As in modern 21st Century living, the people living when 2 Kings was written were determined to be worthless before God. Preachers today keep telling us that all people have worth before God their maker and that is true. Every soul living has the chance to turn freely in appreciation to God and be thankful for his salvation plan, repent of wickedness and disobedience, and turn their hearts and minds with Holy Spirit’s help towards God.

But hear this well. What if a person is DETERMINED to spit on God’s offer and walk away? My heart breaks with all the “pride” events and shaking of fists in God’s face. They deeply grieve God as well. “Even though the Lord had commanded…not to worship idols, they did it anyway…they were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to worship the Lord Their God. They ignored the Lord’s warnings and commands, and they rejected the solemn agreement he had made with their ancestors.” (2 Kings 17: 12, 14-15)

See if you see modern humanity in this indictment: “They worshiped worthless idols and became worthless themselves. The people disobeyed all the commands of the LORD their God….they also worshiped the stars (astrology/science fiction/comic book heroes) and the god Baal (thousands of cults in operation today that don’t follow Jesus to salvation). They used magic and witchcraft (looking for knowledge and consorting with evil spirits outside of God’s Holy Spirit) and even sacrificed their own children (modern abortion has killed millions voluntarily). They were determined to do everything the LORD hated.” 2 Kings 17: 15-17)

God replies: “…I will say it again: Do not worship any god except me. I am the LORD your god, and I will rescue you from all your enemies.” (2 Kings: 38-39) Notice the promise on the end. God is willing to rescue you from your greatest enemy of your eternal soul, Satan, who desires to drag you down to his kingdom of hell upon your demise. If you draw your last breath determined to rebel against God, He will graciously let you have your way, but you will have become worthless instead of worthy to enter into eternal reward with his son Jesus Christ as the gatekeeper. Jesus is the ultimate model of worthiness.

Consider John, the apostle’s eyewitness account of the end of time (which we are fast approaching), when he is translated to heaven to inscribe for all time in the last book of God’s Holy Bible, Revelation< how this age would end. “I saw a mighty angel ask with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals (which begins the final judgment cycle on an unrepentant, sin-filled world)? John records that he “cries hard because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or see inside it. Then one of the elders said to me, Stop crying and look! The one who is called both the ‘Lion from the Tribe of Judah’ and ‘King David’s Great Descendant’ (Jesus) has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals.” (Rev. 5: 2, 4-5). Finally, millions upon millions of angels and the redeemed of Christ say together in a loud voice the very truth of God: “The Lamb who was killed is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom,strength, honor, glory and praise.” (Rev. 5:11-12) Notice that not one sports star, musician, famed politician, film maker, etc. is considered worthy to follow with your trust that they will save you.

Worthy… Worthless…where you choose to place your trust and allegiance will have eternal consequences.  Choose Jesus Christ this day. Place your trust in God’s worthy son.

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