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When Losing Is Winning

Nathaniel Stalling Jr is Pastor of Burning Bush Temple of Christ Church.

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As a Christian, I see the most profound victory ever achieved at the cross. What Jesus the Christ accomplished at calvary was centuries in the making. One of the greatest lessons I ever learned was every loss does not mean it’s over. Israel was finally free from its bondage in Egypt. The time had come for them to meet their God, and serve Him. The Lord performed miracles on their behalf, subdued the Pharoah of Egypt and, took them by the hand, led them to a land of their own. After the death of Moses, and Joshua succeeded him to lead Israel into the land the Lord promised them, the people were finally at peace, and they rested. After distributing the land to each of the twelve tribes they settled down and began to build homes, businesses and, families. Israel began to prosper beyond their wildest dreams. The Lord gave them peace on every side. Their only duty was to keep the promise they made to the Lord.

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After a while, when Joshua advanced in age, he called all the heads of Israel together one last time to give his farewell address: “A long time after that, when the Lord had given Israel rest from all their enemies on every side, and Joshua had grown old and advanced in years, that Joshua called all Israel, their elders and their heads and their judges and their officers, and said to them, “I am old and advanced in years. And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these nations for your sake; for the Lord, your God is He who has been fighting for you.” Joshua 23:1-4 AMP

Within a generation they began to forget that the covenant they made with the Lord was conditional: “If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, to fear and honor with reverence this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses. Moreover, He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they will cling to you.” Deuteronomy 28:58-60 AMP

As early as the time of the ‘Judges’ it began to go sideways for the new inhabitants of the land. Israel began to mingle and get too close to the neighboring nations around them. They began to worship idols and commit all kinds of terrible sins. After a brief time of prosperity during the reign of David and Solomon, the nation’s condition worsened again under the kings of Israel and Judah. As a matter of fact, the book of Kings has nothing positive to say about the kingdom of Israel. They were politically and morally bankrupt. The nation of Israel had to be saved from itself. The Lord God had been protecting His people from all the surrounding nations. No outside forces could overcome this small nation of newcomers in the land of Canaan. Many had tried and failed. Even natural disasters, plagues and, diseases could not touch this favored nation. But all that was about to change. In order for God’s chosen people to survive, to continue to be the instrument and vehicle in keeping His plan on course, Israel would have to lose, to win.


Amos the prophet

Amos the prophet

After the unprecedented peaceful and prosperous years under the kingship of Solomon, the time to pay the proverbial piper was near. God had, for the most part, stayed silent during the reign of King Solomon, in honor of his father, King David. But now that Solomon has died it was time to set things right. Things had been spiraling downward for decades. Under this new king, Jeroboam II, severe oppression of the poor had been instituted by the newly wealthy class. Lawless judges were in charge of the judicial system, dishonest merchants falsified the balances by deceit, and worship was nothing more than a smokescreen that shrouded terrible abuses of the poor. The Lord chose a simple man, a herdsman, from the southern kingdom of Judah, a town called Tekoa, to deliver a message to King Jeroboam of the northern kingdom of Israel. Amos was his name, and this was the message: “Thus He showed me [a vision], and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand [to determine if the wall was straight or if it needed to be destroyed]. The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line [as a standard] Among My people Israel [showing the defectiveness of the nation, requiring judgment]. I shall not spare them any longer. [The door of mercy is shut.] And the [idolatrous] high places of Isaac (Israel) will be devastated and deserted, And the sanctuaries of Israel will be in ruins. Then I shall rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword [and destroy the monarchy].” Amos 7:7-9 AMP.

Queen Esther

Queen Esther

Within forty years the Assyrians swooped in like an eagle and carried God’s people out of the land He gave them into exile, they balked and complained; but slowly they conformed to the ways of their conquerors. Then, to show Himself faithful to His people, that they would know and, be encouraged, that He had not forgotten about them, God raised up another one of His female superstars. Esther. The Lord used Esther to save His people from total destruction and paved the way for them to eventually return to their land. Every loss does not mean it’s over. Sometimes you have to lose in order to win.

© 2021 Nathaniel Stalling Jr

Comments

Nathaniel Stalling Jr (author) from Detroit, MI on October 07, 2021:

You're very welcome KC.

God bless,

KC McGee from Where I belong on October 05, 2021:

Wehzo, I did get to read the articale you wrote for me. It was titled " A Nation Divided" I read it about 9 minates after you posted it before they took it down. You wrote in part that "King Solomon had seven hundred wives, princesses and three hundred concubines". When I had finished reading your article I then tried to leave a comment, but they took it down so fast it left me wondering what had happened. It was very informitive , with much details and I realize you had put much effort and time writing it. I deeply appreciate what you did for me. I will never forget it. And yes you are correct. it did answer all my questions.

Much peace and blessing to you and you have my utmost thanks.

KC

Nathaniel Stalling Jr (author) from Detroit, MI on October 04, 2021:

Hello KC McGee,

I published a hub addressing your question, but they unpublished it because there are too many articles written on the same subject with similar content. So I decided to send the information to you through the comment capsule if that's ok. Here it is:

The Nation Divided

The nation of Israel, under the guidance and leadership, of king Solomon had become morally and spiritually bankrupt. With His beloved people in such a condition, the Lord God was compelled to intervene. To keep His promise to King David the Lord moved to preserve the integrity of the royal dynasty that was yet to come:

“Jeroboam, Solomon’s servant, the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zeredah whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow, also rebelled against the king. Now, this is the reason why he rebelled against the king: Solomon built the Millo (fortification) and he repaired and closed the breach of the city of his father David. The man Jeroboam was a brave warrior and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he put him in charge of all the forced labor of the house of Joseph. It came about at that time, when Jeroboam left Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road. Now Ahijah had covered himself with a new cloak, and the two of them were alone in the field. Then Ahijah took hold of the new cloak which he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces. He said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am going to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes – but he [and his descendants] shall have one tribe (Benjamin was annexed to Judah), for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel – because they have abandoned Me and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the sons of Ammon; and they have not walked in My ways and followed My commandments, doing what is right in My sight and keeping My statutes and My ordinances as did his father David. However, I will not take the entire kingdom out of his hand; but I will make him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of My servant David, whom I chose because he kept My commandments and My statutes. But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand and give it to you: ten tribes. Yet to his son I will give one tribe, so that My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put My Name and Presence. I will take you [Jeroboam], and you shall reign over whatever your soul desires, and you shall be king over Israel (the ten northern tribes).” 1 Kings 11:29-37 AMP.

The once-mighty, unified kingdom, that King David fought so long and hard to build was now torn into two weakened nations. King Jeroboam ruled over the ten newly separated tribes of the north, while King Rehoboam (Solomon’s son) ruled over the southern kingdom of Israel, Judah (included the tribe of Benjamin).

KC McGee from Where I belong on October 04, 2021:

Many thanks Wehzo. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Many blessings.

Nathaniel Stalling Jr (author) from Detroit, MI on October 04, 2021:

Hello KC McGee,

I appreciate your gracious comments. I will write an article on the northern/southern split of Israel and post it today.

God bless you and yours,

KC McGee from Where I belong on October 04, 2021:

Great article Wehzo. Thank you for explaining "When Losing is Winning" with Christ's victory on the cross. One question , you mentioned "the northern kingdom of Israel" could you briefly explain this split of the north/south Kingdoms of Israel and what caused this and where in the bible covers this event? I've heard of it before, but never read about it fully myself.

Many thanks for this article. Enjoyed it very much.

Blessings to you and your's.

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