2 Kings 3:18 (KJV) It’s a Little Thing For God

2 Kings 3:18 (KJV)
And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

The king of Israel believed he and the two kings allied with him were about to die for thirst. They had gotten themselves and their troops so far out that water was nowhere to be found. The king of Judah was with them however, and recommended they seek a prophet. Elisha instructed them to dig ditches, which God would fill with water. This water would not only be to the saving of the troops but contribute to the demise of the enemy. Elisha said that God’s filling these ditches was “but a light thing.”

May I say that God’s care for us is also but a light thing?  Our hurdles can appear to us so overwhelming, so insurmountable but to God they are but light things.

They were saved because:

  • They had in their company a believer
  • They hearkened when he wanted to hear from a preacher and
  • They obeyed the instructions of that preacher even though those instructions seemed impossible

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2 Kings 3:18 (KJV) It’s a Little Thing For God

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1 Kings 22:1-4 (KJV) You Are Asking For It

1 Kings 22:1-4 (KJV)
And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.

Even though Ahab was an ungodly man, he had been aided of the Lord to defeat Benhadad sufficiently enough to suppress any further war for three years. The only trouble was that Syria still held a city that Ahab thought belonged to him. This little detail had been a burr in his saddle all this time. For three years he had held onto his grudge, looking for the chance to strike at his enemy. He thought he found it through allegiance with Judah.

Jehoshaphat agreed to enter battle on Ahab’s side but he did request that they inquire of the Lord. The Word of the Lord pronounced Ahab’s doom.

  • His desire for victory over Syria
  • His carnal heart and
  • His belief that Judah’s help sealed his conquest

blinded him against the prophet’s warning and led to his death in the field.

It never serves any good purpose to hold on to a grudge, even if it feels like the grudge is justified. The city did belong to Israel but God was more than capable of restoring it to them if He pleased.

The grudge was to Ahab’s undoing and no one else’s.

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1 Kings 22:1-4 (KJV) You Are Asking For It

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1 Kings 20:11 (KJV) Why We Should Never Quit

1 Kings 20:11 (KJV)
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

Ahab was far from a godly man but he nailed good counsel right here. There were too many variables for Benhadad to assume victory. Ahab was in no position to know God would deliver him but h was in a position to believe it was possible.

I see good application from two perspectives:
First, from Benhadad’s perspective
It is never wise for us to assume our own successes. What has been in the past may not be what is in our future. No matter how things look, our success is only possible with planning preparation, work and answered prayer.

Secondly from Ahab ‘s perspective
The context leads me to believe that Ahab saw himself as the underdog here. He was willing to pay Benhadad huge sums to keep away war. It was only when it became obvious that Benhadad had no interest in peace that Ahab thought of battle.

There will be times when all odds appear to be against us. But odds are not the only thing involved in victory. Continental soldiers during the American Revolution faced odds that were overwhelmingly against them but time and again forces fought on their side that could only have been supernatural. They won when there was no way they could have won.  The same can be the case for any one of us so the fact is that we ought never give up. I am not suggesting that we ignore obstacles but I do suggest that we press on despite them. You just don’t know whether God might have plans to remove your obstacles for you.

 

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1 Kings 20:11 (KJV) Why We Should Never Quit

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Luke 5:39 (KJV) Embracing the Old Promises

Luke 5:39 (KJV)
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

I read three writers who give two opposing interpretations and applications of this passage.
The one says that older wine is sweeter and mellower so it would be ridiculous to ask someone who knows the difference to drink new wine.
This writer claims that the Pharisees represent the new wine and Christ represents the old.

The other two see the Law as the old wine and claim that is representative of the old sinful nature, which is not going to gravitate to new; unproven and bitter flavor of spiritual life with Christ.
It is, according to this interpretation, unreasonable to ask a man who is settled in his ways to trust Christ hastily.

I lean toward the former. Christ came far before the Pharisees. His disciples had not embraced the new but the old promises of God from the beginning.

We aren’t looking for the new. We are looking for the oldest of all, faith in Christ from the foundation of the world.

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Luke 5:39 (KJV) Embracing the Old Promises

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Luke 4:6 (KJV) The Devil’s Arrogance

Luke 4:6 (KJV)
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

See what arrogance the devil and those his followers have! They believe they have great power great glory and great things. How ignorant of him to compare what he has with what God has. How naive of him to offer those to Christ in exchange of the riches of glory that belong to Christ.

  • What would Christ want with corrupt kingdoms?
  • What use would he have for tarnished glory?
  • How could he possibly be tempted with temporal and finite things?

