We endure increasing violence and bad news. Not the news of the people at the helm of leadership we want for our Nation. Consider the passing of Empires. Consider the magnificence of the Wisdom of the Libraries, not just of Alexandria, but all Libraries burned first in war. Consider the massive slaughters and the hundreds of thousands of slaves made from conquered citizens. Empires are usually built from these.
Remember with me, consider the hundred millions of dollars put in the the First and Second Temple of God.
King Solomon's Empire was built at the exact time of the fall of the Egyptian Empire by un-claimed warriors from the sea, we find today come from the land of Canaan.
14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means!
15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?
22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—
24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea,
Probably Nehemiah - Wine Taster to King Artaxerxes
King Darius Tomb - a cross for the return of the Children of Israel.
Nebuchadnezzar II built this for his foreign queen, Amytis of Media
“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
“And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
The Second Exodus ended with the return of the gold tools of Moses and of Solomon. Funds were given to build the walls again.
27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted,
“If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,
we would have been like Sodom
and become like Gomorrah.”
30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
View from Golgotha to Jerusalem
The stone split in 33 A.D. on top of Golgotha, according to geologists.
There is a very famous man of history, who did not fail to realize his time and civilization were the most sophisticated, glorious, educated and informed people. He looked across the world for wise men and scholars. No uninformed bumpkins for his people. He stood and celebrated his knowledge, his successes, his own search for wisdom.
The last two millenniums have brought us the Church Jesus told us of in Caesarea. We should not go without realizing the civilizations before us. The insight the millenniums have had in Jesus Christ. God has traveled forth across the globe touching the history that shapes us today. Never forget in reading Genesis, Peter, traveler of Jesus Christ said a Day to God is Millions of Years.
Our troubles today have not compared to what these Empires have seen.
And one man came to the earth and in 16 years the largest Empire of earth trembled. The blind had sight, the lame leaped with joy, the lepers were touched and healed. This man is the Light of the World and has shaped all of our histories.
The Mongols were approached to become Christians and married into the Christian culture. 70 million deaths began to stop as the Mongols saw Christ in their spouses.
Jesus traveled to the Temple, he looked around at the infants proclaiming Him. He saw the crowds and He turned to walk the path His Father gave Him.
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †