Teaching Again and Again

Preaching The WORDThey have turned their back to ME and not their face
Though I taught them, teaching again and again
They would not listen and receive instruction
Jeremiah 32:33

Are you listening to HIS instruction, or are you dying spiritually? You cannot do both. You are either listening, obeying, and growing spiritually (Heb 5:11-14). Or you are dying spiritually, because you are not listening (Jer 32:33), nor progressing any further in your spiritual walk (2 Tim 3:4-9).

 Our Beloved LORD GOD is merciful (Psa 103:8-10), and does not desire for anyone to perish (2 Pet 3:9). That is why daily, HE still rises early (Jer 7:13, Jer 7:25), sending all HIS servants (Jer 25:4), with warnings and messages for the well-being of HIS people.  Every day HE calls to us:

MY son, keep MY Words, and treasure MY Commandments within you
Keep MY Commandments and live
And MY Teaching as the apple of your eye*
Bind them on your fingers
Write them on the tablet of your heart
Proverbs 7:1-3

What specific instruction have we been called to keep? Many are summed up in the following messages:

  • Believe and Trust in GOD (Psa 37:3-5, Jhn 6:29, 1 Jhn 3:23, Jud 1:5)

If you do not accept as true, that GOD is (Heb 11:6), you will not be able to believe in HIM or trust in HIS salvation (Psa 78:22).

  • Love GOD, with your entire being (Deu 6:5, Mrk 12:30).

The English word “love” in Deuteronomy 6:5, has been transliterated from the Hebrew words “ahab” or “aheb” (OT:157). When these two Hebrew words are broken down to a further Hebrew definition “in the Qal,” it describes the human love for GOD or toward GOD. This type of love has an affection for; a strong emotional attachment to; a desire to be in the presence of (Deu 15:16-17). And the English word “love” in Mark 12:30, is transliterated from the Greek word “agapaoo” (NT:25). This love which is a continual, willful, and deliberate choice; when given to a master, GOD or CHRIST, the word involves the idea of affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, or grateful recognition of benefits received.

  • Do not have any other gods before HIM (Exd 20:3-5, 2 Kin 17:34-40)

The NLT version of 2 Kings 17:34-40, states clearly what our Beloved LORD GOD means by “not having any other gods before HIM.” We are not to love, worship, or serve, anyone or anything but HIM. How do you test yourself in this? Honestly examine yourself, to find out if there is anyone (including yourself) that means more to you than our GOD? Are you willing to disobey GOD to make that person happy? Is there anyone or anything you are spending more time with than our GOD?  

  • Seek GOD, through prayer, worship, and The BIBLE (Psa 9:10, Psa 32:6, Isa 55:6)

Our Beloved LORD GOD instructs us to seek HIM and HIS strength continually (Psa 105:4). This means to repeatedly seek HIS presence, by seeking HIS Face (Psa 27:8). Why this instruction? That we might not be shaken at any time, in any circumstance (Psa 16:8-9).

  • Obey, GOD’s WORD (Jer 7:23, Jhn 3:36, Heb 3:18-19, Heb 12:4)

Don’t just hear GOD’s WORD, or read GOD’s WORD and then not follow the instructions. Each one of us who belong to HIM have been called to do what HE tells us (Luk 6:46). Our obedience to HIM is what identifies us as HIS (Exd 19:5, Jhn 10:3-5).

  • Master Sin, do not let it reign in you (Rom 6:12-14)

Do not let sin have control over you. From the very beginning GOD spoke to Cain, as HE speaks to us today. Do not let sin take control. Sadly, Cain did not listen, and became the first human murderer (Gen 4:7); are you listening? Our Beloved LORD GOD has provided the way of escape from temptation (1 Cor 10:13), by instructing us to clothe ourselves from head to toe in JESUS CHRIST (Rom 13:14, Eph 6:10-18).

  • Repent, turn from sinful ways (2 Kin 17:13, Act 3:19, Act 17:30, Rev 2:5)

When one is careless of conduct it leads to death (Pro 19:16). But our Beloved LORD GOD whose mercies are new every single morning (Lam 3:22-23), speaks first to us through our conscience (1 Sam 24:5), and then through HIS servants to turn us away from sin and back to HIM, for healing and life (2 Chr 7:14, Eze 18:30-32).

  • Through Perseverance, endure to the end (Mat 24:13, Luk 21:19, Heb 12:1-2)

Our Precious LORD JESUS encourages us to persevere, by holding fast to The WORD of GOD, and keeping our faith in HIM (Luk 8:15, Rom 2:7, Rev 14:12). HE will provide the endurance we need (Jam 1:2-4), through our trusting in, and clinging to HIM (Deu 13:4).

Is it even possible to die spiritually, if you have been born again? Yes. If you are not growing, then you are dying. Let’s confirm this by HIS WORD:

To the angel of the church in Sardis write:
HE who has the seven Spirits of GOD
And the seven stars, says this:
I know your deeds
that you have a name that you are alive
but you are dead
Wake up and strengthen the things that remain
which were about to die
for I have not found your deeds
completed in the sight of MY GOD
So remember what you have received and heard
and keep it, and repent
Therefore if you do not wake up
I will come like a thief
And you will not know at what hour I will come to you
Revelation 3:1-3

Please take note of Revelation 3:1, our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST identifies HIMSELF as The Head of HIS Church. HE is The ONE WHO has the seven Spirits of GOD (Isa 11:1-5, Rev 5:6), and holds the seven stars (angels or messengers) of HIS WORDS in HIS right hand (Rev 1:20). JESUS, The Head of the Church, is warning the church in Sardis of their spiritual death.

How do you know if you are dying spiritually? Consider the following nine symptoms:

  1. The suffering and sacrifice of JESUS, no longer moves you (Heb 10:29)
  2. You have left your first love (Rev 2:4)
  3. You are failing to do, what you know you should do (Jam 1:22)
  4. You fool yourself, about how you are living (Gal 6:7-8)
  5. Church services bore you (Heb 10:24-25)
  6. You are frequently late, or absent from worship services (Mal 3:13-15)
  7. You have no Interest in saving souls (1 Cor 9:16-17)
  8. You do not participate in the work of the Church (Luk 10:2)
  9. Your love for things of the world, is greater than your love for spiritual things (1 Jhn 2:15-17)

Can spiritual death be stopped? Yes, our Beloved LORD GOD will heal (Jer 17:14, Hos 14:1-4, ) and revive you (Psa 80:14-19, Psa 119:25, Isa 57:15), when you turn back to HIM, with all your heart (2 Chr 7:14). 

Then The LORD came and stood and called as at other times
“Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel said, “Speak, for YOUR servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:10

 

*to keep our Beloved GOD’s teaching as the “apple of our eye”, is to consider HIS teaching as precious as our eyesight.

What About Them

what about themSo Peter seeing him
Said to JESUS
LORD, and what about this man?“
JESUS said to him
If I want him to remain Until I come
What is that to you?
You follow ME!”
John 21:21-22

It seems that in the last two years, I have spent substantial more time encouraging fellow Christians to keep their eyes on JESUS (Heb 12:1-3). This encouragement has been for those who just began their faith walk with our Precious JESUS CHRIST; those who have walked inconsistently with HIM for some time; those who have been faithful to HIM in their walk; and those who are teaching others how to walk.

Why should we keep our eyes on JESUS? We must keep our eyes on HIM, so that we are not entangled by sin, nor distracted by peril, dread, uncertainty, or misperceptions. When we focus on our Beloved LORD JESUS and eternal things (Col 3:2-3), we are:

  • anchored to HIM, through HIS strength (Exd 15:2, Psa 18:1-2, Php 4:13), and support (2 Sam 22:19, 2 Chr 16:9, 2 Tim 4:17)
  • kept from growing weary and losing heart (Luk 18:1-8, Heb 12:1-3)
  • given understanding, (insight) into both the events taking place (Mat 24:3- 13:5-33), and the behavior of people in these last days (2 Tim 3:1-5)

What happens when we don’t keep our eyes on JESUS? Fear increases, faith decreases, and focus becomes wrong. Wrong focus leads to questioning GOD’s heart, which can lead to envy, bitterness, resentment, stumbling, discouragement, weariness, judging, speaking and thinking wickedly.

Are there examples of this in The BIBLE? Yes, we will look at three such examples, and discuss what happened when their focus turned back to our LORD:

  1. Asaph a prophet (2 Chr 29:30) and the chief Levite worship leader for King David (1 Chr 16:4-5), almost stumbled (Psa 73:1-2), when he questioned the heart of GOD concerning misperceptions about the wicked. Asaph:
    • became envious of their prosperity (Psa 73:3)
    • was deceived into thinking their lives had no problems (Psa 73:4-5)
    • saw how wicked they were – full of pride; violent; mockers of GOD; acted superior to other men – yet they appeared to have awesome lives (Psa 73:6-9, Psa 73:12)
    • became embittered, feeling resentful at perceived unfair treatment (Psa 73:13-22)

When Asaph turned his face from the wicked, and back to our LORD, he was given understanding of what the end would be, for both the wicked and the righteous. This point further demonstrated, with poor Lazarus and the rich man (Luk 16:19-31).

