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Ebed-Melek

Today’s Sermon: God Has No Favorite Persons.

Even in the Old Testament we see how God did not pick favorites. Though He chose to make himself predominantly known to the nation of Israel, we see God did not exclude individuals from other nations who trusted Him and turned to follow Him and do His will. We see this with people like Ruth who was originally from Moab, as well as Ebed Melek from our passage today.

In our text today, we have a man named Ebed Melek who was a “Cushite.” The land of Cush is what we now know today as Ethiopia. Ethiopia is an east African country and used to be known as “the land of Cush.”

Yet before Jerusalem was taken by the Babylonian army, God sends Jeremiah with a very special message just for Ebed Melek. He tells him “But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord, you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life because you trust me, declares the Lord.”

Ebed Melek showed how he trusted the Lord earlier on. When Jeremiah had been thrown into the cistern/well earlier on, Ebed Melek goes to the rescue!

But Ebed-Melek, a Cushite, an official in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. While the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate, Ebed-Melek went out of the palace and said to him, “My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into a cistern, where he will starve to death when there is no longer any bread in the city.” Then the king commanded Ebed-Melek the Cushite, “Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.” So Ebed-Melek took the men with him and went to a room under the treasury in the palace. He took some old rags and worn-out clothes from there and let them down with ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern. Ebed-Melek the Cushite said to Jeremiah, “Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to pad the ropes.” Jeremiah did so, and they pulled him up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard. (Jeremiah 38:7-13)

We see how God used this man who honored and revered him to help Jeremiah the prophet. God later rewards him for his faithful act that demonstrates he was true to the Lord God.

The truth also is that God gladly accepts anyone from any nation, origin or background that chooses to love Him and have faith in Him. The Lord has no favorites in His kingdom and shows no partiality

As we see later on in Acts, Peter says “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

Acts 10:34-35 –

It is revealed to Peter very shortly prior that the Gospel needed to go out to those who were not just Jews but “Gentiles” (Non Jews, Non Israelites) as well.

We see how God loves people regardless of where they live in the world or what their background is, and that Jesus Christ came to bring hope not only to His people Israel but to other nations and people too!

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Job’s Daughters

Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

Job 42:15 –

In the beginning of this book of the Bible, we see how Job was considered “blameless and upright”

Job does stand out from many OT godly people even in the sense Job does something that is not common in his day. He gives an inheritance to even his daughters. This I feel is noteworthy.

Job showed no partiality between his male heirs or his female heirs but loved them equally. It is very reflective of the heart of God. God is not partial or a picker of favorites. He loves people equally and does not favor men over women or this group of people over that group but honors everyone who loves and trusts him, and walks obediently toward Him.

This passage in Job 42:15 reflects what God will do for all of those whom have become His sons and daughters adopted through Jesus Christ, He will give us an inheritance in heaven and not favor anyone of us over the other. Each of us will be rewarded according to the good we do as a result of our faith. Whether the poor old grandma who is a kindhearted selfless soul- to the preacher in the pulpit. It does not matter what gift he has given us to serve His cause nearly as much as what we do with what He has entrusted to us.

God looks at the effort and motive of the heart. Not the size of a ministry or how big it seems.

Even the smallest act of kindness for His name sake, Jesus said that person wont lose their reward

40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matthew 10:40-42 –

There is no need for Christians to compete, compare, or envy each other. We all must be busy and diligent to do the best where God has assigned us and when we do, we will receive His approval!

Enduring The Whole Race

We live in a tine where many have come out and denounced the faith. Yet what this video will cover is what Scripture teaches about how we must endure to the very end.

True conversion and faith will provide what is necessary to finish the race of life well and receive a rich welcome into the presence of Jesus Christ!

Let Loose Anything That Would Cook Your Goose


The story of Achan can teach us something today as believers. Achan sinned by taking some of the plunder from the enemies the Israelites defeated earlier in battle at Jericho. One man ignored the instructions before:

But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.” [Joshua 6:18-19]

Achan coveted some of the things he saw while he was in the camp

Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.” Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the Lord. Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor. Joshua said, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today.” Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since. (Joshua 7:19-26)

Achan’s sin affected not only himself but brought problems on both the Israelite community and his own household.

Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. (Ecclesiastes 9:18)

In our personal lives we can too cause ourselves many problems and also other people around us problems if we fail to address sin in our lives or if we put up with and tolerate anything or anyone who causes us to stumble.

Sinful habits failed to be addressed can cause us to lose our effectiveness for Christ, not only will we often fail to produce the fruit we ought to if we do not address wrong behaviors of our actions and attitudes of our heart- we will often cause others to stumble,

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. (Proverbs 10:17)

It is too easy for us to tell ourselves “It’s just a little thing” but it is not. We will eventually drift and drift subtly that we will get so far off track we won’t realize it often till it is is a serious problem!

