Day 75 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 12 to 16
2 kings 13:4_5 Jehoahaz prayed....the lord heard
jehoahaz did evil in the lord's sight.He followed the example of Jeroboam and the lord was angry with Israel.God allowed King Hazel of Aram and his son Ben Haden to defeat them repeatedly. Aram which was in the north of Israel was always Israel's enemy.
So Jehoahaz cried for help to the lord.God graciously answered his prayer. He never turned away from other Gods but He looked to God for help but never realised the need to worship only Him.God helped him in spite of his sin_ evidence of God's grace.God saw that the oppression was severe and helped him
Lord provided someone to rescue the Israelites from the tyranny of the Armaneans. Israel lived in safety again.
Lord ,Help us to depend on You to save us from the people who harm us.Help us to live trusting You for everything. Amen
12:2 - Jehoash(also called Joash began well —even restoring the temple(2 Kin.12:4-15...). But after Jehoiada the godly priest died, Jehoash listened to dishonourable advisors, committed idolatry, and greatly displeased the Lord. This illustrates that we must make our faith our own. We must each choose to make Jesus Christ the Lord over our heArts , because the faith of others will never suffice.
12:15 - God looks for faithful men and women to do His work. The Bible asks, “Who can find a faithful man? (Prov. 20:6). Are you such an honourable person?
13:4 - It is the Lord’s nature to show mercy and and to respond with compassion to suffering. And yet He will not tolerate rebellion forever. We must respond to His grace with obedience.
13:14 - Elisha performed twice as many
Miracles as Elijah, yet he died of an illness while Elijah “went up by a whirlwind into heaven”(2 Kin 2:11). Lack of faith? Hardly, God endorsed his ministry by performing one final miracle through him after his death(2 Kin 13:21).
13:19 - When King Joash of Israel was instructed to strike the ground, it meant that he was to shoot the arrows into the ground. He should have shot all the arrows he had taken up— signifying a complete trust in God for a total victory. Unfortunately, when Joash held the arrows back, it showed he didn’t have a wholehearted trust in The Lord. The same is true for us. We must use all our resources in God’s service, not holding any back(2 Tim 4:6). Everything we are and have belongs to Him.
13:23 -we owe our very lives to the promises of God. He shows us compassion, grace and favour not because we earn it, but because His loving nature does not change (Mal.3:6).
14:10 - Pride can cause us to do foolish things. God tells us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall(Prov.16:18). The Lord used a wicked King to admonish
Amaziah, but he refused to listen.
14:27 - The sovereign Lord uses both good and evil men to fulfill His holy purposes. In this case, the time was not yet right to Judge Israel’s wickedness, so God preserved His people through the skill of Jeroboam II. What He has said, He will do, but we must take care not to misrepresent or misconstrue His Words.
15:5 - Why did God strike King Azariah (also called Uzziah) with leprosy? Second Chronicles 26:16-21 tells us that after the king had many military victories, he became proud and attempted to usurp the duties of the priest. God immediately made him a leper. Pride truly has terrible consequences.
15:12 - This was in fulfilment of the promise God made to Jehu in 2 Kings 10:30. Even though Jehu ended up an evil king, the Lord still blessed what he did in obedience to Him.
Yet why does the Bible often point out that the predictions made by God’s prophets came true? So that we would have confidence that whatever the Lord speaks is absolutely trustworthy.
15:29 - As God prepares to judge His rebellious people, He usually first gives them a taste of the judgement to come, giving them a further opportunity to repent. But Israel ignored His warnings, and the result was capture and exile to Assyria.
I AM THE FAITHFULNESS AND LOVE
⏳ Jehoash Repairs the Temple
Throughout his life he did what pleased the LORD, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
Joash called the priests and ordered them to save up the money paid in connection with the sacrifices in the Temple, both the dues paid for the regular sacrifices and the money given as freewill gifts.
Each priest was to be responsible for the money brought by those he served, and the money was to be used to repair the Temple, as needed.
But by the twenty-third year of Joash's reign the priests still had not made any repairs in the Temple.
The priests agreed to this and also agreed not to make the repairs in the Temple.
⏳ Jehoahaz Reigns in Israel
Then Jehoahaz prayed to the LORD, and the LORD, seeing how harshly the king of Syria was oppressing the Israelites, answered his prayer.
⏳ Death of Elisha
The prophet Elisha was sick with a fatal disease, and as he lay dying, King Jehoash of Israel went to visit him. My father, my father! he exclaimed as he wept. You have been the mighty defender of Israel!
Get a bow and some arrows, Elisha ordered him. Jehoash got them,*
Shoot the arrow! Elisha ordered. As soon as the king shot the arrow, the prophet exclaimed, You are the LORD's arrow, with which he will win victory over Syria. You will fight the Syrians in Aphek until you defeat them.
💫 Elisha died and was buried.
⏳ Israel Recaptures Cities from Syria
but the LORD was kind and merciful to them. He would not let them be destroyed, but helped them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has never forgotten his people.
