Archive for October 2016

2 Kings 20 His Covenant Endures

Hezekiah’s illness was well on its way to becoming the cause of his death, after reigning fourteen years. The prophet Isaiah came to deliver the word that he needed to “Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.” The king’s response was one of contrition; yet absent of humility, as he…

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2 Kings 19 Lay It All Out Before the Lord

King Hezekiah had just heard of the threats and intimidation that had been made by the Rabshakeh, who was under authority of the king of Assyria, Sennacherib. In response to these threats, Hezekiah humbled himself and presented them to the Lord. He also sent word to the prophet Isaiah to hear what had been presented.…

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2 Kings 18 A Model for Politicians

The power of Godly influence is seen once again as is evident in the life of Hezekiah, whose grandfather (Zechariah) had profound impact on him as did his mother, Abi. Hezekiah was an agent of transformation in a culture that was at least was tolerant and at worse antagonistic toward the things of God. This…

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2 Kings 17 Hope in the Midst of Captivity

We read of the beginning of what is known as the Babylonian captivity of Israel and Judah. What is so amazing is the Lord had sent prophet after prophet with stern warnings and humble for Israel and Judah with requests to return to the Lord and serve Him alone. Israel and Judah both had attempted…

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2 Kings 16 Exercise of Authority and Jurisdiction

Ahaz began his reign at the age of twenty and reigned for sixteen years; which during his reign idolatry was escalated significantly. One of the things that he did, “he made his son pass through the fire”; which was abomination in other nations around Judah. There are two ardent thoughts concerning what was intended by…

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2 Kings 15 The Power of Influence

Chapter fifteen provides a listing the kings of Judah and Israel; which most of those kings it was said they didn’t depart from following after the idols that previous generation venerated and erected. Azariah was only sixteen years of age when he crowned the king of Judah. Take note of these observations as you read…

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2 Kings 14 Who is Your Help, Your

We have before us in this chapter of 2 Kings, a listing of the kings from Judah & Israel. Just reading a number of verses, it is easy to get confused to whom the writer is referring to; because of the references of Joash, Jehoash and Amaziah leading both Judah and Israel. Rest assured that…

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2 Kings 13 Fully Committed to Liberation

The chronology of Israel and Judah’s royalty along with the tenures of respective offices commences this chapter. Take note of those of which it was said “he did evil in the sight of the Lord”. Some continued escalating the evil lifestyle and leadership; propelling people into the greater spiritual depravity. Both nations would have continued…

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2 Kings 12 The Power of a Mentor

How many times have we seen someone start right and end wrong throughout the history of Israel, of mankind? Without doubt, the number would be significant. We read here that Jehoash, Joash from the previous chapter, “did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed…

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2 Kings 11 Church and Government Cooperation

We see in this chapter that when the enemy has attempted to destroy any part of or the Kingdom itself; that there will be a means or person by which such a threat will be not only resisted, but thwarted. In the case before us, we see that there were two individuals who were key…

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