Loving with All You Have or Loving All You Have?
Read: Genesis 28:1-29:35 & Matthew 9:18-38 & Psalm 11:1-7 & Proverbs 3:11-12
After hundreds of years, Judah finally has a king who does what is right. And it sounds awesome! When Josiah comes to power, the Law of the Lord had been lost. People were worshiping a slew of different gods, sacrificing children. Prostitution was rampant, and everyone was living for themselves. Things were out of control. So Josiah stomps through the nation tearing down every high place, every idol.
In the New Testament, it would be like Jesus turning over the money-changers’ tables in the Temple. But what would it look like today? All I can imagine is Vegas. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible to go to Las Vegas. But it’s not called Sin City for nothing. In Vegas, all of our idols—money, sex, escape from reality—are easily available in one place. What Josiah does in 2 Kings 23 would be like going through Las Vegas with a wrecking ball. Sounds extreme, and more than a little crazy. And yet 2 Kings 25 says, “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.”
This Law of Moses is in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Mark 12:30. Jesus says it is the most important commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
I’m not saying we should go tear down buildings or banish people who sin. But we do need to be careful not to turn to idols of our own making for satisfaction.
In Jeremiah 2:13, the Lord speaks through the prophet saying, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Idols such as money, hobbies and fame are nothing more than broken cisterns. They cannot provide water; do not be fooled into thinking they will quench your thirst. Only God, the living water, can truly fill us up and give us abundant life.