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GOD’s WORD Accomplished (2 Kings Chapters 9 and 10)

A Study in 2 KingsFor as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater
So will MY WORD be which goes forth from MY Mouth
It will not return to ME empty
Without accomplishing what I desire
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it
Isaiah 55:10-11

In this BIBLE study of 2 Kings Chapters 9 and 10, we will observe the accomplishment of GOD’s WORD concerning the house of Ahab the king of Israel. Because Jezebel his wife incited him, Ahab did more evil in the sight of our Beloved LORD GOD than all the kings of Israel before him (1 Kin 16:29-33, 1 Kin 21:25-26). As a result, the following judgments were pronounced against all who belonged to his house:

  • Jehu, the son of Nimshi, would be anointed king over Israel in Ahab’s place (1 Kin 19:16).
  • Jehu would put to death anyone that escaped from the sword of Hazael (1 Kin 19:17).
  • The place in Jezreel where Naboth and his sons’ blood were spilled for their vineyard, the blood of Ahab’s sons who lived in Jezreel, would be spilled (1 Kin 21:19).
  • The dogs would eat Jezebel in the district of Jezreel (1 Kin 21:23).
  • Every male in the house of Ahab, whether free or bond, would be cutoff or killed (1 Kin 21:21-22).

Beginning with 2 Kings Chapter 9, judgments come to pass, accomplishing GOD’s WORD concerning the House of Ahab:

  • In 2 Kings 9:1-6, Elisha sent one of the sons of the prophets to Jehu, a servant of the king of Israel (Jehoram aka Joram) and one of the captains in his army). Elisha instructed the young man to take Jehu into an inner room (2 Kin 9:2, 2 Kin 9:6), anoint him with oil from a flask he brought with him (2 Kin 9:3, 2 Kin 9:6), speaking ‘Thus says The LORD, “I have anointed you king over Israel.”’ (2 Kin 9:3, 2 Kin 9:6), and flee, do not wait (2 Kin 9:3). Thus, accomplishing our Beloved LORD GOD’s WORD that Jehu would be anointed the next king of Israel (1 Kin 19:16).
  • In 2 Kings 9:10, Jehu is instructed to accomplish GOD’s WORD concerning the house of Ahab.
  • In 2 Kings 9:11-13, the captains in the army of Israel, along with their troops at Ramoth-gilead, acknowledge Jehu as the king of Israel and support him, by throwing their garments under his feet. Through this act, our Beloved LORD GOD has given Jehu the army needed to accomplish the overthrow of the house of Ahab.
  • In 2 Kings 9:15, we are shown three things. First, king Jehoram was injured in the battle against Hazael, king of Aram. Second, king Jehoram left his army at Ramoth-gilead and went to Jezreel (a city north of the capital city of Samaria where one of the King’s residences was located–1 Kin 21:1) to recuperate from his wounds. And third, Jehu instructed the captains of the Israel army to let no one either escape or leave Ramoth-gilead to go announce he had been made king. Jehu wanted to catch his enemies by surprise.
  • In 2 Kings 9:16-37, we witness six events and four prophecies fulfilled:
    • 2 Kin 9:16-17, Jehu was a captain (or a commander) the army of Israel, and he had a company (two or more platoons of soldiers) whom he led. He rode in his chariot, taking his company with him to Jezreel to kill Jehoram (Joram), and defeat any uprising.
    • 2 Kin 9:16, Ahaziah, the wicked king of Judah, had come down to see king Joram of Israel. Ahaziah was actually checking on the well-being of his uncle, as his mother was Joram’s sister. Joram and Athaliah were both the children of Ahab and Jezebel (2 Kin 3:1, 2 Kin 8:18).
    • 2 Kin 9:17-20, there was a watchman standing on the tower in Jezreel, doing exactly what a watchman should be doing:
      • keeping watch; he was aware Jehu and his company headed toward Jezreel (2 Kin 9:17).
      • notified the one who could do something about it (the king of Israel), informing him of an incoming company of warriors (2 Kin 9:17).
      • kept the king apprised of what was happening; letting the king know the messengers he sent out, did not return, instead they joined the warriors (2 Kin 9:18-20).
      • identified the enemy upon closer approach; the leader of the incoming company of warriors, drives like his servant Jehu (2 Kin 9:20).
    • In 2 Kings 9:21-26, we witness the interaction between Jehu and Joram, the death of Joram by Jehu’s hand, and the fulfillment of three prophecies:
      • Jehu and his company stopped at the property of Naboth, the Jezreelite (2 Kin 9:21), where king Joram personally met him. He inquired was the mission one of peace. Jehu informed Joram there could be no peace as long as idolatry and witchcraft existed in Israel through his mother the queen (2 Kin 9:22).
      • King Joram tried to turn and flee, as he warned his nephew Ahaziah, the king of Judah (2 Kin 9:23). But Jehu killed Joram.
      • Jehu had Joram’s body thrown into the property of the field of Naboth, the Jezreelite (2 Kin 9:24-26), beginning the fulfilment of GOD’s judgment against the house of Ahab (2 Kin 9:7-9), and fulfilling three prophecies. The first prophecy, the dogs will lick up Ahab’s blood in the same place the dogs had licked up Naboth’s blood (1 Kin 21:19)*; the second prophecy, the blood of Ahab’s descendants who die in the city, the dogs will eat (1 Kin 21:24); the third prophecy, the destruction of Ahab’s house, would happen in the days of his sons (1 Kin 21:29).      
    • In 2 Kings 9:27-29, Ahaziah is killed by Jehu. With Ahaziah’s death, two things occur, a male from the house of Ahab is cutoff, even though he is king of Judah. He might have lived, as his son after him would live, but he died. Because he led Judah in the same evil practices as the house of Ahab (2 Chr 22:1-4)
    • In 2 Kings 9:30-37, the judgment against Jezebel is carried out because she incited her husband Ahab in wickedness (1 Kin 21:25), murdered the prophets and servants of The LORD (2 Kin 9:7), and had an innocent man and his sons, murdered for their vineyard (1 Kin 21:7-15, 2 Kin 9:25-26). Jezebel was:
      • the wife of Ahab and mother of Joram (1 Kin 16:29-31, 2 Kin 9:22)
      • the daughter of a Sidonian king (1 Kin 16:31-33), brought Baal worship into Israel (1 Kin 16:32, 1 Kin 18:17-19).
      • aware that Jehu had come to Jezreel and killed her son. But instead of humbling herself, she put on makeup and waited at the window for Jehu’s arrival (2 Kin 9:30). As Jehu entered the gate to the palace, she taunted him, by calling him Zimri, the fifth wicked king in Israel, who like Jehu was a commander that killed his master, the fourth king of Israel (2 Kin 9:31, 1 Kin 16:8-10). Though Zimri was only king for 7 days (1 Kin 16:15-19), GOD used him to complete the destruction of the house of Baasha (1 Kin 16:8-20).
      • in an upper palace window, when Jehu carried out GOD’s judgment against her, fulfilling a fourth prophecy concerning the house of Ahab (2 Kin 9:32-37, 1 Kin 21:23, 2 Kin 9:10).

As we continue on to 2 Kings Chapter 10, we see Jehu completing his mandate against the house of Ahab. Our Beloved LORD GOD gives us insight into why HE chose Jehu to execute HIS judgment, why the other captains of the army of Israel quickly accepted him as king, and why they kept his initial instructions to keep his appointment as king of Israel quiet. In this chapter, we will witness Jehu’s expert skills in warfare (strategy, tactics, and techniques of combat), in bringing down the house of Ahab.

