2 Chronicles 35:21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
As Necho, king of Egypt, was on his way to fight against Carchemish, king Josiah of Judah came out against him for battle. Necho assured Josiah that the battle did not involve Judah and that the Lord had commanded him to make haste against the house of Carchemish. In order to turn Josiah’s intervention, Necho reminded Josiah that his intervention would be meddling with the will of God. Josiah refused to listen to the warning and meddled in these matters costing him his life (2 Chronicles 35:22-24). Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, expressed a similar statement when he told his peers that they should let the apostles alone lest they fight against God (Acts 5:34-39).
- (For children): It is a useless endeavour to fight against God (2 Chronicles 13:12b; Isaiah 46:9-10). The enemies of Jesus tried to interfere with the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:62-66), but it was in God’s plan and they could not stop it (Matthew 28:1-6).
- (For everyone): In what ways might we involve ourselves in the Lord’s work and end up fighting against the Lord? How should we involve ourselves in the Lord’s work to insure that we do not meddle with Him?
- God’s plan is not open to discussion. How did Josiah’s intervention turn to meddling with God? What kind of man had Josiah been in his life? How should this serve as a warning to all?
- Ask God to help you further His work rather than hindering it.
- Ask God for wisdom to know when you are meddling with Him.
SONG: WHO IS ON THE LORD’S SIDE?