A daily verse about the state of our nation and time for Christians reflect and unite in prayer, asking God to send a revival across our land and turn our nation back to Him.
Do we need a revival?
From the Message Bible:
The Message Bible says this for Isaiah 3:9, “Everything people say and do is at cross-purposes with God, a slap in my face. Brazen in their depravity, they flout their sins like degenerate Sodom. Doom to their eternal souls! They’ve made their bed; now they’ll sleep in it.“
The Need for Revival
Read the verse again in both the ESV version printed in the graphic and the paraphrase as printed in the Message Bible. But before you do, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how this verse relates to the need for our nation to experience revival. Clearly, these verses refer to the sin of Sodom. When we read about Sodom and its sister city, Gomorrah, the result of their sin was God destroyed them with fire and brimstone. This doesn’t mean that our nation is in danger of being destroyed with fire and brimstone (although God could do that should he choose to), but without a revival occurring, our nation is on a path that leads towards us experiencing God’s judgment … sooner or later and based on what these verses say, we’re probably closer than we want to admit.
What was the sin of Sodom?
To fully understand this verse and be able to apply it to our nation today, we need to make sure we understand what the sin of Sodom was. The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is recorded in Genesis chapters 18-19. These are the cities that two angels came to visit Abraham and informed him God was going to destroy them because of their sin and Abraham began to barter with God to save the cities. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, was living there.
After the angels left Abraham they went to visit the cities and because of God’s fellowship with Abraham, they were there to get Lot and his family out of the cities before it was destroyed. As night fell in the cities, Lot took the two angels, disguised as male humans, into his home and the men of the city surrounded the house and demanded that Lot send the men (angels) outside so they could gang rape them. Based then, on this Biblical account, the sin of Sodom was homosexuality.
Homosexuality wasn’t Sodom’s only sin
However, this was not their only sin. Ezekiel 16:49-50 declares, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me…” The Hebrew word translated “detestable” refers to something that is morally disgusting and is the exact same word used in Leviticus 18:22 that refers to homosexuality as an “abomination.”
Similarly, Jude 7 declares, “…Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.” So, again, while homosexuality was not the only sin in which the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah indulged, it does appear to be the primary reason for the destruction of the cities.
National Reflections for Revival:
- When we understand the what the sin of Sodom was, how does that parallel with our nation? If we are like Sodom, what does that say about our need for revival?
- Would God say of our nation that everything we say and do is at cross-purposes with Him? Do the looks on our faces bare witness against us?
- Would God say of our nation that we proclaim our sin and do not hide it? Would He say that we are brazen in our depravity and flout our sin before the world?
- Does God feel that our nation is a slap in His face?
Praying for Revival
Ask God to forgive our nation for its depravity, and being a slap in His face. Pray that God would open the eyes and hearts of our people to recognize the lies of Satan in regards to homosexuality. Ask God to send a revival to our nation and turn our hearts back to Him.
Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.
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