1696LET GOD CONTEND!
- Sep 15, 2012Dearly Beloved,
LET GOD CONTEND!
The violent protests in Egypt and Libya over a US-produced film that
demonstrators believe insults the Prophet Muhammad that led to the killing
of the US ambassador in Libya and three other Americans and the rumoured
proposed demonstrations in other Muslim-dominated areas especially in
Nigeria made me changed the message that I intended to send out this week
and delved into my archive to adapt this message titled "JERUB-GOD"
initially sent out on May 9, 2004:
"But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, 'Are you going to plead
Baal's cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be
put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself
when someone breaks down his altar.' So that day they called Gideon
'Jerub-Baal,' saying, 'Let Baal contend with him,' because he broke down
Baal's altar" (Judges 6:31-32 NIV).
The people of Orphrah found their Baal altar desecrated. They discovered
that Gideon, the son of Joash wreaked the havoc. They must take vengeance!
They must kill Gideon. However, his father gave a classic advice: let Baal
fight for himself if it is really god.
Today, many people are like the people of Orphran. They are violent against
other people due to religion. They think that they can help God fight His
battles. They are ready to take the lives of their fellow human beings
because of religion! The Libyan incident is just one out of many instances
where such people are killing and/or maiming other people and destroying
their properties because they are trying to defend their religion or help
their so-called God.
Can one fight for the Almighty God? Can one defend Him? Should one play
God? Should we lose sight of the judgment of God? He is indeed God! No one
can help Him. He fights for Himself. Read this: "When they came to the
threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of
God, because the oxen stumbled. The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah
because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died
there beside the ark of God" (2 Samuel 6:6-7 NIV). Many Bible scholars
disagree as to how "irreverent" his act was. Was he not trying to help God?
Well, he paid dearly for it.
Certainly, our God is not weak. He does not need anyone to defend Him or
fight for Him. He defends Himself - in His own way. Isaiah declared, "[God]
put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His
head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself
with zeal as a mantle. According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to
His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; to the coastlands He will make
recompense. So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west and His
glory from the rising of the sun, For He will come like a rushing stream
which the wind of the LORD drives" (59:17-19, NASB. See also Nahum 1:2;
Are you trying to defend God or fight for Him? He does not need that! Allow
Him to do the fighting in His own way and in His own time. Only a powerless
god will need his adherents to defend him or fight for him. Let God
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message is dedicated to the slain US ambassador, J Christopher
Stevens, the other three Americans and all others that were killed or
maimed throughout the world by Muslims because of religion.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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