A Word From The Pastor

Can’t You Just Leave Well Enough Alone

June 28, 2015
Pastor Kaiser
2 Kings 16:10-12 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof. And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus. And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
2 Kings 16:10-12 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof. And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus. And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
   There are two popular sayings that come to remembrance when reading this portion of Scripture; please excuse the grammatical imperfections of the second.  The first is, “Can’t you just leave well enough alone?”  The second is, “Why you got to mess with things.”  Again, there is a tad bit of laziness in the second saying.  Both of these have been used throughout the years directed at an individual who has everything going for him, all the resources one could imagine, and a very promising future.  But too many of us do not look into the future to see how our decisions may affect us.  We want what we want and we want it right now.  Some are especially gifted at crashing or messing up things when all is well for the love of the chaos, and some are talented at making bad circumstances even worse.
   This King Ahaz was particularly guilty of this crime.  The Temple that God had Solomon to build was not good enough for him.  The gold and the silver was not enough.  The glamour, oh the glamour of Solomon’s temple.  Let’s be reminded that they came from all over the world to see Solomon’s Kingdom and to hear his wisdom; and this very Kingdom was now in the hands of King Ahaz who literally had it all.  But God’s people have a history of being discontent and of wanting that which the world has.  Where are the Christians who are content being a “peculiar people?”  
  Was there not an altar in Jerusalem?  King Ahaz saw the altar in Damascus and just had to have what the heathen had.   But the altar in Damascus was used to sacrifice to the false gods of the Assyrian people.  Is that what you want?    2 Chronicles 28:23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.  Chasing the world and losing interest in God only ruins our lives.