  • In 2 Kin 10:1-7, Ahab had seventy sons in the capital city of Samaria, where they were being protected, cared for, and prepared for places of leadership by the rulers, elders, guardians, and prominent men in that city (2 Kin 10:1, 2 Kin 10:6). Jehu chose a strategy of psychological warfare against the leaders and guardians in Samaria. He knew by now, that all of Israel and Judah, were aware that he had killed their reigning kings and Jezebel. So Jehu sent a letter to the leaders and guardians in Samaria, noting they had the things necessary to go to war against him (horses, chariots, a city fortified with walls, and weapons), and suggested they choose one of Ahab’s best and most upright sons and make him king. Then they and their new king of Israel could engage him in warfare (2 Kin 10:2-3). The psychological warfare was effective, because without the need to go to physical battle against Samaria, the leaders, and guardians:
    • refused to fight against Jehu (2 Kin 10:4)
    • acknowledged Jehu as the king of Israel, and promised obedience (2 Kin 10:5)

Jehu then sent a second letter, calling the leaders and guardians to decapitate all seventy sons, and come to him the next day at Jezreel (2 Kin 10:7). The leaders and guardians carried out Jehu’s instructions, and slaughtered all seventy of Ahab’s sons, but sent the heads to Jezreel without accompanying them (2 Kin 10:7).

  • In 2 Kin 10:8-10, Jehu continues his psychological warfare in Jezreel. He had the seventy heads of Ahab’s sons piled up in two heaps until morning, on either side of the entrance gate to Jezreel. The next morning, he publicly admits to killing Jehoram, but he questions who killed the seventy sons of Ahab in Samaria and shipped them to Jezreel. He then testifies that every single word GOD spoke through HIS prophet Elijah against the house of Ahab would be accomplished. In one announcement he garnered support for himself and removed any resistance to a commission he was carrying out on behalf of GOD and HIS servant Elijah.
  • In 2 Kin 10:11, Jehu completed his commission in Jezreel by putting to death all remaining males (free or bond) in Ahab’s family. But Jehu went beyond GOD’s instructions and killed any man who had any type of relationship with Ahab’s family. This sin would not go unpunished, our Beloved LORD GOD would punish the family of Jehu for the bloodshed in Jezreel not belonging to Ahab’s family (Hos 1:4). Rightly did king David say, “Let us now fall into the hand of The LORD for HIS mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man” (2 Sam 24:14). David understood the cruel heart of man, without mercy, not willing to forgive, and full of judgment.
  • In 2 Kin 10:12-14, Jehu departs for Samaria to complete his mandate and claim his throne. As he and his men were traveling south from Jezreel to Samaria (both cities are located in the map at the end of lesson four), they run into relatives of Ahaziah, king of Judah. Jehu asks them who they are, they identified themselves as relatives of Ahaziah. These forty-two men state their business, “they are going down to greet the sons of the king, and the sons of the queen mother.” These forty-two men also traveling down to Samaria, had not heard what had been happening with the house of Ahab, or even who Jehu was. They essentially identified themselves as part of the house of Ahab, relatives of Ahaziah the grandson of Ahab, and the queen mother (either the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel (Athaliah) or Jezebel herself). As such, they were also put to death.
  • In 2 Kin 10:15-16, Jehu and his men continued their journey to Samaria, when he meets Jehonadab son of Rechab. Jehu and Jehonadab knew each other, as demonstrated by Jehonadab coming to meet Jehu, and Jehu greeting him, instead of asking him to identify himself. Jehu then asks Jehonadab is he in agreement with what he is doing, Jehonadab says yes. Jehu asks him for confirmation by taking his hand and riding in his chariot into Samaria. Jehonadab does (2 Kin 10:15). So, who is Jehonadab? And why is his public allegiance important to Jehu? Jehonadab:
    • Also known as Jonadab (Jer 35:6), belonged to a tribe of scribes who were Kenites (1 Chr 2:55), Jethro the father-in-law of Moses belonged to this tribe (Jdg 1:16), and this tribe showed kindness to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt (1 Sam 15:6) by going with them into the wilderness (Num 10:29-32).
    • A godly man who served only the true GOD of Israel as demonstrated by Jehu’s invitation for him to come see his zeal for The LORD (2 Kin 10:16), and his accompanying Jehu to the house of Baal, to destroy Baal worship in Israel (2 Kin 10:23-28).
    • A man who honored and was honored by GOD (Jer 35:18-19), by walking as a Nazirite (Num 6:1-4, Jdg 3:7) and instructing his descendants after him to walk as Nazirites forever, symbolizing their dedication to GOD (Jer 35:1-6).
    • Was among those faithful saints who considered himself as a sojourner, a stranger, an exile on earth. His permanent home was in the city of GOD (Heb 11:9-10, Heb 11:13-16), instructing his descendants after him to live accordingly (Jer 35:7-11).
  • In 2 Kin 10:17, Jehu entered Samaria and completed his destruction of the house of Ahab, by killing all the remaining males in the capital city.
  • In 2 Kin 10:18-28, Jehu eradicated Baal worship out of Israel by:
    • pretending to serve Baal in a far greater capacity than Ahab (2 Kin 10:18)
    • summoning all the worshippers of Baal (every prophet, priest, and worshipper) in Israel to a solemn assembly; and threatening to kill any worshipper who did not show up (2 Kin 10:19-21)
    • clothing all the worshippers of Baal in garments, so they could be clearly identified, then removing any servants of The LORD (2 Kin 10:22-23)
    • sending in all the worshippers of Baal into the temple to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings (2 Kin 10:24), while stationing eighty soldiers outside, with explicit instructions not to let any Baal worshipper escape (2 Kin 10:24)
    • killing every worshipper of Baal as soon as the burnt offering was finished (2 Kin 10:25)
    • bringing out sacred pillars in the temple of Baal, and burned them (2 Kin 10:26)
    • demolishing both the sacred pillar and temple of Baal, and turned the ruins into a public toilet (2 Kin 10:27)
  • In 2 Kin 10:29-33, we see the justness of our Beloved LORD GOD (Deu 32:4). HE rewarded Jehu for total obedience in completely destroying the house of Ahab, and eradicating Baal worship out of Israel. GOD allowed the house of Jehu to sit on the throne of Israel for over a century. Jehu reigned as king over Israel for twenty-eight years, and his sons after him for four generations (2 Kin 10:30, 2 Kin 10:36, 2 Kin 13:1, 2 Kin 13:10, 2 Kin 14:23, 2 Kin 15:8-12). However, because Jehu continued leading Israel in idolatry (worshipping the golden calves Jeroboam made — 2 Kin 10:29, 2 Kin 10:31), GOD used the Arameans and the Assyrians to continually war with Israel, temporarily reducing their territory (2 Kin 10:32-33, 2 Kin 13:22-25).
  • In 2 Kin 10:34-36, we close this chapter with the death of Jehu and the succession of his son Jehoahaz to the throne of Israel.

In conclusion, in studying chapters nine and ten of 2 Kings, we see GOD repaying the wicked. HE brings a violent end, to a house whose hands are covered with the blood of the righteous (2 Kin 9:7) and the innocent (2 Kin 9:26). We are also given understanding of why our Beloved LORD GOD commands the righteous to separate themselves from the wicked (Psa 1:1, Pro 4:14-17, 2 Cor 6:14-18). When one has a relationship of any level with the wicked, they are influenced by them (1 Kin 11:1-8, Pro 13:20), and will be swept away in their sin (Gen 19:15, Num 16:25-26, Rev 18:4). And in case we still lack understanding, HE strongly tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:33-34:

Do not be deceived

“Bad company corrupts good morals”

Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning

For some have no knowledge of GOD

I speak this to your shame

 

 

 

*it should be noted that when Ahab received the prophecy concerning himself in 1 Kings 21:19, he humbled himself before The LORD, and so our merciful GOD spared him, but the prophecy would be fulfilled with his sons (1 Kin 21:27-29).