  1. JESUS was welcomed into the home of Martha, who lived in Bethany. Martha was focused on her preparations; her sister Mary was focused on our LORD. Martha’s misperceptions about the priorities of her sister, caused her to question the heart of our LORD (Luk 10:38-42), since Mary was:
    • seated at HIS feet, listening to HIS words (Luk 10:39)
    • not helping Martha prepare and serve their special guest (Luk 10:40)

When Martha stopped to question JESUS, HE called her name, twice; showed her the state of her mind; and instructed her in the way of wisdom (Luk 10:41-42). We do well to pay attention this lesson, daily seeking HIS Face (1 Chr 16:11), instead of setting and following our own priorities (Pro 3:5-6, Pro 16:25).

  1. When John Mark abandoned, Paul and Barnabas in Pamphylia, Paul was no longer willing to minister alongside him (Act 15:36-40). Barnabas however was an encourager (Act 4:36), he encouraged the disciples to accept Paul in the beginning of his ministry (Act 9:1-28), and would not abandon his cousin John Mark (Col 4:10-11). Later, our Beloved LORD JESUS brought reconciliation between Paul and John Mark, and he became an encouragement to Paul (Col 4:10-11), useful for service to him (2 Tim 4:11), and a fellow worker with him (Phi 1:24).

We must not let personal feelings or misperceptions cause us to judge (Mat 7:1-5, Rom 2:1-2, Rom 14:1-4, Rom 14:10-13), resent (Lev 19:17-18, 1 Jhn 4:19-21), or speak against (Psa 50:19-21, Eph 4:31-32, Jam 3:9-12, Jam 4:11-12, Jam 5:9) fallen ministers. Instead we must stay focused on what we have been called to do (Jhn 21:22), pray for fallen ministers (Eph 6:18, 1 Ths 5:17), and if possible, turn them back from the way of error (Jam 5:19-20). Like our brother Barnabas we must put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the LORD forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Col 3:12-14).

What has GOD called us to do in this time? Since our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST has forewarned us of the very events happening all around us, in these last days (Mrk 13:23, 2 Pet 3:3-9). We should be living holy and godly lives (2 Pet 3:11); lights shining in a dark world (Pro 4:18, Mat 5:14); speaking to those who will listen, about salvation and repentance (Pro 13:14, Mal 2:7, Rom 10:14-15); and warning those who will not listen (Eze 33:8-9, Act 20:26-27).

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith
praying in the Holy SPIRIT
Keep yourselves in the love of GOD
Waiting anxiously
For the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST to eternal life
Jude 1:20-21

What in the World is Happening

Earth on fire with shadowFor thus says The LORD GOD,
How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem
Sword, famine, wild beasts, and plague to cut off man and beast from it!
Ezekiel 14:21

Because so many things are simultaneously happening worldwide, many are asking “what in the world is happening?” Before we explain what is happening, let’s look at some of those global events occurring, even now:

  1. False Christs – those who deny JESUS, while claiming to be the one anointed by GOD and empowered by HIS SPIRIT (Mat 24:4-5, Mrk 13:6, Luk 21:8, Rev 6:1-2):
    • Founder or the one claiming to be the anointed one: Baha’i-Mirza Hoseyn ‘Ali Nuri; Buddhism-Gautama; Cao Dai-Ngo Van Chieu; Christian Science-Mary Baker; Confucianism-Confucius; Islam– Muhammad; Jainism-Mahavira; Jehovah’s Witness-Charles Taze Russell; Mormons-Joseph Smith; Prosperity Gospel-Essek William Kenyon; Scientology-Lafayette Ronald Hubbard; Sikhism-Guru Nanak; Taoism-Laozi; Unitarian-Faustus Socinus/John Biddle/William Ellery Channing; Word of Faith Movement-Kenneth Hagin Sr.
    • No Founder identified, but prevalent throughout the world: Hindu; Korean Shamanism; Japanese Shintoism; Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines originating from Hindu
  2. Nation against Nation (Mat 24: 6-7, Rev 6:3-4):
    • Belarusian citizens protest against a corrupt election which put President Alexander Lukashenko back in office
    • Black lives matter protests around the globe against racism, social injustice, and police brutality
    • Bulgaria citizens protests to remove Chief Public Prosecutor, Ivan Geshev from office
    • Hong Kong youth protests against government’s plan to allow extradition to mainland China
    • Nigerian protests against government and police brutality
    • Thailand pro-democracy protestors demand reform of the Thai monarchy
  3. Wars (Mat 24:6-7, Rev 6: 3-4):
    • Currently there are ten official global wars being fought (Syrian civil war, Libya civil war, Yemini civil war, South Sudan civil war, Afghanistan war, Mexican drug war, Somali civil war, Darfur war, India-Pakistan war, Philippine drug war), and eight active military conflicts (Kurdish-Turkish conflict, Ukraine conflict, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Taliban attacks, Iraq political instability, Nigerian conflict, Boko Haram insurgency, Sinai insurgency, South Kordofan conflict). These wars and conflicts involve sixty-nine countries, with 843 militia groups are involved in those wars and conflicts. The militia groups include terrorists, guerrillas, separatists, and anarchic groups.
  4. Famine (Mat 24:7, Rev 6:5-6):
    • 553 million people experiencing severe food shortages in Asian and Pacific regions
    • 227 million people experiencing severe food shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America
    • 47 million people experiencing severe food shortages in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico
    • 15 million people experiencing severe food shortages in the United States
  5. Pestilence and Plagues (Mat 24:4-5, Rev 6:7-8):
    • Covid-19 pandemic: Pestilence that led to global, social, and economic disruption; mass cancellations and postponements of events; globally closed borders, and locked down provinces, states, cities, villages, and national parks; Mt. Everest closed to climbers; the U.S. is in the largest economic recession since the Great Depression.
    • More than 1 million new sexually transmitted infections diagnosed every day worldwide. Combined cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, have risen to unprecedented numbers. HIV, and genital herpes, have experienced a sharp increase in Pakistan, and the Philippines. Many once controlled sexually transmitted infections, have begun to rise around the world, due to the scientific impact response for covid-19.
    • Global resurgence of cholera, measles, typhoid fever, Ebola, and diphtheria, also due to the scientific impact response for covid-19.
    • Plague of locust: locust swarms (tens of billions of them reported to be 37 miles long and 25 miles wide in Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia), Middle East (Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iran), India, Pakistan, China
    • Plague of mosquito clouds: massive mosquito swarms kill cows, horses, deer, and other livestock after Hurricane Laura made landfall in southeastern Louisiana.  
  6. Christians persecuted and killed (Mat 24:9, Rev 6:9-11):
    • As of January 2020, 310 million Christians globally are suffering high to severe levels of persecution
    • Every month, 309 Christians are imprisoned unjustly
    • Every week, 182 Churches or Christian buildings are attacked
    • Every day, 8 Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith
  7. Extreme weather events (Luk 21:25, Rev 6:7-6th seal great earthquake):
    • Epic flash flooding around the globe (the Yangtze River in China affected 13 million acres of cropland,
    • Cyclone Amphan (the most destructive cyclone in India’s history), ravages India and Bangladesh
    • “Once in a decade” storm batters 1900 miles of the Western Australian Coast
    • 45% of the United States currently in drought
    • back-to-back hurricanes on the US East Coast
  8. Unprecedented forest fires, raging around the world (Rev 8:7-1st trumpet 1/3 earth on fire):
    • Australia Bush fires, tens of millions of acres and 1 billion animals killed
    • US West Coast fires, more than five million acres had burned as of 9/10/20
    • Brazilian Amazon, Bolivia, Canada, Thailand, Ukraine, Russia, Indonesia, sub-Saharan Africa

Why are all these events happening? These events are happening because of the sin of man, and the response of our holy GOD to that sin. All these events, can be best described in a single word “Judgment.”

What is Judgment?  Judgment can be defined as:

  1. the ability or process of forming an opinion; coming to a conclusion; making a decision
  2. divine punishment inflicted through misfortune or calamity

In this study, we will be looking at the second definition of judgment, per Ezekiel 14:21. The English word “judgment” is transliterated from the Hebrew word “sh­ephet” (OT:8201), and means infliction (to inflict something unpleasant or painful on someone or something).

When does GOD inflict Judgment? Our Beloved LORD GOD inflicts judgment on the wicked (Psa 11:6, Mal 3:5, Jhn 5:29, Jhn 12:31, Heb 10:26-27), on a person, a people, a nation who mistreat or persecute HIS people (Exd 3:16-22, Exd 6:6, Act 11:28, Act 18:1-2), and on HIS people, who refuse to repent of, or turn from:

  • Idolatry: the setting up of idols in one’s heart; extreme admiration and love for anything or anyone, more than GOD (Eze 14:1-8, Eze 20:16, Eze 11:21)
  • The practice of abominations/detestable sins: a lifestyle of idol worship, immorality, perversity, lying, dishonesty, deceitfulness, arrogance, hating, killing, scheming, conniving, causing division, quick to do evil (Eze 14:6, Pro 3:32, Pro 6:16-19, 2 Tim 3:1-5)
  • Backsliding: continually returning to sin (Jer 8:5, Hos 11:7), going backward and not forward (Jer 7:23-24, Jer 15:6), habitually giving in to temptation (Ecc 2:10, Php 3:19), always going astray (Heb 3:10).
  • Apostasy: a willful decision to abandon the faith (Isa 1:4, 2 Ths 2:3, 1 Tim 4:1); reject The WORD as truth (Pro 4:2, Jer 6:19, Jhn 12:48, 2 Ths 2:10-11); defect or shrink back from GOD (Isa 31:6, Heb 10:38-39); forsake The LORD (1 Kin 9:6-9, Isa 1:28, Jer 17:13); revolt against GOD (Isa 1:2, Isa 30:9, Isa 65:2-4); withdraw from JESUS (Heb 6:4-6) and HIS teachings (Jhn 6:60-69); turn away from GOD and HIS WORD (1 Kin 14:7-9, 2 Tim 4:3-4).

