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Frances
Mar 6th 2011, 05:14 PM
2 Kings –
(Quote:-Henry H. Halley)"about 80 years after the division of the kingdom and carries parallel accounts of the 2 kingdoms for about 130 years to the fall of the northern kingdom (Israel) 720BC and then proceeding with the further story of the southern kingdom (Judah) for another 120 years to it’s fall (600BC)".
Quote;- (David Pawson)”God is Lord over all, and His people must learn the message of this book if they are not to mirror the decline recorded there, the disintegration of the people of Israel who ceased to listen to God and follow His Laws.

2 Kings 1

What does the text say? – Moab rebelled against Israel after Ahab’s death. Ahaziah was injured so sent messengers to ask the god of Ekron(Philistines) if he would recover; the Lord sent Elijah to meet them and tell them He said Ahaziah would die because he had not consulted Him. Ahaziah sent a captain and 50 men to fetch Elijah but he said if he was a man of God fire would consume them – and it did. Another 51 men were sent to fetch him and the same thing happened. The captain of the 3rd group pleaded for the lives of himself and his men. The Lord told Elijah to go with them, he repeated God’s message to Ahaziah, and he died. Because Ahaziah did not have a son his brother Joram became king in the 2nd year of the reign of Jehoram, king of Judah.

Application? – When I am injured or unwell do I pray to the Lord about healing first or enquire from others? Do I heed what the Lord tells me? Do I always ask the Lord what to do in every situation or take the matter into my own hands? Do I like those who displease me to suffer? Does what I like to think of as my compassion for others take precedence over God’s Will?

Frances
Mar 7th 2011, 05:40 PM
2 Kings 2
What does the text say? – When the Lord was about to take Elijah into Heaven in a whirlwind he was travelling with Elisha from Gilgal. Three times Elijah asked Elisha to let him go on alone, but he would not; and each time prophets told Elisha his master, Elijah, was going to be taken away and he told them he knew and to be quiet. When they arrived at the Jordan, as the 2 men stood by the river Elijah rolled up his cloak and struck the water with it, witnessed by 50 sons of prophets, the water divided and they both crossed over on dry ground. Elijah asked what he could do for Elisha before he was taken away by the Lord. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit; Elijah replied that Elisha would only have what he’d asked for if he saw Elijah being taken from him. As they continued walking and talking a chariot and horses of fire appeared separating the 2 men and Elijah went up in a whirlwind to heaven – Elisha saw him go and tore his clothing in two, then picked up Elijah’s cloak, went back to the river, struck the water and said “Where is the God of Elijah”, and the water divided as before and he went over to the other side. The 50 sons of the prophets wanted to search for Elijah and eventually Elisha agreed, although he knew it was a waste of time, but they didn’t find him. The men of Jericho said the water there was bad and the land unproductive, so Elisha asked for salt in a new bowl, then threw the salt into the spring saying the Lord had Healed the water – and so it has remained. Elisha was on his way from Jericho to Bethel (the seat of Baal worship) when some youths mocked him (or his God?) so he cursed them and 2 female bears came out of the woods and mauled 42 of them. Elisha then went to Mount Carmel and on to Samaria.

Application? – If I don’t heed the Lord instead of his servants, however greatly they have been used by Him, I may miss His Blessings. Do I always see opportunities the Lord gives? Do I use all the ability the Lord has given me? Am I bold enough to ask the Lord for a double portion of His Holy Spirit to enable me to serve Him with greater ability? Would it ever be right for me to curse anyone opposed to the Lord?

Frances
Mar 8th 2011, 05:24 PM
2 Kings 3

What does the text say? – Ahab’s son, Jehoram, reigned as king of Israel for 12 years, he was not quite as evil as his parents had been and destroyed the pillar of Baal his father had erected. The king of Moab rebelled and refused to pay any more tribute, so Jehoram asked Jehoshaphat of Judah to go to war with him against Moab, and he agreed. They decided to go through the wilderness of Edom, whose king joined them. 7 days later the armies were very thirsty. Jehoshaphat asked if there was a prophet of the Lord, to be told Elisha was not far away, so the 3 kings went to consult him. Elisha said if Jehoshaphat had not been there he would not have spoken to them. The Lord said ditches must be dug through the valley, and though there would be no rain He would fill the ditches with water, He also said the allies would conquer Moab. Next day at the morning sacrifice the ditches filled with water. The Moabites had heard the allied army was coming so were ready along their boundary, so when they got up the sun shone on the water making it look like blood. Thinking the allies had quarrelled and killed each other they went to collect the plunder. The Moabites were attacked by the allies who chased them to Kir-Haraseth. The king of Moab took 700 men to break through the opposing army but could not, so he sacrificed his eldest son on the city wall. The allied army were so horrified they went to their homes.

