During Hezekiah’s reign, the king of Assyria sent his generals up to Judah. “Then the Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the language of the Jews and said: “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria. ‘Thus says the king: Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you out of my hand! Nor let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in Adonai by saying: “Adonai will surely deliver us—this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria”” (2 Kings 18:28-30).
The Rab-shakeh’s strategy was to create division among the guards and create an internal (insider) threat. Divisions and internal threats are among the most dangerous any nation faces. To rot from within is often difficult to detect and may be too late to cure if detected. That to which our leaders credit America’s strength is the very thing that may also be its greatest weakness – its diversity. Not because a diverse nation is a problem, for such is the Kingdom of God (Revelation 7:9), but because there are those within its borders who would rather turn its borders over to another nation than share it with those who are different. They do not believe the freedoms inherent in the Bill of Rights should extend to others outside their race, which creates a never-ending internal struggle for power and equality.
This should not be so among believers in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). As long as Yeshua remains the center of our lives and the bonds that hold us together, nothing can separate us – no division can form among us. Where there are divisions we are failing to hold firm to Him and are allowing our flesh to dictate our lives.
The “greatest nation on earth” is definitely one of clay and iron that cannot bond together, and is partly strong and partly brittle. The more we trample on the Word of God in the worship of freedoms the weaker we become. I believe that there are more people of goodwill trying to set aside differences and divisions for the sake of harmony. I also believe that it only takes a small percentage of the population to trigger divisions too wide to heal. In the same way, it only takes a little yeast to leaven the whole batch of dough (1 Corinthian 5:6).
Scripture tells us that a nation greater than any before it will, like those before it, be destroyed. Therefore, America will not go on forever but how it goes forward will depend on our devotion to God. The events we are witnessing, hearing, and/or participating in are not reflective of a righteous nation. It often feels like the prayers of the righteous are being outpaced by the sins of the wicked. If our sins rise to the level of Sodom and Gomorrah God himself will crush us. Yeshua is the hope of the righteous and dread of the unrighteous. Where do you stand?
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