⏳ Jotham Reigns in Judah
Jotham did what was pleasing to the LORD.
⏳ Ahaz Reigns in Judah
The bronze altar dedicated to the LORD was between the new altar and the Temple, so Ahaz moved it to the north side of his new altar.
Show faithfulness and love as I AM
I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
👑 The Israelite Kings 👑 2 Kings 12-16
Joash was the king of Israel who did all that was right in the eyes of the Lord. The important thing he did was to repair the temple.
👑 Kings who did evil 👑
All the other kings mentioned in this passage did evil in the sight of the Lord. Jehoahaz the king of Israel did evil and the Lord's anger burnt against him. He kept them under the power of the king of Aram who was severely oppressing them. Later the covenant keeping God with compassion delivered them and they escaped from the power of Aram.
👑 Azariah - According to 2 Chronicles 26:1, it is likely Uzziah was his throne name while Azariah was his personal name. The Lord afflicted Azariah the king with leprosy. This was a punishment for usurping the priestly function of burning incence on the altar in the temple.
Zachariah did evil in the sight of the Lord. He was assassinated by Shallum. Shallum was assassinated by Menahem. Menahem did evil in the sight of the Lord and made a treaty with the king of Assyria.
👑 The other kings Pekahiah, Hoshea were also wicked kings. Ahaz was a king who followed detestable practices and even sacrificed his son. He removed parts of the furnishings of the temple.
Only two kings Joash and Jotham in this passage pleased the Lord. The Lord's heart was terribly grieved when He saw all the evil done by the Israelite kings as they forgot all the laws and commandments of the Lord and all the miracles He had done on behalf of His people.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
2 Kings 15:14 introduces us to one of the most evil kings of Israel, Menahem. He killed Shallum who reigned for a month after killing the last descendant of Jehu.
Menahem came to power to stop Shallum's conspiracy but instead of putting someone from Jehu's family on the throne, he ruled ruthlessly for 10 years. He was so evil that he ripped open pregnant women, something that I cannot associate with God's people.
I thought that Menahem would be a root of the word mayhem but I was so surprised to see that this Hebrew name means the comforter or One who consoles.
When he killed Shallum, I can imagine the people thinking that he would bring in peace but he ruled with brute force; instead of bringing comfort to the people, he brought evil.
However, God promises true comfort for the weary: I, even I, am He who comforts you. (Isaiah 51:12). Today, the Holy Spirit is our Comforter (John 14:26) and just as He comforts us, we are called upon to comfort others (2 Cor 1:4).
Trying to find comfort in humanity is vain. But when we place our faith in God, He not only comforts us but makes us channels of comfort to others in this hostile world we live in.
Let us pray that we do not become false comforters like Menahem, but that we be strong in the presence of the true Comforter and learn to truly comfort others.
2 Kings 13 :21 . Here we read that when lsraelites were burying a man , they threw the body of a dead man in Elisha's tomb. When the body of the dead man touched Elisha's bones , the man came to life and stood up on his feet .What a great miracle ! Let us meditate about these bones.
Bones give not only strength , form and height , but also produce the cells of the blood . When we were formed in our mother's womb itself , the eyes of our Lord ,saw our bones . Psalm 139:15. Our forefathers knew the importance of bones .That's why before Joseph was dying , he told them to take his bones to lsrael and bury there . Job says , the sins of our youth will lie down with our bones in the dust .Job 20 :11. Also the curses will enter our bones like oil. Psalm 109 : 18 . That means we have to take care of our bones very carefully .
In today's world , most of the people are having joint pain , bone pain etc and say that l have osteo arthritis . We are comforting ourselves that this is due to old age .We take many medicines which have many side effects .But let us discuss what Bible says , about our bones .
1 . The fear of the Lord and departing from evil is the marrow to our bones . Proverb 3 :8 . Do we fear God ?
2 . A good report or good news make the bones fat . Proverb 15 :30 . Good news for us is the word of God .
3 .Pleasant words are health to our bones . Proverb 16 :24 . What about our words ?
4 . The Lord will make our bones fat . Isaiah 58 : 11 .
5 . When we see , how God is comforting us like a mother , our bones will flourish like a grass . Isaiah 66 :13 ,14 .( by meditation of His word )
But envy rots the bones . Proverb 14 :30 .This teaches us , we should not reveal all secrets because it causes others to envy on us.Also a wife who makes her husband ashamed , rots(causing decay of ) his bones . Proverb 12 :4 .What about us ? If we are causing rottenness of others bones , let us repent .
Jeremiah was telling that the word of God was shut up in his bones like fire .Jeremiah 20 :9 . What is in our bone ? Whether it is shut up with our sin or word of God ? Let us search ourselves and repent .
Ezekiel saw dry and scattered bones ( which are of no use ) in the valley . But when they heard the word and when the Spirit of God moved their breath , life came ,and they stood as a great army . Ezekiel 37 : 3 -24 . We ,who are scattered , dried and died spiritually, let us submit our life to hear and obey the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to move in us ,so that God will raise us as His great army .
