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September 3, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Ezekiel 16-17
Audio: Ezekiel 16-17

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2 Chronicles 12 (ESV)

When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem with 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen. And the people were without number who came with him from Egypt—Libyans, Sukkiim, and Ethiopians. And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem. Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and to the princes of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus says the Lord, ‘You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak.’” Then the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is righteous.” When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. Nevertheless, they shall be servants to him, that they may know my service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.”

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. He took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house. He took away everything. He also took away the shields of gold that Solomon had made,10 and King Rehoboam made in their place shields of bronze and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king’s house.11 And as often as the king went into the house of the Lord, the guard came and carried them and brought them back to the guardroom. 12 And when he humbled himself the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction. Moreover, conditions were good in Judah.

13 So King Rehoboam grew strong in Jerusalem and reigned. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite. 14 And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.

15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, from first to last, are they not written in the chronicles of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer? There were continual wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David, and Abijah his son reigned in his place.

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  1. I Do

    We live in a world of fleeting feelings and casual commitments. There was a time not long ago that marriage, the ultimate human commitment, really meant "till death do us part." Even in the case of adultery, Jesus said it was “because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so."

    In today's chapter, we read in the first verses: 

    "When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. 2 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem" (2 Chronicles 12:1-2).

    We know what being "unfaithful" means in the context of marriage but what does it mean to be unfaithful to the Lord? 

    In 2 Chronicles 12:5, the Lord said, "You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you." 

    We also read that Rehoboam "did evil." What is the context of doing evil? We don't have to go far to understand because it's in the same verse! 

    2 Chronicles 12:14 "And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord."

    Unfaithfulness in our commitment to God is doing evil because, like adultery in marriage, we abandon God and set our hearts to seek someone/something else. 

    This reminds me of Exodus 34:14 which says, "You shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."

    There are always things vying for our attention and affections. It doesn't have to be "bad things" either. It can be good things. Work. Hobbies. Me time. Anything that would cause us to abandon God and draws us away from our love for God. 

    This doesn't mean we can't like our work, enjoy hobbies or have "me time" – but when these things cause us to drift from our love (and commitment) to God, it can easily (and quickly) become a god in our lives that we love and in a sense "worship."

    In an article at GotQuestions.org, I thought this statement was helpful:

    "Perhaps a practical example will help us understand the difference. If a husband sees another man flirting with his wife, he is right to be jealous, for only he has the right to flirt with his wife. This type of jealousy is not sinful. Rather, it is entirely appropriate. Being jealous for something that God declares to belong to you is good and appropriate. Jealousy is a sin when it is a desire for something that does not belong to you. Worship, praise, honor, and adoration belong to God alone, for only He is truly worthy of it. Therefore, God is rightly jealous when worship, praise, honor, or adoration is given to idols. This is precisely the jealousy the apostle Paul described in 2 Corinthians 11:2, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy…"

    That is why the false teaching of "easy believism" (where Jesus can be Savior without being Lord of your life) is such a dangerous heresy. If you say "I do" to Jesus and there is no commitment to Him as Lord, then the relationship is fraudulent because you have no desire to be committed to Him for the rest of our life. That doesn't mean when we say "I do" to Jesus that we will be (or have to be perfect/sinless either. Jesus said in Matthew 5:28, "everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." 

    When we put our faith and trust in Christ for salvation, He knows we will fail even though He will never fail. He knows we will fall short but He never will. He knows we will stray but He is faithful and just. The key is our attitude about failing, falling short and straying. 

    If we don't care about our sin, that should be a warning that our "relationship with Jesus" might be one-sided. When Jesus has a relationship with someone, that person knows it. We experience His presence in our lives. We experience conviction of sin. We experience a desire for righteousness and we pursue it (and Him) because we love Him. 

    I read a news article where a woman named "Hannah B" from the show "The Bachelorette" was talking with another professing Christian "Luke P" who said, "Let’s talk about sex and how the marriage bed should be kept pure. Let’s say you have had sex with one or multiple of these guys, I would be wanting to go home."

    Her response? She admitted to having "physical relations" with some of the contestants and said, "I have had sex, and honestly, Jesus still loves me." She went on to say, "Regardless of anything that I’ve done, I can do whatever, I sin daily and Jesus still loves me."

    In an interview with ET, she said, "It’s all washed and if the Lord doesn’t judge me and it’s all forgiven, then no other man, woman, animal … anything can judge me. My faith that is a big, huge part of me and a lot of times people get Christianity and religion messed up. Your faith should be something personal and a relationship and it’s not to judge others. No one is going to judge me."

    Well, she's right but is also very wrong.

    It's true we sin daily. Even our most sincere love and affection for the Lord is flawed because we are unable to do anything perfectly (because we are not perfect . . . yet). When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation and are born again, that is when the process of becoming more like Christ begins. This process (sanctification) does not end until we are in glory with God. 

    But there is a BIG difference between the truth that Christians sin daily and Hanna being flippant about her sin (and not bothered by it in the least). She actually smiles and laughs about it instead of being broken about it. She justifies it instead of repents from it. When she confesses it, she minimizes it instead of asking for forgiveness.

    She claims to "know Jesus" but it's clear she doesn't know the Jesus of the Bible. 

    Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'"

    Earlier in the same chapter Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits."

    On the day of judgment, what will Jesus say to Hannah?

    What will He say to you?

    What will He say to me?
     

  2. I actually think about that often. 

    I know in the past I have turned my back on Him too many times to count. I thank God every single day for Jesus, for the ultimate sacrifice He made for me so that I could have eternal life with the Father through Him. I'm well aware that I don't deserve it in the least. 

    I want to be able to tell Jesus that I did my best to bear good fruit, that I obeyed Him, although not perfectly, that I shared God's Word with others so that they, too, may be saved, that I turned my back on my own evil ways and turned to Him, that I took up my cross and followed, that I served in His name. 

    What a day that will be! 

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