October 22, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 25

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2 Kings ends with Jehoiachin released from prison, living out his life as a political captive. As the last anointed King, he was regarded as God’s Christ and heir of David. He it is who is listed in Matthew’s genealogy, not his uncles nor his father. 2 Kings ends with this slight ray of hope – that God has not finished with David’s line!

 

October 21, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 24

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Jehoiachin is the King mentioned in Matthew 1:11 as Jeconiah or Coniah. Jeremiah gives the prophecy “Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah.” Solomon’s biological line peters out here. Jehoiachin’s heir is a distant cousin descended from Nathan, Solomon’s full brother.

SJA Notes

“And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.”

They just won’t learn.

The LORD had sent Nebuchadnezzer (just previous in 2 kings 19 v25, Habakkuk 1 v6, lots of other places), because of His great wrath toward His people for their continual sin (yesterday’s reading 2 kings 23 v26). The Babylonians were a sword in the hands of the Lord, a winnowing fork, an instrument.

But it was with an intent for the good of His people, His love. The remnant who would return. 2 Kings 19 v31, “For our of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.” and see Ezra 1, particularly v3 being spoken by Cyrus the king of Persia (they’d thoroughly defeated the Babylonians by this point), “Whoever is among you of all his <God’s> people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel …”

But what about us?

Sometimes I shake my head at my own folly and stubbornness. I just won’t learn.

We can be just like Israel, just like Zedekiah, rebelling against the Sovereign Will of the Almighty God.

So it’s with great thanks that we come to His word and see that God’s great love for His people _and_ His great wrath at our sin, they meet together in Jesus.

Praise God for Jesus, who bore the wrath of His Father for our sin, so that we could be free and inherit eternal life. Praise Him! Praise Him!

October 20, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 23

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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.”

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

As much as prophesy is the act of telling something that’s going to happen in the future, here we have one.

v25 says, “Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might,”

Yet as Stuart Snr notes, really, the best thing Josiah does is point us to Jesus.

Josiah wasn’t a conquering king like Jesus. He was killed by Pharaoh Neco right at the start of the battle.

And Josiah didn’t defeat death, couldn’t be the ever-living Messiah, the Lord’s Christ whose reign would never end.

The next two kings both rejected God, doing evil in the sight of the LORD.

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