Summary: A divided nation cannot stand. That's not my words, but the words of Jesus. Over the past few years, America has become more and more divided. How long can we stand?
Divided We Fall - Part 1
Scripture Reference: Matthew 12:24-25
Preached at Mount Zion Baptist Church on October 14, 2018
Delivered by Rev. John Daniel Johnson
Scripture Reading—“Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”
Introduction—Winston Churchill once stated, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Even though the Bible is inspired Word of God that shows us the way to salvation. I gives us the instructions how to live moral and holy life in this world. It proves to us that Jesus is the only way to the Father. It provides for us God’s expectations of mankind and how to know for sure that we’ll to Heaven after this life ends. However, Scripture is even more than just that. It provides a detailed account of the history of God’s people…the nation of Israel. Throughout Scripture, we see God’s providential hand on that Nation. When they served Him, worshipped Him, and cherished Him…He blessed them. When they fell into wickedness, began serving idols, forgot the God of their fathers, and began completely living in sin…He cursed them. However, what we see is a pattern throughout Israel’s history that still needs to be applied to nations today.
Here is the truth. God’s Word tells us what happens to those who refuse to obey the LORD.
Isaiah 65:11-12—“But you who forsake the Lord, who forget my holy mountain,
who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny,I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”
However, there is a promise in God’s Word for those who chose to serve the LORD God.
Psalm 33:12—“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”
Really quickly, I want to give you a quick history lesson about the Nation of Israel. If only America had remembered this part of Israel’s history, and learned from it, our Nation would have been drastically different.
Here’s how the story goes: Israel demanded to have a king. God had been their king, but they demanded to have a man king like everyone else. So Saul was given to them. However, Saul fell into sin and began leading God’s people astray. God then anointed David to become the next king of Israel. After David, his son Solomon became the king. For a little over 80 years, the Nation of Israel served Yahweh God. However, after King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam inherited the kingdom. The kingdom of Israel began disagreeing and they split as a Nation over one major reality…politics. The kingdom of Israel chose for their king Jeroboam and the Kingdom of Judah chose to keep Rehoboam as their king. So here’s the reality:
1. The Nation split into two nations. The northern kingdom was called Israel and the southern kingdom was called Judah.
2. The northern kingdom had their own capitol (Shechem) and their own king (Jeroboam). The southern kingdom had their own captitol (Jerusalem) and their own king (Rehoboam).
3. The ONE nation God established was not split over policies. Two kings…two nations…two capitols.
4. Sadly, a civil war broke out between the North and the South. First Kings 12:19 states, “So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.” One can read of all the conflicts of this civil war in the book of Kings and Chronicles.
So are you seeing a parallel yet?
1. The American Nation was established on July 4, 1776. You can believe this liberal media if you want, but America was founded upon God and the principles of the Christian faith!
a. When the pilgrims began arriving at Plymouth Rock, they wrote the Mayflower Compact as their first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. In that Compact it states, “For the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
b. New England Confederation—“Whereas we all came into these parts of America with one and the same end and aim, to advance the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the gospel in liberty and peace.”
c. William Penn in writing government policies for Pennsylvania made sure “all treasurers, judges, and all elected officials professed faith in Christ.”
d. Twelve of the original 13 colonies incorporated the entire Ten Commandments into their civil and criminal codes.