1 Kings 14:1– 15:24 Acts 10:1-23a Psalm 133:1-3 Proverbs 17:7-8
Today’s readings are, well, complicated. In the Old Testament reading, we learn about the king Jeroboam and the split of Israel into two kingdoms, interesting reading with God acting decisively as the wife of Jeroboam attempts deception with a prophet of God, but God alerts his profit and woe befalls the house of the king. God is clearly not pleased with this king, in fact, he makes a strong statement in today’s reading:
9 You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.1 Kings 14:9
The kingdom of Jeroboam was supposed to serve God and humble the descendants of David, but instead, this king decided to use his power to serve himself. Scripture is full of this behavior, as is our current world. Had Jeroboam served God and followed his directives he would have had much less tragedy and heartache.
In our Psalm reading today we hear God encourage us through the writing of King David:
A song of ascents.Of David.
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.Psalm 133: 1-3
As I write this my country is far from living in unity, in fact, outside of the Civil War era, you could argue we have never been farther apart. CRT (Critical Race Theory), racism, divisions of our political party, and loss of respect of many of our institutions have sowed distrust, hate, and anger. Many in my country have lost the ability to trust anyone, especially those who are not like themselves or that think as they do. It is true, many of our institutions have given us ample reason to distrust them, but God has not.
Unity does not necessarily mean total agreement but aren’t we to live to help the other. We aren’t doing that in any real and meaningful way today. Doubt me? Just drive on our roads and highways, anger and rage you will find. But why? I am convinced we have fallen away from the anchor of love which is our God almighty. The image of oil running down the beard of Aaron onto his robe is one of plenty, plenty of love. We are devoid of love today.
Hate, distrust, and rage cannot live in the same place as love and blessing. I was sent a video this morning of a clip from the TV show, America’s Got Talent. I normally don’t watch the show, but I encourage you to watch this clip as this young lady who is has faced physical and emotional hardship pours out her heart through her story and song and wins over the usually hard-to-move Simon Cowell.
May we all have the love of this woman!
What do you think? Until next time, peace.
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