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Syncretism

There is a drastic contrast between 75 years of the godly reigns of Azariah and Jotham in Judah and the16 year reign of King Ahaz. He was bored with the routine of the religion of his fathers and thought it good to experiment with additions from other religions to Temple worship at Jerusalem. Today we would say he was involved in syncretism, welcoming pagan elements into the worship of God. He met with King Tiglath-pileser in Assyria and instructed Uriah the priest to take his detailed design of the altar of Molech he saw there and build it and place it in the Temple area where the bronze altar then sat. After building it, King Ahaz offered burnt and grain offerings on it, plus a liquid offering and the blood of the peace offering was sprinkled there. He relocated "the old bronze altar from its place in front of the Lord's Temple, between the entrance and the new altar, and placed it on the north side of the new altar" (2 Kings 16:14) for his personal use. The bronze alta…

Creator

Throughout the Old Testament and even into the New there are statements about God's work with creation, like, "He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them." (Psalm 146:6a) This statement reveals the design, diversity, intellect and power of God. Here is One who can create out of nothing and create out of resources like the ground. Think of the massive stars that produce light in the night and, in the case of our own sun, heat also for our days. Rays of light travel from this fiery ball to just the right distance to give us heat, however, not boiling us or freezing us with too little. The universes lights are larger than our sun but seem harmless as they sparkle in the night sky. All are at a distance where they can be attractive and not lethal to us by God's design. Then, there are the creations of the earth, animals and humans all doing what their "kind" does and reproducing after their "kind." Large beasts and small bugs all created …

Take Stock

This is an old expression from the early 1800s which indicates that you are estimating or appraising your resources or you company's resources. It is good to take time to take stock of God who has been with you throughout your life. David in his last psalm in the book of Psalms takes stock of God. Here are the words used by David to identify who his God is and does: "Great is the Lord…No one can measure His greatness." (Psalm 145:3)He has a "majestic, glorious splendor" and does "wonderful miracles." (145:5)God has a "wonderful goodness" that others share the story of. (145:7a)We sing with "joy about your righteousness." (145:7b)He is "merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. (145:8)"The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation." (145:9)We will speak of "the glory of your kingdom" and "tell about your migh…