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2 Kings 9:14-10:31 ~ Acts 17:1-34
Psalm 144:1-15 ~ Proverbs 17:27-28
Old Testament - Well... Jehu kills a lot of people in today's readings. I realize that the violence in the Old Testament can often bring up some questions. Rather than me diving into why there is violence in the Bible - which would be about as easy as diving into why there is violence in our world - I'll defer to a couple of theologians at this link and at this link. Unfortunately, our human history is full of violence - from Cain and Abel until this very day. The Bible does record human history. There will come a day where there is a new heaven and a new earth, free from violence. But that day has not come yet - but will with Jesus's Second Coming.
2 Kings 10 verses 25-27 definitely demonstrated Jehu's initial apparent zeal for God - "Then Jehu's men went into the fortress of the temple of Baal. They dragged out the sacred pillar used in the worship of Baal and destroyed it. They broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and wrecked the temple of Baal, converting it into a public toilet. That is what it is used for to this day." But we soon learn in verse 31 - "But Jehu did not obey the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He refused to turn from the sins of idolatry that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit" It is thus thought that Jehu's action of destroying the idols of Baal were more political than spiritual - as Baal worship was associated with the dynasty of Ahab, whereas the golden calves had a longer history in the northern kingdom of Israel and were valued by most people.
New Testament - Today in Acts 17 verses 22 & 23 we will read - “Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.” Paul then went on to introduce to the Greeks our personal Creator, in contrast with their views of pantheistic Stoicism. Are there people in your life today that are perhaps like the Greeks Paul was speaking to? People who are religious but do not yet know our personal Creator? Are there people in your life who are seeking the Unknown God? Will you begin conversations with these people that God has placed in your life and let them know about the living God that you know and love? Will you let them know, as Paul let the Greeks know in verse 28 – “For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'”?
Psalms - Psalm 144 verses 3 & 4 are fairly well known - "O LORD, what are mortals that you should notice us, mere humans that you should care for us? For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow." If our days are like a passing shadow, how then should we be spending our days? What types of things should we be investing our time & money into? What should we be investing our very hearts and minds into? Are you wisely spending your passing days in godly ways?
Proverbs - Proverbs 17:27 is so true - "A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered." And with this I will very mellowly close out today's posting with few words. :)
What verses or insights jumped out for you in today's readings? Please post up in the Comments section below!