What Judgments has GOD inflicted? Our Beloved LORD GOD visited HIS judgments on:

  • Egypt with ten dreadful plagues, when Pharaoh refused to let HIS people go (Exd 7:4)
  • Judah and Israel with war, because of constant Idolatry (Kings and Chronicles)
  • Israel and the house of Saul with physical famine, for Israel’s idolatry (1 Kin chptrs 17-18, 2 Kin 6:24-30, Hag 1:7-11), and king Saul trying to break the Gibeonite covenant (Jos 9:3-20, 2 Sam 21:1-2)
  • Israel with spiritual famine, for their idolatry (Amo 8:11-14, Mic 3:5-7)
  • The rebellious Israelites with pestilence, during their wilderness journey (Num 11:1-34, Num 14:36-38, Num 16:41-50, 1 Chr 21:1-27)

What Judgments will GOD inflict? Our Precious JESUS CHRIST spoke of  the opening of the seal Judgments, which are birth pangs or the beginning of GOD’s judgments against rampant sin (Mat 24:4-9, Rev 6:1-17, Rev 8:1). GOD’s judgments will get more severe with the trumpet Judgments (Rev 8:2-13, Rev 9:1-21, Rev 11:15-19), until HIS wrath is poured out in the bowl Judgments (Rev 15:1-8, Rev 16:1-21).

Is GOD inflicting Judgment now? Yes, HIS judgments are reflected in the eight different events listed in the opening of this study. And these judgments are will get more and more severe until the heavens, earth, and all its inhabitants are destroyed (2 Pet 3:10-13). The earth is currently experiencing four severe judgments, war; famine; wild beasts; pestilence (Eze14:21). These four judgments will climax with the complete opening of the Fourth seal, the judgment of Death. Today it is still a birth pang, but when Death, the rider on the sickly pale horse (Rev 6:8), is  released without restraint (Rev 1:18); He and Hades will travel together, and 25% of the world’s population will be killed. Death will claim the bodies, Hades will claim the souls.

The following is a chart of actual 2019 deaths globally:

2019 global deaths chart

If the Sixth seal of Judgment had been fully opened 25% of the 2019 Global population or 1.8 billion would have died (7.6 billion*25% = 1,894,282,600).

How should you be living in these times? As a faithful child of GOD. You have been warned that all these things are happening because of sin; and knowing from Scripture that the heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3:11); should you not be living a obedient life, faithful, holy in conduct, and godliness (2 Peter 3:11).

Is HE rebuking you because you fear him?
Is this why HE enters into judgment with you?
Isn’t it because your wickedness is great?
Aren’t your iniquities endless?
Job 22:4-5 (Complete Jewish BIBLE translation)

Before I was afflicted, I went astray
But now I keep YOUR WORD
Psalm 119:67

Looking for Help in The Wrong Places (2 Kings Chapter 16)

A Study in 2 KingsThe 2 Kings Chapter 16 BIBLE study, is the first study in this series, that we not only need to examine 2 Kings Chapter 16 and 2 Chronicles Chapter 28, but we will also need to examine one of the chapters of a major prophet (Isaiah 7:1-25) to get a better understanding of the events taking place in this Chapter 16. And how those events speak to every one of us in some way. Forewarning, this is not easy reading, so you will need to carefully consider what you are reading, pray constantly, and meditate earnestly. But it will be so worth, spending one-on-one time with our Beloved LORD GOD as HE demonstrates through Scriptures how destructive it is to seek anything or anyone for help, instead of seeking HIM.

In this study of king Ahaz our Beloved LORD GOD has provided several truths that each one of us should take to heart, or take seriously by carefully weighing what is being said:

  1. Our sins do not affect us alone:
    1. The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children (Exd 20:5). It is important to understand that the children are not responsible for the sins of their fathers (Eze 18:1-23), but the cumulative effect of generational sin, will affect the children unwilling to turn from sin (Mat 23:29-36). King Ahaz’s father and grandfather, “did right in the sight of The LORD, according to all that their fathers had done.” But they did not tear down the high places where the people of Judah, sacrificed and burned incense to false gods (2 Kin 15:3-4, 2 Kin 15:34-35). King Ahaz did not do what was right in the sight of The LORD; he personally offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places (2 Kin 16:4). Sadly, king Ahaz’s father and grandfather were builders of seaports, cities, fortified towers, wells, walls, and gates. King Ahaz was a builder of high places (2 Chr 28:25). What sins remain in your life that will be visited upon your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren? Have you inherited anger, dishonesty, unforgiveness, fault-finding, selfishness, cruelty, rebellion, materialism, complacency, hypocrisy… that will be visited on the next four generations after you, because you refuse to turn to The LORD?
    2. As demonstrated by king Ahaz (2 Chr 28:19, 2 Chr 28:5-18), and king David (2 Sam 24:1-25, 1 Chr 21:1-30), the sins of a king bring guilt on the people they reign over. King Ahaz’s refusal to serve our Beloved LORD GOD, brought a lack of restraint in the nation of Judah, causing them all to suffer judgment for idol worship (2 Chr 28:19). Did not Aaron commit this very sin with the children of Israel, in the wilderness (Exd 32:1-8)? What has your behavior taught those who follow your example? Do you trust in self rather than GOD? Do you make things happen by self-effort rather than GOD’s provision? Do you easily give up rather than patiently wait on GOD?     
    3. The sins of the priests (spiritual leaders) bring guilt on the people they serve (Lev 4:3). Urijah the high priest, blindly followed the commands of king Ahaz (2 Kin 16:10-16), instead of resisting, as the high priest Azariah and eighty priests resisted his grandfather king Uzziah (2 Chr 26:16-20). A spiritual leader can bring guilt on the people, because these leaders are recognized by the people as those who stand before GOD. And when they are not standing before GOD, listening to HIS council (Jer 23:21-22), they lead GOD’s people astray (Mat 15:12-14). Are you leading GOD’s people astray by your words or your behavior? Are you tickling ears rather than speaking truth?
  2. When one sins against GOD (Psa 51:4, 2 Chr 28:2), they injure themselves (Pro 8:36, Job 35:6-8, Jer 7:16-19). Sadly, there are many who turn from GOD in times of loss, tribulation, or disappointment. Some turn out of fear (Luk 22:31-34, Luk 22:54-62), others turn out of grief (Job 2:9-10) and even others turn out of anger (2 Sam 6:1-15). I pray each one of us, would always cling to our GOD (Deu 10:20, Deu 11:22), not letting anything, even death, separate us from loving and trusting HIM (Rom 8:35-39, Rev 14:12).
  3. You cannot stand before your enemies, if GOD is not with you (Lev 26:17, Lev 26:36-37, Num 14:30-45, Jos 7:11-13). King Ahaz chose not to serve GOD nor seek HIS help, and ended up being surrounded by, and suffering loss from four different enemies ― Aram (2 Kin 16:6, 2 Chr 28:5), Israel (2 Chr 28:6-8), Edom (2 Chr 28:17), and the Philistines (2 Chr 28:18). What constantly attacks you because you do not seek, trust, or obey our Precious LORD JESUS? Is it fear, depression, anxiety, loneliness, helplessness…
  4. Cursed (harmed, injured, or troubled), is the man who trusts in mankind, and makes flesh his strength (Jer 17:5, 2 Kin 16:7-9, 2 Chr 28:20-21). King Ahaz turned to a man (king Tiglath-pileser of Assyria) to help him against two enemies who wanted to dethrone him (kings of Aram and Israel), instead of turning to GOD. Trusting man to help instead of GOD, is futile, just as it was for king Ahaz, when he turned to the king of Assyria (2 Chr 28:20-21). You are flesh, and if you trust in yourself instead of trusting in GOD, you are cursed (Jer 17:5), and will suffer for it (Pro 3:5-8, Jer 42:1-22).
  5. Our Beloved LORD GOD is The Self-Existent ONE (Exd 3:13-15, Jhn 8:56-58), the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8), the First and the Last (Isa 41:4, Rev 22:13), the Beginning and the End (Rev 21:6). Which means, man’s behavior does not affect WHO HE is. HE remains a holy, just, gracious, righteous, compassionate, and forgiving GOD (Psa 116:5, 2 Tim 2:13, Isa 7:1-9). HE is faithful, even when we are faithless, because HE cannot deny HIMSELF (2 Tim 2:13). And for this reason, even in HIS wrath, there is still mercy (Hab 3:2). Though King Ahaz was extremely wicked, serving multiple false gods, and even tried to eradicate worship of the true GOD (2 Chr 28:22-25). But at the time he and all of the people of Judah became absolutely terrified, when hearing two of their enemies had united against them; our Beloved LORD GOD had compassion on them and sent HIS prophet Isaiah with words of comfort, peace and assurance (Isa 7:1-9). We have been called to be like our Beloved ABBA FATHER (Lev 20:26, 1 Pet 1:15-16), and that is why we must obey, not returning evil for evil (1 Pet 3:8-9). We must love when hated, bless when cursed, pray when mistreated, and be kind to evil and ungrateful men (Mat 5:43-48, Luk 6:27-36).

