Text: 1 Kings 13-15; Psalm 81
In 1 Kings 13 we read of a man of God who brings a prophetic word warning of God’s judgment against the unauthorized altar which Jeroboam the king has built. When Jeroboam calls for the man to be seized, his hand is stricken with some sort of paralysis and the altar is torn down. But Jeroboam is a slow learner apparently, and even after experiencing God’s wrath goes back to fooling around with worship. At the end of the chapter we find these words:
33 After this thing Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but made priests for the high places again from among all the people. Any who would, he ordained to be priests of the high places. 34 And this thing became sin to the house of Jeroboam, so as to cut it off and to destroy it from the face of the earth. (1 Kings 13:33-34)
Once more, Jeroboam has pursued religious worship outside God’s commandments, and judgment is upon him. The precept at work here is that worship must always be about God and never about man. And God is serious about this.
What does this have to do with us? God is jealous about His worshipers. He wants us to worship Him for His sake and His way, not our own. Our worship – which is all of our life lived in Jesus – is not a lightweight activity. I am being challenged to check my heart in this. What is my attitude toward worship? Is it for the Lord alone, or is some of it all for me?
in Him, Mike