The pictures were taken at Megiddo. Both King Solomon and King Ahab made this an important fortified city during the time when the children of Israel were powerful but they began to worship other gods. While in Israel, I was impressed that at many ancient sites the official signage mentions the Bible as being a powerful influence on their history. There was also mention that the sites are universally valued due to the religious and spiritual value given them through the Bible. Today, in our country, popular media doesn’t want to talk of God’s standard except in a derogatory way.
We have had the persecution of Christians in ISIS’ rule of terror even to the extent of Christians being beheaded. This atrocious act did not get a lot of air time on many news stations. Recently, Christians at an Oregon school were killed by a gunman, simply because they were Christian, yet the government makes no mention of religious persecution. Imagine the faith and stand the second student took when asked to state his belief, knowing he would be shot. Truly, he chose to identify with Christ!
People hurt others and hurt themselves.
Evil existed then.
It exists today.
People are tormented and need to be set free.
We serve a variety of gods in our nation. For some it is money, political correctness, power, prestige, work or pleasure. We often don’t set out to worship these things, but they become our gods because of the time we allot to them and the control they exert over our thoughts and energies. I recall being in a meeting, 35 years ago, depressed and hurting. Something in the pastor’s sermon had me silently telling God that I served only Him. A still, small voice contradicted me and told me I had put my husband Bob first in my life. As the tears of sorrow and repentance flowed down my face, I asked God to forgive me and promised He would always come first. I vividly recall God’s healing power sweeping through my body and soul and the depression was healed.
Though King Ahab engineered a very advanced water system for Megiddo and made it a great fortified city scripture tells us “Ahab did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him…he married Jezebel, and began to serve Baal and worship him…and did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.” 1 Kings 16:30,31 (NIV)
“You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.” Matthew 4:10 (NLT) This was Jesus’ reply to Satan during the wilderness temptations. I know I must guard my heart and life and am thankful the Holy Spirit helps us put God first.