King Ahaz looked for help from everywhere, except from our Beloved LORD GOD. He looked for help from Molech by sacrificing his son to it (2 Kin 16:3, 2 Chr 28:3, Lev 18:21); from Asherah by sacrificing and burning incense on the high places and under every green tree (2 kin 16:4, 2 Chr 28:4); from Baal by making molten images of it (2 Chr 28:2); from man by seeking help from the king of Assyria (2 Kin 16:7-8, 2 Chr 28:20-21); from the false gods of Damascus by copying an altar in Damascus, and offering sacrifices on it (2 Kin 16:10-18, 2 Chr 28:22-23). King Ahaz refused to seek help from The ONE WHO could truly provided help, instead he insisted on looking for help in all the aforementioned wrong places.

Why would one seek help from anyone or anything besides GOD? For at least six reasons, they do not:

  1. believe that HE is GOD (Heb 11:6)
  2. know GOD (Jer 9:3, Jhn 10:3-5, 1 Cor 15:34), nor HIS WAYS (Jer 5:4-5)
  3. trust GOD (Jam 1:6-8)
  4. know GOD is where help comes from (Psa 33:20, Psa 121:2, Psa 124:8)
  5. understand our victory comes from GOD alone (Lev 26:7-8, Deu 32:30, Pro 21:31, Zep 3:17, 1 Cor 15:57)
  6. know all good things comes from GOD (Psa 34:10, Psa 84:11, Jam 1:17)

For they hated knowledge, and chose not to fear The LORD
They rejected MY advice, and paid no attention, when I corrected them
Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way
Choking on their own schemes
For simpletons turn away from ME—to death
Fools are destroyed by their own complacency
But all who listen to ME, will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm
Proverbs 1:29-33 (New Living Translation)

Until The End (2 Kings Chapter 15)

A Study in 2 KingsThis BIBLE study of 2 Kings Chapter 15, gives us glimpses into the lives of five kings from the Northern kingdom (Israel), and two kings from the Southern kingdom (Judah). During this study, we will examine 2 Kings chapter 15, but we will also need to examine 2 Chronicles chapter 26, and 2 Chronicles chapter 27, to get a better understanding of the two kings from Judah. King Uzziah of Judah, is a famous king, who had the second longest reign among all the kings in both Israel and Judah. His son, king Jotham was not as famous, but he too was powerful. King Jotham, followed in all the ways of his father, except that which caused his downfall. In this study our Beloved LORD GOD will provide the following truths:

  • “Until the end” means until the point that a person, or thing, ceases to be what he, or it was; the point of death, termination, or transfiguration (a complete change in form or appearance)
  • All those who take up the sword, shall perish by the sword
  • Our lives, affect the lives of our children and the generations yet to be born

King Uzziah of Judah (2 Kin 15:1-7, 2 Chr 26:1-23)
King Uzziah of Judah reigned 52 years in Jerusalem. And as long as he sought our Beloved LORD GOD, HE prospered him (2 Chr 26:5), by marvelously helping him (2 Chr 26:15). Because of our GOD, king Uzziah was a:

  • Warrior, whose fame spread far and wide:
    • He victoriously warred against the Philistines and Arabians (2 Chr 26:6-7)
    • The Ammonites paid tribute to him (2 Chr 26:8)
    • He always had an elite army battle ready (2 Chr 26:11-13)
    • His army, was not only fully equipped, but also had engines of war (2 Chr 26:14-15)
  • Builder, who built:
    • A seaport (Eloth aka Elath) on the Red Sea in the territory of Edom (1 Kin 9:26, 2 Kin 14:22, 2 Chr 26:2)
    • Cities (2 Chr 26:6)
    • Fortified Towers (2 Chr 26:9-10)
    • Hewed many cisterns, or dug many wells (2 Chr 26:10)
  • Farmer or man of the soil, who had many livestock, vineyards, and fertile fields (2 Chr 26:10)

King Uzziah did not remain faithful to GOD until the end. Just like his father king Amaziah, Uzziah fell because of pride (details about the fall of king Amaziah are found in the 2 Kings chapter 14 BIBLE study, titled “Pride before Destruction”). When king Uzziah became powerful, his heart became so filled with pride that he acted corruptly, and was unfaithful to our GOD. He decided to assume the role of burning incense on the altar of incense in the holy place of the temple; a role appointed by GOD only to HIS priests. When king Uzziah entered the temple to burn incense, Azariah the high priest, and eighty priests with him, opposed the king. King Uzziah became enraged at GOD’s priests, and our GOD struck him with leprosy. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death (2 Kin 15:5, 2 Chr 26:16-23). According to the Jewish priest, scholar, and historian, Flavius Josephus, king Uzziah lived as a leper for the final eleven years of his life. Jotham, king Uzziah’s son, conducted his father’s civil duties as a judge until his death, when he became king (2 Kin 15:5, 2 Chr 26:21-23). Our Beloved LORD GOD has called each one of us to keep HIS commandments, and our trust in JESUS until the end (Rev 14:12, Mat 24:13, Rev 2:26). We cannot so trust in our righteousness, that we turn from HIM in the end (Eze 34:18). Our Precious JESUS CHRIST is our righteousness (2 Cor 5:21), and we must faithfully follow HIM until our time ends, or time itself is no more.

Five Israelite Kings who perished by the sword (2 Kin 15:8-31)
Our Precious LORD JESUS HIMSELF forewarned HIS disciples and us today, “for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” (Mat 26:52). And we see this truth demonstrated with the five kings mentioned in 2 Kings chapter 15:

  • Zechariah the king of Israel, and great-grandson of Jehu, was publicly assassinated by Shallum after reigning for 6 months (2 Kin 15:8-12). The dynasty (a line of hereditary rulers of a country) of Jehu begin with bloodshed, and ended with bloodshed. Jehu came into power through murdering every male of the house of Ahab, and Ahaziah king of Judah (2 Kin 9:1-28); it ended with the murder of his great-grandson Zechariah (2 Kin 15:10).
  • Shallum the king of Israel, reigned one month, after he publicly murdered Zechariah. He was then killed by Menahem (2 Kin 15:13-15). Truly Shallum experienced “He who digs a pit will fall into it. And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him” (Pro 26:27)
  • Menahem, was the cruelest of the five Israelite kings (2 Kings 15:16-22). When Pul, king of Assyria, came against Israel for battle, king Menahem met him, and persuaded him to accept a thousand talents of silver instead of wage war. The king of Assyria accepted his offer and left. Later king Menahem, would exact fifty shekels of silver from every wealthy man in Israel, to get the money back he had paid to the king of Assyria (2 Kin 15:19-20). We are not told how he dies, but he reigned ten years in Samaria, and his son Pekahiah became king in his place.
  • Pekahiah the king of Israel, reigned for two years, when he was killed by his officer, Pekah, who conspired to kill him, to become king in his place (2 Kin 15:23-26). Pekahiah’s father Menahem took the throne of Israel by much bloodshed, and his son’s blood was shed as the throne was seized from him.
  • Pekah the king of Israel, reigned for twenty years in Samaria. Then Hoshea, the last king of Israel, before the deportation of the northern kingdom to Assyria, killed Pekah and begin to reign (2 Kin 15:27-31)

Unlike these five kings of Israel, who shed others blood so they could reign; our Precious KING JESUS CHRIST (Luk 1:30-33, Jhn 1:29, Rev 17:14, Jhn 1:1, Jhn 1:14, Rev 19:11-16) shed HIS blood that we might be redeemed and cleansed (1 Pet 1:18-19, 1 Jhn 1:7). Our Beloved SAVIOR also prevented HIS disciples from shedding blood, HIS last night before returning to our Heavenly FATHER (Mat 26:51-52).

Our lives, affects the lives of our children and the generations yet to be born
Through eight words “according to all that the father had done” we see several kings serve GOD as their fathers had. We will list and cite the Scripture reference for those kings, except Jotham, the son of Uzziah. We will give an abstract of king Jotham’s reign, as he is included in the conclusion of our study in 2 Kings chapter 15. There was one king in Israel and four kings in Judah that served GOD as their fathers had:

  • Ahaziah the son of king Ahab of Israel (1 Kin 22:53)
  • Uzziah the son of king Amaziah of Judah (2 Kin 15:3)
  • Jotham the son of king Uzziah of Judah (2 Kin 15:34). King Jotham, followed in all the ways of his father king Uzziah, except that which caused his father’s downfall. (2 Kin 15:32-38, 2 Chr 27:1-9). This king became mighty like his father, because he continually walked upright before The LORD (2 Chr 27:6). Jotham like his father was a builder, and he too built gates, walls, cities, fortresses, and towers (2 Chr 27:3-4). He quelled the uprising of the Ammonites, and they continue to pay tribute to him, as they had to his father (2 Chr 27:5).
  • Hezekiah the son of king Ahaz of Judah (2 Kin 18:3)
  • Jehoiachin the son of king Jehoahaz of Judah (2 Kin 24:9)

Many of the world’s professionals in family counseling say there is no blueprint on parenting, only one’s parenting style will affect the lifestyle and socialization skills of the child. As demonstrated here in The WORD of GOD, how you conduct your life, is how your children will conduct their lives. Your day-to-day behavior is their blueprint, and will affect the lives of your descendants for generations to come. Therefore, through CHRIST be an example in holiness.

