How God’s judgement comes to Rehoboam, the northern king, of Judah.
It’s a strange tale of two prophets. One comes and gives a dramatic demonstration of God’s might and condemnation of Rehoboam’s false Gods. The altar turns to ash before people’s eyes. And when the king tells him to stop his pointing hand is withered on the spot.
Enter the second prophet who deceives the first into disobeying God, after which he is killed by a lion. The second, deceptive prophet seems to have regret and understands the extent of the kings failure, speaking words of condemnation from God.
The king continues to follow his made up rebellious religion. By the second prophets words, his house is doomed.
They are strange and terrible times. God’s is acting in them however. It’s tempting to feel abandoned when things go to pot.
I feel Australia is at a time when bad feeling towards the church is crystallizing, via the gay marriage plebiscite. Everyone is polarising into a yes or a no. A lot of people are poking a lot of fun at God and religion, often with quite good cause.
But it doesn’t mean God will give up, or that we are abandoned.