Battle for the High Places (The Story: Ch. 14: Post 1)

Chapter 14 of The Story (with this chapter occurring approx. 930-848 BC) involves kings fighting for supremacy and kings using geographical high places for their own ambition.  The words “high places” occur 5 times in this chapter.  In one instance, after King Jeroboam built two golden calves he built shrines for them on “high places”.  Later, idols were also made of metal, “Asherah poles” were made to worship the deity Asherah (2X), sacred stones were set up “on every high hill and under every spreading tree”, and an altar and temple were later made to worship the deity Baal.  (Artistically, other items listed in this chapter included “treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal place”, gold shields, bronze shields, gold [4X], silver [3X], stones, and timber).  In contrast to his predecessors, King Asa “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done” and got rid of the male shrine prostitutes and the idols that had been made.  He even demoted his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother due to her creating a “repulsive image” for the purpose of worshipping Asherah.  King Asa cleared the land of Judah of all its idols.  However, King Asa did not remove the high places.  King Asa had it right.  Proper perspective involves looking upwards – towards God as the Creator – rather than for a person to elevate themself – and create with the intention of elevating themselves and accomplish their self-centred and ambitious objectives and to ‘be worshiped’.

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