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October 26, II Kings 25 Jerusalem destroyed, all of Israel in captivity
This is a sad chapter in so many ways, it's been a little over 400 years, that can seem like a lot and yet just a short time. I spent time in Germany when I was in the Air Force, and once traveled to Prague on business. In both places I saw str... Read more
October 25, II Kings 24 Babylon takes Jerusalem
The last two chapters in II kings are pretty sad, a once great and powerful nation has done so much wrong that they have fallen and are now slaves in a foreign land. And I think the worst part about it is they were told what would happen and how... Read more
October 24, II Kings 23:28-37 Josiah's death, his sons are bad kings
This same story is also in 2 Chronicles 35, we get a little more detail there. Josiah should not have gone against Neco and the way he did was through deception. So many of us do things that we think we should though God hasn't called us to. I ... Read more
October 23, II Kings 23:21-26 Josiah calls a Passover
Josiah was so convicted that Israel and Judah hadn't held a Passover feast that he immediately called one. Interesting enough that the timing was precisely when it was called for in The Law, the 14th day of the first month. Most gentiles don't ... Read more
October 22, II Kings 23:1-20 Renewing the covenant
Josiah stands before the temple of God and renews the covenant. He cleans house, or actually houses. He's removing idolatry and all kinds of foolishness from Judah. From the text it appears that most of the people were in agreement. It sounds l... Read more
October 21, II Kings 22:14-20 You didn't follow the directions
While it says that they found the book of The Law it could be any of the books written by Moses. It's historically believed the book found was Deuteronomy, specifically chapters 28-31. This begins with the promise of blessings for obedience and... Read more
October 20, II Kings 22:1-13 Josiah rebuilds the temple
Back in II Kings 12 Joash had a chest placed in the temple for offerings to make repairs. It would appear form this text that they hadn't been keeping up. Now Josiah starts the practice again. What i find incredible here is that they found the... Read more
October 19, II Kings 21:19-26 Sometimes people actually want evil
Amon was just as bad as his father Manasseh, he too worshiped idols and it says that he abandoned The Lord. We're not given specifics but he did something or things that moved those around him to kill him. Even so there were people who followe... Read more
October 18, II Kings 21:10-18 more evil than all that the Amorites
The false religious practices of the people in that region were pretty bad. Human sacrifice, cannibalism, and every form of sex imaginable. We think today drug use is a problem but the use of natural chemicals, stimulants, hallucinogens and opi... Read more
October 17, II Kings 21, 1-9 It's important how we raise our kids
Manasseh becomes king at the age of 12 so we know that he was born to Hezekiah after his near fatal illness.
He did what was evil, rebuilt altars to false gods and instituted idol worship. Going so far as to place idols in the temple and ... Read more
October 16, II Kings 20:12-21 Be wary of gifts and flattery
Hezekiah receives letters and gifts from Babylon and exactly what they wanted to happen did. He trusted the envoys as his friends. Flattery is a common means used to gain someone's trust. Hezekiah should not have showed everything to these men, ... Read more
October 15, II Kings 20 1-11 Hezekiah saved from death
Some commentaries have the timeline somewhat reversed, that Hezekiah was sick before Assyria came to Jerusalem. And that the prophet came to him while the armies were setting up camps. When Isiah came to Hezekiah, his prayer wasn't simply for hi... Read more
October 14, II Kings 19:14-37 Hezekiah prays, God is God!
We'll finish the chapter today. Let's look at Hezekiah's prayer. He receives the letter with Sennacherib's demands and there is no way that Hezekiah can or will comply. He's in a desperate situation but still knows God. He lays the letter on t... Read more
October 13, II Kings 19:1-13 Your God will fall like the rest, maybe.
Some significant things to note today, as soon as Hezekiah hears the news he humbles himself and goes straight to the temple. Judging by the context so far I'd say Hezekiah had a relationship with God. Contrast that with the messengers he sent t... Read more
October 12, II Kings 18:13-37 Resistance is futile!
Sennacherib was the king of Assyria and he had a huge army. For decades before Hezekiah became king Judah was fighting wars with their neighbors and a civil war with Israel, at this time their army was not very large. Sennacherib besieges Jerus... Read more