7th October, 2013
By Ayo Oyoze Baje
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil,/that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;/that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter./Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight-Isaiah 5:20-21.
No nation that sheds so much INNOCENT BLOOD of its voiceless citizens can ever know peace or progress. That was the crisp, clear message that came to me through the Spirit of the Most High God, precisely on Sunday, 22nd September,2013. As the country celebrated her 53rd independence anniversary, therefore, the political leaders as well as other Nigerians will do well to take this warning most seriously. It was a tour de force as I was led through several biblical verses as God decries the wanton wasting of precious lives by those who value their own but not that of others. If you do not want to die, do not kill. It is as simple as that!
The Holy Bible says: Thou shall not kill (Deut.5 vs 17).So, what happened to Cain, the first recorded murderer? He received an instant curse from God, too terrible to experience. And he said, what have thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground(Genesis 4 vs 10- 14).What this implies is that each time a Nigerian takes the life of another, the voice of the victim cries unto his/her maker. It does not matter the means employed. It could be through premeditated killing based on the dangerous dogma of religious extremism, as with Boko Haram insurgency, political differences and intolerance, inter-ethnic clashes, armed robbery or kidnapping and killing the victim because the ransom was not paid.
It could also be through hideous ritual murder for mindless money or fleeting power and fame, or on account of some old pensioners who die from years of not being paid their terminal benefits. Not excluded are the so-called men of God who make the worshippers poorer by the imposition of many levies and others who bury human beings alive in churches all for mundane reasons. Both the motive and method are crude, conscienceless and unjustifiable. A murderer has no other name.
Back to the curse on Cain. And now are thou cursed from the earth, which had opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield her strength, a fugitive and vagabond shall thou be in the earth (Genesis 4vs10-12).Cain, who was supposed to be a possessor of land, according to the meaning of his Hebrew name spent a better part of his miserable life running away from the treasures that should have been his. Let those Nigerians who love to kill fellow citizens learn from this.
And to the Christians who have had to bear the brunt of the Boko Haram blood-letting over the past few years, God had predicted it in the bible. Read this carefully: They shall put you off the synagogues (churches).Yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you because they have not known the Father, nor me.( St John 16 vs 2-3).But there is comfort on the way. Consider this: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate with his face towards the east sea… and his stink shall come up… because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land be glad and rejoice for the Lord will do great things.(Joel 2 vs 20-21).
Furthermore, remember the promise of God: For thus said the Lord of hosts…for those that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eyes.(Zechariah 2 v 8).Similarly, is this charge: Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence and shall keep thy foot from being taken.(Prov.2 vs 25 -26).For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.(Deut. 20 v4).Also: The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face; they shall come against thee one way and flee before thee seven ways (Deut. 28 verse 17) .
Agreed, we live in the End Time when terrible things have become the rule rather than the exception. But we must not join the fray all for material benefits because there is nothing hidden now that will not be revealed. For instance, both the King of Moab (11 Kings 3v27) and King Manasseh (11 Kings 21 v7) sacrificed their sons to win war and for spiritual power respectively, but were punished for their crimes. Moreover, Manasseh shed INNOCENT BLOOD VERY MUCH till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another. As a result God said: Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah that whosever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.(11Kings 21 v 12).
As we inch closer to 2015 general election, which is also already increasing both the tempo and temperature of politics in Nigeria, we should remember that power ultimately belongs to God through the people. We must learn from history. Most of our wicked rulers of the past ended up in disgraceful deaths. We must all therefore, shun wickedness because there is: No peace unto the wicked (Isaiah 48 v22) and: The wicked shall die(Isaiah 60v14).God hates the shedding of INNOCENT HUMAN BLOOD so much that he refused that King David, whom He once confessed was after his heart to build house for God.(1 Chron.28v 3).As Jesus, the Christ would admonish his disciples, those who have ears let them hear the warning of God. Happy Independence Anniversary to fellow Nigerians.
•Ayo wrote from Lagos