NDT2: National Leadership Drunk on Power and Privilege.

Most of the words of the title are borrowed from John Oswalt in his Isaiah commentary:  (Jeremiah is best understood in the context of the other Prophets, and for a real historian on the politics and American Thought of Jeremiah, Isaiah who was the King’s court historian can help immensely.

What happened in Jeremiah and Isaiah times were that parties were being allowed to run the country like in America today:  Parties are not dictated in the Constitution, parties steal the time of elected officials somehow having the power to demand that spend 3 days a week of the time we are paying for at a specialized building a few blocks from Capital Hill on the phone to get money for the Party; in Trump you the American people now have the opportunity to make a big blow to the government establishment which polls indicate that you have approximately a 85% disrespect for, and yet if the present trend continues, you the people are about ready to put a person and Clinton family in power that are the personification of the Democratic Party.  Why, because it will put either a handout in your personal pocket, or you fear change; and either one except in recent decades is un-American.  If you put the Hillary we know now to be a person of greed, cover up, and deceit, you will deserve the bad results that came to the Americans at Bengazi that trusted her and Obama.  Who in the world do you think caused those American planes and troops already on the flight line and in the air to provide support for the overrun desperate American soldiers.
“To the prophet {Isaiah}, the thought that someone would commit himself to fickle Egypt instead of to God who had proven himself again and again was simply incredible. It was a course of action which could only be proposed by a cynical, faithless leadership drunk on its own power and privilege (28:7-8; 29:15-16; 30:1; cf. also 1:23;7:13; 9:14-16; 19:11-15).”
NOTE: The principle and the context is not to concentrate on Egypt alone. The principle is that one nation under the One God of the Universe and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ should not be overly committed and beholden to any godless country that worships idols, like we are beholden and in debt to China. Like in all these previous studies on “Jeremiah and Prophesy” during each session of Bible study, we ask ourselves, “Is America like this today?” Most often the answer is “YES”; yet we pause to wonder as we might think how can the most powerful nation become dependent on other nations of the world like Judah did first on Assyria and then on Egypt. The immediate answer is on how dependent the United States has become on China for the borrowing of money, on China and many other countries as a cheap source for the manufacture of goods, and on many Arab/Muslim countries for oil and the borrowing of money. And more and more American companies, real estate, and wealth is increasing coming under the control of China and the Arab nations.
Yet the discussion of the Prophet Isaiah, as will be ours in this Bible session, was more on the National Leadership of Judah which had become drunk with power and privilege.
24-1: Perhaps you forget that I Corinthians 14:20-25, with its quote from Isaiah 28:11,12 brought us to the book of Isaiah with a focus on chapter 28; and while perhaps at first you may marvel that such a religious subject of “Prophesy versus Tongues” would bring us to international intrigue and the politics of Judah from Isaiah, you will begin in this section to see the connection. Furthermore in another section we will wrap up the rules and regulations for speaking in tongues of I Corinthians 14, showing the connection to international politics.
1. What brung us here from I Corinthians 14:21, the quote from Isiah 28:11,12:
“With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people: and yet, for all that , they will not hear Me.” (Isaiah 28:11,12 and I Corinthians 14:21)
In the chapter 28 context of Isaiah, verses 11 and 12 refer, Isaiah and God through Isaiah is talking about the foreign tongue of Assyria, although Semitic like Hebrew it was hard for Hebrews to pick up; and what is specifically being said is that the “mocking” tongue of Assyria will be used to pronounce judgment from God–from God through Assyria–on the nation of Judah {we have been studying over and over of both the impending and actual judgment on Judah in the destruction of Jerusalem in 571} who previously refused to listen in more mild warnings from God Himself through many Prophets, rising up early and staying up late.
Referring to the quote in I Corinthians 14:21 of Isaiah 28:11,12, Oswalt’s appropriately concludes that “Paul’s point is that God only uses an extraordinary means of speaking to people when they refuse to listen to ordinary means.”
2. It is interesting and informative at this point to consider how the many tongues of the world came to be, and how in more recent history under the leadership of Great Britain and the United States, the one language {tongue} of English has re-united the whole world in order that the Gospel could be preached to every nation, then Christ come Again.
