Choose the Lord…or Die

Here’s a interesting piece of a Bible story that I have never noticed.  King Asa of Judah, one of the few good kings to reign during this period, is rededicating the people to the Lord God.  And see what is buried in the middle of this passage.

“They assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign.  At that time they sacrificed to the LORD seven hundred head of cattle and seven thousand sheep and goats from the plunder they had brought back.  They entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul.  All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.  They took an oath to the LORD with loud acclamation, with shouting and with trumpets and horns.  All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.”  — 2 Chronicles 15:10-15

All who decided not to seek the Lord were to be put to death!   How does that story play in our age of extreme religious tolerance?  What can we learn from this passage?  There is much that could be said about these verses, but I note that the Bible does not condemn the Israelite nation for making such a proclamation.  Am I suggesting that we should do the same?  No, but I think this passage emphasizes the importance of following God, rather than our own direction.  God already has in mind how he will bring justice to those who do not seek Him.  That is in His hands…


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