2Ch 15:12-14 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
Today we find ourselves at a time of rejoicing by the people of God. Having experienced a time away from God and suffering the result of such a choice they have now returned to Him. As happens on the heels of most times of tragedy there was a dramatic swing in the opposite direction. We are creatures of extremes.
Consider the Apostles. At one point they were so enamored with the power they had on earth that they forgot their purpose was to glorify God in heaven.
Luk 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Luk 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Not long after they were at the most sobering moment in the earthly ministry of the Lord only to occupy the time arguing about heaven.
Luk 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
One moment they were so earthly minded they were of no heavenly good and the next they were so heavenly minded they were of no earthly good.
In our text the Jews suffered the same affliction. Having been delivered by God from the bondage of backsliding they now rejoiced in the liberty given by God. So, what do they do? They turn and take away the liberty of others.
As you go about your day today remember from whence you came and surrender the need for everyone to be like you. Exercise your liberty of choice and extend that same privilege to those you meet. It is simply not important that everyone agrees with you.