(1). God had told Noah and his descendants to spread out all over the world, to populate the whole marvelous world that God made for them; so that when they clustered in large cities like Babel, trying to by numbers become as wise as God and refused to heed the command for “dominion over the whole earth” originally given to Adam and Eve, then God sent on them the division of tongues at the tower of Babel.
“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech…And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:1,4)
NOTE: You see that being scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth is exactly what God wanted; in fact, what God had demanded of man in the first great commission.
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
As God the Trinity talked to each other (Genesis 11:6,7), they recognized the clustering of peoples in one area of the Middle East, at Babel, with a national unity and “one language”.
“Come, let US go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.” (Genesis 11:7,8)
(2). It should be obvious that after the flood the one continent world structure began to expand into many continents, so that in order to quickly populate the whole earth, mankind could no longer dally in the Middle East. There must be the rapid expansion to Europe, and Asia, and Australia, and South America, and Latin America, and Africa.
(3). The world has come full cycle from Creation with one language, from world-wide dispersion with many tongues and languages; and now under the leadership of the United States gone back to the one English language, but primarily sometimes in spite of itself, America has been used of God to spread the Gospel of Christ to all nations through that one language; and this completion of the full cycle will also mark the end!
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Jesus in Matthew 24:14)
Surely you recognize that we are already there, or so close that you can expect any day now the Second Coming of Christ!
24-2: National Leadership Drunk on Power and Privilege.
Seldom have the American people been so disgusted with their leadership in government, having very little good during this new century to say about how they govern for the welfare of the people. Surely you see in the present government of American the NATIONAL DENS OF THIEVES of Jesus, Jeremiah, and much of the Bible Studies on “Jeremiah and Prophesy”. Like Judah before destruction, and during the days of Isaiah and Jeremiah, American government has become an entity within itself, governing almost completely without the will of the governed {except for the 10% with 50% of the wealth as represented by Boemer, Corner, and the Tea Party, primarily the millionaires and above striving to get help in holding onto every penny of their money}. It would almost seem now, if you consider government in terms of the end results, that Congress and the administration are striving to cause the bottom 90% of the American people with the bottom 50% of wealth as much trouble as possible!,
1. Isaiah 28:7,8.
“But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink. They are swallowed up by wine, they are out of the way through intoxicating drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filth; no place is clean.” (Isaiah 28:7,8)
2. Isaiah 29:15-16.
“Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD, and their works are in the dark; they say, ‘Who sees us?’ and “Who knows us?’ Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; for shall the thing made say of him who made it, ‘He did not make me’? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’? (Isaiah 29:15-16)
Recall how Paul quoted in Romans also from the law to describe how God Himself rules over and, governs nations by controlling the rise and fall of their leaders.
“For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, ‘For this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power to you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth…But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?” (Romans 9:17,20)
3. Isaiah 30:1.
’Woe to the rebellious children,’ says the LORD, ‘Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who walk to go down to Egypt, and have not asked My advice, to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh.” (Isaiah 30:1,2)
NOTE: God the Father really gets indignant with a nation claiming to be His people do not really and in reality seek after His advice. I would think that like Ben Franklin said at the Continental Convention as their was a stalemate on agreement like that between Republican and Democrats today, “It is certain that if a sparrow can not fall to the ground without His notice, a nation can not rise to greatness without His blessing”; and we might add that compromise and agreement for the benefit of the 90% of the American public, especially the unemployed and seniors on a fixed income {also where their cost of living increases have been cut off in Social Security payments}, can hardly be reached with humility in the sight of God, and prayer seeking His advice. I know a lot of these members of Congress like Boemer and Corner are calling to people of the nation for advice, much like Judah was seeking the assistance of Egypt or Assyrian when they should have turned to God!
Is it really so far fetched for a nation with “In God we trust” on their money, to seek advice for government leadership from God? Is your pride in your own power and privilege so great that you can not bow in humility your heads before God and even touch the knee in greater positioning toward God on the floor of the House and the Senate in prayer. Perhaps with this kind of advice from the great God of the Universe and of all nations, Himself, you can stop talking to each other in our national archives in unknown tongues, tongues and a language that has no real meaning either to the other party or primarily to the American people.