Application? – God does not grade Sin by degrees. If I break one of God’s Laws I will anger Him. Nothing is too difficult for the Lord to do. If a Christian makes an alliance with those opposed to the Lord He will be displeased but may still help them.

Frances
Mar 9th 2011, 05:14 PM
2 Kings 4 (Luke 4:25-26)

What does the text say? – A God-fearing man had died, and his widow was in debt, so the creditor was claiming both of her sons as his slaves. All she had was a jar of oil, so Elisha told her to borrow lots of jars from her neighbours, fill them all, in private, from her jar then sell the oil. She obeyed him and the oil in her original jar did not run out until all the borrowed jars were filled. Elisha told her to sell sufficient oil to pay her debts then she, and her sons, could live on the remainder. Elisha went to Shunem where a wealthy woman invited him for a meal; after that he stopped there for a meal whenever he passed that way. Then the woman asked her husband if they could build a room onto their home for him to use when he was in the area, which was done. Elisha asked what he could do for her, then Gehazi said she had no son and her husband was old, so Elisha said she’d have a son in a year, which she did. The child grew. One day he complained of a headache and died. The woman went to fetch Elisha, he told Gehazi to run ahead and lay Elisha’s staff on the boy’s face, which he did. Elisha went into the child, prayed then stretched out on him, and the boy’s flesh became warm; again he stretched out on him, and the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes. Elisha went to Gilgal during a famine, the sons of the prophets made a stew of wild gourds that turned out to be poisonous, so Elisha told them to add flour to the stew which rendered it harmless. A man from Baal-Shalisha took Elisha his first-fruits of 20 loaves of barley bread and some roasted grain, even though he’d offered so little for so many men, the Lord said they’d have some left over – and they did.

Application? – The oil (Power) of the Holy Spirit will always fill empty (repentant) souls waiting to receive him by faith. Do I practice hospitality? It is less painful never to have something precious than to have it and then lose it. Do I pray sufficiently for those in need? Do I share what I have with those less fortunate than myself?

Frances
Mar 10th 2011, 05:42 PM
2 Kings 5 – Luke 4:27)

What does the text say? – Naaman commanded the Syrian army. The Lord God had enabled him to lead it to victory; he was a leper. Naaman’s wife had an Israelite slave girl, who told her mistress that Elisha would have healed Naaman. When the king was told he sent Naaman with his servants to give the king of Israel 10 talents of silver, 6,000 shekels of gold, and 10 changes of clothing and a letter to tell him to heal Naaman. The king of Israel thought the Syrain king was seeking a quarrel, but when Elisha heard of it he sent a message to the king telling him to send Naaman to him. When Naaman arrived with his entourage Elisha sent a message telling him to wash 7 times in the Jordan. Naaman left in a rage, thinking there were better rivers in Damascus. Naaman’s servants said he would have done something difficult, so asked why wouldn’t he do something simple. Naaman washed in the Jordan 7 times and was restored to health; he returned to Elisha wanting to give him a gift, but Elisha wouldn’t accept one. Naaman asked for 2 loads of soil, as he would only worship the Lord in future, even though he would be obliged to accompany the king of Syria to the temple of his god, Rimmon. Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, decided to get a gift from Naaman so ran after him, told him lies, and was given 2 talents of silver and 2 changes of clothing. Elisha knew what Gehazi had done and cursed him with leprosy.

Application? – Do I tell others of the Power of Almighty God through Jesus Christ? Do I ever think something is beneath my dignity and so miss a Blessing the Lord wanted to give me? Do I miss a Blessing because I do not complete the Lord’s instructions? (if Naaman had only washed 6 times he would not have been Healed). Could I be suffering today because I have been deceitful in the past?

Frances
Mar 11th 2011, 05:51 PM
2 Kings 6

What does the text say? – The sons of the prophets wanted to have larger premises and Elisha agreed, so they went to the Jordan to cut timber. One of the men lost a borrowed axe head in the river, so Elisha threw a stick over the place and the axe head floated and was retrieved. The king of Syria decided to make war against Israel, but each time Elisha warned the king of Israel so he was prepared. The Syrian king thought he had a spy among his servants, but was told Elisha, who was in Dothan, knew even what he said in his bedroom, so he sent his army to surround Dothan during the night, to bring Elisha to him. When Elisha’s servant got up and saw the surrounding army he was afraid, but Elisha prayed that he would be able to see the Lord’s army which was much greater, which He did, and his servant saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha. Elisha prayed that the Lord would blind the Syrians, then led them to Samaria, where he told the king to feed them and let them go. That raiding party didn’t trouble Israel again. The king of Syria besieged Samaria until there was a great famine there, when even a pint of dove’s dung cost 5 shekels of silver. The king realised the famine was from the Lord and thought he was foolish to wait any longer for Him to save them.

