Identical People

The way they walk, talk, move and smile is so similar that I can’t talk to one without thinking of the other.

2 Kings 16:1-20

Reference: v.2 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: I have recently met a guy at church who reminds me SO much of a work colleague.  If you put a photo of each of these guys side-by-side you would not think that they look that identical.  One has light brown hair, the other dark brown; one has a long face, the other more round.  However their mannerisms are identical.  The way they walk, talk, move and smile is so similar that I can’t talk to one without thinking of the other.  They are so the same in my mind that I started to treat the guy at church as I would my work colleague even though I hardly knew him!

Application: While everyone is unique in some way there are many who have similarities.  One of the Kings of Judah was compared to his “father” David.  While David was not his direct father, but many generations before him, Ahaz’s actions were compared to David.  Unfortunately Ahaz fell far from David’s standards.  If someone was to analyze your behaviour, who would you be identical to?  I’m a far cry from Mother Teresa however I would hope that I showed some characteristics of Christ as that’s certainly what I’m working towards.  While it’s important not to compare ourselves with others it is good to aim to replicate the positive characteristics we see in others.

Prayer: Lord, help me to strive to be like those who follow you.  Amen.

If someone was to analyze your behaviour, who would you be identical to?


 

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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