24-3: “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (I Corinthians 14:26)
Why should not a large church with a diversity of culture and a unity of purpose and submission to the Lordship of Christ not be an example for government and for the nation? When you listen to these national leaders as they are interviewed from our hallowed halls of government–Congress, the Senate, and Administration–do you not hear the jarring sounds of many tongues and languages, each national member of government drunk on their own power and privilege, and living as if there is no tomorrow and no judgment at the end, have their own personal song to sing, have their own personal teaching to expose, have their own revelation of wisdom as if from God Himself instead of from the wealthy, and has their own interpretation of the constitution that centers around themselves and their own party and group! It is in short, as if we are back to the confusion of the tower of Babel, where people scatter under the influence of a lack of communication and agreement.
One obvious case in point where these Tea Party newcomers to national leadership are speaking an unknown is by their refusal to practice the heritage concept of our democratic form of government from the beginning, without which their could not be a nation which survived in all these unity in diverity, that is the concept and practice of “compromise”. These newcomers even refuse the word, rejecting compromise, and speaking an unknown language of “common ground”. The problem is that these Tea Parties only real common ground is their own personal greed for their wealth. It reminds us of a millionaire that was on the radio years ago from Dallas Texas who purported to be moral, Christian, and patriotic; but underneath all the words, we could only hear, “Please help me protect my millions.” They certainly have a place in this nation, but this nation absolutely does not belong to them.
1. What happens in the creation and preservation of denominations, especially those who claim to be the exclusive Christians, and stress their uniqueness is like a body speaking simultaneously in unknown tongues.
2. What happens in a local church is a microcosm of what happens in the largest organizations of this nation like the dens or cliques of government, of parties, of congress, and of the senate and administration. Our government leaders think they and our nation are blessed by God, in whatever DEN where they assemble, are praising the heritage of this nation and its buildings like did Judah before the destruction of Jerusalem.
“Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.’” (Jeremiah 7:11)
Perhaps like once when Shiloh and Israel with their buildings of government, worship, and fortified cities really belonged to God; but now, lying words of these historical sites and buildings, including the DENS of worship, have become victims to the almighty dollar, greed has taken captive the field.
3. National leaders must like in the Temple Message to the DENS and nation of Judah, “thoroughly” amend their ways and doings, and “thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor” (Jeremiah 7:5)
4. National Leaders, in government and in education and in religion, today’s prophets and priests must: (1) not oppress the stranger in the land; (2) not oppress the fatherless, the widow, the unemployed, and the elderly; (3) must not shed innocent blood through these public places; and (4) must not walk after idols as a substitute for the real God of the Universe and the nation. (Jeremiah 7:6)
5. Thus only in this manner, and this manner alone according to the word of God in Jeremiah to another nation before you, can you remain in this place, “in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever” (Jeremiah 7:7)
6. Your lying words in which you have so much confidence because your group believes and listens, but to the majority of the nation sounds like the confusion and jarring sounds of many unknown tongues at the same time, can not possible profit in the long run or even in the short term (Jeremiah 7:8).
7. “Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, and then come and stand before Me in this house {of government, or education, or house of worship, or any other kind of DEN in America} which is called by My name {and bottom line as often in the past dedicated to the glory of God and for the welfare of the people}, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations?’” (Jeremiah 7:9,10)
God and the American people have placed us here out of their wisdom in order that we can cause a majority of the problems for the majority of the American people.
8. Are these sacred buildings of this nation–government, education, and religious, and abodes of families–”become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it {that is what God is seeing now},’ says the LORD. (Jeremiah 7:11)
24-4: A Prototype Den Mother named Jaazaniah (Ezekiel 8:11)
80% of the American people are angry at their government, and what we need is a straw man to represent the typical Party leader that is standing in the way of the welfare of the nation for the benefit of millionaires. Jaazaniah, leader of the 70 influential  Party leaders of Judah that Ezekiel saw worshiping idols in the basement of the Temple is a perfect prototype or straw man of the 10% of the wealthy American people who control 50% of the wealth. Perhaps at no time in American history have we had a group {Jaazaniah and the Tea Party} who so well represented all the bad characteristics of greed on power and priviledge.

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The Bible warning on how Greed backfires on the practitioner has not been heeded in the case of Jaazanaiah and his criminal cohorts {criminal in the sense of against the moral laws of God}. Being a millionaire himself, his greed has turned to as much covetousness after power and priviledge, at least the fear of losing power and privilege at the hands of the influential Tea Party, as it is for the money that covets him to identify for the speical interests of the 10%.
