2 Kings 25:8-10 Almost Every Judgment Boils Down To This

2 Kings 25:8-10 (KJV)
And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.
And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

It is sobering to think that Jeremiah was in the city all this time leading up to this and had preached to them that, if they would surrender, God would be merciful.

We read this and blame Babylon. We blame Nebuchadnezzar. We blame the armies, the soldiers who wouldn’t just defeat the city but had to destroy it too. But none of this was really their fault. This was Judah’s fault. This was the king’s fault. This was the result of:

  • National pride
  • Spiritual unbelief and a
  • Rebellious heart

We too face our own circumstances of destruction:

  • Emotional destruction
  • Marital destruction
  • Familial destruction

Destruction of:

  • Character
  • Reputation and
  • Health

It’s difficult to pinpoint sometimes exactly why things happen but we almost always blame them on the ones who seem to execute to pain and not on what gave them a way into our lives.

In the deepest sense almost every period of judgment boils down to:

  • Not believing the Word of God
  • Not following the counsel of godly men and
  • Not obeying the lessons of the Bible

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2 Kings 13:5 A Promise To Come

2 Kings 13:5 (KJV)
(And the LORD gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime.

What evidence of the grace of God is noted here! These are wicked men who have:

  • Rebelled against the authority God had ordained for them
  • Rebelled against the house God had given for their worship and
  • Rebelled against God Himself in worshiping idols

Still the Lord gave Israel a Saviour. This of course is not referring to a spiritual salvation but deliverance from an even more wicked kingdom. This salvation was such that the people were free to dwell where they pleased and at peace enough to dwell there in tents rather than fortifications.

Is there some application we may find concerning Spiritual salvation in the passage?

  • Salvation restores us to the original relationship between God and Adam
  • Salvation is available to the most rebellious among us if we will but ask for it
  • Salvation is a liberating work
  • Salvation is a peace bringing work

It’s not a perfect picture, that is certain, but it does provide hints of a promise to come.

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2 Kings 8:19 A Light After My Lifetime

2 Kings 8:19 (KJV)
Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.

David was obviously not alive to see how Jehoram turned out. But he would have been broken hearted had he been.

Jehoram would have been David’s great, great, great grandson – distant enough that he would have little personal connection to him but not so distant (especially in David’s case) to have no connection with his heritage. David was a king after God’s own heart. How could his own kin be anything else?

Perhaps it was because of his wife. Jehoram married the daughter of wicked king Ahab, a woman he undoubtedly met through his own father’s willingness to fellowship with Ahab. Jehoshaphat was a good king with this one exception, he refused to separate from those doing wrong.

What I am interested in is the influence David still carried all these generations latter. He was still a light that God honored and that generations later could be guided by. My interest has always been to be able to influence my family for God at least through the fourth generation.

  • If I can help my kids to love God and
  • If I can help their kids, my grandchildren to love God then perhaps
  • I can be a light for my great grandkids, whom I likely will not see in my lifetime

But what if that doesn’t work out exactly as I wish it would? As much influence as I might try to have, there are other influences at play in their lives. Even if it doesn’t work out as I wish, it’s still right for me to love God and live for him with all my heart so that I might be a light many generations down the road. There are a number of pastors who have rejoiced to discover that two hundred years ago or more there were preachers in their family. I have found a few of them myself. (None were Baptist to my knowledge.)

If I am a light in my lifetime, I have hope that I might still be a light even for my great, great, great grandchildren.

 

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2 Kings 5:11 They Thought, They Thought, They Thought

2 Kings 5:11 (KJV)
But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

Naaman here demonstrates what is perhaps the chief cause of disputes between God and the world. Naaman thought he knew what God, through the prophet, would do. Perhaps he thought God was not in the equation at all.

I read it in newspaper opinion pages, and more often now in social media; people are offended at Christians because they think a Christian should behave or even believe differently than he or she does.

  • They thought love outweighs judgment.
  • They thought such sins as abortion and homosexuality ought to be legitimized by Christians
  • They thought Christians must be opposed to the right to keep and bear arms

They thought
They thought
They thought

The same happens in local churches. People get offended because they thought things would be different than in fact that they turned out to be.

  • They thought the Pastor would not discover their besetting sin
  • They thought the church would overlook doctrinal differences
  • They thought those things they left the last church over would not exist in this new church
  • They thought they could lead a ministry they are not qualified to lead

They thought
They thought
They thought

There is nothing wrong with thinking. We ought to do more of it. But the thinking we do needs to be shaped with the truth of Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

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2 Kings 3:7 If Something Is Of The Lord

2 Kings 3:7 (KJV)
And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.

None of the commentaries I possess make any mention of this play on words, “he went and sent.” It’s likely because the play exists only in the English language. The commentaries all purposely attempt something deeper through the studies of the original languages. Nevertheless, the translators deemed this to be the most accurate manner in which to render this phrase. I cannot help but think it must have occurred to them that someone would catch the poetry. It has value if, for no other reason, to cause us to pause a moment.

This is an active phrase.

He went
It means, “to walk” and by extension, to:

  • Travel,
  • Go forward,
  • Exercise,
  • Grow

This is motion, action, progress.

He sent
This means, “ to send away” as in to send away for. It can also mean “to cast away.”

The king actively sent for Jehoshaphat. This was no casual request. This wasn’t wishfully hoping the king of Judah would take up his side. He pursued an alliance.

I might not use the king of Israel as an example except that he was successful in the purpose of his alliance with Judah and because, in this case, he insisted that he hear from the living God and not one of the idols.

If something is of the Lord, if He is leading us in doing it, we ought to do more than wish we could be successful. We ought to actively engage in making it a success.

 

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2 Kings 2:10 Ask For Hard Things

2 Kings 2:10 (KJV)
And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

Elisha asked of Elijah “a hard thing.” I am confident that the lesson of the passage is that we ought to do the same. We ought to ask for big, challenging, hard things from God.

  • We shouldn’t ask for them out of selfish motivation
  • We should not seek the hard to consume on our own lists but
  • We ought to ask God for hard things.

I notice two important provisions for the answer to the hard thing;
I notice that Elisha clung tenaciously close to Elijah
Before Elijah offered the request to Elisha he had proven himself faithful and loyal. The one who may expect big things from God has been proven. There will be tests. Expect to have your faithfulness tried.

The condition for answer was to keep his eye on his master
No one ever succeeds as a believer who believes he is a master of himself. The greatest leaders are always greater followers. Humility always precedes promotion. Submission is always the price of elevation.

Go ahead and ask the hard thing. But remember that the answer only comes through faithfulness and humility.

 

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