Terrorism is never far from the minds of people all over the world. William Shakespeare once said, ‘The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.’
Have you ever wondered why he made this statement and why it is pertinent today after all these many years? When we compare good versus evil, we can find many, many pat answers and comparison; but it is a different story when we compare ISIS versus Christianity. Many have asked, “Where did all of this begin and why do radical Muslims hate Christians and Jews so terribly? No religion in the world has done more good than Christianity and no religion has done more evil than ISIS. But this battle is nothing new. The conflict between these two religions has an interesting history.
All snug as a bug in a rug here in America, we are stunned by the actions of barbarism and terrorism. We just can’t understand such hatred toward fellow human beings. The problems we are facing today started many centuries ago when Abraham, the father of Judaism, failed to listen and obey God when God told him that he would be the father of many nations. Impatient for a son to be born, he took his wife’s Egyptian hand-maiden, Hagar, and fathered a son who was named Ishmael. He became the father of the Ishmaelites – the modern day Arabs.
Then, as God promised, He gave Abraham a son with his wife Sarah and his name was Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob who had twelve sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. These men became known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel because Jacob’s name was changed to Israel.
Sarah persuaded Abraham to disown Ishmael and thus began the hatred between the generations of two half-brothers. Today that hatred remains between the Arabs and the Jews. And through the Jewish nation came Christ – the foundation of the Christian faith. Ishmael had twelve sons and they became the foundation of the Muslim faith. He had twelve sons who were named Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. Genesis 25:13
In Genesis 25, we also find that the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael, both buried their father together in a cave. We will never know about the relationship between them when they were growing up. However, in Genesis, we are told that together these two half-brothers buried their father, Abraham, in a cave. Nothing brings a family together better than a funeral. We are also told that Abraham had left all of his wealth to Isaac and Ishmael was cut out of the will. Still today many families are destroyed after a loved one dies where there is a dispute over the possessions left behind. To out rival the Hatfields and McCoys, this family feud had last lasted for many centuries.
This sheds some light on the statement made by William Shakespeare when he said that the good a man does is often buried with his bones; but the evil he does lives after him. That evil is still being seen today as is evident in the barbarism that is talking place today. Iran swears they will blow Israel off the face of the map.
From the line of Jacob, the grandson of Abraham through the Tribe of Judah known as the Israelites, came Jesus Christ. Oddly enough Joseph, the husband of Mary and adopted father of Jesus, was also named Jacob. Christ was born of Mary of the “House of David” in Bethlehem as a Jew. Through Mary and Joseph Jesus was born in the line of King David. Perhaps that is why many in His day thought he had come to be an earthly king to save them. He came as a heavenly KING to save the world. God had made a promise to Abraham that the Jews would be His chosen people.
In Matthew 10, we see that Christ Jesus chose twelve men to follow him.
“Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus.”
The Bible says that Christians are known by their love… are we truly loving others as Christ did? Do we really care about anyone other than ourselves? What are we holding onto in this world that we cannot possibly keep? “Only one life and it will soon be past and ONLY what is done for Christ will last.”
Today’s sermon of the week is by Johnnie Moore and he delivers a most interesting sermon about how terrorism has and is still affecting our world. You will be able to see and hear this sermon by clicking on his name above.
This is the most informative sermon I have ever heard in all of my life. Johnnie Moore is a guest speaker at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Virginia and God has anointed him to tell the world what is going on today and how the cradle of Christianity, where Jesus was born and where the disciples and prophets lived, is being blown up and destroyed that has been survived for many thousands of centuries. The birthplace of Christ may soon be no more.
The prayers of Christians from all around the world is that Jesus will be born anew in the hearts of all mankind. We think we are immune because we live in America – we are not. People did not listen in the days of Noah – but we know how that turned out. ISIS has a bull’s eye target painted on the land of America… and they are coming… and we will perish for the lack of knowledge. Denying something does not make it true.
Johnnie Moore tells in his sermon of a Nun named Diana in Iraq who was educated in America and she has helped to lead many Christians to safety. She says that she loves America and is impressed at how well they take care of their pets; but she wonders when they will have the same love and compassion for their fellow Christians who are dying for their faith. Oddly, enough one of the daughter’s of Abraham was named Diana.
What goes around comes around and it is coming to our back door the sins of Abraham. But he who is without blame should cast the first stone. America is a sinful nation and how long God will tolerate what is happening here is not for us to know the exact time and date; but we see it unfolding daily on the twenty-four hour news casts.
Martin Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.