Sent by Frank
Tallerico to KBC for Sunday 2/26/12
RECENT VIRGINIA CHURCH SERVICE - STIMULUS SERMON
"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
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 land of 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 God We Trust... "