Application? – the Lord enables his servants to do ‘small’ miracles before entrusting them with ‘bigger’ ones. Do I always step out in faith when He tells me to? Am I fearful of looking a fool if what He has told me does not happen? Am I aware of the difference between the Lord’s Voice and Self or Satan? Do I presume the Lord will do something I want Him to and when He doesn’t feel let down? There is a world of difference between faith and presumption. Do I realise the Lord’s army protects me when I do His Will?

Frances
Mar 12th 2011, 04:52 PM
2 Kings 7

What does the text say? – Elisha told the king of Israel that the Lord said within 24 hours they would have plenty of food. One of the king’s officers said it was impossible, so Elisha told him he would see it, but not benefit from it. There were 4 lepers by the gate into the city who decided to go, as they were going to die anyway, to the Syrians who may let them live. When they arrived at the Syrian camp they found it deserted, for the Lord had caused them to hear the sound of a great army and they had fled, leaving their possessions behind. After eating sufficient the lepers went to tell the king what they had found, fearing punishment if they didn’t share the good news. The king feared a trap so sent men with 2 chariots to investigate, they followed the Syrian army as far as the Jordan, finding things they had discarded along the road. The messengers returned to the king, then the people went to plunder the tents of the Syrian army, trampling to death the man who had disbelieved the Power of the Lord on the way – so, as Elisha had said, he knew of the bounty but did not benefit from it.

Application? – Am I sceptical of the Lord’s Power? Or do I believe nothing is too difficult for Him?(eg.Jer.32:17+Luke 1:37). Do I share the Good News of Forgiveness through Jesus Christ with others? Or keep it to myself, allowing those people to endure everlasting Death?

Frances
Mar 13th 2011, 04:48 PM
2 Kings 8

What does the text say? – Elisha told the Shunamite woman (2Kings 4:8-35) there would be a famine for 7 years, so she took her household to the land of the Phiilistines; when she returned she went to ask the king to restore her home and land to her. She arrived just as the king was asking Gehazi to tell him about Elisha’s miracles. The king appointed an officer to ensure that not only her property was restored but that she also received the value of the crops for the 7 years she was away. Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, was ill so he sent Hazeal to Elisha to enquire if he would recover. Hazael took Elisha a present of good things loaded on 40 camels. Elisha told Hazael to tell Ben-Hadad he would recover, but in fact he would die. Elisha wept. When Hazael asked why. Elisha replied that Hazael would become king of Syria and do great evil to the Israelites. Hazael told Ben-Hadad he’d recover, but next day he smothered him, and reigned in his place. When Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram began to reign with his father, in Judah he was 32 years old. Ahab’s daughter was his wife and led him to do evil, but the Lord didn’t destroy Judah because of His promise to David. Edom revolted against Judah so Jehoram took his army to Zair; he attacked the Edomites who had surrounded him by night, and the troops fled. When Jehoram died his son Ahaziah(or Jehoahaz) reigned in his place. In the 12th year of Joram, son of Ahab, king of Israel Ahaziah joined Joram in war against Hazael of Syria at Ramoth Gilead. Joram was wounded and went home, so Ahaziah went to visit him.

Application? – Do I always take the Word of the Lord sufficiently seriously? The Lord’s timing is always perfect so I would be wise to do what He tells me, when He tells me to, or I may not receive the benefits He wants me to have. If my life does not please the Lord I may lose what is important to me. If I marry someone who does not serve the Lord too I will be encouraged to turn away from Him too.

Frances
Mar 14th 2011, 05:20 PM
2 Kings 9

What does the text say? – Elisha told one of the sons of the prophets to go to Ramoth Gilead and anoint Jehu, commander of the army, king of Israel, and to say he nust destroy all Ahab’s family. After he had done so Jehu went with his supporters to Jezreel where Joram was. The watchman saw Jehu. Joram, king of Israel and Ahaziah, king of Judah - who was visiting him - went in separate chariots to meet Jehu. Jehu told Joram there could be no peace in Israel as long as the idolatry and witchcraft encouraged by Jezebel were there. Joram turned his chariot to escape and was shot in the back by Jehu and died. Ahaziah tried to escape, was chased and also shot, and escaped to Meggido where he also died. When Jehu arrived in Jezreel Jezebel looked through a window. Jehu called out asking who was on his side. Some eunuchs looked out at him and he told them to throw Jezebel down – which they did, then Jehu trampled her underfoot. When he had eaten and drunk Jehu said Jezebel must be buried as she was a kings daughter, but all that was left of her body by the dogs was her skull, hands and feet.

