Reading through the Bible together
Kings raise and fall, and it seems that the difference between Judah and Israel was how kings related to God. In this chapter, two Judah kings, Azariah and Jotham, “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. They had relative longer reigns, compared to short succession of the Israel Kings, like Shallum who only lasted one month before he was assassinated.
Were the Judean kings all good? Both kings failed to remove the “high places,” and “the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.” High places, compared to Temple worship, were often used to worship idols and that’s why it was important that these places to be removed.
Do you also have high places? We all want to follow God but somehow we keep some parts of our hearts to ourselves, not allowing the Holy Spirit to cleanse us totally. This could become the wedge Satan uses to tempt us, and because we do not have the needed protection from God, we become his prey.
The only way to overcome Satan is to surrender totally to God. Examine yourself and find those high places in your heart, ask God to remove them, and you will find yourself at peace with God.
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