Jonathan Edwards’s Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, was preached on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut…
It was sermons like this, that were preached in the 18th century, that changed the course of America!
The apathy and complacency that we find so pronounced today in our society is unsettling.
There’s just so many people who are on this precarious slippery slope, hanging on only by a thread and by the grace of God, in the face of eternity.
They don’t realize the danger they they are in, they don’t see it; and what’s worse, they don’t even care!
What will it take to wake them up?
The truth is we ALL need to be shook from our complacency, and we also need to recognize the seriousness of the times in which we are living today!
With that said, I don’t think anyone who listens to this message will be the same afterwards.
Who was Jonathan Edwards?
Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Protestant theologian.
This sermon, along with the preaching of other evangelists and ministers of this period served to spark what we call the first Great Awakening, that swept over the American colonies, from Maine to Georgia between 1730 and 1770.
This revival had a direct effect upon our founding fathers and upon their efforts to develop and form a government that is centered around and founded upon the Word of God.
This revival movement, unlike the earlier doctrines of the Puritans, promised the grace of God to ALL who could experience a desire for it.
This revival in the colonies was also a part of a much broader spiritual movement, an evangelical upsurge, that was taking place simultaneously on the other side of the Atlantic, most notably in England, Scotland, and Germany.
In all these Protestant cultures, during the middle decades of the eighteenth century, a new Age of Faith arose to counter the currents of the “Age of Enlightenment,” which can best be described as the 18th century version of “Political Correctness” and “Secular Humanism,” meaning the construct of intellectual philosophies of men, without the influence, nor regard for God and His Word.
This so called “Age of Enlightenment” or intellectualism was anything but, and can best be described as a time when every man did what was right in his own eyes without the wisdom and guidance of God.
It’s kind of like where we are today.
This first Great Awakening served to reaffirm the view that being a true born-again Christian (John 3:7) had nothing to do with being religious, following a system of dead works and good deeds; but rather it meant, and also it required, that we must trust in the Lord with ALL our heart, by faith, and that we NOT lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
It meant that the heart, rather than the head, was the seat of this spiritual transformation; and it meant also prizing the revelation of God’s Word and the daily – moment by moment – spiritual nudging and leading of the Holy Spirit, more than the thinking and reasoning of the intellect.
Human reason, religious traditions and the philosophies of men, have absolutely nothing to do with this process.
Suffice it to say that we, here in America today, need a third Great Awakening, if our nation is to survive and return to the ways of God.
We cannot do this on our own and certainly it will not happen as a result of some surge in the economy or as the result of some political reform movement.
Truly this world and EVERYTHING in it belongs to God, and if human history and the the history we read about in the Bible teaches us anything, it teaches us that the government of man can ONLY truly work, as it exists in cooperation and in obedience to God and His Word.
Listen up folks, because this is the ONLY deal that’s on the table:
The Message (MSG)
Blessings for Obedience
28 1-6 If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world.
All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:
God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.
7 God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.
8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.
9 God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.
10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.
11-14 God will lavish you with good things:
Children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you.
God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand.
You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan.
God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today.
Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.
Curses for Disobedience
15-19 Here’s what will happen if you don’t obediently listen to the Voice of God, your God, and diligently keep all the commandments and guidelines that I’m commanding you today. All these curses will come down hard on you:
God’s curse in the city,
God’s curse in the country;
God’s curse on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s curse on your children,
the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.
God’s curse in your coming in,
God’s curse in your going out.
20 God will send The Curse, The Confusion,
The Contrariness down on everything you try to do until you’ve been destroyed and there’s nothing left of you—all because of your evil pursuits that led you to abandon me.
21 God will infect you with The Disease, wiping you right off the land that you’re going in to possess.
22 God will set consumption and fever and rash and seizures and dehydration and blight and jaundice on you.
They’ll hunt you down until they kill you.
23-24 The sky over your head will become an iron roof, the ground under your feet, a slab of concrete.
From out of the skies God will rain ash and dust down on you until you suffocate.
25-26 God will defeat you by enemy attack.
You’ll come at your enemies on one road and run away on seven roads.
All the kingdoms of Earth will see you as a horror. Carrion birds and animals will boldly feast on your dead body with no one to chase them away.
27-29 God will hit you hard with the boils of Egypt, hemorrhoids, scabs, and an incurable itch.
He’ll make you go crazy and blind and senile. You’ll grope around in the middle of the day like a blind person feeling his way through a lifetime of darkness; you’ll never get to where you’re going.
Not a day will go by that you’re not abused and robbed. And no one is going to help you.
30-31 You’ll get engaged to a woman and another man will take her for his mistress;
You’ll build a house and never live in it; you’ll plant a garden and never eat so much as a carrot; you’ll watch your ox get butchered and not get a single steak from it; your donkey will be stolen from in front of you and you’ll never see it again; your sheep will be sent off to your enemies and no one will lift a hand to help you.
32-34 Your sons and daughters will be shipped off to foreigners; you’ll wear your eyes out looking vainly for them, helpless to do a thing.
Your crops and everything you work for will be eaten and used by foreigners; you’ll spend the rest of your lives abused and knocked around. What you see will drive you crazy.
