Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 19
September 11, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<185> Thesis: The Law and Nazareth were both made necessary by the magnitude of the problem of Sin. Introduction: On this fourth anniversary of 9/11, it is instructive to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear that this United States has been subjected to both the hostility of men and the wrath of God in the past four years in a way that is increasingly hard to simply ignore so that we may go about our business as usual. When the World Trade Center was destroyed by the wrath of men, there were some who said that God was judging America for its permissiveness in particular respect to its kinky sexuality. Those who dared to say that were immediately shouted down and vilified by permissive Americans who did not want to hear that God was not an American. In the last two weeks, America was hit with a body blow of such magnitude that many thought it necessary to have a Katrina Relief Concert that would be broadcast on all of the major TV networks simultaneously. The first spokesperson of that Concert was Ellen Degeneres, an openly lesbian woman who has her own weekly TV show in an in-your-face kind of statement about what America is supposed to embrace. I find it ironic that an event that is clearly a manifestation of the wrath of God (of a sufficient magnitude that no one can simply ignore it) is addressed by the public media with a deliberate statement that "when faced with a great disaster, we need to put aside our differences and work together to undo the damage that has been done". God was not impressed on Friday night with the arrogance of America, and another of the instruments of His destruction spins off the east coast at this very moment. And, as is always the case, the very text before us in the Word of God this morning speaks to our setting with a remarkable correspondence. The text before us this morning is, in a way, an explanation of the reason that God has made it a policy to, as Paul said it in Romans 1:18, reveal His wrath from heaven. So, if we have any stomach for the Word of God in the face of His obvious displeasure, let us look into Luke's record in Luke 2:39 to see if there is something there for us.