This is going to be short, folks. In Kings, we get the run down of the kings of Israel and Judah and basically what they accomplished during their reigns. Interestingly enough, we are informed that there’re at least used to be additional texts called The Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah and The Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. To a person such as I who is intrigued by ancient texts and the ways in which they relate to one another and their places in history the mention of theses ancient “books” (more likely scrolls) piques my interest to no end. That these texts appear to have gone missing is a puzzle worth contemplating as well.
Beyond that, by the end of 2nd Kings we learn that the reason that for the Judeans’ exile to Babylon is their abhorrent behavior and almost continual denial of the Lord Almighty. They set up idols and sacrificed to false gods and worshiped the gods that God threw out of the Promised Land before them. As a matter of fact, God says in His Word that His people were even more zealous in their cultic worship than the people they supplanted. The Almighty became just another god in their pantheon. So He provided Nebuchadnezzer to exact His wrath upon the people of Judah and the best and brightest were sent to Babylon to serve the king, and anything of worth was carted off to Babylon as well.
What idols do we worship instead of our Lord? Our jobs? Our homes and cars? Money? Power? Those are the easy ones to mention. How about our free time, our churches and pastors? What about our spouses and children? The point is that only God is God. Anything and everything else is not. And we wonder why things are going to hell in a proverbial hand-basket.
Two passages immediately come to mind:
Exodus 20: 5, “I the Lord your God am a jealous God.”
and Romans 14: 23, ” Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
Oh, and another of my favorites, Habukkuk 2:4, “The righteous shall live by his faith.”
The Lord our God must be central to every single thing in a believer’s life. Anything/ Everything else is unacceptable and sinful. There is no wiggle room; no exceptions; no, “But ifs”. The Law teaches us that we cannot ever come close to such a high standard of behavior. We need God. We need our faith in Jesus. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And we must cultivate humility to listen and heed God’s whispers for our existence.
Thank You God, for your grace without which we would all be dust in the wind.
Be Blessed and a Blessing,