Day 214

Today’s Reading – 2 Kings Chapters 20-21

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Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.” In the two courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger. 2 King 21:1-6

File this under: You have got to be kidding me!?!

After all that has happened.

After all that the prophets have taught …

After all the foretelling done by the prophets . . . this is the action of the king.

It is easy to read this story of one of the most evil kings in the history of the nation – Manessah – and get angry or frustrated.

But then the proverbial other shoe drops and you realize that we are not the different from Manessah.

After all that has happened.

After all that the prophets have taught  . . . this is the actions of the people.

Believing is a call for living your faith today – not saving it for later.

Tomorrow’s Reading – 2 Chronicles Chapters 32-33

 

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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