Blessed of God: Primped for Slaughter!

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                       TABLE OF CONTENTS
BLESSED........................................................................................................................... 3
   I must therefore be right with God, righteous in His eyes!(?) .................................. 3
     Introduction................................................................................................................. 3
     Because I AM, You Are! ............................................................................................ 4
     Apple of MY EYE; Nation of Backsliders!................................................................ 4
     Jedidiah: Born for Greatness; Blessed of God, Bound for Hell! ............................... 5
     I Give you Victory, You Give ME No Joy!................................................................ 5
     God Rules in the Affairs of Men................................................................................. 6
     He is MY Servant........................................................................................................ 6
     Babylon the Great: “Blessed” for Destruction! ......................................................... 6
     Job ............................................................................................................................... 7
     Conclusion .................................................................................................................. 8
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                      BLESSED
                                           OF
                                      GOD!
  I must therefore be right with God, righteous in His eyes!(?)
Introduction
“So, you think you been blessed of God”, wrote ‘70s era theological and spiritual crooner
Leon Patello, “wonderin’ how to repay…” (in the tune “One Thing Leads to Another”).
Multitudes of American Christians today think that they and this—the greatest, most
prosperous nation of all time—are “blessed of God” (speaking primarily of physical well
being and material possessions), and, they are right. But, is it a fair assumption, in light
of clear teaching from the Holy Bible, to assume that because we are so blessed, we must
therefore be or have been at one time, “right” with God? Many are indeed taught to
associate the blessed status of the United States of America with an imagined era of past
“righteousness”—one to which we should all aspire to return (“God blessed us because of
the righteousness of the founding fathers”, some assert, vigorously!). Oh? Really? Is
that a fact? Is that what God sees when He looks at us, when He looks with utter dismay
at our abject theological and spiritual ignorance of His word and our apathy toward Him,
on the parts of American Christians of every stripe (black, white, evangelical,
fundamentalist), when He ponders the history of the mighty, powerful USA—which, you
may most certainly attribute to His all-powerful guiding Hand, and, “blessing”?

God “causes His rain to fall and His sun to shine upon the just and the unjust”, Jesus says
in Matthew’s gospel. Rain and sunshine we may assume, in some sense, are the roots or
pathways to happiness, thus, we tend, as some like R. C. Sproul affirm with repugnance
(03/09/2012 broadcast), to associate the term with being happy. Does the blessing of
God therefore mean that the unjust (in and out of church) are also righteous and therefore
accepted, as is, in the eyes of God?

The “just” we know are the righteous, those who dedicate themselves to knowing and
doing the will of God, based upon their faith, trust and confidence in Jesus Christ as Lord
and Savior; Son of the Living God. The just, therefore, you may be assured, are “blessed
of God”. But, Jesus says moreover, in that section of the gospels known affectionately as
the “Be-Attitudes”, in addition to being merciful, meek and humble, pure in heart and
peacemakers, the “blessed” in the Eyes of God will also include those who while thirsting
for righteousness are otherwise of low self-esteem, who are mournful, maligned and
rejected and persecuted because of righteousness and their identity with Him and
everything associated with His name. Thus, as Jack Graham affirmed in his 03/09/12
broadcast, the “blessed” of God are quite often physically unhappy people or those
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confined to a, shall we say, non-joy producing set of circumstances, strictly speaking.
They are not necessarily physically and materially well off, and yet, may we not rest
assured that if one is so endowed (wealthy and well fed), he is most assuredly “blessed of
God”—regardless of his spiritual condition? If so, what in truth does that imply in terms
of the blessed one’s spiritual proximity or His relationship to the Almighty? Is to be
affluent and physically fit to be “right” with God?

Is the blessed church person or professing Christian necessarily more right in the eyes of
God than the blessed but non-Christian? Must America be or have been more righteous,
in the eyes of God, than any other nation, from her beginning, in light of her undeniable
blessedness, with regard to her present prosperity and might?

This study seeks to bring a fresh perspective and a much-needed biblical, non-sectarian
closure to this theme, the blessing of God.

