�THE HIGH PLACES�
�Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the
priest instructed him. The high places, however, were not removed; the
people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there� (2 Kings 12:2-3
�[Hezekiah] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father
David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and
cut down the Asherah poles� (2 Kings 18:3-4, NIV).
The story of the kings of Israel and Judah is interesting especially when
one sees how the chroniclers recounted the life and time of one king after
another. While nearly all the kings of Israel were bad, there were some good
ones among the kings of Judah. Some of these �good� kings of Judah had flaws
- �the high places, however, were not removed� (1 Kings 22:43; 2 Kings 12:3;
14:4; 15:4, 35).
What are �high places�? They were elevated or hilltop sites dedicated to
worship of pagan gods. Most references to high places in the Old Testament
indicate a form of pagan worship forbidden to the Israelites.
Solomon worshipped the gods of his foreign wives at the latter part of his
kingdom in these high places (1 Kings 11:7-8). Jeroboam gave them prominent
position right from the beginning of his reign (1 Kings 12:31-32). The other
kings of Judah either worshiped the pagan gods on these high places or
remain indifferent to the practice. However, Hezekiah and Josiah stood out
of the kings of Judah. They totally wiped out such practice during their
reigns (2 Kings 18:3-4; 23:3-9). No wonder, they found favor in the sight of
What are the �high places� in your own life? What are the �idols� that are
competing with God in your life? Do you realize that they are diverting your
attention from things of God? As you are trying to serve God, do you take
note of such things? What are the sins that are kept in your life unabated?
Solomon pictured them as, ��the little foxes that ruin the vineyards�� (Song
of Solomon 2:15, NIV). Have you caught them?
Thus says the Lord, "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my
glory to another or my praise to idols� (Isaiah 42:8, NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on June 6, 2004.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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