Sunday, November 13, 2022

GOD and nations

 

Psalm 117

King James Version

117 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: 

praise him, all ye people.

2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: 

and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. 

Praise ye the Lord.


What does the Bible say about nations?

Why are nations to revere GOD?

How did nations come about?

What makes a nation great?

What destroys nations?

Scripture tells us:

Genesis 2:7

King James Version

7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, 

and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; 

and man became a living soul.


Genesis 2:21-24

King James Version

21 And the Lord God 

caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, 

and he slept: 

and he took one of his ribs, 

and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, 

which the Lord God had taken from man, 

made he a woman, 

and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, 

This is now bone of my bones, 

and flesh of my flesh: 

she shall be called Woman, 

because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, 

and shall cleave unto his wife: 

and they shall be one flesh.


Genesis 5:2

King James Version

2 Male and female created he them; 

and blessed them, 

and called their name Adam, 

in the day when they were created.


Genesis 9:18-19

King James Version

18 And the sons of Noah, 

that went forth of the ark, 

were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: 

and Ham is the father of Canaan.

19 These are the three sons of Noah: 

and of them was the whole earth overspread.


Genesis 17:1-8

King James Version

17 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, 

the Lord appeared to Abram, 

and said unto him, 

I am the Almighty God; 

walk before me, and be thou perfect.

2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, 

and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his face: 

and God talked with him, saying,

4 As for me, 

behold, 

my covenant is with thee, 

and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, 

but thy name shall be Abraham; 

for a father of many nations have I made thee.

6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, 

and I will make nations of thee, 

and kings shall come out of thee.

7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee 

and thy seed after thee in their generations 

for an everlasting covenant, 

to be a God unto thee, 

and to thy seed after thee.

8 And I will give unto thee, 

and to thy seed after thee, 

the land wherein thou art a stranger, 

all the land of Canaan, 

for an everlasting possession; 

and I will be their God.


Genesis 22:15-18

King James Version

15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham 

out of heaven the second time,

16 And said, 

By myself have I sworn, 

saith the Lord, 

for because thou hast done this thing, 

and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17 That in blessing I will bless thee, 

and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed 

as the stars of the heaven, 

and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; 

and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; 

because thou hast obeyed my voice.


Genesis 25:21-23

King James Version

21 And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, 

because she was barren: 

and the Lord was intreated of him, 

and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled together within her; 

and she said, 

If it be so, why am I thus? 

And she went to enquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said unto her, 

Two nations are in thy womb, 

and two manner of people 

shall be separated from thy bowels; 

and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; 

and the elder shall serve the younger.


Genesis 25:25-28

King James Version

25 And the first came out red, 

all over like an hairy garment; 

and they called his name Esau.

26 And after that came his brother out, 

and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; 

and his name was called Jacob: 

and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

27 And the boys grew: 

and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; 

and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

28 And Isaac loved Esau, 

because he did eat of his venison: 

but Rebekah loved Jacob.


Deuteronomy 2:24-25

King James Version

24 Rise ye up, 

take your journey, 

and pass over the river Arnon: 

behold, 

I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, 

king of Heshbon, and his land: 

begin to possess it, 

and contend with him in battle.

25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee 

and the fear of thee upon the nations 

that are under the whole heaven, 

who shall hear report of thee, 

and shall tremble, 

and be in anguish because of thee.


Job 12:9-10

King James Version

9 Who knoweth not in all these 

that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?

10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, 

and the breath of all mankind.


Psalm 2:6-12

King James Version

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: 

the Lord hath said unto me, 

Thou art my Son; 

this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, 

and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, 

and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; 

thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: 

be instructed, 

ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, 

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, 

lest he be angry, 

and ye perish from the way, 

when his wrath is kindled but a little. 

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.


Psalm 9:17

King James Version

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, 

and all the nations that forget God.


Psalm 9:20

King James Version

20 Put them in fear, O Lord: 

that the nations may know themselves to be but men. 

Selah.


Psalm 22:27-28

King James Version

27 All the ends of the world 

shall remember and turn unto the Lord: 

and all the kindreds of the nations 

shall worship before thee.

28 For the kingdom is the Lord's: 

and he is the governor among the nations.


Psalm 33:13-21

King James Version

13 The Lord looketh from heaven; 

he beholdeth all the sons of men.

