CHRISTIANS IN CAPTIVITY
"How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?"
Let me give you to background of this Psalm. God had
been so good to His people Israel. God gave to them a
land. God gave to them a law. And to crown it off God
gave to them a Lord, Himself. Do you know what they
did? They defiled the land. They defied the law. They
denied the Lord. And because of that, God sent
Nebuchadnezzar, a cruel pagan king, with his army to
carry them, away out of the land of Judah, out of
Jerusalem, out of Zion to a place of bondage. They
were carried to a strange land, a foreign country. To
Babylon. And there they became captives in Babylon.
And this Psalm was written. Perhaps it was written by
Jeremiah. Some think Jeremiah wrote this Psalm. It's a
plaintiff's song of song of saints in captivity. Now
what does that have to do with me? What does that mean
to me today?
Remember we told you that there are three questions
that you ought to ask when you look at any passage of
Scripture. What did it mean then? What does it mean
today? That doesn't mean that their meanings change,
but how can I apply what happened to the people back
then, how can I apply that today? Ah, but you are not
quite ready yet for it to really be meaningful to you.
What did it mean then, what does it mean today? Now I
will ask the third question. What does it mean to me
personally? All right.
I want to talk to you today about this subject,
"Christians in Captivity," because there is a
tremendous lesson for us today and I believe that I am
talking to many this morning, by means of this pulpit
and by means of radio and television and by means of
tape later on that are living in a Babylonian
captivity. You have been taken captive by the world
and by the flesh and by the devil. Now when you were
saved, you were born again. And when you were born
again, you were born free. Free. If the Son sh ...
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