God Is Spirit
Passage #5 Israel Rejects God as Their King
Lessons From the Spirit of God
2 Chronicles 24:20 Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.’”
Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.’”
In previous lessons we have discovered that God’s Spirit dictates by its presence or lack thereof the circumstances and conditions of, worldly goods, outlook or future, prospects, prosperity, class, position, rank, situations, environment, surroundings, state of affairs, and conditions of each of the individuals of our study thus far.
Joseph found himself to be a tool or implement to be used by God in dire and elevated circumstances. He was despised by his brothers because of his father’s special attention and unique clothing, because of his dreams which showed him to be of higher status than his brothers or his parents. Joseph was placed in a pit by his brothers, sold as a slave and sold again as a slave to Potiphar one of Pharaho’s officials, and the captain of the guard, Joseph was falsely accused of attacking Potiphar’s wife and imprisoned, eventually freed and made second in command over all Egypt.
Next in the revelation of God’s Spirit among his chosen individuals our lesson revealed that God can use pagans who choose to worship false Gods and desire to curse God’s elected Nation. Balaam tried again and again to curse Israel. It is interesting and revealing to learn that God talks with and sends angles to this pagan. Working through miraculous signs including a talking donkey, then the thwarting of Balaam’s speeches intended to be curses but turned by GOD’S SPIRIT instead to blessings of Israel.
The next in our line of object lessons from God’s word is revealed through the elevation and fall of Israel’s first King – King Saul. We are told Saul was a man without equal among the Israelites head taller than all others. Saul starts out as a good King but as we have heard and as was revealed to Samuel, God’s prophet; “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. God demonstrates that he controls “all spirits” by sending and allowing evil spirits to drive Saul from power and to a pathetic suicidal death.
The next Passage under consideration from 1st Chronicles once again illustrates the sovereignty, (absolute authority and rule of God over all creation), of God. The half-tribe of Manasseh, (one of the sons of Joseph), were brave warriors, famous men and heads of their families. But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers and served other gods worshiped by others among them.
God’s response was to communicate their downfall and exile by and through his communication with the spirit of a heathen king, Pul King of Assyria.
2nd Ki :15:19 Then Pul[a] king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talents[b] of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom.
Isa 37:7 Listen! I am going to put a spirit in him so that when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.’”
God displays his immediate retribution to Judah for serving false gods. Just as trust in God can bring victory, so also defeat comes to the unfaithful.
In this lesson as in past lessons the Spirit of God is our focus. Today our scripture reminds us of an ad many of us have heard: When ——– talks people listen.
However God sent prophets to the people of Judah and Jerusalem to bring them back to him, and though the prophets testified against them, they would not listen.
It is a wise man who listens to God. Zechariah led by the Spirit of God delivered a warning and questioned the disobedience of Judah and Jerusalem. “Why do you disobey the Lord’s Commands?”…”You will not Prosper!” “Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.”
Zechariah by the order of King Joash was stoned to death.
What voices are you ignoring? Do you look around in today’s society and see things you hardly believe can be transpiring in America?
Do you hear the call of God?
Why do you disobey the Lord’s Commands?
You will not prosper!
Because you have forsaken the Lord he has forsaken you.”
These are words for serious thought. I hope they do not apply to you or me let’s not ignore God’s Spirit, when God talks listen.