TO HEAL A NATION

TO HEAL A NATION

The Old Covenant concludes with the Book of Malachi. In it the prophet documents(perhaps like a Court reporter) a series of inquiries from the LORD God to His people,Who declares, “For My name will be great among the nations, from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incense and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations,” says Yahweh of Hosts.

But you are profaning it ….For I am a great King,” says Yahweh of Hosts, “and My name will be feared among the nations. (Malachi 1:11, 12, 14 HCSB)

In essence , God has brought them into judgement because of their disobedience or indifference towards Him. And each time as a rejoiner to God, the people respond, “Wherein …have we done…or not done these things that You accuse us of?”(See Malachi 1:2,6,7;2:17;3:7). The LORD had declared that inspite of their not honoring Him, He still remained a great king. In other words, Their behavior(Good or bad) did not make Him any less God over all.

“For My name will be great among the nations….For I am a great King,” says Yahweh of Hosts, and My name will be feared among the nations.”(Malachi 1:12a, 14 HCSB)

GOD IS UNCHANGING

Our awareness or lack of acknowledgement of God’s right to rule in His universe(or in the earth) doesn’t change Who He is. God alone is God and therefore has no Ego. And as someone observed, “Time writes no wrinkle on the brow of the Eternal One”. God is not moody, therefore He has no bad days. But for His own Name sake He throughout history calls nations into account for their neglecting to give Him the glory and honor due Him as King.

“The Bible is the News ahead of the News” someone observed.

In Psalm 2 ,the psalmist inquiry speaks very directly to this day and hour in which we live.

“Why are the nations so angry? Why are the people making useless plans?

The kings of the earth prepare to fight, and their leaders make plans together

against the Lord and his appointed one.

They say, ‘‘Let’s break the chains that hold us back and throw off the ropes that tie us down.’’

But the one who sits in heaven laughs; the Lord makes fun of them.

Then the Lord warns them and frightens them with his anger.

He says, ‘‘I have appointed my own king to rule in Jerusalem on my holy mountain, Zion.’’ (Psalm 2:1-6 NCV)

Again,the prophet Malachi reminds us that God’s people may forget how great is His goodness toward them. Yet He still holds them to account to acknowledge His right to rule over them. When they refuse to honor Him by true heart obedience to His commandments they bring a curse upon themselves and the land in which they dwell. But the prophet holds out(as do all the Hebrew prophets) a promise for the remnant of God’s people who turn(or return) to Him as their King.

“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall….”Remember the instruction of Moses My servant, the statutes and ordinances I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. Look, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to [their] children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:2, 4-6 HCSB)

TO HEAL A NATION

God’s remedy for a Nation that has broken away from Its spiritual morings is to remember and return to His teachings(Literally His Torah/Word) given to Moses and expect one in the power of Elijah to turn His people back to God.  Why? First, in order that Families be restored. The family is the smallest unite of the House of God. And “As goes the family so goes the Nation”. Second, when families are healed, the land in which we dwell begins to throw off It’s curse. In other words, the consequences of sin begin to be reversed and the land begins to respond to heaven once again. Never forget that returning to the Word of God and the Worship of God by the people of God are powerful healing agents upon the land. This is God’s Word through the prophet Isaiah,

“Seek the Lord while He may be found;

call to Him while He is near.

Let the wicked one abandon his way

and the sinful one his thoughts;

let him return to the Lord,

so He may have compassion on him,

and to our God, for He will freely forgive.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

and your ways are not My ways.”

[This is] the Lord’s declaration.

“For as heaven is higher than earth,

so My ways are higher than your ways,

and My thoughts than your thoughts.

For just as rain and snow fall from heaven

and do not return there

without saturating the earth

and making it germinate and sprout,

and providing seed to sow

and food to eat,

so My word that comes from My mouth

will not return to Me empty,

but it will accomplish what I please

and will prosper in what I send it [to do].” (Isaiah 55:6-11 HCSB)

(c) Copyright 2012, Walter Fletcher Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be copied and shared free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from its original contents. Please address all contents to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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