It Will Surely Take Place – 2 Kings 8:1-29

A Study in 2 KingsDeclaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure
Isaiah 46:10 (Nasb)

From Genesis to Revelation our Beloved LORD GOD has specifically spoken to us about events that would take place, their location, their timing and even their duration. HE also spoke with us about people who were born, who would be born, who are yet to be born, where they would live, what they would do, and how long they would be among us. Truly HE is omniscient, and we will once again state the WORDS of our GOD from Isaiah 46:10 using the Message translation:

From the very beginning
Telling you what the ending will be,
All along letting you in on what is going to happen,
Assuring you, ‘I’m in this for the long haul’
“I’ll do exactly what I set out to do”

In this BIBLE study of 2 Kings Chapter 8, we will witness the continual certainty of our Beloved LORD GOD’s WORD, with the fulfillment of HIS WORDS spoken to two of HIS prophets, Elijah and Elisha. We will do this by studying events surrounding a Shunamite woman, and four kings (two in Aram and two in Judah). In this study we will see that our GOD’s WORD:

  • will accomplish what it was sent to do (Isa 55:11, Isa 14:24, Mat 5:18)
  • is pure and blameless truth (2 Sam 22:31, Psa 12:6, Psa 119:140, Pro 30:5, Tit 1:2, Heb 6:18-19)
  • is sure— certain, trustworthy, always effective (Psa 19:7, Psa 93:5, Psa 111:7-8, 2 Cor 1:20)

Truths reflected in events around the Shunamite woman (2 Kings 8:1-6):

  • In 2 Kings 8:1-2, Elisha is speaking directly to the Shunamite woman who provided meals and accommodations to him and his servant (2 Kin 4:8-13). He tells her that our Beloved LORD GOD has called for a seven-year famine in Israel where she is living. The famine will be severe, and she with her household, should temporarily stay in another land for its duration. In these first two Scriptures of 2 Kings chapter 8, we see three truths:
    • Our GOD makes HIS plans known to HIS servants the prophets (Amo 3:7). Here in 2 Kings 8:1 we see HE made them known to Elisha, and throughout the BIBLE, HE made HIS plans known to Elijah (1 Kin 19:15-17), Noah (Gen 6:13), Abraham (Gen 18:17-21), Isaiah (Isa 9:6-7), Jeremiah (Jer 19:2-15), Daniel (Dan 9:20-27)…, including those today who obey HIS WORD (Jhn 15:14-15).
    • We are preserved and protected through obedience (Psa 37:18-19, 1 Kin 17:1-16). The Shunamite woman obeyed the instruction of Elisha, rising up and going into the land of the Philistines with her household, until the famine was over (2 Kin 8:2).
    • HE prepares a table for us, in the presence of our enemies (Psa 23:5). The Shunamite woman went into the land of Israel’s enemies, the Philistines, and yet for seven years our Blessed LORD GOD took care of her and her household there (2 Kin 8:2).
  • In 2 Kings 8:3-6, at the end of the seven years the Shunamite woman returned to Israel and went to the king to appeal to him to get her home and land back. Not only did the king appoint and officer to restore all that was hers, he also commanded that all that her land produced during her absence was restored. What powerful truths our Beloved LORD GOD reveals to us in 2 Kings 8:3-6:
    • No matter the time period, HE does not forget our service to HIS people (Mat 10:42, Heb 6:10) or our compassion for others (Pro 19:17, Deu 15:7-8, Pro 28:27, Mat 25:34-40, Heb 13:2-3). The Shunamite woman provided for GOD’s servant Elisha and his servant in their time of need, our Beloved LORD GOD provided for her and her household.
    • Our Awesome GOD goes before us, taking care of us and moving on our behalf (Deu 1:30-33). In HIS perfect timing, HE went before the Shunamite woman to the king, making her introduction to the king through the mouth of Gehazi (2 Kin 8:3-5).
    • All things work together for good, including those situations we consider so horrific that we wonder how our loving GOD could possibly be working in those situations (Rom 8:28). Our Beloved LORD GOD miraculously gave the Shunamite woman a son (2 Kin 4:14-17, Psa 127:3), and then he died (2 Kin 4:18-20). HE used her son’s death and miraculous restoration to life, as a testimony to the king, causing him to restore all that belonged to her, plus some (2 Kin 4:21-37, 2 Kin 8:6).
    • Our Beloved LORD GOD is a Restorer (Job 42:10-17, Joe 2:25-27). Our GOD restores that which is lost by giving it back, bringing it back, or putting it back to a former condition. At the advice of Elisha, the Shunammite woman temporarily moved herself, and her household to a neighboring land without famine, for the seven years. At the end of them, our Beloved LORD GOD not only restored what belonged to her, but also provided for her and her household for the next seven years (2 Kings 8:1-6).

The WORD of GOD surely took place concerning 2 kings in Aram (2 Kings 8:7-15). When Elijah was running for his life, full of fear, discouragement, and weariness, he came to the mountain of GOD, seeking the presence of GOD (1 Kin 19:1-9). After a discussion between Elijah and GOD, GOD told Elijah to return to Israel by way of the wilderness to Damascus, he would anoint Hazael king over Aram (1 Kin 19:15). In 2 Kings 8:7-15 the prophecy was fulfilled through Elijah’s servant Elisha. Ben-hadad the current king of Aram sent word by his servant Hazael to the prophet Elisha, inquiring if he would recover from his sickness. Though Ben-hadad could have recovered from his sickness, he would die at the hands of his servant Hazael (2 Kin 8:7-9). Our Beloved LORD GOD showed Elisha all the evil Hazael would do (2 Kin 8:10-15), from murdering his master, to the great evil he would do against Israel all of his days. Our GOD repays according to deeds done (Rom 12:19), and HE used Hazael to repay Israel, for all the evil they committed (1 Kin 19:10, Eze 7:9, Hos 4:9, Mat 16:27).

Before we move on to the two kings in Judah, there is a single powerful Scripture (2 Kin 8:19), tucked between the history of the two kings of Aram and the two kings of Judah. This Scripture simply states, “however, The LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David HIS servant, since HE had promised him to give a lamp to him through his sons always.” Our GOD promised David that one of his descendants would sit upon his throne forever (1 Chr 17:11-12). And that descendant is our Precious LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (Luk 1:31-33). Though David had descendants who were evildoers, our GOD repaid or removed them, while retaining the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem. Our Beloved LORD GOD retains those who are HIS (Psa 4:3, Psa 145:20, Jud 1:24) and all that belongs to HIM (Zec 8:1-9).

We close this study with two descendants of David (Jehoram and his son Ahaziah), whom GOD removed, because they were wicked kings in Judah (2 Kin 8:16-29). Jehoram was the son of the righteous king Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 17:1-6), but he became wicked when he married king Ahab’s daughter and began to live like Ahab and all the evil kings in Israel (2 Kin 8:16-18). Jehoram and his wife Athaliah, raised their son Ahaziah, to also live wickedly (2 Kin 8:25-27). Through death, my Beloved LORD GOD removed Jehoram from reign after eight years (2 Kin 8:17, 2 Chr 21:5-20), and his son Ahaziah after one year (2 Kin 8:25-26). Our GOD removes evildoers (Psa 34:16, Psa 37:9-10), and throughout The BIBLE HE instructs us not to associate with evildoers (1 Kin 11:1-2, Psa 1:1, Psa 119:115, 1 Cor 15:33-34, 2 Cor 6:14-18), so that we will not be destroyed along with them (Jer 51:6, Jer 51:45, Rev 18:4).

