Devotion Day 27 – through the Bible in 90 days

Day 27 – 2nd Kings 4:38 – 15:26 – I found a better chart, showing the lineage of kings of Judah (Southern Kingdom) and Israel (Northern Kingdom).

http://www.ldolphin.org/kings.html

I like it because it shows what was said about each king being either bad (most of them were) or good. What I noticed is how all the kings of Israel (Ten Northern Tribes) were bad and in Judah some were good kings, but again mostly they were bad. I haven’t double checked this chart, but will try to do so before our Sunday afternoon small group meeting.

What I noticed in our readings today is this refrain; “The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there” (2nd Kings 12:3; 14:4; 15:4 and 15:35). In each case this was a king of Judah who was said to be good, yet nothing was done about the high places where people continued to offer sacrifices. Do you remember what God said to Moses about where sacrifices where to be made, once the holy place was established? Seems the good kings of Judah didn’t. God had said unto Moses;

You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.

The kings and the people seem to have forgotten this important commandment of God.

As we’ll read in the gospels, our Lord summed up all the laws and the prophets with these words; “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.” See Matthew 22:36-40. Don’t know about you but I do know about me, I don’t do too well at keeping just these two commandments.

I give thanks for the grace given us through Jesus’ great sacrifice, yet don’t want to use this as an excuse for not trying to do what Christ called and calls us to do.

What I’m saying, I can’t throw the first stone, at the kings of the Old Testament for not helping the people keep all God’s commandments. I’m really no better than they were.

What stood out to you in the readings today? I’d like to hear back from you.

O Lord, thanks for forgiving us as we go our own ways and thanks for showing us the way back to worshipping and serving you in all areas of our life. Amen.

Reading Day 28 – 2nd Kings 15:27 – 25:30

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