April 13, 2 Kings 22-25

 

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Chapters 18-25 tell the story of the fall of Judah and subsequent exile at the hands of the Babylonians.  The one difference (in Judah’s fall and Israel’s fall) that makes these chapters a bit more pleasant to read is the characters of Hezekiah and Josiah.  Each of these men were devoted to God, detested the pagan worship, and demanded reform which led to brief revival in Judah.

 Observations Concerning Revival:

 1.      Revivals often begin because of the work that God does in one or just a few persons.

 2.      Encounters with God in the Word of God ought to convict us of sin. Josiah’s reforms were initiated because the Book of the Law (probably the first five books of our Bible) was re-discovered.  When we neglect God’s word we fall victim to sin.  The slide was so great for Israel and Judah that they actually lost God’s Word as a result of neglecting God’s Word.

 3.      Revivals can happen only as the result of dealing seriously with sin.  Hezekiah and Josiah did something even the other “good” kings did not do.  They rid the nation of false gods and idol worship places.

 4.      Revival of worship towards God is only momentary if sin returns.

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April 12, 2 Kings 18-21

 

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With the fate of the northern tribes of Israel being fixed in exile, the attention now turns to the southern tribe of Judah.  Unfortunately by the end of today’s reading, we discover thatJudah is spiraling out of control toward the same fate as their Israelite brothers.  Judahshould have learned that God was serious about His warnings, but, as a whole, they seem not to get the message.

There is a bright spot with King Hezekiah.  My heart has always resonated with Hezekiah’s example as recorded in 2 Kings 19:14.  In the midst of a difficult time, Hezekiah received a letter from a rival king.  Hezekiah took the letter and spread the letter out before the LORD in the temple and prayed.  I love that.  Hezekiah was saying, “Here it is LORD.”

Is there something you need to spread out before the LORD today?  Maybe a letter or e-mail.  Maybe your checkbook or a bill.  Maybe your calendar.  Maybe the doctor’s diagnosis.  Maybe your teenager’s report card?  Whatever it is—take a moment and spread it out before the LORD.

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April 11, 2 Kings 13-17

 

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Let’s try not to get lost in the names and reigns of all of these kings.  Basically, each king in Israel leads the kingdom farther and farther away from God.  Chapter 17 provides a good summary of the invasion by Assyria and the subsequent exile of Israel.  Also, we should note that 17:7 reminds us of the reason that Israel fell into the hands of Assyria.  It was not the strength of the Assyrians, but rather the disobedience of Israel.

 Here are a couple of other things to note in chapter 17 especially.

 ·       2 Kings 17:15—Because they followed worthless idols, they became worthless.  So, I ask:  We don’t want to become worthless, do we?
·        2 Kings 17:23—We understand from this verse that 2 Kings is written to Israel while the nation is in exile.  This verse helps us to see the purpose of 2 Kings.  The book callsIsrael to turn from their sin and return to God, which would mean the return to their land.
·        2 Kings 17:38—Notice the word “covenant” in this verse.  The covenant is still in place.  If Israel would abide by the terms of the covenant, God would restore them to the land.
·        2 Kings 17:40—Unfortunately, Israel would not listen at this time.

 Are we any different?

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April 10, 2 Kings 9-12

 

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In the continuation of finding just one verse in the day’s reading, look again at 2 Kings 9:22.  “How can there be peace as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?”  Here is a good question for our society.  We pray for God to bless America.  We pray for God to bless our families.  We might pray for God to bless our lives.  We need to realize that God’s peace only comes in obedience to Him.  Without obedience, we will never have peace in our nation, in our families, or in our personal lives.

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April 9, 2 Kings 4-8

 

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Today, we read about the miracles of Elisha.  Wow!  What are we to make of all of these miracles?  I think we read in Elisha’s life what God wanted to do for all of Israel.

In the midst of these miracles, his servant asks a good question as recorded in 2 Kings 6:16.

2 Kings 6:16—“Oh, my lord, what shall we do?”  This is the question of Elisha’s servant in response to the city being surrounded by the enemy.  Elisha’s answer to the question is our answer when we are surrounded with the problems of life.  Elisha answers, “Don’t be afraid.  Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

May you be reminded throughout the day that one plus God is a majority.

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