Then all the people of the land went to the house of Ba‘al and broke it down; they completely smashed its altars and images and killed Mattan the priest of Ba‘al in front of the altars. Next, the cohen appointed officers over the house of HaShem.
The struggles of Israel are recorded as a lesson for believers in later generations, according to the book of Romans. Thinking about that, this passage made me think of my time and place and it made me think of myself. I am no more pure than an ancient Israelite because I know the Messiah by name. That is an arrogant thought. I actually have more channels of sin available to me than someone living long ago. With all the conveniences of modern life, I even have ample time free to devote to sin. This anecdote of the people rising up and destroying the infrastructure of idolatry is so utterly modern. How so? The people at large allowed this falsehood to stand. They waited for a king to come along and inspire them to break free of the idolatry. They let an evil queen reign over them for years. That looks like a picture of society at large to me. That looks like a microcosm of my internal life as well. Do I have the strength to stand against the easy, the beautiful, the pleasurable? Will I embrace difficulties and have the courage to stand up for what is right or will I just go along to get along? Am I waiting for someone to come along and give me permission to tear down my idols and devote myself to the Most High? I pray that this story serves as an inspiration for all believers to take stock of themselves, to clear away the ungodly things in their lives and rededicate themselves to the work of the Kingdom.