“And the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto GOD, by reason of the bondage. And GOD heard their groaning, and GOD remembered His covenant with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. And GOD saw the children of Israel, and GOD took knowledge of them.” Exodus 2:23-25
The children of Israel literally cried to the LORD. He heard their groaning and He related their cry to their forefathers. This same pattern occurs in our lives today. When we Cry Out and groan for America, the LORD will remember our Godly forefathers and raise up a leader, like Moses, to take us out of bondage. The word CRY means, “A cry for help, from pain or distress…frequently used for crying to GOD.” This is the Hebrew word, “shav ‘ah” simply means, “Cry for help.”
This is the fifth time the word, Cry, is used in the Bible and it is due to the children of Israel being in bondage. Not until the people realize their need and that they are in bondage do they let out a “shav ‘ah” cry. This expression then touches the heart and reaches the ear of GOD. He remembers their forefathers and He responds by raising up a Godly leader to take them out of bondage, into freedom, to worship Him. He separates His people from Egypt and brings them into Canaan.
There is a remnant in America that GOD wants to bring out of Egypt into Canaan. A few years ago GOD told me to preach on the gods of Egypt and now I realize this is connected to Crying Out. Cry Out – GOD hears – Remembers Forefathers – Moses Raised Up – Exodus from Egypt – Freedom to Worship – Canaan Land. This is the process GOD desires for His people. Is it like GOD to judge the righteous with the unrighteous?
Far be it from you to do such a thing–to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25, NIV
Our nation is in a similar state as the two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah were, when Abraham spoke these words to GOD. GOD then sent angels to remove the people of GOD (Lot and his family) from the land. But Lot’s wife was too connected with her home and as she looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt. Looking back is not an option when GOD is taking you out of the land of judgment. GOD wants to sanctify His people so that we are not mixed in when judgment arrives.
We are not to fear when judgment comes; we are to trust in our loving GOD and Cry Out for mercy like Daniel, Abraham, Esther and other men/women of GOD did in the Bible.
The children of Israel were in bondage, this refers to a physical slavery. This was due to their new ruler and leader after the former king of Egypt died. When a new ruler comes into place that does not favor the people of GOD, we must CRY OUT to GOD for mercy and deliverance so that we are not harshly treated.
I began to ask the LORD to send angels to us before He judged Atlanta and I heard Him say, “I will not destroy (Atlanta) if you repent.” Wow! This is very encouraging.
We are in a privileged location to be able to face the City of Atlanta daily and repent. My prayer room literally faces the City of Atlanta. I can stretch my hands towards the city and repent on behalf of our sins as a city. GOD will then remember the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and send an out pouring of His Spirit as I CRY OUT.
The Bible says that GOD “heard” the cry of the children of Israel. Their cry was a request to be brought out of Egypt and into freedom. This word “heard” means “to listen, give heed; to consent, agree; to grant request.” When we CRY OUT, GOD responds by granting our request. He yields His self to our request. This is a phenomenal truth and a great demonstration of the eternal nature of Covenant.
This cry literally “brought back to mind” His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is therefore important to find out what this Covenant was with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The LORD’s Covenant with Abraham is found in Genesis 12:1-8:
Genesis 12:1-8 KJV
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord , who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth–el, and pitched his tent, having Beth–el on the west, and Ai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord , and called upon the name of the Lord .
Here the LORD promises Abraham that He would make him a great nation, He would bless him, He would make Abraham’s name great, and that Abraham would be a blessing. GOD also promises that He would bless thoae who bless Abraham and curse those who curse Abraham. He makes it clear that all the families of the earth would be blessed through Abraham. The LORD also promised to give Abraham and His seed the land of Canaan. Now it was like the LORD was saying, “I remember when I told Abraham I would give his descendants the land of Canaan, but now they are crying to me in bondage to the Egyptians. I have to fulfil my Covenant with Abraham.”
The LORD’s Covenant with Abraham:
Genesis 17:1-22 KJV
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
The LORD comes to Abraham again to establish Covenant with him, telling Abraham that He would multiply Abraham exceedingly, make him a father of many nations, exceedingly fruitful, nations would come out of Abraham, and kings would come out of him. The LORD also changes Abraham’s name from Abram to Abraham, for he would be a father of many nations. Abraham means “father of a multitude” or “chief of multitude.” This seems to be a sort of identity shift in Abraham’s life, the day he becomes a father and leader of multitudes. Then the LORD begins to specify the Covenant He is making with Abraham and his seed:
“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.”
Abraham’s seed are the same children of Israel crying out in Exodus chapter two. GOD covenants with Abraham that He would have an everlasting covenant with the seed of Abraham. Nothing, including time, could break this covenant. And the LORD promises land to Abraham and his seed. The land specified is all of the land of Canaan. Then GOD tells Abraham that he must keep GOD’s covenant and his seed after him. (This explains why GOD is so strict on me in certain areas- wearing skirts, etc.). Then GOD specifies the covenant He wants Abraham to keep- the Covenant of Circumcision. All the men must be circumcised.
In this Covenant with Abraham, the LORD also changes Sarah’s name from Sarai to Sarah. Sarah means, “a princess, a noble lady.” This is used in reference to “the wives of kings of noble birth.” It represents a king’s wife. GOD was making Sarah a mother of nations and He saw her as royalty. He was going to do the impossible through Sarah, impregnating her with the seed of Abraham at the age of 99 years old, while Abraham was 100 years of age. He then gives Abraham, who is laughing at this point, the name of his son, Isaac, meaning, “he laughs.” Isaac carries the Covenant of Abraham.
He promises to bless Ishmael, but makes His covenant with Isaac. Then He tells Abraham that Sarah would have a child “at this set time next year.” There is a set time marked on GOD’s calendar for the birth of Isaac.
The LORD’s Land Covenant with Abraham:
Deuteronomy 30:1-10 KJV
And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord , and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
The LORD’ Covenant with Isaac:
Genesis 26:1-6, 12-25 KJV
And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. And he went up from thence to Beer–sheba. And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord , and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.
The LORD appeared to Isaac telling him not to go to Egypt and specifying the land He would give to Isaac. He told Isaac He would be with him and bless him, He would give all these countries to Isaac and his seed, He would perform the oath He swore to Isaac’s father, Abraham, He would make Isaac’s seed multiply as the stars of heaven and give Isaac’s seed these countries.
These are the Covenants we can stand upon as the Body of Christ, receiving the Blessings of Abraham as we pray for our land. Let’s “Cry Out” to the LORD today for His mercy, restoration and reformation of our land. Let’s “Cry Out” to see many come to know Jesus as their personal friend, LORD and Savior. Let’s “Cry Out” for truth to Reign above every other thought in our nation.
Pray this Prayer with me: Father, we thank You for the restoration of America but before we thank you we ask for Your forgiveness. We need your help and we sincerely repent for the many sins of our nation, first in our own personal lives but then corporately as the Body of Christ we ask for mercy. We understand that if we pray, humble ourselves and seek Your face then You will heal our land. We Cry Out to You today on One Accord asking for the Bride of Christ to arise in the glory that You have called her to in this hour. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
GOD has heard and will answer our Cry on this historic day. GOD Bless you!
In His Love,
Sometimes you must set your face as flint and sit determined to see GOD’s Covenant Established in your Life and Land: