Sunday, March 29, 2015

TAKE TIME: March 30-April 4 Assignment

Introduction:  The story of the southern kingdom of Judah continues with the plot to remove the wicked Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel of Israel, with a rightful heir to the throne: a descendant of King David. We will read the accounts of several kings and finally be introduced to King Hezekiah. The compiler of the chronicle reached the point in his national history in which the kings were the contemporaries of the prophet Isaiah.

  • Monday - II Chronicles chapter 23
  • Tuesday - II Chronicles chapter 24
  • Wednesday -  II Chronicles chapter 25
  • Thursday - II Chronicles 26:1-27:9
  • Friday - II Chronicles chapter 28
  • Saturday - II Chronicles chapter 29
Memory Verse

 Review previous verses.

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God for being the Word that convicts us when we sin.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for any answers to your prayers.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.

Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?

Putting the Word into Action
In this time of Judah's history kings often began well but ended badly when power went to their heads. Not only do we need to pray for anyone in authority over us, but we need to assess ourselves in the areas where we are the power in authority over others. Almost everyone of any age has someone or something, (ie. a pet) that answers to them. It's time for a heart and attitude check! Pray for those under you and ask God to help you to interact with them in justice, kindness, and respect.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 95 Thursday

Horne, Charles, and Julius Bewer.
 The Bible and Its Story: History–Poetry, II Chronicles to Psalms. Vol. 5.
New York, NY: Francis R. Niglutsch, 1909. Print.
(via Logos Bible software, print listed as being in public domain)
II Chronicles chapter 20

A large army made up from the countries descended from Lot and Esau was coming against King Jehoshaphat and Judah so Jehoshaphat led his outnumbered people to do just what they needed to do to defend themselves: fast and pray!

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told the prophet Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah to tell Jehoshaphat that the shipping enterprise he had entered into with Ahaziah king of Israel would fail. This was because Jehoshaphat had once again aligned himself with a wicked king of Israel.

Does God make any promises?
  • In his prayer Jehoshaphat described the promises of God made to Solomon when the Temple was built. Specifically he tells of God's promise to hear and help when the people repent of their sins and cry unto Him.
  • Through Jahaziel came the Holy Spirit and he told Jehoshaphat God's answer to his prayer. The battle was to be set in array near the Cliff of Ziz but the army of Jehoshaphat would not need to fight. They only needed to stand and watch as God fought the battle for them.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • At the time prior to the Millennial reign of Christ the armies of Satan gather to war against Jesus and His army. The opposing army was killed with the sword that proceeded out of the mouth of Jesus. (This would be the Word of God which is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.)
  • The chapter does not tell us how God ambushed the opposing armies so that they slaughtered each other but it does say that when Jehoshaphat's troops began to sing and praise the LORD the fighting among the other armies began. In Revelation the enemy armies that surround the army of Jesus at Jerusalem are destroyed by God. In that case He sends fire out of heaven to devour them. At that time the last enemy, death, is completely and finally conquered and there is much singing and rejoicing among the righteous.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
  • Even before the battle Jehoshaphat sang praises of victory to the LORD believing that He would triumph against His and their enemies. We do the same thing now. We believe that our God will triumph against His and our enemies and we praise Him even though the final battle has not taken place yet. We do this because we believe His Word just as Jehoshaphat did!
  • Following the battle (in which the different factions turned on each other) God's people took possession of all the spoils. Following the final battle here on earth when all of God's enemies have been destroyed His people will inherit the earth which will be made new.
  • It is possible that the valley where the armies turned on each other is also the valley where future judgment takes place as described in Joel 3:2. Perhaps this valley is what became known as the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 95 Wednesday

II Chronicles chapter 19

Does God issue any commands?

  • Following King Jehoshaphat's return from his allied battle with Ahab against the king of Syria (and in which King Ahab had been killed) God sent Jehu, the son of Hanani to rebuke him. (See 16:7-10 for the message Jehu's father delivered to Jehoshaphat's father, Asa) Thankfully for both Jehu and Jehoshaphat, the king did not react to the seer's rebuke the way his father had! The command given to Jehoshaphat was that he should not help the ungodly who openly hate the LORD.
  • Through Jehoshaphat God reminded the judges of the people that their justice should be fairly given because their overseer was not a man (presumably Jehoshaphat) but God Himself. The judges were also to warn those who stood before them that they were to testify truthfully because God was watching them as well.

Does God make any promises?

  • In speaking to the judges about not perverting justice Jehoshaphat reviewed standards God had given in the Pentateuch. Those who corrupted judgment would be judged by God. Those who delivered justice would be honored and esteemed by God.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Righteous Judge.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet future events?

  • Jehoshaphat installed judges and priests to rule righteously over the people in the stead of God. The Bible teaches that the righteous will rule and reign with Christ in His Kingdom.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 95 Tuesday

II Chronicles chapter 18

The godly Jehoshaphat allied himself and his kingdom to the ungodly Ahab. Nothing good came of their alliance. There are reasons why scriptures tell believers not to yoke themselves to unbelievers.

Does God issue any commands?

  • The 400 false prophets of Ahab claimed to speak for God by saying that he and Jehoshaphat should go and besiege Ramoth-gilead to return it to Israel from the Syrians but God had not spoken through them. One prophet, Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had even made iron horns that he said God said would be used to push Syria out of the city. Horns remind me more of the idolatrous cattle gods that the nation of Israel worshiped. Like Aaron of old this prophet seemed to be purposely confusing Jehovah with the local idol.
  • The prophet Micaiah told them that God had said that the people of Israel would be as sheep that have no shepherd following the battle with Ramoth-gilead signifying that Ahab would die in the battle. Micaiah also stated that he had seen the LORD sitting on His throne and spirits before Him including a lying spirit which God allowed to speak through the 400 false prophets.
  • After Zedekiah struck Micaiah on the cheek Micaiah told Zedekiah that he would soon be hiding within an inner chamber.
  • The Syrian army had been told to fight with no one but the king of Israel but they mistakenly thought Jehoshaphat was Ahab. When Jehoshaphat cried out the LORD moved the men to depart from him.

Does God make any promises?

  • God said through Micaiah that Ahab would die and Israel would be scattered as sheep without a shepherd.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the LORD that Micaiah saw sitting upon His throne.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

Not that I identified.