Don’t Fill Up on Breadsticks (Chronicles 2 28-29)

I seem to have detected a pattern in Chronicles. One king does not do “what is right in the eyes of the Lord” and then another does. One good. One bad. It’s very predictable but not in a satisfying, Olive Garden kind of way.

Ahaz is bad. Among his transgressions is making molten images of Baal. So God sicks the Syrians upon Judah and tons of people get killed or captured. Ahaz has to go running to the king of Assyria and pay tribute to him in order to get his help, which he doesn’t because his tribute wasn’t showy enough or something.

Hezekiah is next in line. He’s good. He pretties up the house of the Lord (although he outsources much of the grunt work to the Levites). Since the house of the Lord is not only physically dirty but metaphorically and morally dirty, numerous cleansing rituals have to take place: “They gathered their bretheren, and sanctified themselves, and went in as the king had commanded, by the words of the Lord, to cleanse the house of the Lord. The priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to cleanse it, and they brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord into the court of the house of the Lord; and the Levites took it and carried it out to the brook Kidron” (Chr 2 29:15-16).

As someone who enjoys cleaning, I have to say there is something very rewarding about actually seeing the dirt that you’ve nabbed. This is the main reason why the Swiffer is such a successful product. And those Biore strips that you put across the bridge of your nose and then peel off to reveal all the blackheads they’ve ripped out of your face. Unlike the priests in the passage above, I usually don’t clean myself before cleaning although I can understand the reasoning behind this. Usually I like to clean post-workout. I feel that this is maximally efficient. One – I won’t get any sweatier than I already am and Two – I’ll need to shower anyways and I think this is an especially good thing after touching my toilet.


Published in: on October 14, 2011 at 2:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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