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Genesis 47:13-27

RECENT VIRGINIA CHURCH SERVICE-STIMULUS SERMON

Genesis 47:13-27
I would love to give the Pastor of this predominantly black church in Virginia a hug and a high five. This guy
is obviously a leader. Perhaps we should each decide who our real
leader is.....It is amazing to see that very little has changed in
4,000 years.
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Good morning, brothers and sisters: it's always a delight to see the
pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God's Word.
Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will to the 47th chapter of
Genesis, we'll begin our reading at verse 13, and go through verse 27.
Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us?
.....(reading)...

Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray... So we see that economic hard times fell upon
Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with
this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed
the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people
brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it
all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their
money ran out, and they were hungry again.

So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock
-their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey - to barter
for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of
that year...

But the famine wasn't over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they
had nothing left, except their land and their own lives. "There is
nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why
should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our
land for food,and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh...." So
they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to
Pharaoh's government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in
return for grain.
What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?

That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only
leads to slavery? Yes... That the only reason government wants to be
our provider is to also become our master?
Yes.

But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! Thus Israel settled in the landof Egypt, in the
land of Goshen .. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful
and multiplied greatly." God provided for His people, just as He
always has! They didn't end up giving all their possessions to
government, no, it says they gained
possessions!

But I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one. We see the same thing happening today
- the government today wants to "share the wealth "once again, to take
it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of
healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it
back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides
who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it,
and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the
people of Egypt did four thousand years ago - as slaves to the
government, and as slaves to our leaders.

What Mr. Obama's government is doing now is no different from what
Pharaoh's government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of
people like to call Mr.Obama a "Messiah," don't they? Is he a Messiah?
A savior? Didn't the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his
slaves, "You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be
servants to Pharaoh"?

Well, I tell you this - I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. Obama
is no Messiah! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character
from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. Bow with me in prayer, if you
will....

Lord,
You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You and You alone. We confess that
the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We
read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people
of what a ruler would do, where it says "And in that day you will cry
out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the
LORD will not answer you in that day..."
And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler
that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this
nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those
who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to
serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh's
government.

In Christ's name we pray,
AMEN

In God We Trust... Have a nice day.
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