Because I AM, You Are!
Pharaoh’s kingdom was impressive. It was mighty. It was prosperous and self-sufficient.
As such, Pharaoh’s kingdom had no need for God! The Egyptian king was to his people,
‘god’. Like many ancient civilizations and cultures—being worshipers of sticks, stones
and the creature—they had an idol for virtually every occasion. Hence, beyond their own
vain imaginations, the Egyptian had no idea that there was a “God”. Yet, the
psychological underpinning of God’s statement to the King of Egypt, during Moses’
intervention on behalf of his people—“…it is for this purpose that I have raised you
up…”—is such that the Pharaoh’s very existence was subject to the will of God. In so
many words, all that Egypt was materially, before during and long after the 430 years of
bondage (of His people), was directly per the plan and blessing of the powerful, Almighty
God—the True God who lives, in contradistinction to the powerless Pharaoh and the
idols of Egypt.

Egypt wallows now, daily, in the troughs of obscurity among the nations—as promised—
because God in wrath has removed His blessing. Neither the Pharaoh, nor his people,
was ever right with God.

Apple of MY EYE; Nation of Backsliders!
The people of God were to have been the most blessed people of their times, once
rescued from bondage to Egypt. God promised them as much time after time. There was
a caveat associate with this promise of blessing, however.

Whatever His many promises, and His determination to follow through, God left no
illusion as to just where His much beloved people stood in His eyes: “Don’t you ever say
or think to yourself that ‘I was chosen and am so blessed of my God because I am so
righteous and so holy’. By every account and measure, you are a rebellious and stiff-
necked or stubborn people”. From their doleful, idolatrous cries (to gods that have
neither ears to hear, nor hearts of concern) under merciless task masters, throughout the
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wilderness wandering, into and beyond the land of milk and honey to the Babylonian
captivity, at no point after emancipation did the Jew and his eleven brothers ever
disappoint God’s appraisal of them. Nonetheless, in keeping with a plan laid out before
the foundation of the world was established, Israel as a people group remains to this day,
the “apple of His eye”—a blessing freely bestowed, which while having kept the people
alive, has never been cheap.

Jedidiah: Born for Greatness; Blessed of God, Bound for Hell!
King Solomon was born in the aftermath of a murderous affair—a lust driven moment of
adultery turned bloody, orchestrated, ordered and executed by the man after God’s own
heart. God professed His love for Jedidiah (Heb.: jed-ee-deh-yaw’, “beloved of Jah”)
before he could speak. God demonstrated that love by lavishing upon him a strength of
intellect and wisdom far surpassing his natural abilities, or, that of any other man. God
gave him prosperity second to none. Mightily blessed of God (Jah), he remains to date
the wisest man who ever lived.

The unconditional blessing of a son, however, (The Son) Who was to sit forever upon the
throne of his father King David applied to Solomon only conditionally: No one in his
lineage (Solomon’s branch of the Davidic line) could ever fail, period. Thus, there was a
catch, a caveat, if the blessing of God upon Jedidiah was to stretch beyond the earthly
material, into eternity.

Through a psychological loop of reason and test of the mind lost on everyone since,
including even this Jedidiah, and, the best known and educated of theologians today, God
left no doubt as to King Solomon’s eternal fate: He who was the receiver and the
beneficiary of perhaps the greatest of loves, short of the Love summed in the death of the
Son, would at the end of the day be no requiter of that love.

Solomon’s moral lapse would lead to fatal errors that would cost him and even the most
righteous of his descendants quite literally the “mother” of all blessings, the blessing of
blessings: Their right to participation in the Greatest Story ever told—the Coming of the
Messiah.

To whom much is given, much is expected. Thus, no prophet was to sent bring the
smartest, most blessed of all men back to his senses. Having rebuffed the blessing of
God in favor of wine, women and song, Jedidiah’s “blessedness” will never transcend the
short time he enjoyed that privilege here on earth. Wise old King Solomon will never
suffer the “blessing” a foot set upon streets of gold.

I Give you Victory, You Give ME No Joy!
Of the king of Assyria, God observed—monitoring his arrogant performance (and
warring rampage) in anger from afar—“he will never give me the glory. Yet, all of his
achievements, including wealth, prosperity and military accomplishments come only at
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my expense”. The blessing of God made the Assyrians great. They were God’s chosen
to the detriment, sacking and loss of blessing on the Northern Kingdom.

The commission of a bigoted, reluctant, and staunch rebel prophet named Jonah
demonstrated the blessing of His supreme concern for the Assyrians at Ninveh and
beyond. The cruelty of his conquests, notwithstanding, he was no less a blessed servant
of Almighty God, although he was never the least bit righteous in the eyes of God.

God Rules in the Affairs of Men
The king of ancient Babylon said within himself (in effect!), in all of his pride and
arrogance—the people of God, then among his prized possessions and treasures—“I am
the greatest thing ever. Just look at this great city that I have built. Am I not, ‘god’”?
The real God seized the moment, introduced Himself to Nebuchadnezzar (unwitting
servant that he was), making trash of his dreams and his self-aggrandizement, and
showed him that the honor and praise for all that he was and all that he had belonged only
to Him. “God is not only real, someone other than and beyond you and all of your might,
but, He rules in the affairs of men. It is He who, ultimately, establishes the kingdoms of
the world, and who chooses and/or takes full responsibility for their various leaders—
good or bad”.

Thus, Babylon was, in all of its might, because of the blessing of God, regardless of who
was at the helm, as she rose. Whatever Saddam’s internal ambitions and whatever the
extent of his physical efforts before his capture by American forces and eventual
execution at the hands of his people, Babylon now lies in perpetual ruins—as promised—
the blessing of God having been eternally vanquished. He rose to power and greatness as
a God-less leader and his blessed kingdom fell, lacking the comeliness of righteous in the
Eyes of God.

Cyrus the Pagan: He is MY Servant
The mighty Persians engineered the topple of Babylon. They supervised the end of the
Babylonian captivity, and, the blessing of a revived and revitalized Israel. Of Cyrus the
king, God said, ‘he is My servant’. Thus, all that the ancient Iranians were, all that
Ahmadinejad is, all of the crude energy upon which he swats and all of the nuclear
energy and weapons he’ll soon have, are per the blessing of God.

Moreover, whether the calamitous transfer is made by him or by his successor, his lot in
life is to preside over a blessing-of-God-in-waiting, for the enrichment and the
empowerment of His much despised people. Ahmadinejad is truly a blessed man in the
eyes of God, yet, he is an enemy of God who is not one bit righteous.

Babylon the Great: “Blessed”, for Destruction!
Babylon the Great is God’s designation for an end-times entity that is like no other.
Reminiscent of God’s material and intellectual blessing upon both Jedidiah and her
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ancient namesake, on the one hand, her wealth, and her prestige are completely without
parallel, on the other. For global reach, political influence and power, she is unmatched.
Like all of the great powers before her (to whom God extended the “olive branch”, as it
were, ‘personally’ making Himself known to them), she has been marvelously blessed of
God. She has been bred for a specific purpose, so that she fulfills a specific need, in His
end-times plan. Yet, in the Eyes of God (unlike as was the case with the ancient powers),
she is hopelessly despised.

Who is Babylon the Great? Who can she be, if not the United States of America? Why
must there be another, given that John’s profile of Babylon the Great provides a perfect
match for the blessed footprint of the USA? Nothing in the past even comes close. There
need be no other in the future.

As with Jedidiah, there is no expectation that Babylon will ever reciprocate, in light of
her blessing. Beyond a clear warning to His people in her midst (to distinguish
themselves in obedience to His word and will, or, suffer the consequences of her fate), no
‘olive branch’, no hand gesture or flashing of the sign of peace, no other peace overture is
forthcoming.

