July 4, 2017: SOAP #2770: 2Kings 15-16; Hosea 1; Hebrews 1 Scripture:  2Kings (NIV) 16:11 So Uriah the priest built an altar in accordance with all the plans that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus 15 King Ahaz then gave these orders to Uriah the priest: “On the large new altar, offer the morning burnt [...]

July 4, 2017: SOAP #2770: 2Kings 15-16; Hosea 1; Hebrews 1

Scripture:  2Kings (NIV) 16:11 So Uriah the priest built an altar in accordance with all the plans that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus
15 King Ahaz then gave these orders to Uriah the priest: “On the large new altar, offer the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering, the king's burnt offering and his grain offering, and the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. Sprinkle on the altar all the blood of the burnt offerings and sacrifices. But I will use the bronze altar for seeking guidance.”
16 And Uriah the priest did just as King Ahaz had ordered.

Observation:   God gave the priest the responsibility of maintaining the temple and the order of worship.   The priest represented the people to God, and God to the people!   However, Uriah, the priest let King Ahaz usurp his priestly authority.

Application:   The highest authority is God.   Neither the state, nor its citizens are supreme.   Government leaders and private citizens live best when submitted to God.

God has placed spiritual leaders in each nation.   Franklin Graham's call for prayer at each state capitol prior to the election and the response of many Godly people shows him to be a spiritual leader.   We should pray that Franklin Graham and other spiritual leaders have boldness and clarity in speaking to the political leaders of our nation.   Spiritual leaders need not wait for an invitation from the political leaders, they go when sent by God!

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, give boldness to myself and to the spiritual leaders in this nation to proclaim Your word clearly. Amen            

Pastor Leon
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