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I would like to have a talk with about what I see in the Old Testament concerning Israel and what we see in the U.S.A. today.
Our passage is, 2 Chron 15:3-6. The prophet Azariah was urging King Asa of Judah to continue the reforms he had begun. To reinforce his message, Azariah reminded Asa of the sad condition God's people were in during an earlier age. Azariah was speaking of Israel's low point spiritually when he said, "Now for a long season Israel hath been without the True God..." vs. 3.
Vs. 4 refers to those times when Israel sought God during that period, but in vss. 5-6 the prophet summarized those days of chaos and God's judgment: "And in those times there was no peace to him who went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city by city, for God did vex them with all adversity."
Notice the description of society that was in the grip of violence, crime, and conflict between nations sounds like our world today, so we know there's a lesson for us here. Like the world of ancient Israel, our culture is also in chaos and confusion.
Look at the statement in vs. 6 that this all came about because "God did vex them", He troulbed the people. We might have expected Azariah to say that this mess was the result of satanic activity and influence in the world. According to the prophet, however, God was the author of this trouble among the people, although He was not in any way the author of their sin that provoked His judgment.
These problems that were tearing apart the fabric of society had a spiritual cause. So to address the lack of peace on a social level, try to deal with violence and crime through more law enforcement, or settle conflicts between governments at the bargaining table would not be sufficient because the people's problem was with God. And when God is your problem, God alone is your solution.
What was it about this period of Israel's history that caused God to "trouble" His people with distress at so many levels? The root of the problem is found in 2 Chron 15:3.
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