In Hosea chapter 7, the people of God got so comfortable with the people who did not know the Lord that they were losing vitality and not thriving.

“Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat loaf not turned over. Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice. (Hosea 7:8-9)

The longer we go on and fail to repent of sinful habits or separate from influences that are drawing us off the path we should be on. The harder it can become to get free or undo the mess we find ourselves in. This is why we must give God time to speak to us through His Word and point out what is in our hearts and lives we must be diligent to deal with.

The more we allow God to speak into our lives, the less we will be tripped up and we truly will experience greater freedom and victory as a result.

[Additional Reading: Hebrews 12:1-6, Proverbs 13:20]

When Your Strength Fails

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. [Psalm 73:26]

Psalmist says his flesh and heart may fail,

The flesh, our human strength will indeed often give out. We may not feel competent to serve and feel so weak. We may struggle to carry out difficult commands and falter under heavy loads

The heart- Our hearts may feel we do not have the passion we ought or zeal we think we should have for the Lord. We may feel our love for others has been exhausted and we feel dry and parched in a weary land, our emotions run dry and our human resources run thin.

Yet we are told, “For we live by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Though our passion and love for Christ should not wane or dwindle, we cannot measure such a thing for the basis of emotions.

David even prays “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Yet he does not stop by saying “God show me what is in my heart.” He adds, “Lead me in the way everlasting.”

And truly it is the Lord who: “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)

If it was not for the work of the Spirit, we could not make it or succeed, our heart’s and flesh would truly fail,

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah” [Psalm 68:19]

No matter how strong we think we are pr how loyal we think we may be to our Lord, let us not forget we too like Peter who passionately said he was willing to even die for Christ, he failed him three times in his moment of great human weakness!

Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! (John 13:37-38)

Human determination, will, passion and strength are not enough to endure through life’s heavy trials and crushing odds that march out against us. For we all too could feel we be so strong one day yet be swallowed up in defeat not long later! 

So, let us fix our hope only upon Christ and His sustaining power to uphold us and keep us!

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

“If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored.”

If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines, then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest silver for you. Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God. You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows. What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways. (Job 22:23-28)

Yet Job here never departed from God or abandoned his Lord during his suffering, he steadfastly persevered and indeed was restored. 

Yet there is hope mentioned here for even a sinner, “If you remove wickedness far from your tent” that is repentance. 

Then to not put ones hope in gold or silver or trust monetary wealth as a god, “And assign your nuggets to the dust.”

Job was wealthy and prosperous, and he was not sinful for having wealth- it would be sin for him as he himself put it if: ““If I have made gold my trust or called fine gold my confidence, if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant or because my hand had found much, if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand, this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above. (Job 31:24-28)

Job’s friends were speaking truth to the wrong person, suggesting Job was the wicked and gloried in his great wealth and harm had come to him because he was a wicked sinner.

Though Job was not sinless, he was justified before God because of faith just as we are. His faith caused him to “Fear God and shun evil.” Yet if Job was to try to find his justification before Holy God by his own righteous conduct, he too would find Romans 3:23 working against him

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24

Yet because of his faith Job walked faithfully and blamelessly in the sight of his God. As Paul later explains in the New Testament,

Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.(Romans 3:31)

Job like many other Old Testaments characters that lived for God and true believers do not use faith as a cop out to live for sin. Obviously faith in God means we live for God, not contrary to Him. 

Yet Job, not even though he was a man of great loyalty to the Lord and integrity could ever say “God you owe me!” And we cannot either. As we see God was generous and restored Job twice what had been lost. This shows God’s character and kindness, though He never owed Job restoration for the blessings He gave in the first place, the Lord still delighted to bring Job to a much better spot after the storm.

The only way we can truly experience God’s best is turn from sin and “return to the Almighty, you will be restored”

Not too unlike what Peter preached in the early part of Acts when he said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. (Acts 3:19-21)

The Gospel is God’s invitation for people to turn to Him. Yet for us who know Him already we should “hold fast to our integrity” as it was said of Job. 

We are waiting as believers in this good hope: “that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.”

We repented of our sins and are walking obediently to Him and wait for the day He returns in His glory to receive us to Himself!

The Master’s Unusual Methods: His Silence.

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” (Matthew 15:23-24 )

We see from the text, Jesus seems to ignore the poor woman and when she keeps crying out to him he finally responds yet seemingly coldly

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24)

Yet we see the woman does not lose heart even though Jesus appears unconcerned and uninterested.

