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2 King 12 [Read]
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John 5:25-47 [Read]
Submission is hard for Christians including myself. As a foreign student, I came to US for graduate study. Facing a brand new environment and many new challenges, foreign students had to quickly become independent. We learned to make decisions and take consequences, and we grew in the process. Such experience made it difficult for us to submit after becoming Christians. So, we try to get around this biblical teaching. Such mentality usually stifles our spiritual growth, and we remain spiritual teenagers who know everything.
Joash started as a good king. He experienced the trauma of being pursued by his own grandmother and had to hide in the temple for 6 long years before becoming king at 7 (11:21). As a child king, he listened to his loyal mentor Jehoiada and did everything right in the eyes of the LORD (12:2). He was zealous for the LORD and even wanted to repair the damaged temple. His heart was right, and he knew the importance of respecting and listening to his elder mentor. As a result, the kingdom was in peace.
After Jehoiada died, King Joash changed for the worse. It was not clear why he did not keep the lessons learned from Jehoiada. Any speculation would not be useful. The fact is that he began to worship idol like his father and grandfather (2Ch 24:18), and he even had the son of Jehoiada stoned to death for his godly prophecy (2Ch 24:21). His submission was directed to the wrong group of people (2Ch 24:17), and the result was disastrous.
In contrast, today’s NT reading showed us a model of complete submission. “Whatever the Father does, the son also does” (Jn 5:19). There was not a single bone of rebellion in Jesus our Lord, for he sought not to please himself but the Father who sent him (5:30). He came for a purpose, and submission was the key component to achieve that purpose set forth by the Father.
Submission is critical in achieving God’s purpose. But submission is hard, so we make up excuses like “we submit to God but not to man”. But if we cannot submit to ones whom we can see, how can we submit to God whom we cannot see? One of the characteristics of Spirit-filled life is submission (Eph 5:21). We learn to submit to one another out of the reverence for Christ, and only such reverence can enable us to overcome our rebellious flesh.
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