(NOTE: All Scripture from NAS Bible)
The Lord spoke to me from this Scripture today. Please read it and then the word that the Lord gave me.
2 Kings 16:7-9 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son; come up and deliver me from the hand of the king of Aram [Rezin] and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.” Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house, and sent a present to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria listened to him; and the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and captured it, and carried the people of it away into exile to Kir, and put Rezin to death.
2 Kings 16:10-13 Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship. So Urijah the priest built an altar; according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, thus Urijah the priest made it, before the coming of King Ahaz from Damascus. When the king came from Damascus, the king saw the altar; then the king approached the altar and went up to it, and burned his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar.
2 Kings 16:14 The bronze altar, which was before the LORD, he brought from the front of the house, from between his altar and the house of the LORD, and he put it on the north side of his altar.
2 Kings 16:15-16 Then King Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering and the evening meal offering and the king’s burnt offering and his meal offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land and their meal offering and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. But the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.” So Urijah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded.
2 Kings 16:17-18 Then King Ahaz cut off the borders of the stands, and removed the laver from them; he also took down the sea from the bronze oxen which were under it and put it on a pavement of stone. The covered way for the sabbath which they had built in the house, and the outer entry of the king, he removed from the house of the LORD because of the king of Assyria.
Some of you may know that I have found a publisher for my book, From Death to Life. I’m grateful to have a means to get out the Good News of Jesus Christ by taking readers through my dark night of MS and into the healing light of Jesus Christ. He heals our relationship with the Father and He also heals us physically. I must declare the excellencies of Him who brought me out of darkness and into His marvelous light (see 1 Peter 2:9)! I will diligently do my part to market this book and bring it before as many as possible, for God’s glory.
In my early morning time with the Lord, the Spirit opened me to 2 Kings 16 to give me a kind but firm warning. I see that I must beware of worshiping the god of money. If this book is successful, it will be the first time I’ve received compensation for declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s biblical to receive pay in some form (1 Corinthians 9:7-11), but I’ve never requested it. So if money comes into my hands, I must not find myself admiring that false god as Ahaz admired the altar at Damascus. I wrote From Death to Life to glorify God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I pray that captives are set free as they read what the Lord has done in me.
Ahaz’ admiration of the altar at Damascus led him to order a replica to be built in the Temple at Jerusalem so he could worship the false god of Damascus in the very house of God. He moved God’s altar to the side, yet he still sought the counsel of God at His altar. It can never be! I cannot bring the worship of money into my temple (my body) and set aside the worship of my God. I will no longer find counsel when I inquire of Him; my intimacy with Him will be gone. King Ahaz’ double-mindedness resulted in his removal of the laver, the type of Christ’s purification of our hearts. It also resulted in his removal of the covered way for the Sabbath. He removed the rest of God, the sabbatismos of Hebrews 4:9.
Let it never be, O Lord, that I would forsake you for worldly success. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your gentle warning.