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. (Matthew 15:25)

Then we see Jesus seem to respond coldly a second time, “He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” (Matthew 15:26)

Now at this point many would have given up or walked away offended and feel insulted. After all it appeared on the surface level Jesus did not care, but then to add on his responses seemed very insulting.

Yet the woman replies wisely and shows such great faith:

“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” (Matthew 15:27)

When Jesus heard her response he was pleased, and “Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. (Matthew 15:28)

Was this woman’s faith itself the only thing we can see shining out? Was not her humble heart also revealed? She was neither put off or slighted by Jesus’s replies at first but she accepts her unworthiness to demand anything from Jesus. She knows that He does not owe her a thing and He has the right to say no or answer however He decides. She shows she revered Him – yet her faith compelled her to not let Him go until He granted her petition,

As Jacob did in Genesis, he wrestled with the angel of the Lord and said

Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” (Genesis 32:26-28)

We are often put off by God’s silence and forget how God often tests us with His silence. We see in the chapter before Jesus encounters this woman of faith- Jesus sends the disciples ahead of Him in the boat

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. (Matthew 14:22-24)

We see these men in the story out there nearly all of the night panicked until at last

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:25-27)

“Shortly before dawn” and it does not say “When the storm first hit” nor “In the middle of the night” but rather the text shows Jesus came right before “Dawn”

They also could not fully recognize him at first sight and mistook him for a ghost. They were afraid of His approaching and thought they were in danger. Yet they were more close to deliverance then when the storm first began and feared the very Jesus who was then at last coming to them.

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31)

Here Jesus chides Peter for his foolish doubting. Yet a chapter later he says to the Canaanite woman she had great faith.
Though she was a foreigner and not an Israelite, she had more faith then the men Jesus was training to carry on His gospel after he ascended to be with the Father.

We can learn much from these Scriptures. We see Jesus was faithful to the disciples in the boat though they were faithless in that moment. 

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

We also see that a poor foreign woman had great faith and persistently laid hold of Jesus

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The Lord rewards bold persistent faith coming from a humble heart. If we come to God in prayer we must humble ourselves and keep persisting in prayer- unless of course it is totally out of the will of God to grant some request, then no amount of persistence can overcome his resolute “no.” As we see Moses prayed to the Lord when God forbid him enter the promised land. Moses asked him to reconsider and God said “No” and “Do not speak to me on this matter anymore.”

Yet obviously the persistence of the woman was not trying to lay hold of what God was reluctant to do- Jesus healed her daughter who was terribly oppressed by the demon.

We should also persist in praying for things we know would honor God and are not outside of His will. If it is not out of his will then often we must persist in prayer till God brings it to pass or he redirects us in our prayer. 

For example: Praying for an open door –pray until God either reveals it is not a door to be opened and is not His will

If that does not happen, we ought to continue to pray till He either opens it pr shows us an alternative door or route we must take.

Patience often is very necessary to receive most things from the Lord. We may need to wait patiently until He breaks a long and dreadful silence and finally speaks.

We need patience in order to wait for further instructions so often. 

We may feel tired and weak and have prayed for “Strength” yet Isaiah 40:30-31 says: “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)

We may wait for some solution to a problem and seek the way out, yet God will grant new strength to endure and may cause us to have to wait in patience and obedience for a time.

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 – 

Yet how foolish we are when we try to dictate how God should act and when he should act!

When God Seems To Be Hiding


Hide And Seek

In Luke 2:48-52, Jesus vanished out of sight of Mary and Joseph and they got anxious and worked up over it. When they finally retraced their steps, they located him and he said “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

Yet Mary and Joseph did not really understand. 

Often with us to as believers, we may feel we have lost Jesus, or as the Psalmist says “Why, Lord, do not reject me and hid your face from me?”

Like Mary and Joseph, David asks “why?”

David also says: “Do not hide your face from your servant: Answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.”

See how the disciples in the boat frantically woke Jesus saying “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

Jesus wakes up and stills the storm and chides them on their lack of faith.

Often our Lord would test our faith, our Teacher will go silent and make us take his test to test our faith and trust

As it says in the the book of 2 Chronicles 32:31 of king Hezekiah “God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.”

But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart. (2 Chronicles 32:31)

Why would God test? For his learning? God already knew all about Hezekiah before he gives him the pop quiz but when God withdraws His experiential presence, we often reveal things about ourself, our faith and loyalty to God, and we show what it is truly made of.

“Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to me, and have neither remembered me nor taken this to heart? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.[Isaiah 57:11-12 ]

Even the best and most upright of believers apart from Jesus Christ is filthy and wretched. We are truly dependent on Jesus Christ alone for our forgiveness and power to live right before God!

