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Thankful for zeal!

Scripture reading for April 11th:  2nd Kings 12-15

Key Scriptures:  2nd Kings 13:17-19  “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it.  “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot.  “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!”  Elisha declared.  “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”  Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them.  Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.”  He struck it three times and stopped.  The  man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it.”

King Jehoash of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following in the idolatrous ways of his predecessor.  He consulted Elisha the prophet concerning a battle he faced with the king of Aram.  The ailing prophet had him perform a prophetic action by shooting an arrow towards Aram and then by striking the ground with his remaining arrows.  The king only half-heartedly obeyed, lacking the zeal to completely finish the work!

Thankful for true zeal:  Jesus Christ drove the money-changers from the temple and overturned their tables.  He finished the work God gave Him to do!  “His disciples remembered that it is written:”Zeal for your house will consume Me.””  (John 2:17) “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work you gave Me to do.”  (John 17:4)

 

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Thankful for a fully committed heart!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  1st Kings 11-15

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 15:11-15  “Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.  He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his fathers had made.  He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole.  Asa cut the pole down and burned it in the Kidron valley.  Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.”

The book of Kings recorded the lives of leaders that followed King David in leading Israel.  Many of them went astray.  King Asa, however, followed in David’s footsteps and did right in God’s eyes.  He rid the land of idols and even removed his own grandmother from a position of prominence because of idolatry.  His heart was “fully committed to the Lord!”

Thankful for Jesus’ full commitment:  Jesus Christ, Son of God and son of David, was fully committed to God!  “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.  I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”  (John 17:3-4)

 

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