Day 185

Today’s Reading – 2 Kings Chapters 9-11

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They demolished the sacred stone of Baal and tore down the temple of Baal, and people have used it for a latrine to this day.  2 King 10:27

This new King of Israel appears to have promise.

Jehu is determined to wipe out all Baal worship in Israel.

He calls for a special Baal celebration – all the big Baal leaders show up. He proclaims to them that he doesn’t want any Jehovah worshippers in the group – leave if that’s who you worship. Jehu has them all wiped out right there and then. Baal worship in Israel is gone! But wait, there’s more – the house of Baal is also destroyed and turned into a latrine.

While he hated Baal, he didn’t go back to the worship of the One True God, but rather embraced the newer worship that Jeroboam had established back at the beginning of the Northern Kingdom – two golden calves.

Hating that which is wrong or a living a life doing good things in the sight of the Lord can be rewarded, but make no mistake this is an earthly reward – not eternal.

What is your reason for the things you do?

Are you doing right to get ahead or serve God?

Tomorrow’s Reading – 2 Kings chapters 12-13 and 2 Chronicles chapters 24

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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