Application? – As a Christian it may be necessary for me to do something dangerous for the Lord – will I obey Him? Do I know the Lord well enough to distinguish between a ‘message from the Lord’ that is at variance with His character as written in His Word? If I act against the Lord or His people I will suffer in some way.

Frances
Mar 15th 2011, 05:20 PM
2 Kings 10

What does the text say? – Ahab had 70 sons in Samaria. Jehu wrote to the rulers of Samaria telling them to make one of Ahab’s sons their king, but they refused. Jehu sent another letter telling them to take the heads of Ahab’s sons to Jezreel next day. It was done. Then Jehu killed all the remaining relatives of Ahab in Jezreel, all his officials, personal friends and his priests. On his way to Samaria Jehu met 42 men who said they were Ahaziah’s brothers on their way to visit Ahab’s family, so Jehu had them all killed. Then Jehu met Jehonadab and took him with him to Samaria to show him how zealous he was for the Lord. He killed everyone left of Ahab’s family, then called a meeting of the people and said he wanted to worship Baal, and all the prophets and worshippers of Baal in all Israel must come to a sacrifice to Baal or be put to death; when they arrived they were given special robes to wear and went into the temple of Baal. Jehu stationed 80 men outside telling them not to let anyone in the temple escape. After he had conducted a sacrifice in the temple he sent men in to kill everyone; then they destroyed the temple of Baal. But Jehu did not stop the people worshipping the golden calves at Bethel and Dan, neither did he follow the Lord with all his heart, but worshipped idols too. About that time king Hazael conquered some of Israel including Gilead, Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh. Jehu reigned for 28 years, when he died his son Jehoahaz became king.

Application? – Am I zealous for the Lord? Do I always follow His instructions? Do I mistreat anyone because of what their relative did? Am I ‘kinder’ to anyone than the Lord wants me to be?(eg. by not telling them what they believe is not Biblical). Do I put ‘church unity’ before personal unity with God? Does the way I live jeopardise my family’s Salvation? Am I relying on my past actions in obedience to the Lord to give me His Protection even though I have drifted away from Him? do I serve Him alone each day?

Frances
Mar 16th 2011, 05:36 PM
2 Kings 11

What does the text say? – When Athalia, king Ahaziah of Judah’s mother, saw her son was dead she began to kill all his possible heirs, but his baby son Joash(Jehoash) was saved by Ahaziah’s sister Jehosheba and hidden, with his nurse, in the Temple, where he remained for 6 years while Athalia reigned in Judah. In the 7th year Jehoida, the priest, made a covenant with the leaders of the army and the palace guard of loyalty to the king; then showed him to them. Then Jehoida gave instructions of what they must do to protect the boy. When all was ready Joash was anointed and crowned king in the Temple. When Athalia, his grandmother, heard the trumpets and rejoicing she went into the Temple, where Jehoida commanded that she, and anyone who followed her, be taken out and killed. All the people promised to be faithful to God and the king, and the king promised to be faithful to God and the people; then everyone went and destroyed the temple of Baal and everything in it, and killed the priest of Baal. All the people escorted their 7 year old king Joash into the palace where he sat on his royal throne. Then there was peace in the city.

Application? – Have I ever tried to take power that is not rightfully mine? I may not able to stop all evil, but am I doing what is possible, however difficult, to prevent it taking complete control? Am I encouraging the children in my care to worship the Lord? Am I doing all I can to destroy modern ‘temples of Baal’ (those who kill small children for their own benefit) in my nation? Am I faithful to God in every way?

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) “At Meggido in the stratum of Ahab’s time, jars were found containing the remains of children who had been sacrificed to Baal . . . Prophets of Baal and Ashtoreth were the official murderers of little children” (like abortion clinics today).

Frances
Mar 18th 2011, 05:08 PM
2 Kings 13

What does the text say? – When Joash had been king of Judah for 23 years Jehoahaz, Jehu’s son, became king of Israel and reigned for 17 years. Jehoahaz sinned against the Lord worshipping idols as Jereboam had done, so the Lord allowed the Israelites to be conquered by the king of Syria. When Jehoahaz died his son Jehoash became king of Israel. When Joash had been king of Judah for 37 years, Jehoash became king of Israel and reigned for 16 years, he also worshipped idols; when he died Jereboam became king. Elisha had a terminal illness and the king of Israel went to visit him. Elisha told him to shoot an arrow out of the east window and he did while Elisha prophesied the deliverance of Israel from the Syrians. Then Elisha told the king to take his arrows and strike the ground with them, so he struck the ground 3 times. Elisha was angry saying he should have struck the ground 5 or 6 times to ensure Syria was destroyed. Elisha died. Next spring a man was being taken for burial when those attending the corpse saw a raiding party from Syria, so put it in Elisha’s tomb; when the corpse touched Elisha’s bones the man came back to life. Because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the Lord did not allow Hazael to completely destroy Israel, and eventually they recaptured the cities of Israel from Hazael’s son.

