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RECENT VIRGINIA CHURCH SERVICE  -  STIMULUS SERMON

I would love to give the Pastor of this predominantly black church in Virginia three cheers. This guy is obviously a
leader. Perhaps we should each decide who our real leader is... It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000
years.

Good morning, brothers and sisters; it's always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to
get into God's Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will, to the 47th chapter of Genesis. We'll begin our reading at
verse 13, and go through verse 27.


13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of
Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.

14  And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn
which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.

15  And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and
said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.

16  And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

17  And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks,
and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.

18  When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord,
how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our
bodies, and our lands:

19  Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our
land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.

20  And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine
prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s.

21  And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end
thereof.

22  Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their
portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

23  Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed
for you, and ye shall sow the land.

24  And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your
own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

25  And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.

26  And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the
land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s.

27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and
multiplied exceedingly.


Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us? ... (reading) ... Thank you for that fine reading,
Brother Ray. So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh
to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he
had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in
return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again.

So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock - their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their
donkey - to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year. But the famine wasn't
over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land
and their own lives. "There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before
your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh." So
they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh's government, and then sold themselves into
slavery to him, in return for grain.

What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?

That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery?

Yes... That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master?

Yes. After Jacob and Joseph passed on, and the Jews began to drift away from their GOD, even they too became
slaves in the land of Egypt .

I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one.

We see the same thing happening today - the government today wants to "share the wealth" once again, to take it from
us and redistribute it back to us.

It wants to take control of
healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when
government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind.

And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people in Egypt did four
thousand years ago - as slaves to the government, and as slaves to their leaders.

What
Mr. Obama's government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh's government did then, and it will end the
same. And a lot of people like to call
Mr. Obama a "Messiah," don't they?

Is he a Messiah? A savior?

Didn't the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, "You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will
be servants to Pharaoh"? Well, I tell you this - I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and
Mr. OBAMA IS
NO MESSIAH!

No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. Bow with me in prayer, if you
will...

Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the
government is not
our deliverer
, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of
what a ruler would do, where it says "And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for
yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day..."



Eighth chapter of 1 Samuel

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

5  And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the
nations.

6  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

7  And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have
not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

8  According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day,
wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

9  Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the
king that shall reign over them.

10  And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.

11  And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them
for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

12  And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and
to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

13  And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

14  And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his
servants.

15  And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

16  And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put
them to his work.

17  He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

18  And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear
you in that day.

19  Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;


And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for
ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who
would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities
of a new Pharaoh's government. In God We Trust...

And all of God’s people said Amen!