In conclusion, though there are many mockers concerning the times we are living in (2 Pet 3:3-9, Jud 1:17-18), our GOD’s WORD will not fail, it will surely take place (Hab 2:2-3).

What Every Christian Life Should Look Like – 2 Kings 6:1-33

A Study in 2 KingsSo he went with them; and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees

But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water

And he cried out and said, “Alas, my master! For it was borrowed”

Then the man of GOD said, “Where did it fall?”

And when he showed him the place

He cut off a stick and threw it in there

And made the iron float

He said, “Take it up for yourself”

So he put out his hand and took it

2 Kings 6:4-7

In this BIBLE study of 2 Kings Chapter 6, our Beloved LORD GOD gives us a visual of what every Christian life should look like. As Christians, we are followers of JESUS CHRIST (Mat 16:24, Jhn 10:27); the people of GOD (Deu 14:2, Tit 2:14, 1 Pet 2:9); lights in this dark world (Mat 5:14-15); aliens (Heb 11:9-10, 1 Pet 1:11). We are in this world, but we are not of this world (Jhn 17:14-18), so we do not:

  • look like this world (2 Chr 6:41, Psa 132:9, Isa 61:10, Rom 13:12-14, Gal 3:27)
  • think like this world (1 Ths 5:8, Col 3:1-3, Php 3:18-20, Rom 8:5-8, Mat 13:22)
  • behave like this world (Psa 51:6, Mat 6:2-8, Jhn 13:34-35, Eph 5:1-3, 1 Pet 2:12)
  • speak like this world (Pro 12:18, Eph 4:29, Eph 5:4, Col 3:8-9, Col 4:6, Jam 5:12)

What is meant by “this world”? This world is the place where Satan temporarily rules (1 Jhn 5:19, 2 Cor 4:4, Jhn 16:11, Jhn 12:31). It resides in the souls of ungodly men, who are hostile against GOD and all that belongs to HIM (Luk 11:53-54, Act 26:9, Rom 8:7, Col 1:21, 1 Ths 2:14-16) It is an evil, organized, unseen realm under Satan (Eph 6:12), operating through unbelieving people who are opposed to GOD (Eph 2:1-3, Jud 1:15-16).

What is meant by “aliens”? Aliens by definition are people residing in a place where they do not have citizenship or permanent residency. Aliens are strangers (Heb 11:13); sojourners―a person who resides temporarily in a place (Gen 47:9, Psa 39:12).

Who are the people of GOD? We were purchased by our GOD (Act 20:28, Rev 5:8-10, Jhn 1:29), and transferred from the authority of Satan (Col 1:13). We operate in both the seen world (physical, natural, temporal―1 Cor 5:9-11, 1 Jhn 2:15-17), and the unseen world (eternal, spiritual―2 Cor 4:18, 1 Cor 2:14-16).

Background:

  • 2 Kings 6:1-3. By way of reminder from the BIBLE study in 2 Kings Chapter 2 (One Taken One Doubly Anointed), our Beloved LORD GOD anointed Elisha to replace Elijah as HIS prophet (1 Kin 19:16). On the day Elijah was taken up to heaven, Elisha received the authority of Elijah’s ministry. And he begin to preside over the various companies of prophets who lived in Jericho near the Jordan River (2 Kin 2:5-7), Bethel (2 Kin 2:3), and Gilgal (2 Kin 4:38). The number of prophets who lived in Jericho had increased to the point, they had outgrown their current facility. So they sought Elisha’s permission to go to the Jordan River and build a new facility there (2 Kin 6:1-3).
  • 2 Kings 6:8. The king of Aram (Syria) was Ben-hadad (2 Kin 6:24). He is the king that attempted to besiege Samaria (the Capital of Israel before) before by taking 32 different Kings with him to fight against Samaria (1 Kin 20:1). Our Beloved LORD GOD intervened and Ben-hadad was soundly defeated twice since he thought our Beloved LORD GOD could only defeat him and his army in the mountains and not in the valley (1 Kin 20:2-30). After our Beloved LORD delivered king Ben-hadad into the hands of king Ahab of Israel, king Ahab let king Ben-hadad go, allowing Aram to continually raid and war against Israel.
  • 2 Kings 6:9. The king of Israel is still Jehoram (aka Joram) the ungodly king, and was in constant disobedience to the WORD of The LORD. We first became acquainted with Jehoram during our study in 2 Kings Chapter 3. Jehoram is the son of king Ahab, of Israel (2 Kin 3:1), and younger brother of king Ahaziah (2 Kin 1:17). Jehoram, like all who are disobedient and unbelieving, though he had witnessed attesting miracles from the true GOD in Israel, he still walked in sin and unbelief (2 Kin 6:31). His sin caused the nation of Israel to continue in sin and hostility to GOD. Consequently, the nation was enduring two severe punishments, besiegement by its enemies (Deu 28:52), and famine (2 Kin 6:24-25). The famine was so severe because of the besiegement, people were eating their own children (2 Kin 6:26-30) as forewarned by our Beloved LORD GOD (Deu 28:53-57).       

 Points to Consider:

  • 2 Kings Chapter 6, reveals our relationship with our Beloved SHEPHERD (Psa 23:1, Psa 100:3, Jhn 10:14):
    1. Our GOD will go with us as demonstrated by Elisha accompanying the prophets to build a new home (2 Kin 6:3-4). HE will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5-6), HE is with us always (Psa 46:7, Isa 41:10, Mat 1:23, Mat 28:20), as HE was with Joseph (Gen 39:2-3, Gen 39:21-23), Moses (Exd 3:12, Exd 33:14), Joshua (Deu 31:23, Jos 1:5), and Paul (Act 18:9-10, 2 Tim 4:16-17).
    2. Our GOD restores that which is lost (2 Kin 6:5-7, Eze 34:11-16, Luk 19:10).
    3. Our GOD reveals hidden matters to HIS own (2 Kin 6:8-14, 2 Kin 6:31-33, Gen 18:17-22, Psa 25:14, Mat 11:25-27, Jhn 15:14-15, Jhn 16:13).
    4. Our GOD grants HIS servants requests (2 Kin 6:17-20, Psa 116:1, Jhn 14:13-15, 1 Jhn 3:22, 1 Jhn 5:14-15).
  • Our Beloved LORD GOD uses Elisha’s actions to give us a visual demonstration of what every Christian life should look like, as a faithful follower, or true Christian:
    1. We have a personal or one-on-one relationship with JESUS CHRIST (Jhn 14:6, 1 Jhn 5:20). Elisha was identified as a “man of GOD” who stood before HIM, indicating his personal relationship with our GOD (2 Kin 5:8, 2 Kin 3:14). A personal relationship with our Beloved LORD GOD, comes only when we abide in HIM and HIS WORD through faith (Jhn 14:23), leading to an obedient life (Gal 2:20, Jud 1:24).
    2. We continually speak with GOD (1 Ths 5:17). We listen to and obey the Voice of GOD (1 Sam 3:9-10), even if it seems foolish. Elisha, Moses, Gideon and Ananias demonstrated listening to the voice of our Beloved LORD, appearing to do foolish things, which led to miraculous outcomes (2 Kin 6:6-7, 2 Kin 4:40-41, Exd 15:22-25, Jdg 7:2-8, Act 9:10-15). We speak with HIM concerning all things (Col 4:2, Php 4:6, Eph 6:18, Jhn 11:41-42, Luk 18:1, Luk 6:12, Luk 5:16, Mrk 6:46), as Elisha did when he asked that the eyes of his servant be opened, and the eyes of the army of Aram be closed (2 Kin 6:17-20).
    3. We rely on GOD and HIS WORD, seeing the unseen. We walk by our faith, our firm persuasion (Heb 11:1) not by appearance (2 Cor 5:7), as shown by Elisha when the city he was in was surrounded by Aram’s army (2 Kin 6:15-17, Isa 11:3, 2 Cor 4:18, Heb 11:1, Heb 11:27).
    4. We walk in love for everyone, which includes compassion for our enemies (Rom 12:20-21, Rom 5:6-10, Luk 6:32-36, Mat 5:43-48), as reflected through Elisha’s actions toward the army of Aram (2 Kin 6:21-23).
    5. Our character reflects The Presence of GOD in our lives (Jhn 15:1-8, 1 Cor 13:13, Gal 5:16-25, 1 Jhn 3:10-11, 1 Jhn 4:7-8), as demonstrated by Elisha’s willingness to go with the company of prophets to the Jordan River (2 Kin 6:1-5, Jhn 13:35, Col 1:3-4).

