Friday, January 30, 2009

God gives and He takes away

We just got done reading about how God gave the Israelites, including the half-tribe of Manasseh, the victory over their enemies because they cried out to Him and He answered their prayers. However, the very next passage in 1 Chronicles chapter 5 talks about how the half-tribe of Mannaseh was then sent into slavery by God Himself. How does that happen? How does God give someone victory and then take it away so decisively?

The answer lies in what took place after the half-tribe of Manasseh settled-in to their new God-given home. They conformed to the ways of their new world. They adopted the practices and gods of the very people that God had destroyed right before their eyes. They violated the first commandment that states that they “shall have no other gods before Him.”

This passage in 1 Chronicles clearly displays the fact that God is a just God and a jealous God. He will not be mocked and He will not share Himself with any other. Let's learn from the mistakes made by the half-tribe of Manasseh and never allow ourselves to put anything else before God. Let's never allow ourselves to conform to this world and serve anything other than our Lord God Almighty.
23The people of the half-tribe of Manasseh were numerous; they settled in the land from Bashan to Baal Hermon, that is, to Senir (Mount Hermon). 24 These were the heads of their families: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families. 25 But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. 26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day. - 1 Chronicles 5:23-26

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