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Offending God

1 Kings 20:23-28 :

The servants of the king of Syria said to him, “Their god is a god of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we. But let’s fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they. Do this thing: take the kings away, every man out of his place, and put captains in their place. Muster an army, like the army that you have lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot. We will fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they are.”

He listened to their voice, and did so. At the return of the year, Ben Hadad mustered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel. The children of Israel were mustered and given provisions, and went against them. The children of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of young goats; but the Syrians filled the country. A man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, “Yahweh says, ‘Because the Syrians have said, “Yahweh is a god of the hills, but he is not a god of the valleys;” therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am Yahweh.’ ”

Just as God had predicted to Ahab, Ben Hadad came back, but this time with a different strategy. As I considered this historical event, I realized that it demonstrates a serious weakness in human reasoning that is not uncommon today. It seemed quite logical to the servants of Ben Hadad, that since they had been losing against a people who lived on hills, that their god must be a god of the hills. Then they considered the hypothesis that this god was not a god of the valley, one that they ultimately acted upon.

A striking thing about this strategy is that it completely backfired, but not because of Israel. It backfired because it offended God. The Israeli army was so small compared to Ben Hadad's allies, that they looked "like two little flocks of young goats." There was no natural way for Israel to win. When God sent his man to speak to Ahab, we learn that the reason that God was so upset, was because these foreign servants thought that he was only a god of the mountains!

This same God is over us today and just as He was jealous over the fact that He was God over all creation, He is still jealous about it today. Secularists try to use science as an excuse to question God as the Creator of all things. You can be sure that God is very offended and will take action. In fact, He already has.

The Bible tells us more about the kind of action God takes when He is offended in this way. We read the logic in Paul's letter to the Romans in the first chapter. Many naturally assume that God is expressing His anger about the sin of homosexuality in this chapter. It is true that God has made it clear that He is against homosexuality in other parts of the Bible, but that isn't the basic reason that God is offended in this chapter. Take a closer look:

Romans 1:18-21 :

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse. Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.

I believe that what God is telling a secular culture, is that they will be punished with homosexuality because of their belief in evolution. Homosexuality among other sexual sins, is a natural destroyer of the family structure. Since the family is the cornerstone of economy in general, the commonwealth that treasures sexual deviancy eventually collapses. So, what really angers God, is evolution. This shows us that God will prove Himself to be God over everything, and will eventually destroy even large nations to show the ones that remain, that He is God.

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