35 God will hit you with painful boils on your knees and legs and no healing or relief from head to foot.
36-37 God will lead you and the king you set over you to a country neither you nor your ancestors have heard of;
There you’ll worship other gods, no-gods of wood and stone.
Among all the peoples where God will take you, you’ll be treated as a lesson or a proverb—a horror!
38-42 You’ll plant sacks and sacks of seed in the field but get almost nothing—the grasshoppers will devour it.
You’ll plant and hoe and prune vineyards but won’t drink or put up any wine—the worms will devour them.
You’ll have groves of olive trees everywhere, but you’ll have no oil to rub on your face or hands—the olives will have fallen off.
You’ll have sons and daughters but they won’t be yours for long—they’ll go off to captivity. Locusts will take over all your trees and crops.
43-44 The foreigner who lives among you will climb the ladder, higher and higher, while you go deeper and deeper into the hole.
He’ll lend to you; you won’t lend to him. He’ll be the head; you’ll be the tail.
45-46 All these curses are going to come on you. They’re going to hunt you down and get you until there’s nothing left of you because you didn’t obediently listen to the Voice of God, your God, and diligently keep his commandments and guidelines that I commanded you.
The curses will serve as signposts, warnings to your children ever after.
47-48 Because you didn’t serve God, your God, out of the joy and goodness of your heart in the great abundance, you’ll have to serve your enemies whom God will send against you.
Life will be famine and drought, rags and wretchedness; then he’ll put an iron yoke on your neck until he’s destroyed you.
48-52 Yes, God will raise up a faraway nation against you, swooping down on you like an eagle, a nation whose language you can’t understand, a mean-faced people, cruel to grandmothers and babies alike.
They’ll ravage the young of your animals and the crops from your fields until you’re destroyed.
They’ll leave nothing behind: no grain, no wine, no oil, no calves, no lambs—and finally, no you.
They’ll lay siege to you while you’re huddled behind your town gates.
They’ll knock those high, proud walls flat, those walls behind which you felt so safe.
They’ll lay siege to your fortified cities all over the country, this country that God, your God, has given you.
53-55 And you’ll end up cannibalizing your own sons and daughters that God, your God, has given you.
When the suffering from the siege gets extreme, you’re going to eat your own babies.
The most gentle and caring man among you will turn hard, his eye evil, against his own brother, his cherished wife, and even the rest of his children who are still alive, refusing to share with them a scrap of meat from the cannibal child-stew he is eating.
He’s lost everything, even his humanity, in the suffering of the siege that your enemy mounts against your fortified towns.
56-57 And the most gentle and caring woman among you, a woman who wouldn’t step on a wildflower, will turn hard, her eye evil, against her cherished husband, against her son, against her daughter, against even the afterbirth of her newborn infants; she plans to eat them in secret—she does eat them!—because she has lost everything, even her humanity, in the suffering of the siege that your enemy mounts against your fortified towns.
58-61 If you don’t diligently keep all the words of this Revelation written in this book, living in holy awe before This Name glorious and terrible, God, your God, then God will pound you with catastrophes, you and your children, huge interminable catastrophes, hideous interminable illnesses.
He’ll bring back and stick you with every old Egyptian malady that once terrorized you.
And yes, every disease and catastrophe imaginable—things not even written in the Book of this Revelation—God will bring on you until you’re destroyed.
62 Because you didn’t listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, you’ll be left with a few pitiful stragglers in place of the dazzling stars-in-the-heavens multitude you had become.
63-66 And this is how things will end up:
Just as God once enjoyed you, took pleasure in making life good for you, giving you many children, so God will enjoy getting rid of you, clearing you off the Earth.
He’ll weed you out of the very soil that you are entering in to possess.
He’ll scatter you to the four winds, from one end of the Earth to the other.
You’ll worship all kinds of other gods, gods neither you nor your parents ever heard of, wood and stone no-gods.
But you won’t find a home there, you’ll not be able to settle down.
God will give you a restless heart, longing eyes, a homesick soul.
You will live in constant jeopardy, terrified of every shadow, never knowing what you’ll meet around the next corner.
This is what God is saying to our nation today:
Come now, and let us reason together, Saith the LORD; Though your sins be as scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
Our nation today is standing at a crossroads of decision, either we obey God’s instructions, given in 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Or we as a nation continue, as we have, on this downward slide to our own destruction!
God has provided for us one and only one way for us to avoid this consequence of our having to spend an eternity separated from His presence.
We are told in the Bible that there is ONLY one name under heaven, whereby this can happen and that we may be saved, and that is by faith in Jesus Christ.
He is the one who offered Himself, as a propitious sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, in order to pay a debt that we owed; and it is through His out poured life and blood on the cross that we now can be forgiven of our sins and reconciled back in the God’s family.
This is the greatest gift ever offered, and it’s also the most important decision that any of us will ever have to make in our lifetime!
The Bible tells us to either reject or ignore this Gospel message will mean that you will have your fate sealed for all eternity, and that you will be forced to stand at the judgment seat of God and face Him, accountable for your own sins, without the benefit of the Saviour!
I pray they you not take this decision for granted, and also that you not put it off any further.
As for our nation, we can only pray that God will wakeup that sleeping giant, called the church, within our nation, while we still can make a difference!
Come join the Adventure!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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