More blessed than the ‘apple of His eye’ ever has been, her hated status surpasses that of
any God-less kingdom of the past. As with the Pharaoh of Egypt, one might concur that
being robed in a splendor unfathomable even as recently as 125 years ago, she is
therefore dressed for the kill—literally “blessed”, for a now imminent destruction (like a
bloated, spiritually blighted pig). Completely commensurate with God’s supreme desire,
satan stands ready to unleash unquenchable devastation in blistering torrents, as if from
hell itself.

To whom much is given, much is required.

Job
Would a righteous and holy GOD do such a thing to so “blessed” an institution, as is
Babylon the Great—these United States of America? Lest we die kidding ourselves,
one would do well to recall and remember, world without end, not only the lessons of
Egypt, Jedidiah, and ancient Babylon, but, reflect somberly as well upon God’s servant
Job.

In a manner quite similar to that of King Solomon, Job was wonderfully blessed of
God—albeit, with no kingdom. In addition to a wealth of material substance, servants
and a fine family, Job was—contradistinct to Nabal the fool—a righteous man. To God,
he was a joy to behold.

Realizing that satan, in his travels throughout the earth, had apparently taken little notice,
God brought Job to the attention of the devil. Lucifer appears to have been fully
apprised, in his fallen mental state, of the fact that he was free to roam the universe, but,
always limited in what he could do, i.e., God always had him then, and keeps him now,
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on a leash.     Remove your “hedge of protection”, he dared (perhaps with a sneer,
saturated with arrogance) and Job will curse you to your face, the devil said to his Maker.
In short order, one of the most righteous men in the Bible was reduced to rubble,
suffering and a misery he had never known, in his entire “blessed” life—all per the will
of God.

Conclusion
R. C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries teacher/speaker, observed that to the Old Testament
devote Jew, to be “blessed…was to be brought close to the presence of God”. While that
in itself might be just cause for ‘happiness’, ‘happy’ as we Americans have been
conditioned to think of the term was not the idea. An excellent summation, per Mr.
Sproul, of what the Jew had in mind is illustrated in the OT benediction: “May the Lord
bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be
gracious to you; may the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you, and, give
you peace”. “That blessedness is communicated in the concrete image of the face of
God,” he says. Moreover, Mr. Sproul concludes that the Lord Jesus Christ’s use of the
term “blessed” in the “Be-Attitudes”, in His Sermon on the Mount, is rooted squarely in
this understanding of OT Jewish practice or culture.

Thus, may we not then conclude, that out of all that has been said, blessing from the
Hand of God, does by no means imply right standing or favor in the eyes of God? How
is it then that evangelicals and fundamentalists insist that our current blessed status is
contingent upon a supposed or fabled righteousness of America’s so-called ‘founding
fathers’? Were they in fact righteous before God—when most of the most prominent of
them are even now said to have been “deists”; that is, they were men who had some
reverence for some aspects of the Bible, but who did not actually trust in or believe in the
God thereof; men who preferred their own ideas of God to the clear teaching of scripture,
much as it is today throughout the evangelical/fundamentalist churches, as well as the
vast majority of all others, including African-American ones?

“…stick yo’ light way upon a hill; so others might find the Way....”, if indeed you ‘think’
that you have been born again and blessed. Leon Patillo sang those words in the tune
“One thing leads to another”. Go into practically any church, any where in Babylon
today, and it won’t be long before it becomes crystal clear that the light that shines is the
light of opinion, not the LIGHT of the World. “Shine THE LIGHT, and let the whole
world see…”, Michael W. Smith enjoins melodically!

Since then the blessing of God might signify anything but a right standing with and in the
eyes of God, might not one do well to pause now, and per the advice of the apostle Paul,
“examine yourself, so as to ascertain whether one is in the faith”?
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Description: God “causes His rain to fall and His sun to shine upon the just and the unjust”, Jesus says in Matthew’s gospel. Rain and sunshine we may assume, in some sense, are the roots or pathways to happiness, thus, we tend, as some like R. C. Sproul affirm with repugnance (03/09/2012 broadcast), to associate the term with being happy. Does the blessing of God therefore mean that the unjust (in and out of church) are also righteous and therefore accepted, as is, in the eyes of God?