None of us can be saved from our sins by our good works or deeds. Our best cannot compare or measure up. This is why our salvation is a gift by faith in Jesus Christ alone!

Yet God will often “test” us to and let us see what is “in our hearts” and see how our faith holds up when he has seemed to withdraw and “hide”

Our faith as true believers should as 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We walk by faith not by sight”

So when emotions scream [In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” however David concludes by saying “Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.” [Psalm 31:22 ]

There are many times our circumstances tell us “You are doomed, God won’t come through, if he loved you why has he allowed this” Like Senacherib who said to Hezekiah while laying siege to Jerusalem

The field commander said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: “‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? [Isaiah 36:4]

Hezekiah was trusting the Lord His God!

Yet Sennacherib boasts: “But the commander replied, “Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine? ” [Isaiah 36:12 ]

We may be faced with circumstances that say “You are doomed” yet, we must rely on our God who has given us so many wonderful promises in His Word so we can have hope!

Emotions can lie too. So we must always let God’s Word instruct and anchor us, not how things look or how we feel.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:16-18]


Additional passages: [Psalm 105:3, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Hebrews 11:6, 2 Chronicles 15:2-7, Proverbs 3:5-6, Deuteronomy 4:25-31, John 6:37]

Evily Ordained

Jeroboam, king of Israel made war with Abijah king of Judah. Jeroboam not long before got rid of all godly influence in his kingdom and the priests of the Lord defected to Judah.

Jeroboam had ended up instituting his own priests of his choosing, [See 1 Kings 12:31-33] and he also rejected the true priests of God [See 2 Chronicles 11:13-15]

Later Jeroboam was about to attack the kingdom of Judah. It was possible Jeroboam wanted to conquer king Abijah and take the kingdom of Judah too. Yet he was warned,

“And now you plan to resist the kingdom of the Lord, which is in the hands of David’s descendants. You are indeed a vast army and have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made to be your gods. But didn’t you drive out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests of your own as the peoples of other lands do? Whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may become a priest of what are not gods. “As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the Lord are sons of Aaron, and the Levites assist them. (2 Chronicles 13:8-10)

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Jeroboam is also told he has rejected the Lord’s priest driving them out of the land of Israel. Jeroboam rejected first of all the Lord and then the Lord’s designated Levitical priests!

But didn’t you drive out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests of your own as the peoples of other lands do? Whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may become a priest of what are not gods. “As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the Lord are sons of Aaron, and the Levites assist them. Every morning and evening they present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the Lord. They set out the bread on the ceremonially clean table and light the lamps on the gold lampstand every evening. We are observing the requirements of the Lord our God. But you have forsaken him. (2 Chronicles 13:9-11)

Jeroboam made two gold calves that led the people he ruled over to sin and turn away from the Lord.  

Obviously Jeroboam would give any person an “ordination” at the price of young bull and seven rams.

“Whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may become a priest of what are not gods.”

Not only was his way of ordaining priests that of receiving something in exchange, but these new priests he ordained were ordained to serve idols.

Let’s understand also in our times too anyone can push themselves forward and claim to be a preacher or teacher of the Word of God. Anyone almost can become ordained and call themselves a minister. Yet let us learn this timeless truth, to be a true Christian minister must be a calling and done according to the solid sound instruction of the Holy Scripture.

There are many churches out there today. Not all are under godly leadership. Not everyone who stands on a stage or preaches from a pulpit is ordained by God. Not everyone who has a slip of paper or a fancy ordination title serves God’s call.

After all, too many churches compromise the Word of God in the name of a large audience. Too many churches exist where a minister, preacher or Bible teacher won’t condemn sinful behavior as sin but selectively choose what they want to teach is sin.

There are preachers, teachers and church leaders who may condemn certain sin yet show partiality and omit what God’s Word says about other very clear Biblical matters of sin are. 

There are also preachers and teachers who do not preach a accurate Gospel either. We can never omit the full message, that Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for our sins, and rose again from the grave, so we could die to sin and live for Him.

To preach a salvation message that leaves out repenting of sin is a partial Gospel. Truly it is by God’s grace we are saved and through faith in Christ Jesus we are forgiven, not by our own effort or merit, yet true faith requires us to turn from living in sin to do as Jesus says: “Come follow me!”

Many in our day do not want a Gospel that requires much of them. Many want a gospel that says “Just believe and then live however you see best”

The true Gospel is Jesus Christ died for sins out of His great love, no we ought to respond to such love and forgiveness by yielding our lives to follow Him and His ways.