Believers In Babylon
Take God's precious word tonight and open it if you will to Psalm one hundred and thirty seven and just a moment we are going to look at the first four verses of this significant Psalm. But before we look at it, I want to give you the background for-it, so it will make more sense to you, Uh, you see what happened was this God had a people called His people, the Jewish people, and God gave them three significant things. God gave them a land, God gave them a law, and God gave them the Lord. Three things they had. Now let me tell you what they did with those three things. when they had the Land they defiled the land. when they had a law they defied the law, and when they had a Lord they denied the Lord, and because of this they were carried away by the king of Babylon whose name was Nebuchadnezzar and they were carried away captives into the land of Babylon. Now this Psalm has the background of someone in the land of Babylon, and they are talking about what it is like to live in Babylon. What it is like to be a child of God in captivity an expatriate living in a strange land. Now read with me the Psalm: By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down ye we wept when we remembered Zion. Now Zion is God's name for the city of Jerusalem, the Holy Hill of God. When we remembered Jerusalem, Zion, we hanged our hearts upon the willows in the midst there of, for there they carried us away captive required of us a Psalm and they that wasted us required of us mirth saying "Sing us one of the songs of Zion" and then here comes the plaintive question How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange Land? Tonight want to talk to you about the tragedy of Christians in exile. The tragedy of believers in Babylon. Now you say pastor what do you mean by that? I don't see anything here about Christians. Well, I think if we look at a little bit we are going to find that it refers to God's people. In the Old Testament we call them the saints of God, the ...
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