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Fully Committed to Him, part 4
The truth is that it is not uncommon for people who are straying from God’s Word to then reject His representatives as well. It even happened to Jesus – look with me at Luke 19:47-48, “Every day Jesus was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill Him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.”
Here were the people who knew God’s Word the best, some of them were experts in God’s law: and here was the long awaited Messiah and not only did they not see, recognize Him – they wanted to kill Him. They had long ago rejected the reality of God’s Word and had simply moved into a self-preservation mode.
False prophets were characterized by their low morality and unethical conduct. They were drunkards (Isaiah 28:7), adulterous (Jeremiah 23:14), treacherous (Zephaniah 3:4), liars (Micah 2:11), and opportunists (Micah 3:11). In contrast to that, true prophets were morally uncompromising and above reproach. Jesus refers to this test: “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit... By their fruits you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:17-20).
Asa had the clear proof before him that this man was a true representative of God…
It has been my experience that people who know that they are at a point in their life where they are not fully committed to the Lord really don’t like it when the Lord sends someone to them to speak the truth that they are not getting from His Word. However, God is gracious and even when we are not fully committed to Him, He will continue to reach out to us by His grace in its many forms.
Asa had now Rejected God’s Rule and he had Rejected God’s Representative. He then went on to Reject God's Remedy
Rejected God’s Remedy
II Chronicles 16:12-13 “In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign.”
This passage is not saying that it was wrong of Asa to seek the help of physicians per se. This ailment was clearly a judgment from God intended to bring him to repentance and he still would not humble himself before God. Even though his disease was severe, even in the severity of his illness he did not seek help from the LORD. Asa remained too prideful to seek help from the Lord. Less than 200 years later God would divinely strike Hezekiah with an illness to the point of death but when he cried out to the Lord he was healed and given 15 more years of life.
Asa had clearly suffered a great fall in his faith to the point that not only was it no longer said of him that he was fully committed to the Lord but now he is suffering judgment because of his lack of commitment.
This is the unfortunate lot of far too many saints. But God’s grace still makes provision for those who are in such a state… Listen to Peter as he addresses a crowd of people whose hearts had become hardened toward God and His Word, Acts 3:19-20“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you…”ESV.
Medication: A Merry Heart
Blanche: “Herb, if you don’t stop snoring, I’m going to toss you out on your ear!”
Herb: “Does it upset you that much?”
Blanche: “Not just me… the entire congregation.”
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: 1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV
Today’s readings: Job 29 – 31