faith here?

One aspect to that is that we are constantly bombarded with News and even prophecies, which provoke fear.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, so let us all be like Noah and find the grace of God, which comes from a repentant heart, and seek out the wisdom of God.

 

 

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SOPA, PIPA and Bible Copyright Laws

I don’t know what the exact Copyright Laws are about the Bible, but from what I can gather – if you quote beyond what is the Copyright Law for the Bible, and especially if you use resources like Biblegateway or Bible.com, then according to SOPA and PIPA you could end up in a lot of trouble.  If I mention how much I might end up into a Copyright infringement.  Stop Online Piracy Act, and Protect Intellectual Property Act, are bills being passed in Congress today, that would stop people from freely being able to copy or quote online sources, without direct written permission from the writer.  That makes things like Online Evangelism more difficult and hard to maintain.  All of the Bible Translations except for KJV is under Copyright protection or so I heard.  We need to urge Congress not to pass these Acts.  We need to stop these Acts from passing.  You know me, I quote a lot of Bible passages, and if I feel restricted from using a certain amount in a piece of work (with the threat of 10 years in jail or site redirecting [so I’ve read]) for using that translation.  We need to pray that this bill gets stopped in its track.  Urging all Christian Bloggers, and Online Evangelists to pray for these bills not to be passed.