I've noticed that during the days of "the kings of Israel" each succession of leaders was more wicked than the previous. And because of this, those who followed them, became comfortable with committing sins that were more egregious, than those of their forefathers. And if we look back over the last 100 years of our lifetime, we see evidence of the same. America and the world as a whole, is living out this same error. Forgetting God and indulging in unspeakable acts of passion, murder and corruption, is common today, yet uncommon 100 years ago.
Have we not provoked the Lord too?
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Provoking God In America "Guilty"
1 Kings 16; 29-34
29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri began to reign over Israel, and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. 31 And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made an Asherah. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun. (ESV)