The Danger of Rebellion

2CHRONICLES 7. “The Danger of Rebellion.” “But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.” (2Chr 7:19-22) Christians like to lay claim to the 14th verse in this Chapter – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Chr 7:14) But, when it comes to the succeeding verses (which are our text today), the Christian tends to relegate the meaning to the background, and ascribe application only to the Children of Israel.

I submit to you today, that if the Good God of Israel can be looked to for Rescue and Redemption today, in our place and time; then, the Angry God of Israel – who allowed them to be carried away captive on multiple occasions – is also our God in our place and time today. This God Who saves, will also punish the sinners! We can apply this in a personal way, so that we can warn folks that God will judge them for their sins, and men must repent and believe in Jesus Christ, else their own sins will one day plunge them into Hell and the Fire That Never Ceases. We can also apply this to the people amongst whom we live – which, I think, is needful for us today. God has been good to us as a Nation, here in the USA. We have benefitted for centuries, because of His Nearness unto us, and the blessings and protections from Heaven. And yet, if this people amongst whom we live, will continue in the almost universal rejection of God – the very God Who has saved us; then we can expect that the Angry God of Israel will pour out judgment upon us.

As our text passage says, as a people we have “set before” us “other gods.” We have rejected the One True God, and, as a Nation, we have Rebelled against God. As a result, we stand in danger today. It is an awful thing to be “cast out” of the “sight” of God! Without His Protection, we stand in danger of destruction. In fact, without Him, and without a respect for Him and His Ways, our National destruction is inevitable and imminent. Perhaps we see the beginning of that destruction being played out before us, in the hatred, the animosity, the violence, the willful sinfulness, the murder, and the wickedness that is everywhere indulged in the USA today. I pray to God on behalf of this Nation. I hope that you, too, will pray for this Nation. I hope that there will still yet be humility, repentance, a calling upon God – and then, that we would receive from Heaven forgiveness, and a little reprieve for our people, here at the end of the world as we know it.