Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 23 - 2 Kings 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Kings 11. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This story picks back up from chapter 9, verse 27. Athaliah's son Ahaziah is dead and so, to try to get the throne for herself, she starts killing off the other members of the royal family (verse 1). The people she was killing were the decedents of David, but God had promised an heir of David would stay on the throne and that eventually the Messiah would come through his ancestors.
  • In verse 5 we see that Jehoiada the priest decides its time to make Josh, the king's son, the king and to stop the wrongful reign of Athaliah. His plan works perfectly (verses 5-16)
  • Jehoiada leads the people to recommit themselves to truly living as God's people. They had made that covenant with God a hundred years earlier (which we see in the Bible book called Deuteronomy) but had almost entirely ignored it. SPOILER ALERT: We're going to see that after Jehoiada dies, they ignore this covenant with God as well.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Back in Deuteronomy we see the Israelites very passionately pledging their allegiance to God, yet they quickly turned from Him and did not live for Him. Here we see them again committing themselves to Him, but again it does not last. What is so sad is that God deserved so much more from them, and God is what those people were made for, and His love is the only thing that could satisfy them, and turning from Him would have painful consequences.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • In what ways have you turned from God and not lived for Him as you may have at one point promised you would? Do you realize that God deserved so much more from you, and God is what you were made for, and His love is the only thing that can satisfy you, and turning from Him will have painful consequences? Why don't you recommit to fully living for God, and do the things that will help you to keep that commitment? Things that will help you include: daily Bible reading, constant prayer, memorizing Bible verses that apply to your area of weakness, accountability in those areas of weakness, being at church and in a micro group every week....