If you were of the world, the world would love its own

But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world

Because of this the world hates you

John 15:18-19

When GOD Allows the Outside to Reflect the Inside – 2 Kings 5:1-27

A Study in 2 KingsAnd HE was saying,

That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man

For from within, out of the heart of men proceed the

Evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries

Deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as

Deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness

All these evil things proceed from within

And defile the man

Mark 7:20-23

In this BIBLE study of 2 Kings Chapter 5, our Beloved LORD GOD focuses on two men, Naaman (2 Kin 5:1-19) and Gehazi (2 Kin 5:20-27). Within the study of these two men, are nine powerful lessons for each one of us.

As we began to look at Naaman and Gehazi, we learn in 2 Kings 5:1 that Naaman was:

  • captain of the Aramean (Syrian) army
  • highly regarded and respected by his master, the King of Aram; because by him our GOD gave victory to Aram
  • a valiant (courageous, determined, successful) warrior
  • a leper

From the study in 2 Kings Chapter 4, as well as 2 Kings 5:20, we are only told that Gehazi is the servant of Elisha the man of GOD.

Before we continue with this BIBLE study, let’s stop and address its title, “When GOD Allows the Outside to Reflect the Inside.” There are two types of leprosy:

  • Physical leprosy a progressive infectious disease caused by a particular bacteria that attacks the skin, flesh, nerves, etc.; it is characterized by nodules, ulcers, white scaly scabs, deformities, and the eventual loss of feeling in the affected parts of the body. When left untreated it causes death.
  • Spiritual leprosy a progressive hardening of the heart caused by ongoing, unrepentant sin. This sin causes gradual insensitivity to the promptings of The Holy SPIRIT, deafness to the voice of GOD, lack of thirst for the presence of GOD, absence of hunger for the WORD of GOD, and no remorse for sinning against GOD. This unholy progression makes spiritual leprosy as menacing to the soul as physical leprosy is to the body.

When left untreated, long-term physical leprosy is easily detected in the smell and appearance of the body; whereas long-term spiritual leprosy is reflected in the thought processes, attitude, and behavior of affected individuals.

Naaman was a physical leper. His body was cleansed from the leprosy when he humbled himself and followed the instructions given to him by Elisha (2 Kin 5:9-14). Afterwards, his soul was also cleansed when he both believed and confessed “there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel” (2 Kin 5:15). Naaman being made whole, determined within his heart, to serve only our Beloved LORD GOD, so he sought forgiveness when he had to go with his master the King of Aram into the house of the false god Rimmon as his aide (2 Kin 5:18-19).

Gehazi was a spiritual leper. And his spiritual leprosy was revealed through his actions (2 Kin 5:20-26). Gehazi’s heart of greed (which is a heart of idolatry-Col 3:5) would be revealed to everyone, when he suddenly was covered with leprosy (2 Kin 5:27). His love for money caused him to covet the treasure Naaman had brought with him as payment for his healing. Which led to him lying to both Naaman (2 Kin 5:22) and Elisha (2 Kin 5:25) to get some of it. But like Ananias and Sapphira, he would soon discover he was not lying to man, but to GOD (Act 5:1-10). Gehazi’s sin of greed/idolatry, like Achan (Jos 6:17-19, Jos 7:1-26) and Judas Iscariot (Jhn 12:4-6, Mrk 14:3-10, Mat 26:6-16, Psa 109:4-20) before him, not only affected him, but also his descendants (2 Kin 5:27).     

Are there other physical and spiritual lepers in The BIBLE who were made whole or revealed? Yes, there are:

  • Two physical lepers who humbled themselves before our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST, were made whole:
    • A Jewish leper (Luk 5:12-14)
    • A Samaritan leper (Luk 17:11-19)
  • Two spiritual lepers whose diseased hearts were revealed through physical leprosy:
    • Miriam’s heart of envy, led her to criticize and disparage GOD’s chosen leader, her younger brother Moses. Her judgment for speaking against GOD’s leader, was seven days outside the camp cut off from the rest of Israel, until both her heart and body were healed (Num 12:1-16).
    • King Uzziah’s heart was full of pride, causing him to try and force himself into a place that was not his to have. He spent the rest of his life with leprosy, cut off from the house of The LORD (2 Chr 26:16-21).  

Lessons within the Lesson:

  • All things work together for good (2 Kin 5:2-4, Rom 8:28). The captivity of a little girl from Israel brought healing and salvation to a man of valor from Aram.
  • HE can use any messenger (2 Kin 5:3-4, Luk 19:37-40). The message of a prophet in Israel with a gift of healing through a little Israeli servant girl, was heard and received.
  • It’s not about you (2 Kin 5:5-7, Gen 45:5-8, Deu 9:4-6, Act 16:25-31). There are times when things good or bad happen around us, or to us, but we must not lean to our own understanding about the event(s) taking place (Pro 3:5), we must trust GOD. Perhaps we are not the reason but the instrument.
  • GOD knows (2 Kin 5:3, 2 Kin 5:8, Heb 4:12). Absolutely nothing is hidden from our Beloved LORD GOD, there is no where we can hide our thoughts, actions or deeds from HIM, HE sees and knows it all (Psa 90:8, Psa 139:1-12, Jer 23:24, Eze 8:7-12).
  • Healing comes with humility (2 Kin 5:9, 2 Kin 5:11-14). When we humble ourselves before our loving, compassionate and gracious GOD, HE has promised we will be healed (2 Chr 7:14), our sorrow turned into joy (Jam 4:8-10), and our heads lifted up (Psa 3:3).
  • A true servant of GOD will never distract from HIS glory (2 Kin 5:10-11, Psa 115:1). Our heart must be humble, like our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST, HE came as a servant (Mrk 10:45) who never tried to take honor for HIMSELF (Php 2:5-8).
  • GOD’s gifts are not for sale (2 Kin 5:15-16, Act 8:18-20). Like Naaman, we must completely understand that it is GOD at work by HIS servants (Act 19:11). We have freely received from HIM to build up HIS Church and expand HIS Kingdom, we must freely give (Mat 10:7-8).
  • GOD reveals men’s hearts (2 Kin 5:20, 1 Cor 4:5) as well as all things done in secret (2 Kin 5:21-26, Luk 12:2-3, 1 Tim 5:24-25). See comment on bullet point 4).
  • GOD will judge those secrets (2 Kin 5:27, Rom 2:16). Each one of us must stand before the judgment seat of CHRIST (2 Cor 5:10), and give account for everything we did in our bodies (Ecc 3:17, Ecc 11:9, Ecc 12:14).

