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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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