Saturday, March 26, 2016

2 Kings 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Kings 3. 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?)
  • The sins of Israel's kings are repeatedly compared to the sins of Jeroboam, who was the first ruler of the northern kingdom of Israel. His sin was to turn people away from God and to idol worship (see 1 Kings 12:25-33). Joram must have continued to promote idol worship.
  • Moab is rebelling, so the kings of Judah, Israel, and Edom decide to partner to defeat them (verses 4-10).
  • When they get in trouble, they decide to seek God's help by calling on Elisha (verse 11).
  • Elisha cops an attitude with them (verse 13) because two of the kings have not been worshipping God at all and he knows it's only because they're desperate that they're paying any attention to Him now.
  • God, in His grace, totally comes through for them in dramatic fashion.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This chapter created the theme for Verve's "Dig It" campaign we started back in October, which led to launching a fourth service in February. In this chapter the three kings and their armies go out to fight, but find themselves with no water for the armies or their animals. They seek help from God, and He tells them to create ditches (or "pools") that He can fill with water. He will do a miracle for them by providing water, but first they have to prepare to receive the miracle. There's something hard they have to do, to allow God to do what's easy for them. And ... that's often the case. We pray for God to do a miracle in some area of our lives. He can, and He will. But first, there may be something we need to do to prepare for the miracle

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • In what area of your life do you need a miracle? Your marriage? Finances? Job?
  • What might God ask you to do to prepare for the miracle?
    • For instance, if you've gotten yourself in debt and are praying that God will right your finances. Let's say He did. If He somehow gave you money to pay off your debts BUT you still live the same way, you'll find yourself back in debt in no time. So what would God ask you to do to prepare for the miracle?
    • If you want a certain kind of job someday, what "ditches" might God ask you to dig so He can give you that job?
    • Or let's say you've been divorced and want to be married again. God could send you Mr./Mrs. Right, but have you done what you need to do to prepare to have a healthy marriage that will last this time?