Application? – I cannot rely on my ancestor’s relationship with the Lord to protect me and those I am responsible for. Do I obey the Lord in every way? When I tell others how to receive Salvation am I explicit enough to ensure they realise the significance of their actions? Could I be worshipping an idol without realising (eg. food or sport) it is jeopardising my relationship with the Lord?

Frances
Mar 19th 2011, 05:48 PM
2 Kings 14

What does the text say? – 25 year old Amaziah, son of Joash, started to reign over Judah in the 2nd year of the reign of king Jehoash of Israel (806-790BC). Amaziah reigned for 29 years pleasing the Lord apart from allowing the pagan shrines to remain where the people sacrifices and burnt incense. Amaziah executed those responsible for murdering his father, but not their children. One day he sent a message challenging king Jehoahaz of Israel to meet him in battle. Jehoahaz replied that Amaziah may be proud of winning a battle against Edom but would be wise to stay at home instead of fighting people stronger than him. Amaziah refused to take any notice, and went to war against Israel at BethShemesh. Amaziah was captured and then Jehoash took all the gold and silver in the Temple and the palace in Jerusalem and returned to Samaria with hostages. Amaziah, king of Judah, lived 15 years after the death of Jehoaz, whose son Jereboam 2nd then became king of Israel, then Amaziah’s 16 year old son Azariah became king of Judah. Jereboam 2nd did evil in the Lord’s sight, but even so He saved Israel during his 41 year reign, then his son Zechariah became king of Israel.

Application? – Does everything I do please the Lord? Do I neglect to do anything that would please Him? Does my pride encourage me to think I have greater ability than I have? Is my present situation due to my own stupidity in the past? The Lord is not concerned about what secular good things I may do, but only whether or not I please, and worship, only Him.

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) - “Jereboam continued the wars of his father Jehoash against Syria, and with the help of Jonah the prophet brought the Northern kingdom to it’s greatest extent. The idolatry and abominable social conditions of Jereboam’s reign called forth the ministry of the prophets Amos and Hosea.”

Frances
Mar 20th 2011, 05:42 PM
2 Kings 15

What does the text say? – Amaziah’s 16year old son, Azariah, became king of Judah when J ereboam had been Israel’s king for 27years. Azariah reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem, he pleased the Lord as his father had done, but he did not remove the pagan shrines. When Azariah was struck with leprosy his son Jotham acted as king in his place until he died. In the 38th year of Azariah’s reign Zechariah, Jereboam’s son, reigned over Israel for 6 months before Shallum killed him and reigned for 1 month, until Tirzah killed him and reigned in his place. In the 39th year of Azariah of Judah, Menaham became king of Judah and reigned 10 years, during which Tiglath Pileser of Assyria was given 1,000 talents of silver not to attack Israel. When Azariah had been king of Judah for 50 years Menahem’s son Pekahia became king of Israel. 2 years later Pekah killed him in Samaria, and reigned for 20 years, during which Tiglath Pileser, king of Assyria, captured many Israelite towns and took the people captive. In the 20th year of Jotham’s reign in Judah, Hoshea killed Pekah and reigned in Israel. Jotham was 25 years old when he became king, and reigned for 16 years in Jerusalem, pleasing the Lord except that he didn’t remove the pagan altars but allowed the people to worship there. When he died his son Ahaz reigned in Judah.

Application? – Will the Lord remember me for what I have done to please Him, and by encouraging others to worship Him? or by my worship of other gods and encouraging others to worship them too?

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) “Azariah, king of Judah (2 Chron. 26).
Zechariah, king of Israel 748 BC reigned 6 months.
Shallum, king of Israel 748 BC reigned 1 month.
Menahem, king of Israel 748–738 BC, reigned 10 years, cold blooded and brutal.
Pekahia, king of Israel 738-736 BC
Jotham, king of Judah (2 Chron. 27)

Frances
Mar 21st 2011, 05:47 PM
2 Kings 16

What does the text say? – 20 year old Ahaz, Jothams’s son, became king of Judah when Pekah had reigned in Israel for 17 years. Ahaz reigned for 16 years (741-726 BC) but did not please the Lord, but followed the example of the kings of Israel, sacrificing his son to Molech and worshipping at pagan shrines. Syria and Israel joined forces to besiege Jerusalem, unsuccessfully, but Rezim, king of Syria, captured Elath and sent Syrians there to live. Ahaz sent a message to Tiglath Pileser, king of Assyria, asking for help, sending him silver and gold from the Temple. Tiglath Pileser captured Damascus, took it’s people captive and killed Rezin. Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath Pileser and saw an altar there; he had an identical one made and put in the temple in the place of the bronze altar God had commanded to be there. Ahaz used the new altar and said it was to be used for all sacrifices. Then Ahaz altered other things created specially for use in the Temple. When Ahaz died his son Hezekiah reigned in his place.

