Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 56 Monday

II Kings chapter 16

Ahaz, king of Judah and descendant of David, was not a righteous man. First he turned from the proper worship of the LORD and sacrificed his son in fire just like the heathen nations that the LORD had driven out of Canaan had done. Next he called upon Assyria to rescue him from the Syrians and when they did he went to Damascus to meet with the king of Assyria and there he saw an altar that he liked so he had an identical one made for the temple at Jerusalem. Finally, he dismantled some of the temple furnishings and used the proceeds to pay his savior, the king of Assyria.

Does God issue any commands?

  • No, but several He had previously given to the nation were disobeyed!

Does God make any promises?

  • No, but when God gave commands concerning the worship of idols and of Himself there were promises and curses that accompanied them. The punishment wasn't immediate, but by breaking God's commands punishment was assured.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The king of Assyria assumed the roles that were supposed to be Jesus' alone. The king of Assyria was the one whom the king of Judah petitioned for relief from his enemies, and the king of Assyria was his savior/redeemer. The temple furnishings were meant to draw the people's attention to the Messiah and not to Assyria. And the temple decor had been dedicated to God and not to Assyria.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)