The Man Who Would Not Listen

In spite of . . . .

Zedekiah is one of the many lesser-knowns in the Bible, though he was the last king of the southern kingdom of Judah at the time of Jerusalem’s fall to Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B. C.

Zedekiah had at least two positive influences in his life that should have prompted him to make wiser choices. His father Josiah was one of the most godly kings Judah ever had. And Jeremiah, God’s prophet, tried repeatedly to persuade Zedekiah to obey God.

In spite of his father’s example and Jeremiah’s warnings, Zedekiah was determined to go his own way. Paying dearly for his foolish choices, he lost his home, his throne, and his freedom. At age 32 the last thing Zedekiah saw before being blinded was the slaying of his sons before his eyes. He died a prisoner in a foreign land (Jeremiah 52:7-11).

If only . . . .

And all this tragedy could have been averted if only had he been willing to obey.

His life is summed up in these sad words: “He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God; he did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet who spoke for the LORD . . . . he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel” (2 Chronicles 36:12-13).

The following certainly describes Zedekiah: “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).

What he wanted but didn’t get

The following is a telling passage: “But neither he [Zedekiah] nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the LORD which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet. Yet King Zedekiah sent . . . to Jeremiah the prophet saying, ‘Please pray to the LORD our God on our behalf” (Jeremiah 37:2-3).

Zedekiah wanted God’s protection but not His direction.

We can’t have it both ways.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Does It Really Matter What We Believe?

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What medical error can do

In The Doctors Mayo, Helen Clapesattle describes how difficult it was to convince surgeons in the 19th century of the value of a sterile operating environment.

Many hospital patients died of preventable infections.

If ignorance in medicine was potentially fatal, what of religious error?

What religious error can do

Many reject Jesus’ claim to be the only way to God (John 14:6).

Jesus said, “. . . unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).

And, “. . . he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me” (Luke 10:16).

So does it really matter what we believe?

Can we afford to assume we’re right with God until we’ve carefully examined our beliefs in light of His word (Acts 17:10-11)?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Let Them Get Away With It?

Getting Control Back

A convenience store cashier told me he saw a boy demand that his grandmother buy him a candy bar. She said no repeatedly.

“Yes, you are! You’re buying this for me! I’m getting it!”

“All right, but the next time I tell you no, you’re not going to get it.”

To the cashier, it was obvious who was in control. He would never permit a child to talk back like that, not would he reward bad behavior.

Before it’s too late!

Children can be so stubborn. Our job is to out-stubborn them. In a contest of wills, the child must not win, because if he wins, he loses.

“He who hates reproof will die” (Proverbs 15:10b). “Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death” (Proverbs 19:18).

Where will that boy be in 20 years? Doing 20 years?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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