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Money Galore

King Hezekiah decided to change things up in Israel and Judah. He desired the people to come back to God and the priests to renew their consecration to the Lord. So, he sent a letter calling the people to "return to the Lord" (2 Chronicles 30:6) and become faithful to Him. To celebrate this, he invited all the people of the nation to a giant celebration at the Temple in Jerusalem. As is the case even today, many of the "people scorned and ridiculed" (30:10) the messengers the King sent out but God touched many hearts and Jerusalem was filled with people from the tribes of Israel. There was great rejoicing, encouragement, and celebration. It is noted that not "since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel" had there been anything like this in Jerusalem. (30:26) High places, other altars of sacrifice, idols and sacred stones were destroyed by the people. Here's the most interesting of results: The people began to bring their contributions to the …

The Spiritual Component

Israel exited slavery in Egypt to enter the land of Canaan and make it their home land. Then the people began to live under Judges who were leaders in times of crisis. Over three hundred and thirty years there are fourteen judges mentioned coming from nine of the thirteen tribes of Israel possibly suggesting that there was not a man found among the tribes that could totally rule over God's people. It seems the people became frustrated with the idea of judgeships and therefore requested of Samuel a king to rule over them like the rest of the known world had. So God's people thought that if they were like the other kingdoms they would be better off. The books of 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, and 1&2 Chronicles are the stories of these kings. The writer of these books makes a continual connection between each king's faithfulness to God and the Temple and their success or failure. The more they were like the godless nations, the more they moved away from God. Uzziah is a s…

A Blameless Life

What is the result of living a blameless life? To be blameless means to have no one that is accusing you of intentional wrong and to be of such a state internally that you are not blaming yourself for other's problems. Further, it relates to the way God sees you, blameless before Him, which is not accomplished of our own accord but as the result of our connection to Jesus Christ through faith. Solomon stated, "The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him." (Proverbs 20:7) His righteousness leads to actions and responses that are blameless and unable to be the cause of others' problems. This is a state that all of us should strive for, ever after. As we bounce off others on the pool table of life are we leaving bruises or blessings? Do people enjoy being around us because it is peaceful or do they hide from us because it is uncomfortable to be around us? The trickledown effect is to this righteous person's children. They receive bl…