                                                                                              

And HE said to them

You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men

But GOD knows your hearts

For that which is highly esteemed among men

Is detestable in the sight of GOD     

Luke 16:15

The LORD is our KEEPER – 2 Kings 4:1-44

A Study in 2 KingsI will lift up my eyes to the mountains;

From where shall my help come?

My help comes from The LORD,

WHO made heaven and earth.

HE will not allow your foot to slip;

HE who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, HE who keeps Israel

Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your Keeper;

The LORD is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not smite you by day,

Nor the moon by night.

The LORD will protect you from all evil;

HE will keep your soul.

The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in

From this time forth and forever.

Psalm 121:1-8

In this BIBLE study of 2 Kings Chapter 4, our Beloved LORD GOD will comfort and encourage us through several truths, as HE makes HIMSELF known as The True SHEPHERD through a widow, a Shunammite woman, and a company of prophets.

Why is the foundational Scripture Psalm 121:1-8, and not from a Scripture(s) in 2 Kings Chapter 4? When I studied 2 Kings Chapter 4, I asked our Beloved LORD GOD what was HIS message for this passage. HE said “The LORD is our KEEPER.” HE then led me to Psalm 121:1-8, and by examining the English word “Keeper” in the Hebrew language of origin, HE gave me the following understanding:

In the NASB translation, of Psalm 121:1-8, there are five English words (keep, keeps, keeper, protect and guard) that are all transliterated from the same Hebrew word “shamar” (OT: 8104); it is a primitive root word, that means to:

  • hedge about (as with thorns) ― to place a boundary or barrier around for protection (Job 1:10)
  • guard ― to keep safe, protect (Psa 121:8, Act 20:28)
  • protect ― defend, or guard from loss (1 Sam 17:34-37, Amo 3:12, Jhn 10:11-13, Jhn 10:28-29)
  • watch-over ― stay awake, be alert, observe carefully, look after, guard, protect (Job 36:7, Pro 15:3, Heb 4:13)
  • preserve ― keep from harm, danger, damage, evil (Psa 32:7)
  • tend ― to take care of, to watch-over (Isa 40:11, Mrk 6:34-44, Jhn 21:15-17)
  • take care of ― to look after, to provide for (Gen 50:24-25, Psa 55:22, Mat 11:28-30, 1 Pet 5:7)

In Romans 15:4 our Beloved LORD GOD tells us “whatever was written in earlier times, was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” As a result, whenever I read The BIBLE, I ask our Beloved “what instructions should I personally receive from the passage I am reading?” While I pondered the definition of a Keeper, in Psalm 121:1-8, our Precious JESUS CHRIST revealed that I was looking at the conduct of a true shepherd. And it is how HE, our SHEPHERD (Psa 23:1, Jhn 10:11, 1 Pet 2:25) takes care of us, HIS people, the sheep of HIS pasture (Psa 95:7, Psa 100:3, Eze 34:11-16).

As our Beloved SHEPHERD, HE is our Keeper, our Constant Companion, our Guardian, our Protector, our Preserver, our Defender…

  • HE continually keeps us safe from harm (Psa 121:7, Jhn 10:27-30). This doesn’t mean we will not suffer, it means that what pain HE allows will not destroy us (2 Cor 4:7-9, Luk 21:12-19, Jhn 3:16).
  • HE never ceases to be watchful over us (Psa 121:3-4, Isa 27:3, 2 Chr 16:9, Psa 33:18). HE never grows tired or fatigued (Isa 40:28).
  • HE is very attentive to us (Psa 121:8, Deu 28:6, Jhn 10:1-10). HE knows the condition of HIS flock (Pro 27:23). HE is completely aware of every part of us (Psa 139:1-5). HE continually knows what we are doing, and where we are doing it (Pro 5:21, Jer 16:17). And everything we say and do is recorded in books in heaven (Jer 17:13, Mal 3:16-18, Mat 12:36-37, Rev 20:12). HE knows the desires of our hearts (Psa 10:17, Psa 38:9), and every need we have (Mat 6:8).

 Background:

  • Israel was divided into two kingdoms after Solomon’s reign (1 Kin 11:11-13, 1 Kin 11:31-32). The first kingdom located in the north continued to be called Israel, and its capital was Samaria (2 Kin 17:6). The second kingdom located in the south became known as Judah, and its capital is Jerusalem (1 Kin 14:21).
  • Elisha’s prophetic ministry like Elijah before him, was in the northern kingdom (2 Kin 1:17). And like Elijah, he traveled between cities in Israel. The map at the end of the study reflects the places Elijah and Elisha traveled to/from during their ministries. 2 Kings Chapter 4, records Elisha’s travels between Mount Carmel, Shunem and Gilgal (underlined in red on the map ― 2 Kin 4:8, 2 Kin 4:25, 2 Kin 4:38).
  • Mount Carmel is located by the Mediterranean Sea (Jer 46:18). Several significant activities are recorded at this mountain:
    • King Saul set up a monument for himself at this mountain (1 Sam 15:12), after his partial obedience in the battle with the Amalekites (1 Sam 15:1 -23)
    • GOD used Elijah to reveal the true GOD in Israel through fire from heaven (1 Kin 18:17-41)
    • Elijah went to the top of Mount Carmel to watch for a cloud forming on the horizon of the sea– the sign that The LORD GOD had ended the famine in Israel (1 Kin 18:42-46)
    • Elisha and his servant Gehazi resided at the mountain’s base
  • Shunem was one of the cities in Israel belonging to the tribe of Issachar (Jos 19:17-23). It was located between Gilgal and Mount Carmel (as shown on the map at the end of the study). Shunem is known as the place where the Philistines encamped for their final battle against King Saul and the Israelites (1 Sam 28:4). It was during this battle, King Saul and three of his sons died (1 Sam 31:1-10).

As we examine 1 Kings Chapter 4, we are first introduced to a widow (2 Kin 4:1-7):             

  1. Filled with fear, because her husband, one of the prophets died leaving a bill she could not pay. The creditor of the bill came to take her two sons away, to work as his slaves (2 Kin 4:1, 2 Kin 4:7). The creditor’s heart was not right before GOD, because he ignored our Beloved LORD GOD’s instructions to treat the poor in Israel as a hired man and not as a slave in order to pay off debt (Lev 25:39-41, Neh 5:1-5).
  2. She knew if the creditor took her two sons, her means of support would be taken with them. According to our Beloved ABBA’S WORD, adult children and adult grandchildren should take care of their elderly parents when they can no longer provide for themselves (Mrk 7:10-13, Luk 7:11-15, 1 Tim 5:3-5). Our Precious JESUS CHRIST demonstrated the importance of this; HIS final accomplishment before laying down HIS life on the cross for each one of us, was to make sure HIS mother was taken care of (Jhn 19:25-30).
  3. Who felt she had nothing in her house to satisfy her debt. But our Beloved LORD GOD reminded her, she had a jar of oil. The prophet Elisha gives her instructions concerning the jar of oil (2 Kin 4:3-4). Through faith and obedience, our Beloved LORD GOD miraculously provided oil in abundance, so the debt was paid off, and money was left over to live on (2 Kin 4:5-7).

