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Nations and Men
Radio Message by Elmer Josephson (RIP)
Edited for printing by Ed Christiansen
"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).
The difference between a spotlight and a flood light is that a flood light covers an entire large area whereas a spotlight concentrates its rays of light on one given point. And so you will find in our publications, we will repeat certain truths which we feel are very important, because, according to the Scriptures, it is "precept upon precept, line upon line . . . here a little and there a little" (Isaiah 28:10). And this is essential that truths might fasten themselves upon our minds, that they may be of lasting benefit and blessing to us.
We have been studying the great Everlasting Abrahamic Covenant found in Genesis 12:1-3. Here God made seven clear promises to this one man, Abraham. We have concerned ourselves with this last promise which reads, "In thee [Abram] shall all families [or all nations] of the earth be blessed." We have found that God has fulfilled and continues to fulfill all of these seven promises to Abraham and his seed.
It is remarkable how God has kept this last promise to bless all nations of the earth by giving us the eternal, infallible Holy Scriptures. How they have blessed the world! And let us remember that all the light that we have of God, every ray of Divine knowledge that we have of the Almighty, has come through Abraham and his seed, Israel. This is part of the blessing God promised all the nations of the earth through the Abrahamic Covenant.
Source of Wisdom
In Deuteronomy 4:5-6, Moses, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, said to Israel, "Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."
What made the nation of Israel a wise and understanding people? It was the eternal Word of God which was their wisdom. So it has been all through the ages. The nations that have received this blessed Book of wisdom and learning have been blessed. The nations that have never heard or that have heard and rejected it, have been in darkness.
What has made the difference between truly civilized nations and those who live in superstition and slavery of one kind or another? What made the difference between the time of history called the dark ages and the time of enlightenment when the world began to emerge from the darkness? It was when the people had access to the Word of God. The Lamp of God, the light of Gods Word had been kept from the people. In the period known as the reformation, it began to be translated into the language of the people. Lost truths have been in the process of being restored since then.
However, now the lamp of Gods Word has been going out in many of these countries that has had the Word of God and the Light of God. We owe everything that we have of the blessings of true civilization and our freedom to the Word of God, and under God, to the people of Israel whom He used as His secretary. This is a part of this wonderful Abrahamic Covenant. Satan hates Israel for this very reason.
Testimonies of Greats
We can go back in history and find even that Napoleon said concerning the Scriptures, "The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature with a power that conquers all that oppose it."
Queen Victoria: "That Book accounts for the supremacy of England."
William E. Gladstone, Prime Minister of England longer than any other, said, "I have known 95 of the worlds great men in my time, and of these, 87 were followers of the Bible."
Let us come to our own country: George Washington declared, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
Abraham Lincoln: "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book."
Daniel Webster: "If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for installing in me an early love of the Scriptures. . . If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."
Listen to Patrick Henry: "The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."
Andrew Jackson: "That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."
Lord Tennyson said, "Bible reading is an education in itself."
Dr. William Lyon Phelps, who for many years was head of the literature department of Yale University, said: "A man with a knowledge of the Bible and no college education is more truly educated than a man with a college education and no knowledge of the Bible."
Martin Luther gave a warning to parents: "I am afraid the great universities will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor to explain the Holy scriptures and to engrave them upon the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign. Every institution where men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt."
It is grievous to realize that America has slipped off the foundation of the Word of God. There are many evidences. America is leading the world in crime. Why? Because we have deserted the Book.
Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single [focused rightly] thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:21-23).
To the extent, in every case, that we depart from the Scriptures, we get into terrible trouble and distress. There is only one way and that is to change our course and come back to the Book of God.
Clean Vs. Dirt
You say, "Well, that Bible is a good book, but its too idealistic. Its impractical. We cant keep the Law of God. We cant keep the Sermon on the Mount and all of that."
In the physical realm we cannot keep clean. So shall we quit washing our clothes and stop taking baths? The Apostle Paul realized there was a spiritual battle against uncleanness. In the 7th chapter of Romans he says in effect: The good that I want to do that I dont do, and the evil that I do not want to do, that I do (Romans 7:19). And Paul in this condition realized he could not live up to the Law of God and said, "O wretched man that I am. Who shall deliver me....?" (V. 24). This brings us to the second great, amazing gift that has come to us through Israel, Gods chosen people: The Redeemer of whom Paul said: "He took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham" (Hebrews 2:16). Because of this, the Apostle Paul goes on to say in this passage in Romans: "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (V. 25). And the very next verse in Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit."
God gave the Mosaic Covenant through Israel, and though neither they nor any of us can keep the laws of God perfectly, listen to what Jeremiah says regarding a new covenant God made also with Israel, "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt [clearly the Mosaic Covenant]...for this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people" (Jeremiah 31:31-33, and quoted by Paul in Hebrews 8:8-10).
This Gospel was made clear and simple so the whole Gentile world could grasp it: "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things pass away...." (II Cor. 5:17). The doing of evil and the not doing good passes away when the Spirit of Gods Anointed Son is breathed into our heart. He then puts the grace and the strength in us to keep the Law of God - not cast it away!
Paul goes on to say in the 8th chapter of Romans, "For the law of the spirit of life in Christ hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [i.e., free from always giving in to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, I John 2:16) For what the law could not do [alone] in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit" (Rom. 8:2-4).
AWACS: man-made eyes that "see" any and all planes taking off within a several hundred mile radius & can follow the movement of any equipment on ground or sea - have been supplied Arab countries by the U.S. since the 70's. These "eyes" and potential instruments of destruction - not only of Israel but of the whole world - could drive one wacky were it not for the knowledge of Gods sovereignty over all things (Lam. 3:37). This is not blind fate that takes away all personal responsibility. Let us encourage our congressmen to do all we can for Israel.
A closing word about the covenants of which we hope to speak later: Ever since God gave the Everlasting Abrahamic Covenant to Abraham and his seed, ALL the covenants since that time have been within that Covenant - The Land Covenant, The Sinaic [also called Mosaic], The Davidic and the New Covenant.
[Editor: Before Abraham there were 3 covenants: Edenic, Adamic and Noahic - a total of 8 covenants. It is significant that 8 is the number of new beginnings in the Scripture.]