Day 103 So Tired of these Kings!! “Dangerous Confidence” 2 Chronicles 25:1 – 28:27
April 13, 2021, 9:53 PM

Day 103 So Tired of these Kings!! “Dangerous Confidence” 2 Chronicles 25:1 – 28:27

Ok. It’s 10:30 pm and I’m finally writing the blog. Here’s what happened. I read the chapters last night before bedtime, which I always do, and I thought “That’s it! I’m done! I can’t read about these kings anymore. I can’t think of anything new or profound to say. I can’t face them one more morning. They are BORING me to tears! Plus, I am still having a hard time keeping them straight in my mind!”

I’m still bored. The Chronicler has managed to steal my joy. But I’m sticking with it, and I do find that there are still things that grab my attention, even for a little while.

Like the idea of all these high places and asherah poles that people worshiped. Idol worship for idle people. And idols have always meant that God’s people are settling for less, settling for less than God is, settling for less than the genuine presence of the living God. It may not seem like a big deal to us, but it was a big deal, is still a big deal to God.

I know it sounds terrible, but our God is a jealous God. By that I mean that God’s greatest desire is to be in an intimate relationship with us, a living relationship with us, and that can only be accomplished with a living God. High places and asherath poles were poor substitutes for the living presence of the living God, and yet, something about them attracted the people. Was it that the idols were the work of their own hand? Certainly we love that and we might even understand a teeny bit about that—we worship what we ourselves create. And our ability to create means that we are in control of that thing we created, at least most of the time.

But the created things of the people of Judah and Israel – golden calves, sacred poles, altars to idols – they broke God’s heart. And we begin to see the price of that in the reversals of what could be good and important to the people of God. One brilliant scholar said this: "Instead of royal building programs, the walls of Jerusalem are destroyed; instead of wealth from the people and surrounding nations, the king is plundered; instead of a large family, there were hostages; instead of peace, war; instead of victory, defeat; instead of loyalty from the populace and long life, there is conspiracy and regicide."

For me, that is enough to meditate on this night. In my mind, I am onto the next chapters and then onto Ezra. We have come so far, haven’t we? Please be sure to give yourself a break, give yourself credit for what you have already read, and what you now understand. I took my break today by getting up late for a change, and then putting this off until nearly midnight, when another post will be formulating in my sleeping brain.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others,

ML

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