Pride Before Destruction (2 Kings Chapter 14)

A Study in 2 KingsPride goes before destruction
And a haughty spirit before stumbling
Proverbs 16:18

In this BIBLE study of 2 Kings Chapter 14, our Beloved LORD GOD will instruct us concerning pride. We will begin by observing the behavior of king Amaziah of Judah. As we observe his behavior, we will:

  • define pride and GOD’s verdict of it
  • study sinful behaviors that spring from the root sin pride, observe how a proud heart has deceived many, and consider the outcome of those who walked in pride
  • carefully take into account how to overcome pride

Throughout The BIBLE our Beloved LORD GOD tells us of many things that are an abomination (something detestable, repugnant, loathing) to HIM; pride is one of them. Let’s take a moment and look at a couple Scriptures:

Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
Proverbs 16:5

There are six things which The LORD hates
Yes, seven which are an abomination to HIM
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue
And hands that shed innocent blood
A heart that devises wicked plans
Feet that run rapidly to evil
A false witness who utters lies
And one who spreads strife among brothers
Proverbs 6:16-19

Why is pride an abomination to The LORD? It is a root sin (a sin from which many other sins grow). Pride can be defined many different ways, but we will only offer the following seven:

  1. Belief so excessive in one’s own abilities, that GOD’s grace is not recognized
  2. Arrogant (unreasonable trust in one’s own superiority, importance)
  3. Braggart (self-boasting)
  4. Conceited (exaggerated opinion of one’s self)
  5. Haughty (great pride in one’s self, disdain for others)
  6. Inordinate self-esteem
  7. Insolent (rude, disrespectful, insulting to others)

In our study of king Amaziah of Judah in 2 Kings 14:1-29 and 2 Chronicles 25:1-28, we learn that he was filled with pride. He half-heartedly obeyed GOD (2 Kin 14:3-4, 2 Chr 25:2), because of his inordinate self-esteem. Amaziah had an unreasonable conceit of his own superiority, choosing to do his own will over GOD’s. He was also insolent, disrespecting WHO our Almighty GOD is. Instead of seeking GOD’s counsel and help, when he was going to war against the Edomites, he hired 100,000 mercenaries from Israel for a current price of $3,202,800 (calculated as price per ounce of silver on 9/8/20 * 120,000 ounces or 100 talents of silver). It was only when our Beloved LORD GOD sent one of HIS prophets to warn Amaziah of the outcome of his foolish decision, that he turned from that course and sent the mercenaries home. Even when our merciful GOD helped him defeat the Edomites, he was not grateful for the blessing GOD gave him, instead he was arrogant. In his arrogance, not only did Amaziah completely forsake our GOD, to serve the lifeless idols he brought back from Edom (2 Chr 25:14-16); he also forced Israel into war (2 Kin 14:8-20, 2 Chr 25:17-28). As a result of his pride, Amaziah was badly defeated by Israel, Jerusalem ransacked, and he was murdered.

Our Beloved LORD GOD tells us “pride goes before destruction” and we have confirmation of HIS WORD with:

  • Satan ― Who wanted the glory that belonged to GOD alone (Isa 14:13-14). All that GOD had given him was not enough (Eze 28:12-19). Satan’s pride caused his fall (1 Tim 3:6). Satan was cast from heaven (Isa 14:12, Eze 28:16, Rev 12:7-9) and will spend eternity in hell (Mat 25:41, Rev 20:10).
  • Saul ― Trusted his own decisions above GOD’s commands (1 Sam 10:8, 1 Sam 13:4-15, 1 Sam 15:1-35). And was so proud of himself after his battle with the Amalekites, he built a monument for himself, at Carmel to commemorate his victory (1 Sam 15:12). Saul in his arrogance believed he could thwart GOD’s choice of a new king, by killing David (1 Sam chapters 18-24, 26-28). In this arrogance, he slaughtered eighty-five of GOD’s priests, thinking they had helped David escape from him (1 Sam 22:6-19). When he sought out a medium (necromancer or one who consults the dead), among those our LORD commanded be removed from Israel through death (Exd 22:18, Deu 18:10-11), and then vowed “as our LORD lives, he would protect her” (1 Sam 28:3-20), brought death on himself and his sons at the hands of the Philistines (1 Sam 31:1-13).
  • Nebuchadnezzar ― Looked out over his kingdom and took credit for what GOD had given him (Dan 4:29-33). GOD forewarned him in a dream (Dan 4:4-18) and by HIS servant Daniel, to break away from his sins by doing righteousness (Dan 4: 19-27). Nebuchadnezzar did not listen, and the sentence was carried out against him a year later (Dan 4:29-37).
  • Sinners and the disobedient ― Believe Satan’s lie, that they are like GOD (Gen 3:4-5, Eze 28:2), they rely on themselves instead of GOD. They trust in their own understanding (Pro 3:5, Pro 16:25, Pro 28:26, Eze 33:13), contend with GOD (Isa 45:9, 1 Sam 2:10, Rom 9:20) and HIS servants (Hos 4:4, Deu 17:12, Heb 13:17), and refuse to listen to HIS WORD (2 Ths 2:10-12, 2 Tim 4:4), or HIS messengers (Luk 10:16). Which brings both physical and spiritual death (Rev 20:14-15, Rev 21:8).

John Piper, the founder and senior teacher at desiringGOD.org, correctly expounded on Matthew 22:36-37 by stating, sinning is any feeling or thought or speech or action that comes from a heart that does not treasure GOD over all other things. A heart that prefers anything above GOD. A heart that does not treasure GOD over anything or anyone else. He also correctly defines sin according to Scripture as:

  • The glory of GOD not honored (Psa 22:22-23, Psa 50:23, Heb 13:15-16)
  • The holiness of GOD not reverenced (Lev 10:1-3, Num 20:8-13)
  • The greatness of GOD not admired (Exd 5:2, Exd 10:3-11)
  • The power of GOD not praised (Mat 12:22-31, Mrk 3:20-30, Rom 1:21)
  • The truth of GOD not sought (2 Ths 2:10-12, 2 Tim 4:3-4)
  • The wisdom of GOD not esteemed (Jer 36:1-26, Pro 1:7, Pro 23:9)
  • The beauty of GOD not treasured (Psa 27:4-5, Psa 26:8, Isa 33:17)
  • The goodness of GOD not savored (Psa 34:8, Psa 119:103-104, Isa 30:10-11)
  • The faithfulness of GOD not trusted (Deu 1:30-33, Deu 9:23, Zep 3:1-2)
  • The promises of GOD not believed (Psa 78:22-33, Psa 106:24-27, Jud 1:5)
  • The commandments of GOD not obeyed (Isa 42:23-24, Jer 7:24, Jhn 3:36)
  • The justice of GOD not respected (Pro 17:23, Pro 19:28, Luk 11:42)
  • The wrath of GOD not feared (Psa 36:1-4, 2 Kin 18:28-35, Rev 16:8-11)
  • The grace of GOD not cherished (Isa 26:10, 2 Pet 3:3-9)
  • The presence of GOD not prized (Job 21:14-15, Mat 8:34)
  • The person of GOD not loved (Jhn 8:42, 1 Jhn 5:1)

How do we overcome pride? By humbling, praying, seeking, and turning (2 Chr 7:14). When humbling yourself, you are willing to acknowledge your guilt by admitting (confessing) your sin (wrongdoing). When praying, you are not only asking our Beloved LORD GOD to forgive you (Psa 32:5-6, Pro 28:13, 1 Jhn 1:9), but you are also asking HIM to take the pride from within you. When seeking, you are seeking HIS presence. In HIS presence you will find answers to questions (2 Sam 21:1, Psa 73:16-17); In HIS presence your soul will find rest and refreshment (Mat 11:28, Act 3:19); In HIS presence you will experience peace and joy (Psa 16:11, Psa 21:6); In HIS presence you will relax in HIS safety and protection (Psa 27:5, Psa 31:20, Psa 42:5). When turning, you are repenting by turning your back on your wicked life (2 Kin 17:13, Eze 18:30-32, Eze 33:11, Act 17:30-31).

Thus says The LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy ONE of Israel,
I am The LORD your GOD, WHO teaches you to profit
WHO leads you in the way you should go
If only you had paid attention to MY commandments!
Then your well-being would have been like a river
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea
Your descendants would have been like the sand
And your offspring like its grains
Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from MY presence
Isaiah 48:17-19

The Faithful and Merciful GOD (2 Kings Chapter 13)

A Study in 2 KingsGOD is faithful, through WHOM you were called into fellowship with HIS SON
JESUS CHRIST our LORD
1 Corinthians 1:9

In this series of studies in 2 Kings, our Beloved LORD GOD has been allowing us to learn of HIS ways. In this thirteenth chapter of 2 Kings we will observe:

  • Our faithful GOD keeping the everlasting covenant HE made with Abraham, and his descendants even though wronged by Abraham’s descendants (Lev 26:43-45). HE refused to destroy the nation of Israel (2 Kin 13:23), because of the covenant HE made with HIS friend Abraham (Jam 2:23). HE confirmed the covenant with Abraham’s son, Isaac (Gen 26:1-6), confirmed it again with Abraham’s grandson, Jacob (Gen 28:10-19), and continues to confirm it through every generation (Psa 105:6-11, Luk 1:72-75).
  • Our merciful GOD extends HIS compassion to the wrongdoing descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because HE is a GOD of love (2 Cor 13:11). In fact, our GOD is love (1 Jhn 4:8). And as such, HIS mercy is always present, even in HIS anger (Hab 3:2). We witness HIS mercy for disobedient Israel throughout 2 Kings chapter 13, and in 2 Kings 14:26. All through The BIBLE we see HIS mercy extended to those who humble themselves when disciplined for their sins. We observe it:
    • all the way through the book of Judges, our Beloved LORD GOD moved to pity by the groaning of an oppressed, afflicted, disobedient Israel; HE would raise up judges to deliver them (Jdg 2:16-18)
    • during the discipline of king David, when he took a census of the fighting men of Israel (2 Sam 24:1-17)
    • during Ahab’s reaction to the LORD’s judgment pronounced against his house (1 Kin 21:17-29)
    • at the time Solomon’s son king Rehoboam, humbled himself when Egypt came against him (2 Chr 12:1-8)
    • for the paralyzed man lying at the Bethesda pool at the sheep gate in Jerusalem (Jhn 5:1-17, Act 10:38).

