They Went Along with Whatever Their King Did

I may have had more protein in my breakfast today – unintentionally. I guess I will have to stop dining “al a desk.”

There were 2 ants on my glass of water. I didn’t think water attracted sugar ants! There were five on my cell phone. (I must be sweet!)

The leader ant smelled something and brought them to my office. The rest blindly followed their leader to their deaths – 31 and counting.

I checked the kitchen cabinet where I keep the sugar. No ants. I could feel the sugar granules that spilled there. The ants could have carted them off.

But, no, the leader told them to follow him to my office. He must have smelled the peppermint essential oil in here. It smells sweet but cannot be carried back to the nest!

Be careful following your leaders. They have been wrong before.

2 Kings 17:7-9, “The exile came about because of sin…They took up with other gods, [8] fell in with the ways of life of the pagan nations God had chased off, and went along with whatever their kings did. [9] They did all kinds of things on the sly, things offensive to their God,…then openly and shamelessly….” The Message

The leader came in “on the sly.” I finished publishing yesterday’s post at 4:15 a.m. There were no ants then. Now they are coming in openly and shamelessly. #32.

“A leaf-cutting ant may:

  1. Carry up to 50 times its own weight more than a hundred yards.
  2. Excavate 30-40 thousand pounds of earth to make a nest.
  3. Carry 5000 lbs. of material back to the nest.
  4. Make as many as 4 round trips a day to food sources that may be more than 400 feet from the nest.”

“The Word for You Today” May 5, 2018

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You Won’t Have a Leg to Stand On

We watched a rerun of “The Carol Burnett Show” the other night. It was a popular variety show in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

On this episode, they demonstrated how they developed a comedy sketch. They were careful not to offend anyone. As they rehearsed the scene they changed lines deemed offensive. In the end, the sketch was –

“Hello, Mrs. Smith.”

“Goodbye, Mrs. Johnson”

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Thursday, we read King Ahaz removed everything offensive from The Temple. He was trying to placate the king of Assyria. Did it work? No. It angered God.

2 Chronicles 28:5, “God, fed up, handed him over to the king of Aram, who beat him badly and took many prisoners to Damascus.” The Message

King Ahaz sent bribes to the king of Assyria twice. What did the Assyrians do? They kept the riches and attacked him anyway.

2 Chronicles 28:20, 21, “But the king of Assyria, Tiglath-Pileser, wouldn’t help – he came instead and humiliated Ahaz even more by attacking and bullying him….[21] and got nothing in return, not a bit of help.” The Message

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Isaiah 7:9, “…If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.” The Message

God is our only hope. He gave us instructions to survive our time on earth in the Bible. Our answers are found when we study it. Nothing else works.

Isaiah 8:10, “…Because when all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel – God-With-Us.” The Message

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Isaiah 8:20, “Tell them, ‘No, we’re going to study the Scriptures.’ People who try the other ways get nowhere – a dead-end!” The Message

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