Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday, June 18: 2 Kings 7-9, 2 Thessalonians 2

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 7-9, 2 Thessalonians 2

So many things stood out for me in today's readings. I'd like to start with one of the last things:

15 With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter.

What a good reminder. "With all these things in mind"..."stand firm"..."keep a strong grip on the teaching" as we too are having knowledge passed on to us in person (our pastors, bible school teachers, Sunday School teachers, etc.) and in letters (Scripture, Christian authors, podcasts, etc.) and as we keep all these things in mind may it help us to stand firm in our knowledge.

This also stood out for me:

God always, always, always is true to His promises!

“Listen to this message from the Lord! ... “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” 

and it happened.

“Go and tell him, ‘You will surely recover.’ But actually the Lord has shown me that he will surely die!” ....But the next day Hazael took a blanket, soaked it in water, and held it over the king’s face until he died. 

and he did die.

 But the Lord did not want to destroy Judah, for he had promised his servant David that his descendants would continue to rule, shining like a lamp forever.

and Jesus was born from the line of David and will reign forever.

“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anoint you king over the Lord’s people, Israel. You are to destroy the family of Ahab, your master. In this way, I will avenge the murder of my prophets and all the Lord’s servants who were killed by Jezebel. The entire family of Ahab must be wiped out. I will destroy every one of his male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. I will destroy the family of Ahab as I destroyed the families of Jeroboam son of Nebat and of Baasha son of Ahijah. 10 Dogs will eat Ahab’s wife Jezebel at the plot of land in Jezreel, and no one will bury her.”

and that is exactly what happened.

The Lord pronounced this message against him: 26 ‘I solemnly swear that I will repay him here on this plot of land, says the Lord, for the murder of Naboth and his sons that I saw yesterday...

and so it was done.

and the Bible continues to demonstrate truth:

Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.

Every day we see evidence of those who are in rebellion against Biblical truths. (Most recently this ruling)  and surely destruction will continue to follow.

May we stand firm in the knowledge of Christ.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Kings 10-12, 2 Thessalonians 3

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