Friday, October 30, 2009
Cromwell the farmer, politician,soldier
1 Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things?
2 The kings of the earth stood up, and the princes met together, against the Lord, and against his Christ.
3 Let us break their bonds asunder: and let us cast away their yoke from us.
4 He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them: and the Lord shall deride them.
5 Then shall he speak to them in his anger, and trouble them in his rage.
6 But I am appointed king by him over Sion, his holy mountain, preaching his commandment.
7 The Lord hath said to me: Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I will give thee the Gentiles for thy inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt rule them with a rod of iron, and shalt break them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 And now, O ye kings, understand: receive instruction, you that judge the earth.
11 Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto him with trembling.
12 Embrace discipline, lest at any time the Lord be angry, and you perish from the just way.
13 When his wrath shall be kindled in a short time, blessed are all they that trust in him.
In Psalm 149 it tells us the Lords saints can bear arms to cast the kings and nobles in fetters and execute vengeance on all the nations.
1 Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the church of the saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king.
3 Let them praise his name in choir: let them sing to him with the timbrel and the psaltery.
4 For the Lord is well pleased with his people: and he will exalt the meek unto salvation.
5 The saints shall rejoice in glory: they shall be joyful in their beds.
6 The high praises of God shall be in their mouth: and two-edged swords in their hands:
7 To execute vengeance upon the nations, chastisements among the people:
8 To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of iron.
9 To execute upon them the judgment that is written: this glory is to all his saints. Alleluia.
Is this what was happening. The Catholics ofcourse would argue. However if look at Isaiah isnt it written that the rulers will make unrighteous decrees to rip people off. Cromwell was known for reading Isaiah and quoting Isaiah in his war cry. Isaiah was also observed by the early american delegates when they came up with the slogan. "Give me youre tired , youre hungry , youre poor".
In my opinion there was a need for the puritans to do what they are doing. I dont think they lived in times like modern day when the comforts of luxury were ready available to anyone. They had not the same luxury those nobles and monarchs could afford from taxing the poor the monarch manner. Thomas Jefferson wrote that the closest thing in america to a monarch or noble was a manufacturer. So in modern times we have not noble titles but corporate ones. How do we deal with these times. Can we be Cromwell or Washington?. We need to do like both of those and observe the book of Isaiah and moreso stay focused on the real gospel not the one that contains divisions and immature vanities.