Jaazanaiah while the son of Shaphan who was influential in the Reformation under King Josiah, was expected to be both partriotic toward Judah and of high morality; yet he was down in the basement of the Temple participating in idolatry. How can we straw man the American Jaazaniah of today on idolatry. Well, like the orginal Jaazaniah, he claims to be both partriotic and moral, while he denies the very One God of the Universe, of the Bible, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, by taking God’s name in vain. You heard him, in the very sacred halls of Congress and in order to curse the President that the majority of the people elected to do the God of administration and planning that Jaazaniah is so aptly opposing.
In fact, there are three obvious reasons that our more modern Jaazaniah has given up on the God of the Bible in favor of an idolatrous god: (1) if he truly believed in our God, by the way the God of this nation, that God would never permit him to take His name in vain; (2) like the leaders in Judah as stated in the Temple message of Jeremiah, both Jaazaniahs are mistreating the people in the land, a very serious matter to the real God; and (3) our Jaazaniah shows no real respect for the royal law of God of Leviticus and James, having grown a nebulous respect for American history that obiliterates real regard for the majority of the American people. {You know it seems that such leaders in government lost their real Conscience for the majority of the American people when they were able to stand by for so many years to witness so many young American being killed in the Vietnam War, and later wars.} Having lost their conscience on the young Americans, now it is possible to overlook conscience on Seniors, unemployed, college students, and the less influential Americans that are just plain hurting, and about to be hurt more, by Jaazaniah.
1. Identified as white, retired, seniors that are millionaires, the Tea Party in spite of their efforts to hide themselves in local protests still remain so identified.
By and large the Tea Party of approximately 87 Congressmen and women appear to be the well-to-do children of those missionaires, because as Byran observed on the Dateline analysis of the operation of Congress yesterday, many of them do not expect to be elected another 2 years. They seem to have the “me,me,me” attitude that cares for little except protecting their millionaire parents back home, and saving their inheritance so they can have it. It has been observed that some of them do not even care that the US default on their debts, and have so stated. It reminds us of the boomer generation when they first appeared on the scene with the refusal to listen to the opinions of anyone over the age of 21. One of these knobbish lady newcomers of the Tea Party when asked by Byran about “compromise”, retorted immediately that it was not compromise but a matter of “common ground”, making it obvious that this elect group conceited on their new found power and privilege have not respect for the long established concept of compromise that has made the American system of government function in so much unity among diversity.
2. Obviously these privileged newcomers to Congress, patriotically called the Tea Party to discuss their obvious representation of the top wealthy in the nation who desire to pay no taxes, are representatives only of themselves and the most wealthy and powerful in the nation. They really have the nerve to think that this country belongs to them, without any sacrifice of service and contributions to the welfare of the people. Yes, in the local elections as we observed they were able to rally around themselves other people of lesser wealth who were just plain disgusted with government and desiring “change”; however as some political commentators have observed, even their people back home are starting to catch on to their real self-center motivations.
It appears that someone on the national level, perhaps the master of dirty tricks from way back in the Nixon administration and Bush’s brain, may have gone all over the country during the last election finding these wealthy children of the Tea Party, then organizing them. It is likewise obvious that each of these new 87 children have something in common no matter what state they came to represent. And surely they know they do not even represent now the majority of the constituents that they faked into sending them to Congress, reacting in interviews to say that they do not care if they are elected another term. They don’t have to, by and large. They will go back to mommy and daddy, these rich white millionaire retirees they came to Washington to represent and protect, those in the 1% wealth of the nationa category. Why else do you think that this Tea Party and the House majority leader are so adamant on “no more taxes”, protecting the wealth who could without any real burden carry some of the load of more taxes to decrease the national debt. It is funny what greed does to a family when they have accumulated wealth, no matter if they like Boomer worked hard to get it.