This world is so silly to believe they can draw the true believers away with such pettiness. These are nothing. They have no appeal and hold on those who have gotten hold of heaven.

 

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Luke 4:6 (KJV) The Devil’s Arrogance

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Luke 3:7 (KJV) Have You Warned Someone?

Luke 3:7 (KJV)
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

John the Baptist’s words were accusatory. These multitudes came not for truth the truth. But there is a question here every Christian ought to ask himself concerning those multitudes; “Who hath warned you…?

I see this as similar to “Am I my brothers keeper?” Yes, I should be. I ought to take responsibility to see that:

  • Those multitudes of people have been warned
  • The warning is a true and biblical one and
  • The warning is impressed upon them with proper and sufficient urgency

 

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Luke 3:7 (KJV) Have You Warned Someone?

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1 Kings 19:6 (KJV) The Natural and the Supernatural

1 Kings 19:6 (KJV)
And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.

Here is a remarkable melding of the natural and the supernatural. The angel built a fire, baked some bread, allocated a Cruse and filled it with water. Elijah’s physical needs were met in a physical way but by a spiritual being.

How often this melding takes place in the life of believers today is impossible to tell but that it happens is, I believe, confirmed by:

Hebrews 1:14
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

And Hebrews 13:2
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

 

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1 Kings 19:6 (KJV) The Natural and the Supernatural

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Luke 1:1 (KJV) He Wrote History

Luke 1:1 (KJV)
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

I saw today that when Luke took in hand to declare those things believed by Christians he did not write

  • a statement of faith
  • a creed or
  • a confession

he wrote a history.

We have two books of the New Testament written by Luke:

  • Each is inspired of God
  • Each is written to Theophilus
  • Each is historical in content

I am not opposed to confessions and statements of faith; the epistles of the Bible can be viewed as doctrinal rather than historical in content. What I am pointing out is that a great way to share doctrine is by telling the life story of Christ and His churches.

It may not be the place to finish but it is for sure a great place to start.

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Luke 1:1 (KJV) He Wrote History

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Mark 16:2-5 (KJV) An Unfounded Concern

Mark 16:2-5 (KJV)
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

The women had a major concern. They were coming to anoint the body of Jesus but they didn’t know how they would get in. The stone was too big for them to move. I notice three things:

They went anyway
They had no idea how they would get to the body of Jesus but that did not prevent them from going. Some people would never have started because they assume they can’t finish.

They went early
No procrastination here. They had a purpose and got to that purpose.

Their concern was unfounded.
The Lord had rolled the stone away already.

It is not wrong to identify those hurdles that must be overcome on the path of living for Christ. Identifying them gives us the opportunity to pray about them. It only becomes a problem when we allow potential hurdles to stop us on the track. Find God’s will, rise up quickly and move toward God’s will. He will remove those hurdles that prevent you from accomplishing His will.

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Mark 16:2-5 (KJV) An Unfounded Concern

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Mark 15:3-5 (KJV) The Best Defense

Mark 15:3-5 (KJV)
And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

When Jesus was brought before Pilate the Jews came with Him to make many accusations. Pilate may have heard the name of Christ before but it is obvious that this whole incident was sprung in him. Imagine all of the voices bringing one accusation after the other against Christ and to Pilate. He would not have been overwhelmed but he would have been struck by it.

And then it was Jesus’ turn to speak. He is presented with the opportunity to defend himself. He has no crowd of witnesses to corroborate His words. He is alone and He remains silent. Jesus did not practice the modern concept, “he best defense is a good offense.” Pilate urged Him to answer for Himself but when Jesus was silent still, Pilate marveled.

Many years ago I travelled to Springfield MO to present a missionary for national approval. This missionary and I had worked through many things including an issue with a pastor who had taken up an offense against him. We thought we had resolved the offense but when we arrived in Springfield we learned that this pastor was there he planned to attempt to prevent his approval as a missionary and he had brought other pastors to support his attempt.

  • I was stunned
  • The missionary was stunned

The missions committee was also blindsided, later telling me that they had never had a pastor attempt to block a missionary before

The missionary and I sat in the meeting silent as this pastor laid out his arguments, his support sitting resolutely behind him. When the accusations were finished I chose to remain quiet (and led the missionary to do the same). We answered the questions we were asked but we did not defend ourselves. Later one of the pastors serving on the missions committee thanked me for handling a very delicate situation with discretion. The missionary was (eventually) approved.

When faced with many varied and false accusations the best defense is silence. Let God defend you in His own way.

 

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Mark 15:3-5 (KJV) The Best Defense

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