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October 19, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 13 (ESV)

In the twenty-third year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from them. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them continually into the hand of Hazael king of Syria and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael. Then Jehoahaz sought the favor of the Lord, and the Lordlistened to him, for he saw the oppression of Israel, how the king of Syria oppressed them. (Therefore the Lord gave Israel a savior, so that they escaped from the hand of the Syrians, and the people of Israel lived in their homes as formerly. Nevertheless, they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin, but walked in them; and the Asherah also remained in Samaria.)....Continue Reading

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  1. 21And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.

  2. Once again we have evil kings in Israel, and yet a little bright spot here in verse 4. Jehoahaz sought the Lord’s favor. It just goes to show how eager God is to hear from us and to have our hearts inclined to Him. And God responds graciously to this small expression even though the people didn’t turn from their evil ways. Now God also did not bless them abundantly either but he did allow a measure of peace and prosperity for the measure of humility that the king showed. It is amazing that because of that and because of the desperate situation they were in that they didn’t turn to God more fully. And don’t miss that the reference point for their evil is Jeroboam son of Nebat. He was the first king of the divided kingdom of Israel and he set this pattern of not following God.

    And what a neat account of what happens at the end of Elisha’s life. The wicked king of Israel still recognizes his power and influence and the loss the nation will suffer with his passing. So there is a slight turning of Jehoash because of the measure of regard he has for God’s prophet. But because he din’t go further in faith and obedience his blessing was limited.

    And how powerful is God’s prophet? Even when he is dead his bones have power to raise the dead!! Nothing is impossible for God and He can use any means to accomplish His ends. And He does it here to affirm once again His hand on the prophet Elisha.

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