Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19th: 1 Kings 16-18, Matthew 10:1-20 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Kings 16-18; Matthew 10:1-20

The first thing that struck me about our OT passage is God's sovereignty and how He is able to use sin and sinful men, sinlessly.  The rise and fall or each king was no accident.  God's hand is firmly in control.  Time after time we read about something coming to pass just as God said it would - including entire families being destroyed.

Another thing is that each king, and the nation under him, was judged according to his heart and deeds.  It never says that the king followed God faithfully and that God wiped out his family line.  We are all personally responsible to God for our actions.

Another thing is God's timing.  God is oftentimes very patient in dealing out justice, but what He says will happen will happen, in His time.  It doesn't matter how much time has passed, the promise still stands.  God had decreed, through Joshua, hundreds of years earlier, that whomever rebuilt Jericho would do it at the cost of his firstborn and lastborn.  The people may have thought it was irrelevant by now, after all, so much time had passed.  But God's promises are timeless, and Heil lost his firstborn and lastborn son when he rebuilt Jericho, exactly as God had promised.

Sin and its consequences always seem to multiply over time.  Each king in Israel got progressively worse and worse.

Rayburn points out that even though our nation is certainly not Israel, and we are not under covenant with God as a nation, the same principles still hold true from all countries today.

  1. History is a divine plot and God is in absolute control;
  2. The prospects of a people are directly related to their moral condition;
  3. Each nation as each man is directly responsible to God and accountable for its behavior;
  4. And God’s time is not ours; we cannot measure his approval or disapproval in the moment, but only when he finally acts to exercise his judgment in the world according to his Word.
Our NT is a good reminder that our faith is missional, and we must share what we believe with those around us, no matter the cost.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 1 Kings 19-20; Matthew 10:21-42


Conrad said...

I always enjoy reading the story of how Elijah taunted the people following Baal telling them to shout louder because their god was in a deep sleep, thought, or traveling, or busy.

A good reminder that God will also hear things that we wouldn't want Him to hear.

Pamela said...

I thought it was interesting when the woman who had been dining on bread made from flour and oil that never ran out would need even bigger proof that Elijah was a man of God.

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”

How much proof do I need? Do I need an altar dripping with water to be burned to the ground or is my faith stronger than that?