Throughout The BIBLE our Beloved LORD GOD has given us examples of HIM working with what we have (2 Cor 8:12) to provide for our needs (1 Kin 17:1-16) and the needs of others (2 Kin 4:42-44, Mrk 8:4-7, Jhn 6:9). Our Great SHEPHERD will not only deliver us from all our fears (Psa 34:4), but HE also provides for us (Gen 22:14, Neh 9:21, Psa 136:25, Psa 145:15-16, Jhn 21:12-13). When HE is our SHEPHERD, we will not want (Psa 23:1), which means we will not be without, have a lack of, or have a need not provided for (Psa 37:25-26, Mat 6:25-34, 2 Cor 9:8-11, Php 4:19).

We are next introduced to a Shunammite woman (2 Kin 4:8-37):

She is identified by our Beloved LORD GOD as a prominent (or great) woman living in the village of Shunem (2 Kin 4:8). The English word “prominent” in 2 Kings 4:8 was transliterated from the Hebrew word “gadol” (OT 1419) and means great of power, nobility or wealth; distinguished; very much above the ordinary.

Whose actions demonstrate she was indeed great in:

  1. Hospitality (Heb 13:1-2, 1 Pet 4:9). To truly be hospitable, one must be welcoming, warm and generous. This woman from Shunem wasn’t selfish (Pro 23:6-8). She was very generous, persuading Elisha and his servant Gehazi, to share their food not once but continually (2 Kin 4:8).
  2. Her love for GOD (1 Jhn 3:17-18, 1 Jhn 4:20-21). She could not have compassion for Elisha and Gehazi, if she did not have the love of GOD within herself (1 Jhn 4:19). She welcomed Elisha instead of mocking him (2 Kin 2:23), perceiving (or knowing by experience and recognition) that Elisha was a man of GOD (2 Kin 4:9). The Shunammite showed love for GOD’s NAME by ministering to HIS servant (Heb 6:10, Mrk 9:41) by providing for all he and his servant’s needs (2 Kin 4:9-11).
  3. Contentment (Php 4:11, 1 Tim 6:6-8, Heb 13:5). Though questioned, she requested nothing from the man of GOD (2 Kin 4:12-13). And she did not linger after her questioning, hoping to receive something. In fact Elisha had to call her back (2 Kin 4:14-15). Which testifies to her generous heart once again, she was not expecting anything in return for her kindness and generosity.
  4. Faith (Luk 1:37, Heb 11:6). The Shunammite woman knew nothing was impossible with GOD, and through HIS servant, she and her husband would not experience the loss of their only child. Our Beloved LORD GOD reveals her faith by her response three different times. First, when her husband asked why was she going to see the man of GOD, she simply answered “It will be well” (2 Kings 4:23). Second, when Elisha sent Gehazi to inquire if all was well with her husband, herself and their child, she answered “It is well” (2 Kings 4:26). And finally, she refused to return to her dead son if the man of GOD did not go with her (2 Kings 4:30).

 Our Great SHEPHERD is a Restorer. HE brings us back to a former condition (Gen 5:1, Eph 4:22-24, Rom 12:2), and HE gives back what was lost (Joe 2:25-27). As HE did with:

  • The Shunammite woman who lost her child through death (2 Kin 4:31-37), and later her house and field through famine (2 Kin 8:1-6)
  • Each one of us who trusts in JESUS (Jhn 3:16) and faithfully obeys HIM (Jhn 3:36), are restored to grace (Rom 5:15-21), reconciled to GOD (Rom 5:8-11), given eternal life (Gen 2:17, Jhn 6:40), and access to the tree of life (Gen 3:21-24, Rev 22:1-5).

We are finally introduced to a company of prophets living in Gilgal (2 Kin 4:38-44). This company of prophets faced death twice, first because of the scarcity of food during the famine (2 Kin 4:38), and second when one of the prophets gathered poisonous gourds (or a plant called a “squirting cucumber” which has a very bitter taste and is poisonous) cut them up, and put them into the pot (2 Kin 4:39). When the prophets began to eat the stew they cried out to Elisha for help (2 Kings 4:40). Our Great SHEPHERD and Keeper protected the prophets from death (Psa 68:20), by using HIS servant Elisha to throw meal into the pot which miraculously made the stew edible.

Our Beloved LORD GOD protected the prophets from death (2 Kings 4:41), and later provided for them by blessing what was not near enough for 100 men to eat, into more than enough (2 Kin 4:42-44). HE not only protected and provided for the company of prophets, HE protected and provided for the nation of Israel at Marah (Exd 15:22-25), and for all HIS creation (Psa 136:25, Luk 6:35, Mat 5:45). But for those who trust in HIM (Psa 28:7, Pro 16:20, Jer 17:7, Jhn 5:24, Jhn 12:44-45), HE also provides spiritual (Jhn 14:16, Jhn 14:26-27) and eternal support (Jhn 14:1-3, 1 Jhn 2:25).

Those who trust in The LORD

Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever

As the mountains surround Jerusalem

So The LORD surrounds HIS people

From this time forth and forever

Psalm 125:1-2

Map of Mount Carmel, Shunem and Gilgal

Knowing How to Battle – 2 Kings 3:1-27

A Study in 2 KingsThen he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying

“The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?”

And he said, “I will go up; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”

He said, “Which way shall we go up?”

And he answered, “The way of the wilderness of Edom.”

2 Kings 3:7-8

 

In this BIBLE study, we will not only be looking at how king Jehoram went about his battle against the king of Moab, but we will also examine the lessons to be learned.

Background:

  • Jehoram (aka Joram) was a son of king Ahab of Israel (2 Kin 3:1), and became king when his older brother Ahaziah died, because Ahaziah had no sons (2 Kin 1:17).
  • Jehoram like his father and brother before him, was an evil king in Israel. He too served idols instead of GOD. Though he did not serve Baal as his father, mother, and brother had. He had the pillar of Baal removed when he became king (2 Kin 3:2). However, he still served the two golden calves that Jeroboam the fifth king of Israel created, causing the whole nation of Israel to sin (2 Kin 3:3).
  • History of the golden calves. Most people know about the golden calf Aaron made for the idolatrous Israelites while Moses was still meeting with GOD on the mountain (Exd 32:1-8). But many do not know about the two golden calves, that Jeroboam created. Though GOD had given Jeroboam the ten tribes living in the northern kingdom of Israel, and promised to make his kingdom endure if he walked upright before HIM (1 Kin 11:26-38). Jeroboam did not trust GOD’s WORDs, and out of fear, sinned as Aaron had, by making two golden calves (1 Kin 12:25-33). After the two golden calves had been created and set up, Jeroboam like Aaron declared the same blasphemous words “behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt” (Exd 32:2-4, 1 Kin 12:28-29).
  • Jehoshaphat the king of Judah was a man who did what was right in the sight of The LORD, like his father Asa and David (1 Kin 15:9-15, 1 Kin 22:41-44). He often inquired of The LORD, and called a nationwide fast, when seeking help from The LORD from Judah’s enemies who were too many and too powerful (2 Chr 20:1-30).