Why would GOD keep covenant with people who would not keep covenant with HIM? For four of many reasons:

  • HE is faithful (Deu 7:9, 1 Cor 1:9, 1 Ths 5:24). Which means HE is a GOD of truth (Isa 65:16), HE will not lie (Tit 1:2, Heb 6:18) or make deceitful promises (Jer 1:12, 2 Chr 6:4-10). HIS constant faithfulness is a result of HIS integrity, not dependent on whether man is faithful or not (2 Tim 2:13).
  • HE is The Covenant KEEPER (Dan 9:4, 2 Sam 23:5). So HE will not fail (Deu 4:31); change (Mal 3:6, Jam 1:17); and is always trustworthy (Isa 40:8, Rev 15:3).
  • HE is merciful, and has pity on those who suffer (Deu 32:36, Jdg 2:18, Psa 106:44-45). HE will act on their behalf, as HE did for Jehoahaz and Jehoash (2 Kin 13:4-5, 2 Kin 13:10-19, 2 Kin 13:24-25). HIS love and faithfulness are unfailing (Psa 86:15).
  • HE is kind to all (Mat 5:45), even those who hate HIM (Act 7:42-43, Neh 9:16-21). Yet HE will punish all who do wrong (Exd 32:35, Psa 78:1-72, Rom 2:5-8).

Are there specific practices (ongoing behavior) that causes one to break covenant with GOD? Yes, we will present four of them. First, when there is unbelief in GOD and HIS WORD. The unbeliever will not listen to GOD because of their absence of belief; lack of faith; lack of trust; skeptism; uncertainty (Exd 4:10-16, Num 14:11-12, Psa 78:21-22, Psa 106:24, Heb 3:17-18). Second when one is practicing idolatry. Idolatry is a sin of the mind and heart against GOD. With this particular sin, there is lack of acknowledgment of, devotion to, or reverence for GOD (Jos 23:16, Psa 106:34-43, Rom 1:20-23, Col 3:5-6). Third, when one walks in disobedience. They fail to obey; fail to listen; are faithless; rebellious; insubordinate (1 Sam 15:22-23, Isa 5:24-25, Rom 2:8-9, Eph 5:6, 2 Ths 1:7-9). Fourth, they grumble and complain, quietly speaking discontent; finding fault; not thankful; ungrateful (Num 4:10-16, Num 11:1, Num 14:26-33, 1 Cor 10:10, Php 2:14-15).

Is there a final outcome for the faithless? Yes, Scripture plainly states:

He who remains stiff-necked after much rebuke
Will be suddenly and incurably broken
Proverbs 29:1

Take care, brethren
That there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart
That falls away from the living GOD
Hebrews 3:12

But for the cowardly and unbelieving
And abominable and murderers and immoral persons
And sorcerers and idolaters and all liars
Their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone
Which is the second death
Revelation 21:8

The Company We Keep (2 Kings Chapter 12)

A Study in 2 KingsJehoash did right in the sight of The LORD
All his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him
2 Kings 12:2

As is my custom, knowing that my role is HIS messenger, I asked my Beloved LORD GOD what is YOUR message for this twelfth chapter of 2 Kings, HE promptly spoke “the company we keep”. As I carefully read 2 Kings chapter 12 and 2 Chronicles chapter 24, I meditated on HIS message. HE then began to reveal HIS message to me through Scripture, showing me how the company we keep, influences how we live and think.

Background:

  • Joash and Jehoash are the same person. He is called Joash in 2 Kin 11:2, 2 Kin 12:19-20, 2 Chr 24:1-2, 2 Chr 24:22, 2 Chr 24:24. He is called Jehoash in 2 Kin 11:21, 2 Kin 12:1-2, 2 Kin 12:4, 2 Kin 12:7, 2 Kin 12:18.
  • High places ― In 2 Kings 12:3, as in many places in the Old Testament our Beloved LORD GOD referenced the high places which were not taken away, places where people still sacrificed and burned incense. What were these high places? These were places that the wicked nations whom GOD drove out of the promise land before the nation of Israel (Deu 9:4-5), served their gods (idols). These wicked nations set up altars to sacrifice to demons, bricks to burn incense, and placed all types of idols (pillars/monuments of their gods; engraved images; carved wooden images), on high mountains, on hills, and under every green tree for worship (Deu 12:2-3, Isa 65:3-7). Before the nation of Israel ever went into the promised land, our Beloved LORD GOD told them four things:
    • drive out the wicked nations before them and utterly destroy their high places (Num 33:50-56)
    • do not learn their practices (Lev 18:3-5, Lev 20:22-24, Deu 12:29-31)
    • do not serve HIM the way the wicked served their idols (Deu 12:4)
    • be careful to only serve HIM, at the place HE put HIS NAME among the tribes (Lev 17:1-7, Deu 12:5-14)

They did not obey HIM, instead mingling with and learning the practices of the wicked nations (Psa 106:34-39). Israel became like the wicked nations they kept company with. By the above description of high places, Joash even set up a high place after the death of Jehoiada (2 Chr 34:18). Yet, four good kings in Judah, obeyed our GOD, and tore down the high places in the land of Judah (king Asa-2 Chr 14:1-8, king Jehoshaphat-2 Chr 17:1-9, king Hezekiah-2 Kin 18:1-6, king Josiah-2 Kin 23:1-25).

  • Building Fund ― king Jehoash commanded the priests to set up a fund to repair the damages to the house of The LORD (2 Kin 12:5, 2 Chr 24:5), and make utensils to replace the ones taken by Athaliah’s sons (2 Chr 24:14). He commanded the priest to do this quickly (2 Chr 24:5) by collections from three sources in Judah:
    • the census levy for every male 20 and over, to be used for the service of the place where GOD puts HIS NAME (Exd 30:11-16, 2 Chr 24:6, Mat 17:24-27)
    • vow offerings (Lev 27:1-8, an offering for a person who took a vow, to dedicate themselves to The LORD’s service; the valuation of the offering was based on the offeror’s worth as a worker for a specified period)
    • freewill offerings of money, given by those whose hearts moved them (2 Kin 12:4, Exd 35:20-29)

But these collections and the repair on the house of GOD did not happen quickly as directed by king Jehoash (2 Chr 24:5), so king Jehoash got directly involved in the building fund by taking collections out of the hands of the priests. He made a proclamation throughout Judah concerning the collection of the census levy, and had those collections deposited into a chest that stood where people coming into the house of GOD could make them. The deposits were paid directly to the repairers (2 Kin 12:9-12, 2 Chr 24:8-14).

  • Asherim ― is the plural form of Asherah (2 Chr 24:18, 1 Kin 18:17-19). Multiple Asherah or female deities in a carved wooden or tree form, are set up as an Asherim, in the despicable high places.

Overview of 2 Kings Chapter 12: Wycliffe Bible Commentary gives us a succinct overview of 2 Kings Chapter 12, through discussion of 2 Chr 24:1:

The reign of Joash serves as a personification of the whole history of Judah. In its earlier part, Joash lived righteously, honoring The LORD, and caring for the Temple, with its sacrifices that depicted GOD’s eternal plan of salvation (2 Chr 24:1-14). Yet in its later part, he forsook both The LORD and HIS Temple (2 Chr 24:15-19), murdered the prophet who rebuked him, the son of the very priest who had established and guided him (2 Chr 24:20-22), suffered a humiliating defeat to Hazael of Damascus (2 Chr 24:23-24), and died weakened by wounds and slain for his crimes (2 Chr 24:25-27).

Our Beloved LORD GOD’s personal message to each one of us as laid out in 2 Kings Chapter 12 and 2 Chronicles Chapter 24 is “the company we keep (our companions), influences how we live and think.”

2 Kin 12:2, As long as the high priest Jehoiada lived Joash did right in the sight of GOD (2 Kin 12:2, 2 Chr 24:2). He collected a building fund (2 Kin 12:4-10, 2 Chr 24:5-11); repaired the House of GOD (2 Kin 12:11-16, 2 Chr 24:12-14); replaced the holy utensils stolen from GOD’s House (2 Chr 24:14).

