Saturday, October 16, 2010

daily text 10/16

Saturday, October 16th, 2010
"Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth" (Matthew 6:10)

In connection with this request in the model prayer, we should remember that the "kingdom" is the heavenly Messianic government in the hands of Christ and the resurrected "holy ones" associated with him. (Daniel 7:13, 14, 18; Isaiah 9:6, 7) Praying for it to "come" is a request that God's Kingdom come against all earthly opposers of divine rulership. That will soon occur, paving the way for a global paradise of righteousness, peace, and prosperity. (Psalm 72:1-15; Daniel 2:44; 2 Peter 3:13) Jehovah's will is being done in heaven, and asking that it take place on earth is a plea that God carry out his purposes toward our planet, including the removal of his opposers today as he did in ancient times.—Psalm 83:1, 2, 13-18.
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 3:13)

Martin Luther King Jr. made a profound statement related to nationalism and God's Messianic Kingdom, which is very different from what most religious leaders teach, and shows he understood what a terrible folly it is for men to believe that God favors one nation above another, or approves of men *taking it upon themselves* to dictate political policy or wage warfare against other nations in His name. He said:

"Don't let anybody make you think that God chose America as His divine, Messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgement, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America: 'You're too arrogant. If you don't change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power'..."