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September 27, II Kings 11:4-20 Be ready to avoid trouble
Tuesday, September 27, 2016      1 comments

I wonder about the back story here, why Jehoiada decided at the age of 7 to make Joash king. Maybe it was getting harder to keep him secret. He shows wisdom as he rounds up loyal guards to protect the boy king when he is presented in his office.... Read more
September 26, II Kings 11:1-3 Waiting for the baby to be king
Monday, September 26, 2016      1 comments

One really needs a family tree or team roster when studying the books of kings. The family lines get intermixed and both Judah and Israel have kings with the same names at different times. We're only looking at 4 verses today but they tell us a... Read more
September 25, II Kings 10:28-36 The reign of Jehu ends
Sunday, September 25, 2016      4 comments

So we see in the end that Jehu wasn't much better a king than his predecessors. He was obedient in the task to eliminate Ahab's house, but God never said that He approved of the method. Jehu was a military man who became king and a politician.... Read more
September 24, II Kings 10:18-28 The slaughter of Baal worshipers
Saturday, September 24, 2016      2 comments

Again we must remember that much of the scripture is an account of history and not everything is directed by or approved of by God. Here is a mixture of both right and wrong. Certainly according to The Law the worshipers of Baal were condemned... Read more
September 23, II Kings 10:1-17 Sometimes zeal can go too far
Friday, September 23, 2016      1 comments

God prophecied through Elijah that Ahab's family would be wiped out, now since Jehu was given this task he approaches it whole heartedly. But he goes too far. We don't know anything about the 70 sons in Samaria, the fact that the people around... Read more
September 22, II Kings 9:14-37 Jehu's bloodlust and the end of Jezebel
Thursday, September 22, 2016      1 comments

God told Jehu to kill off all of Ahab's family, here in this chapter we have a more abbreviated version of some of the events, II Chronicles 22 gives more detail. Knowing what Joram and Jezebel did they deserved to die, I may not agree that an a... Read more
September 21, II Kings 9:1-13 Jehu the son of Nimshi
Wednesday, September 21, 2016      2 comments

Actually Jehu was the grandson of Nimshi but in many places in the Jewish histories he's called the son. Curious that we know little about Nimshi, actualy all that we know is he was the father to Jehosaphat and grandfather to Jehu. Yet there mus... Read more
September 20, II Kings 8:16-29 Should believers and non believers marry?
Tuesday, September 20, 2016      5 comments

That question comes up from time to time, there are some clear teachings through the scriptures but I wouldn't limit it to marriage. Believers and non believers should not be yoked together anywhere. As we finish this chapter we look at two of J... Read more
September 19, II Kings 8:7-15 Always remember that men are inherantly evil
Monday, September 19, 2016      3 comments

This section seems pretty hard to take. The prophet sees what will happen because God has shown it to him. Some ask why God didn't stop it from happening. The same argument or question that's asked after any great war or disaster. The answer ... Read more
September 18, II Kings 8:1-6 Coincidence or divine providence?
Sunday, September 18, 2016      1 comments

When I read this story I needed to do some research on who the Shunamite woman could have been, and what it meant to be a Shunamite. Under the Torah, the land of Israel was divided to the tribes and it must remain within those tribes for ever. ... Read more
September 17, II Kings 7, God wins without fighting
Saturday, September 17, 2016      1 comments

Looking at the whole chapter today. I don't know why God finally chose to move at this time, some think it was because the king was shown to be wearing sack cloth, perhaps but scripture doesn't specifically say. We also don't know how long the... Read more
September 16, II Kings 6:31 This is all God's fault
Friday, September 16, 2016      0 comments

I am going back to look at something from yesterday's reading. The king of Israel has just made a vow to kill the prophet Elisha, blaming him and God for Israel's troubles. A parallel can be drawn from this today when pagans will ask, where is... Read more
September 15, II Kings 6:23-33
Thursday, September 15, 2016      0 comments

Much of the Old Testament is history and most of the stories are not flattering to Isral or humanity in general. This is a hard story, the famine is so bad that the people are eating any animal. A donkey is an unclean animal yet even the head ... Read more
September 14, II Kings 6:8-23 He knows what you do in your bedroom
Wednesday, September 14, 2016      1 comments

The main focus of this story is typically that God's army is bigger than the world's army but we just don't see them. But there's a verse that should cause us to stop for a second. The king's servant said that the man of God tells the king of ... Read more
September 13, II Kings 6:1-7
Tuesday, September 13, 2016      2 comments

This is a really good story. Elisha is serving as the president of the local theological semenary in Israel. What's really neat about thei is that even though the majority of Israel is worshiping idols, there's still a group of students that ... Read more

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