6 So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news. 7 Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I raised you up from among the people and made you a leader over my people Israel. 8 I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. 9 You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have provoked me to anger and thrust me behind your back.
10 ” ‘Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free. I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone. 11 Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country. The LORD has spoken!’ I Kings 14:6-11 (NIV)
It is clear in this passage that God is extremely disappointed and frustrated with both Jeroboam and his wife (who interestingly remains nameless in this passage), and clearly spreads his wrath on them and their family. I think it is interesting how the term “dung” is used in this context. In some translations, “trash” is used, but dung is the prevailing term in verse 10. Nevertheless, the point is well taken. God is quite unhappy! He uses the prophet Ahijah as His voice.
What strikes me is that I am so glad that God doesn’t do this with us today. We are saved through the blood of Jesus Christ and He shows us grace and mercy every day. We probably are as bad as Jeroboam and his wife at times, and we certainly don’t have the heart of David, yet God never treats us like he does Jeroboam and his wife. Christ paid this price for all of us and we can take solace in this.
I think it is important to reflect, however, that God can choose not to have mercy on us at any point, and the fact that He shows his love for us through grace everyday should draw us closer to Him. I have always found the term “God fearing” a curious statement, but it is apropos to be used here in watching God’s actions. He is certainly worthy of fear, although a fear not based on terror or being afraid, but one out of respect for His power and might.
What other “idols” do we have that keep us from God every day? Is it work? Television? Hobbies? Money? Something else? Idols don’t have to be a metal figure that we worship, it can be anything. We just need to steer clear of them. I certainly have been going through a winter in my relationship with God and I need to get rid of some idols that keep me from Him.
Dear Lord, I am so sorry when I put things of this world before You and worship them as idols instead of worshipping you. Thank you for having mercy on me and showing me your grace. I take this for granted sometimes. Lord, please do not let me take for granted your majesty and power as we all could be gone in a flash if it is your will. I thank you for the blood of Jesus that atones for our sins. Thank you for sending Him. Please let me have the heart of David and follow you with my thoughts and actions. Amen.