October 20, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 23

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SAA Notes

Josiah did everything humanly possible to revive Israel spiritually, but the bones were still dry! (As in Ezekiel 37) All our efforts in evangelism, in building our congregation, in training our children, can be in vain. We need Jesus Christ to come and make our efforts live. 1 Cor. 15:58.

SJA Notes

“It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted these things that you have done against the altar at Bethel.”

Back in 1 Kings 13, after Jeroboam gets the false worship moving forward with altars in Bethel and Dan – A man of God came out of Judah and truth-told what that God was going to bring a son to the house of David whose name was Josiah!

In verse 25 of today’s passage we read,

“Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD will all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might,”

What is the best thing about Josiah?

He points us to Jesus.

As strong and faithful a king as Josiah was, he couldn’t defeat death. He couldn’t be the ever-living Messiah, the true Lord’s Christ whose reign would never end.

We need Jesus! His righteousness, His victory, His kingship over our lives.

* Gracious God,

Thank You for the faith of believers such as Josiah. The witness that is given, pointing people to You.

Please help us today to exercise our faith in You, to care for the weak and lonely, to uphold justice and righteousness, to promote Your word to those around us, to point people to You.

Amen.

October 20, Reading 2 – Lamentations 3

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Have you ever felt like Jeremiah as he pours out his complaint with God in these first 20 verses? Then meditate on verses 22-27. Why is faithfulness so precious?

SJA Notes

How can Jeremiah (the author of Lamentations) have both of these truths in his mind and not break?

The God has greviously wounded Jeremiah (and the people), AND that the Lord is good to those who wait for Him?

Jeremiah gets to the crux in v31, “For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;”

He continues this thought (which is important for us to wrestle with, how we pray, how we progress in prayer) – and comes to the conclusion, “Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?”

Jeremiah was a real person who dealt with the real world, broken and desperate, and his own sin (walking in humility and meekness under the Lord’s will).

His struggles will mirror ours, and we should take note and heart in his prayers here, how they point us to the Lord, and to Jesus.

Because Jeremiah ends this passage pointing to the great truth – The Lord has taken up our cause, and He is the JUST Lord, He will bring punishment.

Which reminds us of our own punishment – That we deserved it as much as any enemy of God. And yet He sent Jesus, His Son, to be our redemption, our rescue, our restorative healing balm.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Great God,

Thank You that You have taken up our cause. That You see the evil in the world around us today. That You will call to account.

Thank You Lord that You have saved us, that we no longer fear death or the punishment of hellfire.

Instead we walk free in Jesus, and look forward to any weight and shame and brokenness that still inhabits us being completely removed on that final day when King Jesus returns.

Amen!