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God’s accurate Word!

Scripture reading for April 12th: 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!

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 live in these last days, it is more important than ever to give attention to God’s accurate and infallible Word!

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God’s dependable word!

Scripture reading for April 12th: 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 gave 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!

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.  It produces faith in those who hear it and it will judge those who reject or ignore it.

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The Spirit of Jezebel

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

Jezebel was a woman in Scripture who is not mentioned with love or appreciation.  She was the wife of King Ahab of Israel and was known for her idolatry and mistreatment of God’s true servants and prophets.  She used the king’s treasury to supply the needs of the false prophets of Baal and Ashteroth.  (1st Kings 18:19)  There were 850 of these prophets who were confronted by Elijah on Mt. Carmel and then slain by him.  Jezebel was furious and threatened to kill Elijah, causing him to run in fear of her. (1st Kings 19:1-3)

Jezebel was adept at manipulation and control of those in authority.  She worked behind the scenes to use resources for selfish purposes.  She intimidated and bullied elders and officials using her husband’s name to get the vineyard of Naboth.  (1st Kings 21:4-16)  She urged her husband to do evil and reaped a prophetic denunciation by Elijah the prophet.  “Also concerning Jezebel the Lord says; ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.'” (1st Kings 21:23)

Years went by and it seemed that Jezebel had escaped judgment.  Ahab her husband had died in a battle and dogs had licked up his blood as Elijah had said of him.  Joram, Ahab’s son, was ruling Israel after Ahaziah, another son, had died.  Wickedness continued in the land and God’s word was not yet fulfilled.  God often gives opportunity to people to repent.  Even to those who are most wicked, God offers mercy and time to consider their ways.  But the time of mercy sometimes runs out.

God had Elisha send a man to anoint Jehu as king to finish the judgement earlier decreed.  (2nd Kings 9:1-10)  The prophet gave specific instructions to Jehu with the anointing to destroy the house of Ahab completely.  Jezebel was specifically mentioned as being devoured by dogs on the plot of ground in Jezreel that they had killed and stolen to get.  That is exactly what happened!  (2nd Kings 9:32-37)

The spirit of Jezebel is alive in many churches.  It was mentioned by John in Revelation 2:20-23.  Jezebel in the church at Thyatira used manipulation and sexual immorality as well as idolatry.  She claimed to be a prophetess.   God gave her time to repent but she wouldn’t.  Ask God for discernment today concerning this spirit of Jezebel.  Do not tolerate it in your life or your church!

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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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