Thursday, 3 December 2015

Destruction that leads to life

2 Kings 23:15-20
Moreover, the altar at Bethel, the high place erected by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin—he pulled down that altar along with the high place. He burned the high place, crushing it to dust; he also burned the sacred pole. As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs there on the mount; and he sent and took the bones out of the tombs, and burned them on the altar, and defiled it, according to the word of the Lord that the man of God proclaimed, when Jeroboam stood by the altar at the festival; he turned and looked up at the tomb of the man of God who had predicted these things. Then he said, “What is that monument that I see?” The people of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted these things that you have done against the altar at Bethel.” He said, “Let him rest; let no one move his bones.” So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came out of Samaria. Moreover, Josiah removed all the shrines of the high places that were in the towns of Samaria, which kings of Israel had made, provoking the Lord to anger; he did to them just as he had done at Bethel. He slaughtered on the altars all the priests of the high places who were there, and burned human bones on them. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

Honouring that which is sacred
Destroying that which defiles
Removing testament to years of idolatry and sin
Carving a way back to God
for a whole nation 
A leader not afraid
to wreak havoc
in his wake
but by his actions
clearing the path
that leads to life.

In a world full of stumbling blocks and road blocks, may we find a way through, clearing the way for others as we go, following the path that leads to life - the way of God.

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