2 Chronicles 25:14-16
After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them. Therefore the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” But as he was speaking, the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”
Amaziah became king of Judah after his father Joash was assassinated by his own servants. Joash laid severely wounded in his bed and his servants finished him off. This was in retribution for Joash commanding the stoning of Zechariah, who was a prominent priest who help Joash restore the temple of the Lord.
Joash became powerful and full of himself. One day the princes came to Joash to pay homage and with them they brought their false gods. Joash being convinced of his own greatness abandoned God and turned to the false Gods. Zechariah came to Joash and called him out on his idolatry, but Joash’s response was to have Zechariah killed. Joash’s pride caused him to make a bad decision, which finally caught up to him as he lay wounded in bed.
Amaziah, Joash’s son, succeeds his father as king of Judah. Continue reading
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
I have written other pieces about the arrogance of man, especially in this day and age. With the huge strides taken each year in science and technologies, many come to the conclusion that there is no God. They believe that man will explain and eventually control all things. So they begin to worship their own thoughts and hypothesis as the only real provable truth. Man places intellect as god and worships the products of it. Continue reading
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Chapter 5 of the Gospel of John begins with Jesus visiting the Pool of Bethesda.
Bethesda has two meanings. “Beth” in Hebrew and Aramaic means “house of mercy” or “house of grace”. “Hesda” means “shame, disgrace”. “Shame, disgrace” came from all the invalids at the pool and “grace, mercy” came from the perceived healing powers of the waters in the pool. Continue reading
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;
Jesus was preaching to the crowd that gathered to hear the discussion he was having with the disciples of John the Baptist. Christ was condemning the cities that had failed to repent even after having witnessed the works of Christ.
I would assume the cities that Christ was referring to in the earlier verses, considered themselves to be an epicenter of intellect and enlightenment. But Christ is telling them they will pay the price for their arrogance, stiff necks and harden hearts. This is just as the great prophets of the Old Testament had preached to metropolises of their time.
After denouncing these worldly centers, Christ then speaks the words in verse 25. Continue reading
To crush underfoot
all the prisoners of the earth,
to deny a man justice
in the presence of the Most High,
to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
the Lord does not approve.
Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
When I read these verses, I am reminded of the arrogance of man and so is Jeremiah who wrote these lamentations for Israel. I am reminded of the arrogance of people who assume that all justice is defined as they see it. I am talking about the arrogance of those who think that punishment is to be doled out to their own sense of revenge. The assumption that they are the sole proprietors of making the determination of the punishment to fit the crime. People believe they are the center of the universe and therefore the balance is of their doing and it is to be to their satisfaction. But we are only a mere sub atomic particle in the infinity of space.
Justice is very subjective. Continue reading
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
Job and his friends are trying to find the answer to why Job, a very righteous man, has suffered horrific losses. He lost all his wealth and possessions, his family has been killed, except his wife, and his body is covered in boils and sores.
Jobs friends are convinced it must be retribution from God for a great sin or sins. Job is steadfast in his declaration of innocence and righteousness, and he is correct. Job is convinced it is some horrible trick being played on him by God. Throughout the Book of Job the men are professing to know why God has done this to Job.
Job’s friends proclaiming their knowledge of God demonstrates the arrogance of man. Continue reading
When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house to the house of the Lord and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the Lord. Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”
What has Jeremiah said or done to make the officials of Judah want to have him perish? Well, let’s look back at Jeremiah 26:4-6: Continue reading