Application? – When in difficulty do I ask the Lord and His people for help, or those opposed to Him, and so put myself in debt to them? Do I pay secular debts with what belongs to the Lord? Do I worship the Lord in ways He has chosen, or in ways others worship their gods?

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) “He (Ahaz) re-introduced Baal worship; revived Molech worship, and burnt his own sons in the fire.” “an inscription of Tiglath Pileser says ‘the tribute of Ahaz the Judean. I received gold, silver, lead, tin and linen. Damascus I destroyed, Rezin I took, his officials I impailed alive on stakes .

Frances
Mar 22nd 2011, 06:12 PM
2 Kings 17

What does the text say? – When Ahaz had been king of Judah for 12 years Hoshea, the son of Elah, became king of Israel and reigned 9 years displeasing the Lord. The king of Assyria fought Israel, resulting in Hoshea having to pay tribute, but he conspired with the king of Egypt to help against Assyria. When this was discovered Hoshea was imprisoned and Samaria besieged for 3 years before Israel were taken into captivity to Babylon, because they had sinned against the Lord by worshipping idols and other gods. The Lord had sent prophets to warn both Judah and Israel to turn from their evil ways and obey Him but the Israelites took no notice continuing to worship 2 calves and idols, Baal and all the heavenly beings also they sacrificed their children to Molech, were involved in witchcraft and consulted fortune tellers. Judah didn’t keep God’s Commandments either. The king of Assyria sent Babylonians to settle in Israel, then sent a priest to teach them the way to worship the Lord God, but they continued to worship their own gods.

Application? – One day, if I continue to disobey the Lord, His patience with me may run out; would I be wise to ensure I always worship Him as He deserves, in everything I do and say? If my worship of the Lord is only by tradition and rote, and not from my heart, maybe I should submit my life to Him instead?

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) “Annals of Assyrian kings have been found in which they had their exploits recorded. In these annals the names of 10 Hebrew kings occur ; Omri, Ahab, Jehu, Menahem, Peka, Hoshea, Uzziah, Ahaz, Hezekia, and Manasseh . . .(the Assyrians) skinned their prisoners alive, or cut off their hands, feet, noses, ears, put out their eyes, or pulled out their tongues.”

Frances
Mar 23rd 2011, 05:57 PM
2 Kings 18

What does the text say? – When Hoshea had been king of Israel for 3 years, 25 year old Hezekiah became king of Judah, and reigned for 29 years, pleasing the Lord. Hezekiah removed the places of pagan worship and broke Moses serpent (Num.21:5-9) which had become an object of worship. Hezekiah obeyed the Lord completely and the Lord enabled him to prosper. He rebelled against Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, refusing to pay him any tribute, and he conquered the Philistines. After the Assyrians had taken Israel captive, in the 14th year of Hezekiah’s reign, they attacked and conquered Judah, so Hezekiah asked what it would cost to encourage them to withdraw from Judah and the king of Assyria demanded 11 tons of silver and 1 ton of gold so Hezekiah stripped the Temple to find sufficient. When Assyria had received all it was possible to give them, the Assyrian army camped by the aqueduct feeding the upper pool and summoned Hezekiah, but he sent 3 officials instead. The Assyrians mocked them, saying the Lord had told them to fight against Judah, so He would not protect them. King Sennacherib’s chief of staff shouted in Hebrew so the people on the wall could hear him saying they would be fools to trust the Lord for deliverance, as Assyria would kill them unless they surrendered, when they’d be taken away captive to another land. The people were silent because Hezekiah had told them not to say anything. Then the 3 officials went to report what had been said to Hezekiah.

Application? – Do I totally trust and obey the Lord? Do I keep all his Commandments? If I suffer in does not mean the Lord has abandoned me. Others may be affected by my faith, or lack of faith, in the Lord. Do I still trust the Lord even when it seems reasonable to doubt Him and/or His Power?

