1052) When God Punishes a People

Martin Luther  (1483-1546)

Time magazine cover, March 24, 1967

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     “When God wills to punish a people or a kingdom, he takes away from it the good and godly teachers and preachers, and bereaves it of wise, godly, and honest rulers and counselors, and of brave, upright and experienced soldiers, and of other good people.  Then the common people are secure and merry; they go on in all willfulness, they care no longer for the truth and for the divine doctrine, nay, they despise it, and fall into blindness.  They have no fear or honesty, they give way to all manner of shameful sins, whence arises a wild, dissolute, and devilish kind of living, as we now, alas, see and are too well aware of, and which cannot long endure.  I fear the ax is laid to the root of the tree, soon to cut it down.  May God in his infinite mercy take us graciously away, that we may not be present at such calamities.”

–Martin Luther in Table Talk

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Isaiah 40:15…23-24  —  Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust….  He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.  No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

Psalm 9:15-18  —  The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.  The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.  The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.  But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Psalm 96:13  —  Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.

I Timothy 2:1-4  —  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Jeremiah 5:30-31  —  (The Lord says), “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:  The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way.  But what will you do in the end?”

II Timothy 4:3-4  —  The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

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A BIBLICAL PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS:

Joel 3:12………..Let the nations be awakened!
Isaiah 1:2…………..Let the earth hear the voice of the Lord!
Psalm 9:20…………Judge the nations in Your sight, O Lord, and put them to fear,
Psalm 9:20………….that they might know themselves to be but men.
Romans 8:22……….Father, the whole creation groans and labors
Romans 8:21……….to be delivered from the bondage of corruption,
Romans 8:21……….into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
John 15:26………..Send forth Your Spirit of Truth to bear witness of You,
John 16:8………….and to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
Ezekiel 14:6……….Cause them to repent and to turn from their idols.
Numbers 23:24……..O God, cause Your people to rise up.
Jeremiah 49:14……….Send Your ambassadors into all the nations.
Colossians 4:3…………Open to them a door for the Word, to speak of Christ,
Matthew 24:14………..that the gospel of the kingdom may be preached in all the world.
Philippians 2:10………..Let every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!
Isaiah 43:9………….Father, gather the nations together,
Psalm 22:27…………that they may worship Thee.
Galatians 3:8……………Let all the nations be blessed through Your people.
Isaiah 49:6…………Send forth Your salvation to the ends of the earth.

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