2 Chronicles 24:1-16
As I mentioned in previous posts, when the original temple was built, it was done under the leadership of Solomon. He routinely used forced labour, resulting in the death of many slaves. To him, the lives of the slaves were trivial. This practice of forced labour never became popular in Israel and those that tried to utilize it were chastised by the prophets (Jer.22:13).
Joash’s attempt to rebuild the spiritual state of those he was leading included work on the temple. The Lord’s grace was upon the people as they willingly gave in abundance. With gladness, they gave more than was required, allowing the finished temple to exceed their expectations. The spiritual renewal was filled with joy, respect and honouring of one another.
Solomon’s temple and Joash’s rebuild may have both looked similar; however, which do you think revealed more clearly the values of a Kingdom reigned by the God that created each person in His own image?
Today there are many kingdoms that are being built by people in bondage. As consumers, we have the responsibility to support those enterprises that are treating their employees well. As followers of God, our purchases should align us with the joy found in making moral decisions.
How can you take a step today in assuring that your pleasures are not at the expense of someone’s well-being?
- Pray for our Prime Minister and Premier, Mayor Sohi, your MP, your MLA, and any other government officials God brings to your mind.
- Pray for Dave Schneider, our Youth and Worship Pastor and Erin Gibbard, Youth Ministry Assistant.
- Pray for all our small group leaders.