Tuesday, September 30, 2014
1 Chro 2:13-15 says David was the 7th son, while in 1 Sam 16:10-11, David was the 8th. Which text is correct? Scholars agree that one of the brothers died before David reigns. The writer of Chronicles ignored the account of the Book of Kings but made his own list of the names of all living brothers when David reigns. This practice was not unusual at the time. And in this genealogy, Ruben was the firstborn, but it began with Judah, who happens to be the most prominent tribe, and later became the ancestors of Christ... Reading: 1 Chro. 2, God bless.
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Monday, September 29, 2014
If the Book of Kings is history of the entire nation, Chronicles is the history of Judah alone. Just like a history of your family, then a history of your own life. Though the family is messy, but your own life is neat. The writer is trying to explain the peoples that affected their lives, that in spite of blood ties, these peoples or nations were often at each other’s throats. Then God has chosen Abraham and called his children, a chosen people of God; like our experience with Jesus Christ... Reading: 1 Chro. 1, God bless.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
The destruction of the temple and of the city of Jerusalem were ordained by God. He showed how little He cares for these things when the life and power of faith and religion are neglected. King Zedekiah was carried captive to Babylon, so as his people & temple vessels, but silent about the ark. But the last section of the book of Kings was a message of hope, Jehoiachin was released out of prison. It means there is hope of deliverance for God's people, He promised that will never leave then nor forsake... Reading: 2 Kings 25, God bless.
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Friday, September 26, 2014
The kings did evil in the sight of the Lord, and it was the sin of the whole nation that caused God to hide His face. So God allowed the treasures of the house of the Lord to be carried away to Babylon, including the nobles and the educated people. God's judgment to Judah was gradual because He was still giving them a chance to repent. But, Zedekiah, the last king, did not only rebel against Babylon, but also God's plan for his people. The result was horrific judgment... Reading: 2 Kings 24, God bless.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Josiah destroyed the evil stronghold in Zion. Though he knew that the land would be judged by God, yet he did his duty in his time and left everything to God. He engaged his people to 100% commitment to God, and set the people a good example. In 1 Kings 13:2, 300 years before he was born, one had prophesied that Josiah would destroy all the abominations in the land of Israel. It means God has already appointed people who will do what is pleasing in His eyes. Are you one of them? Reading: 2 Kings 23, God bless.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
For many years, the temple was neglected so as the Book of the law. Similar to our experience, we ignored the Bible and mistreated our body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. When the book was found and Josiah heard its message, he was convicted and afraid of God's words. With fear and trembling, he asked his adviser to inquire of the Lord. "Because your heart was tender" is the one message that strikes many readers. Indeed, God loves those who are humble in hearts... Reading: 2 Kings 22, God bless.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Manasseh wrought much wickedness in God's sight that provoke Him to anger. He did more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed. Sadly, his son Amon did the same evil acts. This is a kind of 'transfer of spirit' from one generation to another. God will cast off any professing people who dishonor Him by their crimes, and will perish in refusing to walk in His ways, but will never desert His plan saying: "I will put my name forever." Reading: 2 Kings 21, God bless.
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Prayer is very important because this is a moment that we can talk and pour out our hearts to God. "O Lord remember me now," is a prayer of the broken in heart, and can be applied for our personal communion with Christ. God's response: "I will add to your days 15 years." His answers is always addition not deduction, advancing not defeating, for better not for worse. Today as we pray, tell God with humility, whether we live or die, we want to be in His presence always... Reading: 2 Kings 20, God bless.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Hezekiah found deep troubles when Rabshakeh dishonored and blasphemed his God. His initial reaction was to pray, because this is the never-failing resource of a godly man, whether struggling with inward difficulties or outward enemies. As expected, God himself undertakes to defend the city, that 185,000 enemies died in one day alone. May our hearts be as good ground, that His Word may strike root inside of us, and bring forth fruit in our lives... Reading: 2 Kings 19, God bless.
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Friday, September 19, 2014
Hezekiah was a true son of David. He trusted in the Lord, destroyed the brazen serpent and idolatry in Judah, promote faith to Yahweh; as a result, God prospered him and blessed him with victories. The Assyrians had tempted him to submit to the authority of King Shalmaneser instead of God, but he did not give in. He believed that this matter must be left to the Lord, who has all hearts in his hands, and power to deliver them from their enemies... Reading: 2 Kings 18, God bless.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
God used the pagan nation to destroy the northern kingdom. The Israelites were carried away from Samaria to Assyria, while new ethnic groups of people were transported from Assyria to occupy the land. In this chapter relates all the reasons why they had been punished; idolatry, stubbornness, too much killing and politics are far more malignant. It shows that if God's people will not submit to Him, God will forced them to submit to their enemies... Reading: 2 Kings 17, God bless.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
King Ahaz believed that he was saved by Tiglath Pileser and his gods. So, he was converted to the Assyrian religion and forsook the faith of his forefathers. This is the natural reaction of God's people if they are not faithful to the word of God. Idolatry in various forms is not easily extinguished, it produces superstitions and spirit of rebellions. They became more faithful to men and material things these men can offer, than to God... Reading: 2 Kings 16, God bless.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In the kingdom of Judah (south), some kings were good in God's eyes, while in Israel (north), all kings were evil. In Judah, they worshipped Yahweh yet did not remove the altars on high places where some worshipped idols. In Israel, they did not depart from the sin of Jeroboam, the worship of cows. Confusion reigned in the north because the worship of true God was taken out. This was the result of the people's ignorance of the word of God... Reading: 2 Kings 15, God bless.
