The people brought sacrifices into the house of the Lord. Everybody brought a sacrifice unto the Lord!!
1Ki 8:5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, [were] with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
What a scene this must have been!! No one came to the temple without a sacrifice in his hands.
Lev 1:1-3 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, VS.2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, [even] of the herd, and of the flock. VS.3 If his offering [be] a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. The word blemish means complete, whole, sound, They were delighted to give their very best. 1Ki 8:10-11And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy [place], that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, VS.11So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. No wonder the glory of the Lord fell………and filled the church.
Everything seems to backwards now. People come to church to get, not to give. The attitude is what do you have for me today, and if it isn't good enough or fun enough I will attend somewhere else. Huge churches have been built on fun or by having something to do for every one just to entertain them. Hiking, swimming, softball leagues, golfing, boating, you name it and you can just about find it in church now days. Lets keep them happy. But, I have a question for us all. What did the church in our past have in it? What was it that they had that kept this country strong and walking the straight and narrow? Do you know? Does any one remember? They had preachers who refused to itch America's ears, and they would thunder in the pulpits against sin. They had mid-week prayer meetings where the saints would cry out to Almighty God and intercede for their nation and leaders and family. They would call for fasts to humble themselves, and to draw nearer to the Lord. They would lie on their faces before the mighty hand of God. They would beg God for a revival and a cleansing and for a renewing of their love for the Lord. They would wittiness to all who dared to listen, and they would weep for those who turned a deaf ear to their cries.
How do you compare today’s church to yesterday’s church? How do you compare today’s America to yesterdays America. Please!!! I implore you, won't someone strike a match. Listen to what the bibles says about this matter.
Hag 2:3 “Who [is] left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? [is it] not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?”
Shame on us for sitting by idle doing nothing except hording all the blessing and building bigger barns for ourselves. Shame on us for running around not even noticing or caring about our country that is gasping for every breath as we play sucking the life right out of her. Oh, the blame lies at the churches doorstep. You might not want to hear it, or you can choose to ignore it, but it is there, just lying there. If you dare to look you will see it.
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