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Fully Committed to Him, part 3
King Asa had clear direction from the Lord that he was NOT to strike treaties with the inhabitants of the land of Canaan but, eventually, he did so anyway. Friends, we cannot intentionally spurn God or His Word and expect that there will not be ramifications.
A verse that quickly comes to mind here is Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account”ESV.
The Word of God is so much more than just a book, or just print on a page. It is everything that we need for faith and practice. David in prayer said to God… Psalm 119:15-16 “I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on Your ways. 16 I will delight in Your statutes; I will not neglect Your Word”NIV.
There was another time in the history of Judah when the Word of God had fallen into neglect. Look with me at II Kings 22, I’ll start reading at VS 8; II Kings 22:8, 10-11“Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the LORD.’ He gave it to Shaphan, who read it.”VS 10,“Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.’ And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. 11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.”
During this time the Word of God had been so neglected that they had actually lost it! When Shaphan came to King Josiah with the Book of the Law he doesn’t even seem to really know what the significance of it is because he refers to it as “a book.”
We must develop and maintain the attitude that David did… “I will not neglect your Word.” Jesus said this, in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” If we are going to live lives of obedience to the Lord we must first KNOW what His commands are! We have to be regularly reading and studying – working to understand what His Word says and means.
The first issue with Asa was that he Rejected God’s Rule.
Rejected God’s Representative
II Chronicles 16:10 “Asa was angry with the seer because of this; he was so enraged that he put him in prison. At the same time Asa brutally oppressed some of the people.”
As God is in the habit of doing, once Asa had strayed off course and did what is wrong in the eyes of God, the Lord sent someone to Him to speak the Word of God and to warn him. Somehow, Asa had come to such a place of hardness of heart that not only did he reject what God’s representative had to say and imprisoned him, he even began oppressing God’s people.
Medication: A Merry Heart
“I have to have a raise,” the man said to his boss. “There are three other companies after me.”
“Is that so?” asked the manager. “What other companies are after you?”
“The electric company, the telephone company, and the gas company.”
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: 1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV
Today’s readings: Job 24 – 28