Frances
Mar 24th 2011, 05:17 PM
2 Kings 19

What does the text say? – Hezekaih went to the Temple then sent trusted men to Isaiah the prophet, asking him to pray for their salvation. Isaiah sent a message back to Hezekiah from the Lord, saying that Sennacherib would go home and be killed there. Soon afterwards the king of Assyria heard that the king of Ethiopia was leading an army against him and left to meet him, but first sent a letter to Hezekiah saying no god had ever conquered Assyrian gods. Hezekiah took the letter to the Temple and spread it before the Lord and prayed for salvation, so all nations would know He, alone, is the Lord. Then Isaiah sent word to the king that the Lord God had heard his prayer and a remnant of the people of Judah would be saved, and the king of Assyria would not enter Jerusalem. The Angel of the Lord went into the Assyrian camp at night and killed 185,000 men, so Sennacherib returned to Nineveh where he was killed by 2 of his sons while worshipping his god Nisroch. They escaped to Ararat and his son Esarhaddon became king.

Application? – Do I really believe the Lord has all Power and is able to defeat all evil? Do I pray with faith in His Power or as a last resort? Do I ask others for prayer when I am in difficulties? Do I expect the Lord to answer prayer? I would do well to remember that the Lord’s time to act may not be when I would like, but it will be perfect.

Note:- Sennacherib(705-681 BC) most famous of the Assyrian kings, wrote on a clay prism (now in a museum in Chicargo) “As for Hezekiah king of Judah who had not submitted to my yoke, 46 of his fortified cities, and smaller cities without number, with my battering rams, engines, mines, breeches and axes I besieged and captured 200,150 people and horses, mules, asses, camels, oxen, sheep, without number I took as booty. Hezekiah himself I shut up like a caged bird in Jerusalem, his royal city. I built a line of forts against him . . . fear of my majesty overwhelmed Hezekiah. He sent tribute of 30 talents of gold, 800 talents of silver, precious stones, ivory women of his palace and all sorts of gifts.”

Frances
Mar 25th 2011, 06:20 PM
2 Kings 20

What does the text say? – Hezekiah was very ill and near death. Isaiah, the prophet, went to Hezekiah and told him the Lord said he must prepare to die. Hezekiah prayed and wept. Before Isaiah had left the palace the Lord told him to return to Hezekiah and say He had heard his prayers and seen his tears, so He would Heal him so that in 3 days he’d go to the Temple and 15 years would be added to his life; also He’d deliver Jerusalem from the king of Assyria. Isaiah said a poultice of figs must be put on the boil – and the king recovered. Hezekiah asked Isaiah what sign the Lord would give that He would Heal him. Isaiah asked if Hezekiah would like the shadow on the sundial to go forward or backward 10 degrees. Hezekiah chose backwards, and it happened. The king of Babylon sent Hezekiah gifts, so the king showed those who’d brought them all the treasures at home and elsewhere in his kingdom. Isaiah went to Hezekiah and told him that, as a result, the Babylonians would come and take everything he had, including some of his, as yet unborn, sons who would be eunuchs in their palace. Hezekiah was pleased to know there would be peace in his lifetime. The rest of the things Hezekiah did, including how he made a tunnel to take water into the city, are recorded elsewhere. When Hezekiah died his son Manesseh reigned in his place.

Application? – How would I feel if I was told I was about to die? What preparations would I make to meet the Lord face to face? What provisions would I make for those I would leave behind? Do I ensure all ‘words from the Lord’ I am given are really from Him? Am I concerned about what will happen to my descendants?

Frances
Mar 26th 2011, 05:36 PM
2 Kings 21+22

What does the text say? – Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king of Judah, and he reigned for 55 years displeasing the Lord; he rebuilt the pagan shrines and idols Hezekiah had destroyed, and he made altars for Baal worship and idols for worship of Ashera, and provision for worshipping the ‘heavenly bodies’ (gods of the Assyrians) – even putting them in the Temple, and sacrificed his son to Molech, practicing witchcraft, soothsaying, consulting mediums and spiritists (Deut.18:10-14) and he shed innocent blood. The Lord said He would forsake Judah and give them to their enemies. When Manasseh died his 22 year old son Amon was king for 2 years, then his servants killed him. The people executed all those who had conspired against Amon, and made his 8 year old son Josiah king, and he pleased the Lord. After 18 years Hilkiah, the priest, found a copy of the Law which was read to Josiah by Shaphan the scribe. The king realised God’s Law had not been kept, and sent the priest and scribe to consult Hulda, the prophetess. She said the Lord would bring calamity on the people of Judah because they had not obeyed Him, but as Josiah was so distressed about the situation the disasters He would bring would not be in Josiah’s lifetime, and he would die in peace.