14 From the place of his habitation 

he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; 

he considereth all their works.

16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: 

a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: 

neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

18 Behold, 

the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, 

upon them that hope in his mercy;

19 To deliver their soul from death, 

and to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord:

 he is our help and our shield.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, 

because we have trusted in his holy name.


Psalm 33:12

King James Version

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; 

and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.


Proverbs 14:34

King James Version

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: 

but sin is a reproach to any people.


Isaiah 2:4

King James Version

4 And he shall judge among the nations, 

and shall rebuke many people: 

and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, 

and their spears into pruninghooks: 

nation shall not lift up sword against nation, 

neither shall they learn war any more.


Isaiah 14:26-27

King James Version

26 This is the purpose that is purposed 

upon the whole earth: 

and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.

27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, 

and who shall disannul it? 

and his hand is stretched out, 

and who shall turn it back?


Jeremiah 51:7-12

King James Version

7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, 

that made all the earth drunken: 

the nations have drunken of her wine; 

therefore the nations are mad.

8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: 

howl for her; 

take balm for her pain, 

if so be she may be healed.

9 We would have healed Babylon, 

but she is not healed: 

forsake her, 

and let us go every one into his own country: 

for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, 

and is lifted up even to the skies.

10 The Lord hath brought forth our righteousness: 

come, and let us declare in Zion 

the work of the Lord our God.

11 Make bright the arrows; 

gather the shields: 

the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: 

for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; 

because it is the vengeance of the Lord, 

the vengeance of his temple.

12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, 

make the watch strong, 

set up the watchmen, 

prepare the ambushes: 

for the Lord hath both devised and done 

that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.


Jeremiah 51:17-18

King James Version

17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; 

every founder is confounded by the graven image: 

for his molten image is falsehood, 

and there is no breath in them.

18 They are vanity, 

the work of errors: 

in the time of their visitation they shall perish.


Ezekiel 38:23

King James Version

23 Thus will I magnify myself, 

and sanctify myself; 

and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, 

and they shall know that I am the Lord.


Daniel 7:13-14

King James Version

13 I saw in the night visions, 

and, behold, 

one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, 

and came to the Ancient of days, 

and they brought him near before him.

14 And there was given him dominion, 

and glory, and a kingdom, 

that all people, nations, and languages, 

should serve him: 

his dominion is an everlasting dominion, 

which shall not pass away, 

and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.


Zechariah 12:9

King James Version

9 And it shall come to pass in that day, 

that I will seek to destroy all the nations 

that come against Jerusalem.


Acts 17:24-31

King James Version

24 God that made the world and all things therein, 

seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, 

dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, 

as though he needed any thing, 

seeing he giveth to all life, 

and breath, and all things;

26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men 

for to dwell on all the face of the earth, 

and hath determined the times before appointed, 

and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, 

if haply they might feel after him, 

and find him, 

though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, 

and have our being; 

as certain also of your own poets have said, 

For we are also his offspring.

29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, 

we ought not to think 

that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, 

graven by art and man's device.

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; 

but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

31 Because he hath appointed a day, 

in the which he will judge the world in righteousness 

by that man whom he hath ordained; 

whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, 

in that he hath raised him from the dead.


Philippians 2:10-11

King James Version

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 

of things in heaven, 

and things in earth, 

and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess 

that Jesus Christ is Lord, 

to the glory of God the Father.


Colossians 1:16-20

King James Version

16 For by him were all things created, 

that are in heaven, 

and that are in earth, 

visible and invisible, 

whether they be thrones, or dominions, 

or principalities, or powers: 

all things were created by him, 

and for him:

17 And he is before all things, 

and by him all things consist.

18 And he is the head of the body, 

the church: 

who is the beginning, 

the firstborn from the dead; 

that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19 For it pleased the Father 

that in him should all fulness dwell;

20 And, 

having made peace through the blood of his cross, 

by him to reconcile all things unto himself; 

by him, I say, 

whether they be things in earth, 

or things in heaven.


1 Timothy 6:14-16

King James Version

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, 

unrebukable, 

until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

15 Which in his times he shall shew, 

who is the blessed and only Potentate, 

the King of kings, 

and Lord of lords;

16 Who only hath immortality, 

dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; 

whom no man hath seen, nor can see: 

to whom be honour and power everlasting. 

Amen.


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