Daniel 6 :24 .The bones of the enemies of Daniel was broken by the Lions in their den ,but they could not harm the bones of Daniel.
Finally Ephesians 5 :30 says , We are the members of His body , of His flesh and of His bones . What a great love and blessing we received through Jesus Christ ! Let us praise God for our bones , for we are fearfully and wonderfully made . May God bless , protect , heal and use our bones to stand as an army of God . Amen. Hallelujah .
Dr. Padmini Selvyn
In a Nutshell
🌈 Ray of Hope 🌈
Several of the Israelite kings were wicked doing evil in the sight of God. Few of them were not wicked though they had shortcomings. Amid the dark periods like a ray of hope comes the following phrase in the Bible:
📖 But the LORD was gracious to them, had compassion on them, and regarded them, because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not yet destroy them or cast them from His presence (2 Kings 13:23).
📖 For the LORD saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter; and whether bond or free, there was no helper for Israel (2 Kings 14:26).
Life is not easy for some. They must tide through troubled waters that afflicts and toss them hither and thither. These less fortunate ones have NONE to HELP or HEAR. Those belonging to this category are widows, fatherless children, motherless children, stepchildren, the poor, the bonded and the sick.
Perhaps some reading this may belong to the less fortunate ones experiencing great INJUSTICE in life. It may appear to be the end. But the Bible says the Lord was gracious and had compassion on His suffering people.
🌈 Are you crying out that there is no one to hear the injustice meted out to you? There is a ray of hope dear suffering souls. The LORD who saw that the affliction of the Israelites was bitter SEES us. He KNOWS that there is no one to help us. He will not CAST us from HIS PRESENCE.
Uriah and Naboth were innocent victims of the conspiracy of kings. They were murdered for no mistake of theirs. Everything was planned and executed meticulously. There was no one to defy the kings who did this.
But God took the matter of Uriah and Naboth in HIS HANDS. The GOD who did justice to these is the SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW.
🌈 The past can never be undone. The injustice can never be undone. But our GOD will compensate and recompense the suffering ones. How? We don’t know. When? We don’t know. But our only ray of hope amid troubles is For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him (Isa 30:18).
Instead of lamenting over misfortunes let us rise with the strength of the Lord and belong to the category of those who wait for HIM. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us (Ps 62:8).
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion
RISE AND FALL OF KING AZARIAH
📖 2Kings Chapter Fifteen
The nation of Judah recovers from three successive assassinations Ahaziah ( 9:27 ) ; Joash ( 12:20 ) and Amaziah ( 14:19 ) .
Azariah also called Uzziah ( 2Chron 26:1; Is 6:1 ) comes to the throne by a popular choice ( 2Chron 26:1 ) , but unfortunately he contracts leprosy ( 15:1-6) . The text reveals that " Azariah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done " ( 15:3 ) . He was wisely mentored by Zechariah ( "... who instructed Azariah in the fear of God " 2Chron 26: 5 )
Kings of Israel were bowled out
Azariah reigned 52 years in Jerusalem ( 15:2 ) . In this long innings ( kingship) he saw 6 Israelites Kings , and out of that 5 kings came on the pitch but were dismissed in quick succession :
1) Jeroboam II v 1
2) Zechariah v 8-12
3) Shallum v 13-15
4) Menahem v 17-22
5) Pekahiah v 23-25
6) Pekah v 27-31
✅ Azariah could have added to his scores 🏏 beyond 52 years of his kingship but was retired hurt with leprosy and kept in isolation , and could never return ( .. he died ). He was afflicted with leprosy by the Lord ( 2Kings 15:5 ) because he encroached on the domain of the priesthood ( 2Chron 26:16-20 )
The records states that all the kings of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Out of 5 Kings four were bowled out , as they were killed by their successors . The score board can be summarised as follows :
》 Zechariah 0⃣6⃣ months
》 Shallum 0⃣1⃣ month
》 Menahem 1⃣0⃣ years
》 Pekahiah 2⃣ years
》 Pekah 2⃣0⃣ years
✅ Azariah started well under his godly parents ( Amaziah and Jecoliah ) and later on by Zechariah ( he sought God during the days of Zechariah.. 2Chron 26:5). The Lord gave him success but his end was fatal because of the following factors :
~ Pride ( 2Chron 26:16 )
~ Unfaithfulness (2Chron 26:16)
~ Disrespect the priesthood( 2Chron 26:16b)
~ Stubborness (2Chron 26:17-19)
He was buried but not in but near the royal mausoleum ( 2Kings 15:7; 2Chron 26:23)
💞Beloved, all these factors Pride, Unfaithfulness and Stubbornness , are still relevant in the downfall of our spiritual life .
🎈Dress up with Helmet , Gloves , Guards , Shoes and Bat ( which is similar to the Armour of God) and play the life's innings with perseverance.
Glory to God 🙏
Mark Boje, ArP 🌄