Tickling Turns Deadly

I love it when my grandson giggles when he's tickled. Most people are ticklish to some degree or other...we have been ticklish since creation. And little else, it would seem, has changed in sinful humanity.  During the era written about in 1 Kings 22, King Ahab wants to hear advice that agrees with what he hopes to accomplish.  About 400 prophets were assembled to advise the king regarding whether the Lord would give him victory against an enemy (the king of Aram).  All 400 prophets said that the Lord would give him victory.  Fiction.  There was one prophet who was almost not invited to the party - Micaiah. 

It would seem that the king knew Micaiah never compromised the message he heard from the Lord...not for his own comfort or for the king's pleasure. He even asked the prophet, "How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth...?" This was not a serious question of truth but one asking the prophet to speak what the king wanted to hear.  Micaiah told the king the Lord would 'scatter Israel on the mountain' and they would have 'no master.'  Truth.

 How often do I seek advice that simply aligns with what I want to do? How often do I disregard direction that conflicts with the direction I want to go?  Paul warns in 2 Timothy 4:3 that humanity will increasingly "want to have their ears tickled...accumulating for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires..."  Being tickled can be fun at first, but after a few hours will turn deadly. 

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Hard Things

There are passages in the Bible that are difficult to defend. Psalm 137:9 is one of those verses. The text reads, "How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashed your little ones against the rock." What a horrible picture of the cruelties of war!

The following considerations are simply presented as 'food for thought': (1) if the Bible were simply a work of man, why would one ever include this text?! (2) the verse doesn't say 'one SHOULD behave' this way rather that there is coming a predicted day of reckoning for Babylon, (3) it's pretty likely that some will one day look back and also question the writer's motives in songs like "Straight Outta Compton" by NWA and other lyrics which express deep emotion and anger which are being produced in our generation, (4) the previous verse (v. 8) communicates a desire for repayment and recompense. War is ugly, pain-filled and brutal.

Today, the motive that should move us toward our enemies is expressed in Romans 12:17–19, “Do not repay anyone evil for what is right in the eyes of at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge...leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

While Scripture contains hard things to understand, my limited intellect and flawed understanding does not affect the truth or perfect reasoning contained in God's Word. Jesus life, death and resurrection is all the proof needed to trust His revelation!

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