October 21, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 24

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SAA Notes

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.”

We just don’t seem to learn sometimes.

The LORD had specifically sent Nebuchadnezzer (2 Kings 19, Habakkuk 1) – The Lord had done this because of His great wrath toward His people for their continual sin. The Babylonians were a sword in the hands of the Lord, a winnowing fork, an instrument.

And yet this was done with a strong and faithful intent for the good of His people, because of His love.

The remnant would return.

We read in 2 Kings 19,

“For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.”

As well, from Ezra 1 we read the words of Cyrus, king of Persia,

“Whoever is among you of all his 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 …”

The remnant did return to the city of the Lord.

What about us?

Sometimes, we just don’t seem to learn.

We can be like Israel, like Zedekiah – Rebelling against the sovereign will of the Almighty God.

So we can come with great thanks before Him – That both His great love for His people AND His great wrath at our sin, that they both meet together in God the Son, our King, Jesus.

He bore the wrath from His own Father for our sin. He bore it so that we could be set free from dead hearts and stubborn wills, from the just punishment deserved for each of us rebelling against our creator God. He bore it so that we could have His righteousness as ours, given an inheritance of eternal life, life to the full!

* Father God in heaven,

We praise You for saving us Lord God, what love and mercy we see in this, what abundant grace and steadfast faithfulness is clear and present!

Thank You Lord God for saving us through Your grace.

Thank You Lord God for saving us through Your righteousness, death, blood and life.

Thank You Lord God for saving us through Your illumination, Your renovation and Your preservation.

Thank You Lord!

Amen.

October 21, Reading 3 – 2 Timothy 1

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SAA Notes

Gospel doctrine is the pattern for sound teaching. Teaching must be allied with faith in and love for the Lord. Why? What verse speaks to your heart today?

SJA Notes

How can we combat the temptation to be ashamed of Jesus, of faith in Him, when the world points to us and laughs?

Paul has the answer right here,

“But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.”

What has been entrusted to us, the inheritance given from the Father through the work of the Son? ETERNAL LIFE!

When do we get this inheritance? NOT YET (BUT ON A DAY)!

Who is looking after our inheritance till then? GOD IS!

Can I trust and be convinced then that God can do this? YES, HIS CHARACTER IS SEEN IN HIS WORD AND IN OUR LIVES!

How do we resist the temptation to be ashamed of Jesus?

Know God. Know His promises to us. Trust that He is willing and able, intentional and powerful, to keep those promises.

* Father God,

Thank You that we can point people to You, to Jesus, without fear – That we can be convinced that You are guarding the inheritance You have given to us until that day when Jesus returns.

Thank You Lord!

Amen.