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The eyes of the Lord!

Scripture reading for April 14th: 2nd Kings 13-17

God the Father is Spirit and He has the ability to see and know all things.  The writers of Scripture often speak of the “eyes” of the Lord.  God’s eyes are able to see in different ways than our eyes function.  His eyes are able to penetrate into the depths of our thoughts and motives.  His eyes see what we think we are doing in secret.  His eyes can see in the darkness as if it is daylight and no detail escapes Him.  His eyes are able to weigh good and evil and make righteous judgments.

As we read through the stories of the various kings of Israel and Judah, we have one of two remarks that are repeated time and again.  If the king was good, the writer states that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:3)  If the king was wicked, the writer states that “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:9)  Those kings who obeyed the Lord and sought to walk in honor of Him were seen by the Lord and rewarded accordingly.  God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him so that He can show himself strong on their behalf.  (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

We would also do well to remember the “eyes of the Lord”.  God is watching us as well!  David asked God to keep him as the  “apple of His eye”.  (Psalms 17:8)  God told Solomon that His eyes and heart would always be in the Temple he had built. (1st Kings 9:3)  We are now the living stones of the new Temple built by the greater son of David and Solomon!  God’s keeping eye is upon us today.  He looks in love upon us because of His Son.  Take a moment to look up today and thank God for his marvelous eyes!   If you love Jesus, He’s smiling as He looks at you!

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:15

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The eyes of the Lord!

Scripture reading for April 13th: 2nd Kings 13-17

God the Father is Spirit and He has the ability to see and know all things.  The writers of Scripture often speak of the “eyes” of the Lord.  God’s eyes are able to see in different ways than our eyes function.  His eyes are able to penetrate into the depths of our thoughts and motives.  His eyes see what we think we are doing in secret.  His eyes can see in the darkness as if it is daylight and no detail escapes Him.  His eyes are able to weigh good and evil and make righteous judgments.

As we read through the stories of the various kings of Israel and Judah, we have one of two remarks that are repeated time and again.  If the king was good, the writer states that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:3)  If the king was wicked, the writer states that “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:9)  Those kings who obeyed the Lord and sought to walk in honor of Him were seen by the Lord and rewarded accordingly.  God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him so that He can show himself strong on their behalf.  (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

We would also do well to remember the “eyes of the Lord”.  God is watching us as well!  David asked God to keep him as the  “apple of His eye”.  (Psalms 17:8)  God told Solomon that His eyes and heart would always be in the Temple he had built. (1st Kings 9:3)  We are now the living stones of the new Temple built by the greater son of David and Solomon!  God’s keeping His eye upon us today.  He looks in love upon us because of His Son.  He lives and dwells with us and in us by His Holy Spirit.  He is with us always to watch over His Word and bring it to pass in our lives as well.  Take a moment to look up today and thank God for his marvelous eyes!

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:15

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Causes of Captivity

Scripture reading for April 14th: 2nd Kings 13-17

God had warned Israel and Judah that certain activities would result in their being taken captive by their enemies and taken out of their wonderful inheritance, the land of Israel.  Like children who hear their parent’s instruction but soon forget, the nation of Israel turned a deaf ear to God and His word.  They hardened their hearts and reaped the consequences.

What did they do that angered the Lord?  God is a jealous God who will not tolerate idolatry.  These Israelites made two golden calves and bowed down to them.  (2nd Kings 17:7-13)   They burned incense to these idols and did wicked things that were immoral.  The prophets warned them, but they refused to listen!  They rejected God’s laws and did their own thing in following their worthless idols and became worthless to God.  God could not use them as a testimony of His goodness when they brought a curse on themselves!

In their idolatry, they sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fires made for these idols.  They practiced divination and sorcery.  (2nd Kings 17:16-17)  They would not consult the Lord but sought demons in direct rebellion to God’s instructions.  God had forbidden them to do these things that the other  nations were doing.

As we contemplate the causes of Israel’s captivity, it is easy to see how our nation is going down the same path!  We are now a nation of idolaters.  We worship gods of our own making.  Idols are an attempt to make god in a form that we can control and define.  The idols of Israel were made of gold because money is often related with idolatry.  The love of money and power is a consuming force in our country.

We are also a nation that sacrifices our children in the fires of abortion and abuse.  Children are a favorite target of Satan because they represent the heritage of the Lord.  Our idols of pleasure and convenience say we should have a right to choose whether or not a baby should live or be sacrificed!  Finally, sorcery and divination are also present in our land.  False doctrines and seeking man or Satan for insight to the future are growing more and more popular.  These are all signs of a nation headed for captivity!  Take time to pray for our nation today!

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The Eyes of the Lord!

Scripture reading for April 14: 2nd Kings 13-17

Even though God the Father is Spirit, He has the ability to see and know all things.  The writers of Scripture often speak of the “eyes” of the Lord.  God’s eyes are able to see in different ways than our eyes function.  His eyes are able to penetrate into the depths of our thoughts and motives.  His eyes see what we think we are doing in secret.  His eyes can see in the darkness as if it is daylight and no detail escapes Him.  His eyes are able to weigh good and evil and make righteous judgments.

As we read through the stories of the various kings of Israel and Judah, we have one of two remarks that are repeated time and again.  If the king was good, the writer states that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:3)  If the king was wicked, the writer states that “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:9)  Those kings who obeyed the Lord and sought to walk in honor of Him were seen by the Lord and rewarded accordingly.  God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him so that He can show himself strong on their behalf.  (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

We would also do well to remember the “eyes of the Lord”.  God is watching us as well!  David asked God to keep him as the  “apple of His eye”.  (Psalms 17:8)  God told Solomon that His eyes and heart would always be in the Temple he had built. (1st Kings 9:3)  We are now the living stones of the new Temple built by the greater son of David and Solomon!  God’s keeping eye is upon us today.  He looks in love upon us because of His Son.  He lives and dwells with us and in us by His Holy Spirit.  He is with us always to watch over His Word and bring it to pass in our lives as well.  Take a moment to look up today and thank God for his marvelous eyes!

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:15

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