According to the Word of the Lord

Scripture reading for April 13: 2nd Kings 9-12

My father is a man who is true to his word.  As I was growing up, he would buy and sell cattle worth hundreds of thousands of dollars over the phone.  He would call the banker and tell him how much he needed put into his bank account as a loan.  They would do it and he would come in later and sign the note.  My father knew the value of a good reputation and it was a badge of honor to be a man of your word. In fact, this trait is honorable because it is one of God’s character traits, too!  In today’s reading, we hear the writer of 2nd Kings recounting time after time how God’s Word was spoken by men and how it came to pass.

The prophet Elisha sent a word with one of the members of the company of prophets.  He was to anoint Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat to be king over Israel.  He was also to give Jehu a mission of destroying the house of Ahab and Jezebel for their murderous and adulterous behavior.  (2nd Kings 9:6-10)  He told Jehu that dogs would devour Jezebel on the plot of ground at Jezreel that she had stolen from Naboth and that no one would bury her.  Jehu went to Jezreel, found Jezebel and had her killed.  As he rested, dogs came and ate up her body.  The Word of the Lord was fulfilled!  (2nd Kings 9:34-37)

Next, Jehu went after the remaining sons of Ahab in Samaria.  He came to Samaria and killed all who were left of Ahab’s family. (2nd Kings 10:17)  This was according to the Word of the Lord spoken to Elijah the prophet. (1st Kings 21:20-22)  This word was given several years earlier.  Time may pass, but God’s Word remains true!

We would do well to heed the Word of the Lord.  God’s Word is the only source of ultimate truth. (John 17:17)  God is faithful to watch over His Word to perform it.  (Jeremiah 1:12)  Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word will never pass away.  (Matthew 24:35)  As we approach the last days of these last days, it is more important than ever to give attention to God’s Word.

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