But sadly, once Jehoiada died, the wicked officials of Judah came and led king Joash astray. He forsook our GOD (2 Chr 24:17, 20); abandoned HIS House (2 Chr 24:18); set up a high place and served the Asherim and the idols  (2 Chr 24:18); would not listen to GOD’s prophets concerning their sin (2 Chr 24:19); murdered Zechariah (Jehoiada’s son) for speaking GOD’s message (2 Chr 24:20-22, Luk 11:51); bribed Hazael to spare Judah by giving him, GOD’s sacred things (2 Kin 12: 18).

Are there other examples in The BIBLE of being led  astray by bad company? Yes, there are plenty, but first we must tell you that our Beloved LORD GOD specifically warns about bad company corrupting good morals (1 Cor 15:33). HE strongly warns us, by saying “do not be deceived” anyone who is a partner, friend, companion of the ungodly, unbelieving, or disobedient will be affected by them (Psa 1:1, 1 Jhn 2:28-29). A godly person cannot continually spend time with the ungodly and not begin to think like, speak like, believe like, behave like, or become like them. And this corruption can come through wicked:

  • counsel like in the cases of Amnon and his cousin Jonadab (2 Sam 13:1-6, 2 Sam 13:30-33); Rehoboam and his childhood friends (1 Kin 12:1-15)
  • associations like in the cases of Solomon and his foreign wives (1 Kin 11:1-10); marriage alliances between the children of king Jehoshaphat and king Ahab (2 Chr 18:1, 1 Kin 22:44, 2 Kin 8:16-18); believers and unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14-18, 1 Cor 5:9-11)

What would cause Joash to forsake The LORD when Jehoiada died? Because his relationship was with Jehoiada not our GOD. And this will always happen when your trust and confidence is in men not GOD (Jer 17:5, Isa 2:22, Psa 146:3-5). Bad company can corrupt good morals when one does not love GOD completely (Jer 2:2, Mat 24:12, Rev 2:4), and this lack of love for GOD causes one to:

  1. easily be enticed by ungodly associations (Pro 1:10-15, Eph 5:6-17)
  2. be seduced by selfish desires (Mrk 4:18-19, Eph 2:3, 2 Pet 2:9-10)
  3. be drawn away by the world and the things in the world (1 Jhn 2:15-17, Jam 4:4)

How can one keep their lives pure, and not become a companion of the ungodly? First and foremost, by persistently loving GOD with all that is within us (Deu 6:4-5, Mrk 12:29-30); clinging to HIM (Deu 10:20-21, Psa 63:7-8); continually seeking HIS face (1 Chr 16:11); living our lives according to HIS WORD (Psa 119:9); treasuring that WORD within our hearts (Psa119:11); be companions of the wise (Psa 119:63, Pro 13:20, Pro 27:17); testify of the goodness of our BELOVED LORD GOD (Mal 3:16-18); be careful of our conduct (Pro 19:16, 2 Pet 3:11-13).

Jonathan and David are an example of two godly friends, who had faith in our GOD, in common (1 Sam Chapters 18-20). And our Heavenly FATHER was with both of them (1 Sam 18:14, 1 Sam 13:2-4, 1 Sam 14:1-23).

Listen to HIM

Precious Morsels August 07, 2020While he was still speaking
A bright cloud overshadowed them
And behold, a voice out of the cloud said
This is MY Beloved SON
With WHOM I am well-pleased
Listen to HIM!”
Matthew 17:5

This Scripture is part of an amazing passage in Matthew 17:1-13 in which our Beloved LORD JESUS allows through a vision (Mat 17:9), HIS three disciples, (Peter, James, and John):
● to see HIS appearance changed to a glorious state (transfigured). Peter and John would later testify of seeing JESUS in HIS majestic state (Jhn 1:14, 2 Pet 1:16-18, 1 Jhn 1:1-3).
● to witness Moses and Elijah alive, also in a glorious state (Luk 9:30-31), talking with JESUS about HIS soon departure from HIS earthly life (Luk 9:33). Peter was so moved by the sight of Moses and Elijah, talking with JESUS, that he sought permission for himself and the other two disciples to build a tabernacle for each one of them (Mrk 9:5).

As I meditated on the passage of Scripture concerning the transfiguration, I was amazed at all the things my Beloved LORD GOD revealed to me (I will discuss them further in The BIBLE study “Examining The Transfiguration”). Until then, I will discuss the profound truths our Precious JESUS CHRIST revealed to me about Matthew 17:5.

Peter out of fear and amazement because of the vision he and the other two disciples were witnessing, sought permission from JESUS to build three tabernacles: one each for JESUS, Moses, and Elijah. But while Peter was still seeking permission a bright cloud formed, enveloped all three disciples, and our Beloved ABBA FATHER answered Peter’s request from the cloud (Luk 9:34-35):

“This is MY beloved SON, with WHOM I am well-pleased; listen to HIM!”

Our Beloved LORD GOD’s response may not have seemed to address Peter’s request, but HE knew Peter spoke out of fear (Mrk 9:6), not realizing what he was saying (Luk 9:33). He was so overcome by astonishment at the sight of JESUS in majestic splendor, and the presence of Moses and Elijah speaking with JESUS, that he made the servants Moses and Elijah, equal to HIS SON. Our Beloved LORD GOD gently corrected Peter, by declaring JESUS as HIS only begotten heir, WHOM HE loved and delighted in (Mat 17:5). JESUS is over all things (Rom 9:5, Col 1:15-20), making HIM superior and worthy of more glory than the servants (Heb 3:1-4). HE is not a servant in the house as Moses and Elijah, HE is the SON over the house (Heb 3:5-6). Moses and Elijah were messengers, HE is the message (Act 10:34-44, Eph 1:13).

When our Beloved ABBA FATHER commanded the three disciples to listen to HIS SON, HE opened their ears to truly hear and gain understanding of the things JESUS spoke (Luk 8:9-10, Isa 6:9). You might be wondering how I knew that, because HE told me so. When I asked HIM what HE meant by “listen.” HE sent me to confirm HIS WORD by HIS WORD. I first went back to the original language to see what Greek word was used for the transliterated English word “listen.” It is “akoúete” (NT:191), and it means “hear ye”. I then carefully read all the chapters which followed after the disclosure of the transfiguration in the three gospels (Mat 17:1-13, Mrk 9:1-13, Luk 9:27-36). I noted the disciple’s questions changed from getting basic understanding in earlier chapters, to getting clarification about what was spoken.

We all, like Peter, must listen to JESUS. Before JESUS came, our Beloved LORD GOD sent HIS servants, the prophets speaking to men on HIS behalf (Jer 7:25, 2 Chr 36:15-16). But in these last days (Heb 9:26, 1 Pet 1:20), our GOD speaks to men through JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON (Heb 1:1-2). JESUS is The WORD incarnate (Jhn 1:1, Jhn 1:14), and we must listen to HIM, by carefully and prayerfully considering what HE is saying, and then obeying (Luk 6:46-49).

Where can you find “what JESUS is saying”? The BIBLE, which is The WORD of GOD. Whether someone teaches from The BIBLE, or you attentively read through it. Take care how you listen (Mrk 4:24-25, Act 17:11).

But what if I just can’t understand The BIBLE? You must then stop and evaluate some reasons why. Do you have a personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST? Have you realized your need for JESUS CHRIST? Admitted you truly are a sinner? Asked HIM to forgive you for those sins? Asked HIM to be your LORD and SAVIOR? If you haven’t, please begin there. The BIBLE is a Book of spiritual words that can only be understood when the Holy SPIRIT of GOD shares HIS thoughts (1 Cor 2:11-14). And HE only shares HIS intimate thoughts with those who are HIS own (Psa 25:14, Pro 3:32).

Today I pray each one of you will listen to HIS gentle voice and obey.     

GOD’s Purpose Will Not Be Thwarted (2 Kings Chapter 11)

A Study in 2 KingsI know that YOU can do all things
And that no purpose of YOURS can be thwarted
Job 42:2

When I asked our Beloved LORD GOD what the title of HIS message in 2 Kings Chapter 11 is. HE told me “MY purpose will not be thwarted.” I then asked HIM for a foundational Scripture, HE gave me Job 42:2. And then HE had me re-read the very first Scripture in 2 Kings Chapter 11, Wowzer! Didn’t see it until HE showed me, from verse one of 2 Kings Chapter 11, Satan tried to use Athaliah, to thwart, hinder, or stop HIS WORD from being fulfilled. Why? Good question, you will learn exactly why, as we examine that message, in addition to three more as follows:

  • Satan cannot thwart GOD’s purpose (2 Kin 11:1)
  • When Hidden in GOD (2 Kin 11:2-3)
  • GOD keeps HIS Purpose Moving to the Goal (2 Kin 11:4-19, 2 Kin 11:21)
  • People rejoice when GOD steps in (2 Kin 11:20)

I love, love, love GOD’s WORD, for so many, many reasons. And in this study of HIS WORD, HE gives four messages that will bring comfort and continue to build our trust in our Beloved LORD GOD.

Before we begin, let’s first briefly look at some historical background that will provide understanding of information, that might be overlooked.

