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September 9, 2018

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

2 Kings 3 (ESV)

In the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twelve years. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, though not like his father and mother, for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made. Nevertheless, he clung to the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from it.

Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and he had to deliver to the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams. But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. So King Jehoram marched out of Samaria at that time and mustered all Israel. And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to battle against Moab?” And he said, “I will go. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses....Continue Reading

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  1. It makes sense that at times a vassal of a king would try to throw of the burden imposed by the stronger king. That is what we see happening here and Joram does the most sensible thing to maintain his control of Moab, he calls on family. It is a little surprising that Jehosophat, a righteous king in Judah, would align himself with evil Joram, but he recognizes the fidelity that comes from family. And when confronted with a problem, Jehosophat does what he would normally do, call on God. This is foreign to Joram. An opportunity like this to show his faith may have been another reason Jehosophat helped Joram. (Like when an unbelieving sibling asks for our help and we think of how we might point to God in the midst of it) But you’ve got to love Elisha’s response. Why are you coming to me, you never care what I have to say, go to the prophets you usually use for counsel. And yet on the other hand Elisha respects Jehosophat and provides a prophecy that includes a great miracle and a promise. I mean don’t miss God is bringing water in the desert without bringing rain. And it is interesting that this blessing of God also becomes the means of confusing the Moabites and they come out from their defenses and because of that are defeated as God had promised. The world usually misperceives the blessing of God to their own destruction, and we have a graphic picture of that here.

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