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Apr
12

The Penalty for Not Worshipping the Lord

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“Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.”Zechariah 14:16-19

Here we see an example of God’s direct intervention into a nation’s well-being. This passage tells us that God will withhold rain from a nation if they refuse to worship Him. It implies that we should not always view things like crop production, or the natural disasters which threaten those crops and the people who raise them as mere random events. God certainly has the power to direct such events, such as drought.

Does God still do this today? It is a pretty simple thing to list those nations which refuse to serve the true Lord, and then overlay the news stories of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and drought. My initial thought is that there is some correlation between the two. Wouldn’t it make an interesting study to delve deeper into the interrelation between these two observations?

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