Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 1 Kings 16 & 2 Chronicles 17. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
If you remember back when we were reading the book of Joshua after God delivered the city of Jericho into the hands of the Israelites Joshua delivered and pronouncement on the fate of that future city. Joshua said this of anyone who would rebuild a city at this site … “At the cost of his firstborn son will he lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest will he set up its gates.” (Joshua 6:26 NIV84). Today as we journeyed through our reading we found that very prediction play out. A man named Heil rebuilt Jericho at the cost of his oldest and youngest sons.
What I think this teaches us is God has a strong memory. God does not forget the promises we make. God does not forget the commitments we offer up. God does not forget the sins that we cast. There is nearly four hundred to five hundred years between these stories. God did not forget even though Heil may have.
However, what I love about God is He has offered to shorten His memory, almost to practically erase it. God tells us that in Jesus, because of His sacrifice he is willing to wipe his memory clear. What an amazing comfort that provides.