Sunday, June 17, 2012
Welcome to Day 168 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 1 Kings 20; 1 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Kings 20, This chapter is the history of a war between Ben-hadad king of Syria and Ahab king of Israel, in which Ahab was, once and again, victorious. (No mention of Elijah or Jezebel?)
1 Kings 21, A dispute concerning Naboth’s vineyard. King Ahab and Jezebel get involved… Jezebel plots deception. Elijah meets Ahab, and denounces the judgments of God against him for his injustice.
2 Chronicles 17:3, “The Lord was with Jehoshaphat (the new king of Judah) because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals 4 but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.”
Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, [past tense] and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
I am already dead, hidden in with Christ in God!
A friend of mine summarized the Old Testament something like this… “Was anyone in the Old Testament NOT into deception??” That has been my observation along the way as well.
Here we read about Jezebel’s deception…
Abraham had Sarah pretend to be his sister… Joseph pretended to not know his brothers just to mess with them… Well… if you’ve been reading along, you know all the examples. No need to rehash to make the point, but needless to say there was a lot of deception for sure. Even how David treat Uriah after he (David) had slept with Bathsheba… he tried to give Uriah opportunity to sleep with her, but he refused, so he had him killed.
So here’s where I’ve landed… God was forgiving of just about anything other than worshiping false gods. David was one of the few people who never gave in to idol worship. Many of the judges and the kings did. Solomon, David’s son did… and it cost him dearly.
Then, every now and then, someone like Jehoshaphat comes along and tears down the Asherah poles and refuses to worship Baal or the other gods. God’s blessing is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS on a person like that!
I want to be in/under/surrounded by/experiencing God’s blessing!
I love the line in the song, “Be Lifted High,” “We will be the generation, calling down the reign of heaven!” I want to be a part of that!
God’s reign… the Kingdom! (Not raining fire…)
Help me to stay true to your word…