One of the greatest privileges of the believer in Jesus Christ is that of going before the throne of grace in prayer.  The writer of the Hebrews, writing to Jewish Christians some three years before the destruction of Jerusalem, encourages them to take their petitions to the Heavenly Father.  “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16 NASB).  Persecution was becoming more intense, and the destruction of the nation would occur within three years.  Grace had been extended to Israel time and time again, even though she had rejected her Messiah.  For some forty years after the Cross, God offered, in grace, many opportunities for the nation to recognize that the One she crucified was indeed the Messiah who paid for the sins of the entire world.  The destruction of the nation could have been averted but as John records … “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not” (John 1:11 KJV).  That divine judgment must fall on a people for their rejection of Christ is an unwavering principle evident in history.  No nation that turns away from the true God or pursues any other god can escape that punishment.  The psalmist wrote of his people and nation … “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Ps 33:12 KJV).  While that promise was specifically to Israel, any nation that functions within the parameters of God’s Wordhonoring the laws of divine establishment that are derived from the divine institutions, will prosper and experience the blessings of God.  The institutions of personal freedom, marriage, family and sovereign nations are fixed in God’s Word and not subject to manipulation or reinterpretation by man. God does not take it lightly when a nation violates his Word and redefines that which He has established. History reveals the fall of many nations for doing just that. God is absolute justice, demonstrating no favoritism or partiality.  Israel, the nation that God established to bring the Savior into the world, turned from His commands and though she had experienced the blessings of God in the past, ignored the repeated warnings of impending judgment and calls to repentance. In AD 70, God used the Roman armies under Titus to administer His judgment on the nation. The words of the Apostle Peter rang true and clear as he took the gospel to the Gentiles … "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality” (Acts 10:34 NASB).  While Peter was referring to the fact that anyone can believe in Christ as their Savior, that truth also pertained to divine judgment.  Israel would not escape divine discipline for her national sins nor will any nation. How then can these United States, blessed beyond that of any nation in modern history, conclude that God will set aside His righteous standards and withhold judgment for flagrant acts against His Divine Laws?  He will not.  But the same offer of grace extended to Israel still rings from Scripture to any nation … “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” (2 Chron 7:14 KJV).

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