Application? – Am I distressed that people I live among disregard the Lord? Am I doing anything about the situation? If I am not involved in telling others what the Lord requires of them, how does He view me?

Frances
Mar 27th 2011, 05:13 PM
2 Kings 23

What does the text say? – Josiah sent for all the Elders of Judah. When they, and all the people of Jerusalem, were assembled, he read all of the Book of the Covenant Hilkiah had found, then he made a covenant with the Lord to follow Him and keep His Commandments, testimonies and statutes, and all the people made the same pledge. Josiah ordered all the articles made for pagan worship to be burnt and the ashes taken to Bethel. He removed the pagan priests and destroyed their symbols of worship throughout Judah. Josiah also removed all the places of pagan worship in the city of Samaria and executed all the pagan priests. In the 18th year of his reign Josiah commanded all the people to keep the Passover to worship the Lord God, he also got rid of all the Mediums, and Psychics, household gods, idols and everything else offensive to the Lord, in obedience to the book Hilkiah had found. There was no king before, or after Josiah who turned to the Lord so wholeheartedly in according to the Law of Moses, and that day turned the Lord’s anger away from Judah. Josiah died in battle with Assyria and Egypt at Meggido, then his 23 year old son Jehoahaz became king, but only reigned for 3 months, displeasing the Lord, before Pharoah Necho put him in prison and made his brother Eliakim king, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. Pharoah took Jehoahaz to Egypt where he died. Jehoiakim gave Pharoah the tribute he required by taxing the people; he reigned for 11 years doing evil in the Lord’s sight.

Application? – Could I do more than I am to ensure my worship is according to what God requires? Do I encourage others to purify their worship by having nothing to do with pagan, occult things (eg reading horoscopes)? Because my parents either were, or were not, Christians is no guarantee that God will view me in the same light. Even though I may worship the Lord as He requires it may not prevent His anger being loosed on my nation. Am I willing to die protecting what belongs to the Lord? What can I do to ensure that my descendants follow the Lord after I am dead?

Frances
Mar 28th 2011, 06:02 PM
2 Kings 24+25

What does the text say? – Nebuchadnessar, king of Babylon, invaded Judah, Jehoiakim surrendered and paid tribute for 3 years before he rebelled. Then the Lord sent Babylonian, Syrian, Moabite and Ammonite raiders to destroy Judah as He had promised through the prophets, because of the sins of Manasseh. When Jehoiakim died his 18 year old son, Jehoiachin, became king and reigned for 3 months before Jerusalem was besieged by Nebuchadnezzar’s army. All the gold from the Temple, the king, his family, courtiers and 10,000 people were taken to Babylon. Only the poor people were left in the land also Jehoiakim’s 21 year old uncle Mattaniah, was made their king (with his name changed to Zedekiah), he reigned for 11 years displeasing the Lord, Who finally turned away from Judah. Then Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar. When Zedekiah had been king for 9 years Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem for 18 months, before the army escaped at night and fled with the king. Zedekiah was captured in the plains of the Jordan. Zedekiah was forced to watch his sons being killed before his eyes were put out, and he was taken to Babylon. Everything valuable in the Temple was removed, then the Temple and houses in Jerusalem were burnt, and the city walls were broken down. Only some poor people were left in Judah with Gedaliah, Shaphan’s grandson as their Governor. 7 months later Gedaliah was killed by members of the royal family, who also killed the Babylonians with him at Mizpah. Then the people were afraid of the Babylonians and went to Egypt. When Jehoiachim had been in a Babylonian prison for 37 years the king of Babylon released him and treated him better than the other kings there.

Application? – Am I sinning against the Lord in any way, or do I submit to Him in everything? Could my difficulties be the result of my Sin? Will my total submission to the Lord prevent difficulties in the future? Do I suffer because of my nation’s leaders disregard the Lord and His Ways? If I am the prisoner of unGodliness Jesus Christ is willing to set me free. Could I be trusting the wrong people?


Quote:- (David Pawson)”The book of Kings has a valuable message for the world. God is Lord over all, and His people must learn the message of the book if they are not to mirror the decline recorded there, the disintegration of the people who ceased to listen to God and follow His Laws. We can, however, be encouraged by God’s power and ability to deal with His people in ways that are both just and merciful”.

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) “In Lachish, Bethel, Kiriath-sepher, and Beth-shemesh, there have been found layers of ash from destructive fires that occurred about 600BC. These were Nebuchadnezzar’s fires. In Lachish and Beth-shemesh the fires had swept the cities so suddenly that underneath the great layers of debris and ashes and charcoal there were found: in Lachish, temple treasures, altar, censer, bowls, and bones of sacrifice: and in Beth-shemesh, stores of food supplies, lentils, raisins and olives.”