Background:
By way of reminder, Athaliah is:
• Granddaughter of the deceased wicked king of Israel, Omri (1 Kin 16:23-26)
• Daughter of Omri‘s deceased son Ahab, and his wife Jezebel (1 Kin 16:28-33)
• Sister of Jehoram king of Israel, who is also the son of Ahab & Jezebel (2 Kin 3:1-3)
• Wife of Jehoram deceased king of Judah (2 Kin 8:16-18)
• Mother of Ahaziah king of Judah (2 Kin 8:25-27)
• Grandmother of Joash future king of Judah (2 Kin 11:2)

Carites (2 Kin 11:4) also known as the Cherethites (pronounced “KER-ih-thites”), were a tribe inhabiting the Negev, or southern country (1 Sam 30:14, Eze 25:15-16, Zep 2:5). This tribe of Cherethites, along with the Pelethites and Gittites, were the six hundred men who came with David from Gath of the Philistines (1 Sam 23:13, 1 Sam 25:1-13, 1 Sam 30:1-25, 2 Sam 15:18). These men formed his personal army of mighty men. These men continued to personally surround him, even after he became king (2 Sam 8:15-18; 2 Sam 20:7, 1 Kin 1:38). From David’s reign onward, the Carites or Cherethites became the trusted bodyguards of the king of Judah (2 Chr 17:12-19).

Satan cannot thwart GOD’s purpose (2 Kin 11:1)
We must remember that our struggles are not with flesh and blood but with Satan and his demonic angels (Eph 6:12). Satan does this by holding people captive to do his will (2 Tim 2:26). We see our Precious LORD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST address this when Peter was being held to declare his own interests instead of CHRIST’s (Mat 16:21-23).

As previously mentioned, this study opens up with Satan trying to thwart GOD’s purpose. Satan uses Athaliah to try and stop The WORD of our Beloved LORD GOD from being fulfilled concerning the sons of David (2 Sam 7:12-13, 2 Sam 7:16, 1 Kin 11:36, 2 Kin 8:19). He knows JESUS is the descendant of David, that will sit on his throne forever (Luk 1:32-33, Eph 2:19-22, Heb 3:6). Satan deceives Athaliah into thinking she can seize the throne if she kills all her grandsons (the royal offspring) of the house of David. Athaliah’s deadly actions, was the third time Satan tried to destroy all David’s sons. Satan first tried it through Jehoram king of Judah, when he killed all his brothers, to prevent rivals for his throne (2 Chr 21:4). Satan tried a second time, when Philistine and Arab invaders came and killed all Jehoram’s sons, with the exception of Ahaziah, his youngest, who became king in his place (2 Chr 21:16-17, 2 Chr 22:1). We have this anchor in our very soul, our Beloved LORD GOD is faithful (2 Tim 2:13, Deu 7:9) and HIS WORD will not fail (Isa 55:10-11, Hab 2:2-3, Mat 5:18).

When Hidden in GOD (2 Kin 11:2-3)
We are truly hidden in HIM (Psa 31:20)! So much so, that HE even prepares a banquet table for us in the presence of our enemies (Psa 23:5). Precious little Joash was hidden in our Beloved LORD GOD’s house for six years, right next to the palace where his grandmother resided. I am in awe how HE did it. HE used the sister of Ahaziah, Jehosheba, to rescue her nephew by taking him and his nurse to a bedroom in the house of our GOD, because she had married the high priest in Judah (2 Kin 11:2-3, 2 Chr 22:11)! GOD not only hid Joash in HIS own house, HE also hid:
• Elijah by the brook Cherith in the land of Israel (1 Kin 17:3-5, 1 Kin 18:1-10)
• Jeremiah and Baruch the scribe from the evil king of Judah, Jehoiakim (Jer 36:26)
And HE hides us who have died to sin (Rom 6:2) with CHRIST in HIM (Col 3:3, Psa 27:5, Psa 63:7-8, Psa 91:1-4)!!! If GOD is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)

GOD keeps HIS Purpose Moving to the Goal (2 Kin 11:4-19, 2 Kin 11:21)
This BIBLE study so blessed me!!! Watching our powerful, amazing GOD keep HIS WORD moving toward its goal. If we could only see, how HE moves the promises in our lives forward to fulfillment! I was so blessed to watch our Beloved LORD GOD at work in the 11th chapter of 2 Kings. Our Awesome GOD delivered David’s young descendant safely to his rightful throne by:

  • Making sure baby Joash escaped death (2 Kin 11:2, 2 Chr 22:11)
  • Moving on the heart of Jehoiada the high priest in Judah (2 Chr 24:6), in the seventh year of Joash’s young life, to sit him on his father’s throne. Jehoiada did this by:
    • First gathering the Carites, personal bodyguards to the king of Judah (2 Kin 11:4)
    • Making a covenant with them, putting them under oath, and revealing Joash to them (2 Kin 11:4)
    • Sending them throughout Judah to gather all the scattered Levites and heads of every tribe to the House of GOD (2 Chr 23:1-2)
    • Assembling the Priests, Levites, Carites, and Tribal heads, in the House of GOD to make a covenant with Joash and declare The WORD of The LORD concerning the sons of David. (2 Chr 23:3)
    • Assigning the Priests, Levites, and Carites particular duties to guard Joash and get him safely to his throne on the very next Sabbath. The one day of the week, our Beloved LORD GOD set aside as holy (Exd 20:11); the day when all the people of Judah, would be gathered together at the House of GOD to worship (2 Kin 11:5-12, 2 Chr 23:4-11):
      • The Priests and Levites were broken down into groups:
        1. the group coming on duty for the Sabbath, would guard the palace or king’s house in three different places (2 Kin 11:5-6, 2 Chr 23:4-5)
        2. the group scheduled to go off duty on the Sabbath, would remain at the House of GOD, in three groups. Two groups would guard the HOUSE of GOD (2 Kin 11:7), and a third group would completely surround Joash with weapons in their hands to protect him (2 Kin 11:8, 2 Chr 23:7).
      • The Carites received King David’s weapons in the House of GOD from Jehoiada, some guarded the Levites (2 Kin 11:9-10), some guarded the House of GOD (2 Kin 11:11, 2 Chr 23:9-10)
    • Crowning Joash as king of Judah (2 Kin 11:12), placing the written WORD of GOD in his little hands (Deu 17:14-20), and anointing him to serve GOD as king in Judah (2 Kin 9:6)
    • Removing the new king’s enemy by death (2 Kin 11:13-16, 2 Chr 23:12-15)
    • Setting the nation in order, by having every citizen enter covenant with GOD to be HIS people (2 Kin 11:17, 2 Chr 23:16); every citizen enter covenant with their new king, to be loyal (2 Kin 11:17); destroyed Baal worship in Judah (2 Kin 11:18, 2 Chr 23:17); set the House of GOD in order (2 Chr 23:18-19); and finally placed the king on David’s throne in David’s palace (2 Kin 11:19, 2 Chr 23:20)

People rejoice when GOD steps in (2 Kin 11:20)
Our Beloved LORD GOD tells us “when a wicked man rules, people groan” (Pro 29:2), and hide themselves (Pro 28:12). Why? Because they are cruel taskmasters (Exd 1:8-14), their compassion is heartless (Pro 12:10); they strike fear in the hearts of those who are ruled by them (Pro 28:15); they lack understanding (Pro 28:16). Athaliah was a wicked daughter from a long line of wicked people. In her wickedness, she:

  • tried to destroy the royal household of Judah (2 Kin 11:1, 2 Chr 22:10-12)
  • brought Baal worship into Judah (2 Kin 8:16-19)
  • allowed her sons who were murdered by the Philistine and Arab invaders (2 Chr 22:1), to break into the house of GOD and use HIS holy things in the house of Baal (2 Chr 24:7)

Our Beloved LORD also tells us “when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting” (Pro 11:10). The people are shouting for joy because their time of suffering has passed. When Athaliah was put to death, a young king from the house of David, who had been directed and protected by the high priest, was crowned (2 Kin 11:12-16, 2 Chr 23:11-15). However, we must not miss the compassion of our Beloved LORD GOD on full display, in 2 Kings 11:20. GOD tells us all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet. For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword at the king’s house. They rejoiced that GOD had moved on their behalf, but they did not rejoice that the life of their oppressor was taken (Pro 24:17-18). HIS desire is to preserve life, not destroy it (2 Sam 14:14, Jhn 6:37-40), to save life, not have it perish (Eze 18:23, Eze 33:11, 2 Pet 3:9).

Just one final thought before we end this study. Our Precious ABBA FATHER throughout The BIBLE teaches us:

  • the power of words (Pro 18:21, Pro 13:3, Pro 12:18)
  • the source of the words we speak (Mat 15:18, Isa 32:6, Mat 12:34-35, Luk 6:45)
  • how to use words (Eph 4:29, Col 4:6)
  • how not to use words (Eph 5:4, Col 3:8-9)
  • when to restrain words (Pro 17:27, Mat 7:6, Jam 1:19)
  • the consequences of unrestrained words (Pro 10:19, Mat 12:36-37, Jam 3:1-12)

Therefore, knowing the weight our Beloved ABBA FATHER gives words, and that each one of HIS WORDS are tested and refined (Psa 12:6, Pro 30:5, ), and they serve a purpose that will be accomplished (Isa 55:10-11, Rom 15:4, 2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20), and they will stand forever (Psa 119:89, Psa 119:151-152, Isa 40:8). I asked my Beloved LORD GOD about 2 Kin 11:21. Why did HE close this chapter with a single Scripture, “Jehoash was seven years old when he became king.” HE has not yet revealed it to me, so I can’t discuss it with you. I am HIS humble messenger and patiently wait for HIS message. When HE reveals it to me, with HIS permission I will reveal it you.

It is HE who reveals the profound and hidden things
HE knows what is in the darkness
And the light dwells with HIM
Daniel 2:22