INFLUENCE OF A WICKED KING OF ISRAEL

INFLUENCE OF A WICKED KING OF ISRAEL

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King Jeroboam was a wicked king who championed idolatry in Israel. Jeroboam was not just an idolatry king, but he was a champion of idol worship! Some of his idol worship allowed human sacrifice, which God detested greatly. Jeroboam’s sin was so bad to the extent that bible attached his name with other successors who portrayed similar trait.

God punished King Jeroboam for his evil deed; however that was not all about his case, history also did not forgive him. Jeroboam’s name was echoed throughout the bible for subsequent sin of Israel. Bible mentioned his name several times after he was deceased. Some Jeroboam’s successors that were linked with his evil practices are listed below.

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1. King Zechariah

“In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin” (2 Kings 15:8-9).

2. King Menahem

“In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem the son of Gadi became king over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord; he did not depart all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin” (2 Kings 15:17-18).

3. King Pekahiah

“In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah the son of Menahem became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin” (2 Kings 15:23-24).

4. King Pekah

“In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah the son of Remaliah became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin” (2 Kings 15:27-28).

Leaders To Be Godly And Leave Good Legacy

Christian leaders must endeavor to leave good legacy for their successors. A good Christian must not be wicked. Believers must be careful not to abuse our positions. A leader of any capacity must honor God in his or her capacity – Whether he/she is a captain, group leader, theme leader, mentor, pastor, senator, governor, president, or any other. Each person must consciously lead other people with the fear of God!

Also, each member of a family must be a good example for others to follow. Husband must be a good example; wife must be god-fearing, and siblings must be good examples. Meanwhile, it is understood that humans are fallible; but God requires that we operate in humility and repent from our sins. That is, Christians must repent from our sins and make every necessary amendment whenever we realize our errors. God will increase his goodness in the life of anyone who exercises godly fear in his position and genuinely repents from his sins. Such person will be blessed on earth and also have an opportunity to receive God’s imperishable crown of glory on the last day!

Children of God must understand that it is important to possess teachable spirit and positively respond to God’s corrections over any misdeed. A child of God must not be wicked. The Creator will bless people who demonstrate positive attitude towards his instructions. Meanwhile, the heavenly Father frowns at stubborn children. He will punish a disobedient and wicked person who refuses to turn a new leaf. Also, the fact that history does not forgive bad people must be resonating in our hearts!

Pray To Abstain From Wickedness and Be Positive Influence

Dear God, please give me ability to demonstrate positive attitude as a leader of any capacity. Help me to allow your Holy Spirit to lead me so that I can serve to your satisfactions. Give me a teachable spirit so that I can operate in humility and repent whenever I fall into sin. Empower me to aspire to live in holiness everyday of my life so that I can qualify to receive your imperishable crown of glory in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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Worshiping the Living God Instead of an Idol Worship

Worshiping the Living God Instead of an Idol Worship

Worship to the living God has great gains! King Hezekiah outperformed his predecessors to lead derailed citizens of Judah back to God. He had a clear plan of what to do, and he did it well.

The king charged God’s priests and Levites to strip God’s temple of improper activities.

He encouraged people to offer their sacrifices to the living God instead of idol worship.

King Hezekiah also ordered some staff to disseminate his special message throughout the land. His message was clear and simple as stated,

“All people must shun idolatry and return to God.”

It is reported, as people responded and gathered to repair God’s altar for true worship to God,

“King Hezekiah gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep, and the leaders gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep, and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.

The whole assembly of Judah rejoiced, also the priests and Levites, all the assembly that came from Israel, the sojourners who came from the land of Israel, and those who dwelt in Judah.

So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for, since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.

Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven” (2 Chronicles 30:24-27).

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Lesson on Worship of the Living God vs Idol Worship

 

God still loves people who faithfully worship him like people of olden days. In fact, the scripture stated,

“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” – 2 Chronicles 16:9).

 

warningHeavenly Father delights in people who fear him and refuses to follow a multitude in their evil practices.

God’s rewards towards his faithful children include long life, good health, and prosperity.

More importantly, God will award the gift of eternal life for people who remain steadfast in him until the end.

 

Prayer on Worship to the Living God

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Dear God, please help me to live a disciplined life on earth and serve you in truth.

Keep me steadfast, and let me remain immovable and nonresponsive to worldly pressures.

 

Make me a man/woman of integrity who will remain faithful to you unto the end, so that I can receive your tremendous blessings in heaven.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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