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Amaziah began well, but did not go on so. Though he survived his enemy Jehoash 15 years, yet he was slain by his own subject. Then God raised up the prophet Jonah to declare the purpose of his favor to apostate Israel. It means God has not cast off his people, even in the darkest moment of their lives, God raised up servant to be a burning light in them. Servants are raise to preach and live the word to reflect upon them the light of God... Reading: 2 Kings 14, God bless.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
King Jehoash came to Elisha to receive his dying counsel and blessing. This may be advantage to us to attend the sick-beds of a good person, that we may be encouraged in faith by the living comforts they have from it in a dying hour. Elisha assured the king of his success, yet he must look up to God for right direction and strength. This is also similar to us, we must look unto Jesus who is the source of spiritual success... Reading: 2 Kings 13, God bless.
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Jehoash orders the repair of the temple, and he was zealous to do it. God uses those who have power to use it for the support of religion. Here we can see that distribution of money are made faithfully, so the public contributions were done likewise. They spent the money carefully and not extravagantly, preferring that which is most needful. We are God's temple, and may we learn to spend our resources for the repair and maintenance of our personal spiritual temple... Reading: 2 Kings 12, God bless.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Though Athaliah wanted to destroy all she knew to be akin to the crown, Jehoash, one of the king's sons, was hid. It fulfilled God's promise that the son of David would continue to sit on the throne. Jehoash was only seven years old, but he had a good guardian, and a good God. It shows that the way for God's people to be joyful and at peace in His kingdom is to eradicate all form of evil and engage fully in the service of the Lord... Reading: 2 Kings 11, God bless.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jehu destroyed all that remained of the house of Ahab; all who had been partners in his wickedness. The law of God said that idolaters were to be put to death, and it has to be abolished for the present out of Israel. Though Jehu did well in doing what is right in the Lord's sight, but he did not obey the God of Israel with all his heart. He refused to turn from the sins of Jeroboam. There was no total conversion and humility from within that God requires... Reading: 2 Kings 10, God bless.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Those who faithfully deliver God's message to people in all ages and places have always been treated as madman (v11). They were either persecuted or killed. But God still had a remnant of His people who would preserve the true worship and obedience to Him. Those who are willing to cooperate with God's plan like Jehu can be His vessels, but people like Jezebel who persisted in idolatry and enmity to Yahweh will find their right place in the day of judgment... Reading: 2 Kings 9, God bless.
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The kindness of the Shunammite to Elisha was rewarded when she was protected and guided during the famine. She reaps what she sows. Helping people in time of need is an act of love that pleases our Lord. It may be small and a simple work of kindness that does not impact the world, but this can be great in the eyes of The Lord. People may not appreciate our perseverance to help, but the Lord's word will always be true and eternal, your labors are not in vain... Reading: 2 Kings 8, God bless.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Men's experience of troubles can be God's opportunity of making His own power to be glorious in their sight. However, rejecting God or unbelief of His word is a sin by which men dishonor and displease the Lord. They deprive themselves of the favors God designed for them. Such thing will be the portion of those who rejected the promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus, and they shall see it in a distance, but shall never taste of it... Reading: 2 Kings 7.
Elisha knew that God is able to make the iron axe float from the deep of the river. Nothing that is done, said, or thought, by any person, in any place, at any time, is out of God's knowledge. God is powerful, omnipotent and omniscient, He knows what is going in the whole world, and in the lives of all people, much more in His servants like us. So, keep on believing that our God is able to do anything for us... Reading: 2 Kings 6, God bless.
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Two kinds of servants are portrayed here, a girl who became instrument for the healing of her master, & a servant of Elisha named Gehazi, who had been cursed with leprosy together with his entire family for the love of money. Elisha refused to receive anything from Naaman for he knew that there is a disease in it. When Gehazi took his money, the leprosy clung unto him. As God's servants, we know that He is the Rewarder of our works and sacrifices... Reading: 2 Kings 5, God bless
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Elisha put the widow in a way to pay her debt, and to maintain herself and her family. This was done through miracle, which is the best method to assist those who are in distress and financial bankruptcy. The oil flows continuously as long as she had empty vessels to receive it. It shows that God can supply our needs, only that it is our faith that fails. So long as there were more vessels of faith, there is enough in God to fill them... Reading 2Kings 4, God bless.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
It was good that Jehoshaphat inquired of the Lord through prophet Elisha before they engaged in war with Moab. To try their faith and obedience, Elisha asked them make the valley full of pits to receive water. But, in the eyes of the Moabites, the water looked like blood. It shows that when the servant of God speaks, we need to listen and obey, even though it is hard or ridiculous, for God is able to do miraculous things for our own good, but for the destruction of the enemies... Reading: 2 Kings 3, God bless.
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Monday, September 1, 2014
The Lord had let Elijah know that his time was at hand. So, he went to people to give them his last blessings. He was carried to heaven in a fiery chariot, and many questions were asked about this which could not be answered. Elisha had followed Elijah for so long, and he did not leave him till his ascension, as a result Elisha had been blessed for his faithfulness. As for the Christians, let us not weary in following our Lord Jesus, for in the final end, we will be with Him in eternity... Reading: 2 Kings 2, God bless.
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