What is Ramah? What is Ramoth-Gilead? There was a great spiritual war brewing in the land of Israel following the days of Solomon. The kingdom had been divided into two kingdoms, Judah and the ten tribes called Israel. Jeroboam became King of Israel. He immediately started a new system of worship in opposition to the LORD God of Jerusalem. Because God resided in the Holy of Holies, the temple was the center piece of worship in the Jewish religion. Because the temple was in Jerusalem the political power resided in Jerusalem. This was more than the Kings of Israel could stand. He began a new system of worship in Israel based on Baalism. Jeroboam made two golden calves for them to worship. He then cast out the Levities and God chosen priesthood and put people of low moral standing in the new priesthood.
2 Chronicles 13:6-11 (KJV) Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord. 7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them. 8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. 9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods. 10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business: 11 And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.
When the system of Baal worship ceased, Baasha King of Israel, build a fortress on the main road to Judah. The purpose of this fortress was road block to the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. His political power was threatened by Asa and the LIVING God.
2 Chronicles 16:1-6 (KJV) In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me. 4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. 5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease. 6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
Anything you put between you and God is a road block. The Kings of Israel blocked the main road to Jerusalem. First Jeroboam then Baasha. Jeroboam set up a false religious system and Baasha blocked the road literally. Some of you are asking what this has to do with you today. We all love Jesus. We don’t have any road block today. If you will take your blinders off and open your eyes you will see there are many road blocks today!
Galatians 1:8-9 (KJV) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Any one preaching another gospel is a road block set up to deceive you and take your blessing away.
John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 3:16-18 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Jesus is the only way to God the Father. If you don’t believe in salvation by grace alone, you are condemned already and on your way to hell. Buddha will not take you to heaven. Allah cannot save your soul. Confucius will never help you to get born again. The Blessed Mary cannot save you. The Dal Lama does not know the way to heaven. Water will never save you soul and make you clean inside. A little sprinkling will never wash away your sins. The lost dead are already in Hell. No prayers can get them out of purgatory. Sacraments are a lie from the pits of hell. Bread and new wine are pictures of Jesus Death and have no merits of salvation. Works apart from salvation are damned by God. Feeding the children will not save you! Help those in Africa cannot save you or keep you from the fires of hell. Helping those in the inner cities will not wash your sins away. Only Jesus Christ and his blood have that power.
Revelation 1:5 (KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Joel and Victoria Osteen will lead you to hell and steal your blessings. Rick Warren will steal your blessings and help you meet the Antichrist. Oral Roberts will help you meet the devil. Bill Hybels will help you meet the world and sin. John MacArthur will show you confusion and take you to hell with him. John Hagee will introduce you to the devil. There is no HOPE in the POPE. Hell will be hot for preachers who do not know Jesus Christ.
Matthew 15:14 (KJV) Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Matthew 23:24 (KJV) Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Going to a bar and drinking some booze will not send you to hell, but sure can miss up your relationship with God. Watching the Boob Tube (TV) all the time will mess up your relationship with God. We want to worship Michael Jordon, Lebron James, Tiger Woods, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt, but are these really proper role models for our kids? Do they live by the highest moral stands? Do they love Jesus Christ?
Our young want to lift up Brittany Spears, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Lady Gag- ME. These are so wonderful role models? They are crude, devilish and offensive to God. Yet they are worshiped. Our society is turned wrong side out! Sex has become a God. Sounds like Baal Worship to me. Baal was a fertility god and there were temple prostitutes in ancient Israel. How are we different from ancient Israel in our sins? Anybody ready to give up their time in front of the Boob Tube?
We lift groups like Meatloaf, Boys to Men, Queen, the Grateful Dead and a host of others then we expect our children to live Godly lives? These groups are offensive to God. These groups promote sex, drugs, and load music. So did Baal. Do you want to die young, the average age of Rock Musicians who die is about 28 years old? Does not sound very Christian to me! God wants us to live to be old and gray, but Satan devours his own. Satan is a killer. I don’t recommend running around with a killer. How many of you are ready to clean out your music collections? How many are of you ready to change your music?
1 Corinthians 6:15-20 (KJV) Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I cannot choose your life for you! I can’t tell you what do. I can show things. It is your choice. You need to a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus wants you live your life more abundantly. Jesus died for you. Jesus wants the best for you! If you want to seek God there are things you can do to make that easier. If you want your children to grow up right, you need to set a good example for them. What kind of example are you setting for your children? Ask God about this. See what God has to say. God’s opinion matters, not mine. I invite you to do business with the LORD. Pray right now ask him to forgive you and help us to change your life. Help you to make change for the better. Are you ready for change? Jesus can change you. Jesus will change you.
We thank you for this day. We thank you for your great mercy and grace. We thank you for your forgiveness. I ask you to help the one who needs this message right now. I ask you to help the one who needs to change their lives. Help them to see bad communications corrupt good manners. Help them to clean out their closets. Help them to clean up their music. Help them to understand. Help them LORD. Help me a sinner. Help me to do right. Help some lost soul to get saved right now. I ask you to put conviction on the lost and dying world. In Jesus Name. AMEN.