Of course what is really bothersome to us from the Dateline interviews of 3 close Senator friends: John McCain, Liberman, and Lindsey Graham of Texas. The observation and word used most often by Bryan to describe the inability of Congress to function for the welfare of the American people, much like a dis-functional family, was the word “broken”; and when Bryan referred the broken question to this trio, they referred it to Graham. We were shocked to hear Graham say that, “If a representative or Senator comes to DC that is not independently wealthy he becomes the victim of the lobbyists and millionaires that control the top wealth in the country. You know who many of them are, like Exxon who make excuses and propagandize on their image while they continue to make all time profits, and pay little or no taxes. Long a part of American history literature and departments was the study of business enterprises, all the way back to the Gilded Age, as home owned businesses passed into large corporations where office or officer is designated to be the conscience or chaplain of large business. Make money, make money, increase the stock and decrease the overhead is the only motivation of such large corporations of no conscience. This is the way they are so cold heartedly able to take advantage of the majority of the American people at the pumps and in Congress, while they pay little taxes and make larger and larger profits. Big businesses, even worse than in the Gilded Age, where finally the anti-trust acts of Congress restricted them somewhat, are like a giant, fat man-eating shark that feeds on the innocent and powerless.
24-5: “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (I Corinthians 14:40)
The same Bible which says to respect those in authority, has another side to the coin; and that message of I Corinthians 14:40 above is primarily to national leadership: Be Decent and Do things in an orderly and organized fashion.
1. If someone in any of the national Dens is speaking to others in what seems like a foreign language without any real communication, compromise, or agreement (I Corinthians 14:27), let them do it by agreeing groups of 2 or 3, let them listen quietly and respectfully in turn; and let one leader be designated as the leader-interpreter. {In the case of a large local church, this group of 2 or 3 should come front and center before the microphone and congregation, so both the foreign tongue and the interpret ion have equal weight and understanding.}
2. If someone can not interpret in the language of the people in order that the majority of the people can understand, then let the tongue speaker keep silent in the public place that is hallowed (I Corinthians 14:28). Let this individual person practice as intended in the rules and regulations for speaking in unknown tongues, to go commune with himself in meditation and with God in private.
3. “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge” (I Corinthians 14:29)
NOTE: Of course, this presumes or assumes that what the public prophet, church or otherwise of any American DEN, speaks can be understood by all the others so that they in turn can judge, as clearly set out in the previous 28 verses of the rules and regulations of speaking in unknown tongues.
4. Respect for the right of others to speak, becoming silent when it is obvious that some kind of prophesy from God has come to them: “But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.” (I Corinthians 14:30)
NOTE: In the case of certain local Pentecostal churches on TV, this is the failure of the church leadership. You will notice that when a first, like the pastor or evangelist, speaks in an unknown tongue; and then when the second, a member in the congregation gives the interpretation loudly and in a hard manner to understand, also without the microphone, the leader is afraid of losing control of the congregation, taking back the speaking almost immediately. It would help the credibility of the worship if it were done by groups, preferable at the front, and if the interpreter would open his eyes and speak spontaneously apart from some rehearsed and repeated statement of faith, so that those present may see into his eyes and judge the validity of his interpretation. Many Pentecostals accustomed to these interpretations in worship for the majority, and especially the unsaved, just what the events of (1) unknown tongue and (2) interpret at on because: (1) it is part of their custom and tradition, like the old fashioned gospel hour, and where they feel at home; and (2) they consider it a sign of God’s blessing on their worship service; but rather as stated in I Corinthians 14:22, tongues are a sign of unbelievers, not believers.
5. The more attendees speak publicly {prophesy} one by one, then in turn the more of the group (1) learns and (2) is encouraged. We would really like to see if you are going to have a dedicated service for the speaking in tongues, that there be much more of the group prophesy like in the old fashioned testimonies that are not memorized. {That would be more likely to indicate the movement of the Spirit in the service.} (I Corinthians 14:31)
6. Final NOTE: Granted that at first to most of us Americans the Tea Party movement looked like a grassroots popular movement of the people; when in reality it was millionaires out to protect their material heritage using skillfully with the help of Republican politicians like Karl Rowe, the disgust of the American people with the status-quo of government, and using the desire of a large body of people for change. What we are seeing in the religious fanaticism of tongue speaking religious groups and the use of the millionaires of a larger body of dissatisfied Americans is the “opium of the people” concept of communism; and just like communism itself which Americans after a struggle totally rejected, so Americans will ultimately reject this fanaticism in both religion and politics, oscillating again as Americans have so often between extremes of liberalism and conservatism, to settle down at the medium of “moderation”, again becoming more like the land on which they live! One Nation under God.

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