Cover to Cover
2 Kings 23-25
In our reading today we have one of the godly reforms that Josiah was implementing to return Judah and Jerusalem to the LORD. 2 Kings 23:7 “And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.” In the 300 years between Rehoboam and Josiah, Judah’s spiritual culture had degenerated to the degree they allowed homosexuality to infiltrate the temple worship. During Rehoboam’s reign (931-913 B.C.), the sodomites were “in the land.” During Josiah’s reign (640-609 B.C.), three hundred years later, the sodomites were in the Temple. Just as it was a gradual change in Judah’s spiritual culture, it was a gradual change in other cultures as well, including Sodom’s. Remember what the Lord told Abraham in Genesis 15:16? He said “the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.” It would take over 400 more years for the whole of Canaan to descend into the ungodliness that would require their removal. The ungodliness included homosexuality which at the time the Lord spoke to Abraham had not yet engulfed the whole of Canaan. In our own nation, no one can deny the gradual change in our culture. In 1961, Illinois was the first state to decriminalize homosexuality. In 1986 the Supreme Court upheld state laws forbidding homosexuality and in 2003, the Supreme Court struck down all state laws forbidding homosexual conduct. Jesus said that as it was in Sodom so shall it be when the Son of man is revealed (Luke 17:28-30).
In our reading today we have Jesus and all the Jews going to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, a Holy Day commanded by God in (Leviticus 23:33-36). Of course jesus would celebrate in obedience because he was a Torah observant Jew (Romans 15:8). We under the New Covenant are not under any obligation to obey it, and the New Covenant forbids any kind of obligation (Colossians 2:16, 17). However saints, there is coming a day after the return of Christ when the whole world will be required to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, and those who refuse will suffer the consequences (Zechariah 14:16-19).