In order to be victorious in the battles we face, we must know how to battle. Which means:

  • Be experienced in warfare → Experience only comes with doing (Before David was a man of war-1 Chr 28:3, he was a protector of sheep-1 Sam 17:33-37). You must practice in order to become experienced (Heb 5:14, Eph 4:13-15, Psa 119:100-102)
  • Have an understanding of the battle you face → Our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:11)
  • Be aware of, or be familiar with the tactics of the enemy → Satan is a tempter (Gen 3:1-3, Mat 4:3-11); an accuser (Gen 3:5, Rev 12:10, Zec 3:1-5); a liar (Gen 3:3-4, Jhn 8:44); a deceiver (Rev 12:9, Rev 13:14, 1 Tim 2:14, Gen 3:13); a destroyer (1 Pet 5:8, Jhn 10:10, Jhn 8:44, Luk 22:31)…
  • Know how to win → Do not fight alone (Ecc 4:9-12, Mat 18:19-20, Mrk 6:7-13, Luk 10:1-12); fight with a champion (Isa 42:13, Isa 19:20, Jer 20:11, Jer 15:20-21, Zep 3:17, Rom 8:31)

Lessons Learned in 2 Kings Chapter 3:

  • Choose your Allies wisely (2 Kin 3:7, Psa 46:1-3, Psa 146:3-5, Jer 17:5-8).
  • Do not assume your decision is GOD’s decision (2 Kin 3:8-9, Pro 3:5-6), your thoughts are not HIS thoughts (Isa 55:8-9, 1 Cor 1:27-29). Remember our Beloved LORD GOD gave victory to:
    • Gideon―with trumpets, pitchers and torches (Jug 7:16-23)
    • David―with a slingshot and a single stone (1 Sam 17:40-50)
    • Jehoram―with trenches (2 Kin 3:16-23)
    • Kingdom of Judah―by praise and worship (2 Chr 20:14-22)
  • Do not blame GOD for your circumstances (2 Kin 3:10, 2 Kin 3:13, Num 11:1, Job 1:20-22, Job 2:7-10).
  • Always inquire of GOD first (2 Kin 3:11-13, 1 Sam 9:9, Heb 4:14-16), then you will know when to fight and when to stand (1 Sam 17:46-47, 2 Sam 5:17-25, 2 Chr 20:15); only those with a clean heart can inquire of HIM (1 Sam 28:6, Eze 20:1-3, Isa 59:1-3, Mat 5:23-24↔1 Pet 2:5, Rom 12:1, Heb 13:15-16, Jhn 9:31).
  • Seek GOD’s presence through prayer, praise and worship (2 Kin 3:14-15, 1 Sam 10:5, Psa 100:1-5, Psa 95:2, Php 4:6).
  • Obey HIS WORD (2 Kin 3:24-25) without going too far (Deu 4:2, Deu 12:32, Pro 30:6, 2 Jhn 1:9-11, Rev 22:18-19). The armies led by Israel slaughtered the Moabites (2 Kin 3:24), causing GOD’s wrath to rise against Israel (2 Kin 3:27, Zec 1:15).
  • Know your weakness, and your enemy’s strength (2 Kin 3:26), a hard lesson learned by the seven sons of Sceva (Act 19:11-16), who did not know GOD is our strength (Psa 81:1, Psa 62:7-8, Luk 11:20-22).
  • Do not forget the reason for the battle (2 Kin 3:4-7, 2 Kin 3:27) and do not rejoice over your enemy’s downfall (Pro 24:17-18).

One Taken One Doubly Anointed – 2 Kin 2:1-25

A Study in 2 KingsWhen they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha

“Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.”

And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”

He said, “You have asked a hard thing.

Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you,

It shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.”

2 Kings 2:9-10

In this study of 2 Kings Chapter 2, we will examine two major events which occur, Elijah is taken alive up to heaven and Elisha receives a double anointing of our Beloved LORD GOD’s Holy SPIRIT as his successor. We will also carefully consider several events surrounding the two aforementioned events. But let’s first look at some historical background, to provide more understanding of details that might be missed.  

Background:

Circuit of SamuelSamuel was both a prophet of GOD, and a Judge of Israel (1 Sam 3:19-20, 1 Sam 7:15). He presided over companies of prophets (1 Sam 19:20) who lived in Bethel, Gilgal and Mizpah (the towns which were part of his annual circuit as a Judge―1 Sam 7:16-17) as seen in the attached map.

Elijah who now presided over the prophets in these towns, knew our Beloved LORD GOD was going to answer his prayer to end his physical life (1 Kin 19:4). He was traveling from Gilgal to the other side of the Jordan River (2 Kin 2:1-9), perhaps traveling home to Gilead on the other side of the Jordan to die (1 Kin 17:1, Jug 12:4, Num 26:28-29).

Elisha who had been anointed by GOD to replace Elijah as HIS prophet (1 Kin 19:16), was traveling with Elijah. Elijah became Elisha’s master (boss), at the moment he threw his mantle on Elisha, symbolizing the transference of the power and authority of his ministry to Elisha (1 Kin 19:19).

Points to Consider:

  • Though Elijah tried to talk Elisha out of following him to his death, Elisha refused to leave his master’s side. Elisha, like Ruth who refused to leave Naomi (Rut 1:15-16), and Ittai who refused to leave King David (2 Sam 15:19-22), declared that only death would separate him from Elijah (2 Kin 2:2-6). Each one of us should be this determined to follow our Beloved LORD JESUS CHRIST. We should cling to HIM and HIS WORD the way a belt clings to a waist (Jer 13:11, Psa 119:31, Rom 12:9). As faithful servants we should follow our Beloved MASTER wherever HE goes (Jhn 10:1-9, Jhn 10:27); including death, for HIS NAMESAKE (Rev 12:11, Php 3:7-8, Act 21:13, Mat 16:24-27, Mat 10:37-39).
  • Our LORD makes known HIS plans to HIS prophets (Amo 3:7) and to those who do HIS will (Jhn 15:14-15, Pro 3:32, Psa 25:14, Gen 18:17-19). That is why in 2 Kings 2:1-6, Elijah, Elisha and the prophets who lived in the places they traveled to, knew our GOD was going to take Elijah.
  • When Elijah used his mantle to strike the waters of the Jordan river (2 Kin 2:8), it was the third recorded time our Beloved LORD GOD parted the waters for HIS anointed to walk miraculous through them on dry ground (Exd 14:15-30, Jos 3:5-17, Jos 4:1-24). This powerful work of our Beloved LORD GOD occurred for three reasons. First, it confirmed GOD’s choice of the individual for service (Exd 14:31, Jos 3:7, 2 Kin 2:13-14). Second, it demonstrated that our Beloved GOD is The Almighty to those who didn’t know them (Jos 4:23-24). And third, those who knew HIM, would honor and revere HIM (Psa 76:7, Jer 10:6-7). Just like, HIS people who came before us, HE will not let the waters overflow us (Isa 43:2), take a moment and reflect on and thank HIM for the situation(s) in your life, HE prevented from overtaking you (Psa 18:1-19).
  • When Elisha requested a double portion of the Spirit that was on Elijah be upon him (2 Kin 2:9), he was not asking for twice as much of GOD’s Holy SPIRIT that dwelt on Elijah. He recognized the magnitude of Elijah’s ministry, and was seeking to be qualified to continue Elijah’s ministry with the help of GOD. Remember Elisha was not among the prophets, he was a farmer, out plowing in the field, when his divine call came (1 Kin 19:20-21). Two things, we should consider. First our Precious Savior and LORD JESUS CHRIST can use anyone, as demonstrated by HIS call of Elisha. And two, HE has promised, that each one who trusts in HIM, will carry out HIS mission of preaching The Gospel; not just in Israel but throughout the world (Jhn 14:12-14). Do you trust HIM to go forth in all the world, doing what HE has called you to do? (Mrk 16:15-18).
  • Elijah knew that Elisha’s request to have a double portion of GOD’s Holy SPIRIT was something only GOD could give (Num 11:16-17). And only if GOD allowed Elisha to see Elijah be taken up to heaven, would Elisha’s request for a double portion be granted (2 Kin 2:10). As it was in 2 Kings 2:12.
  • Elijah like Enoch was take to heaven without dying (2 Kin 2:11, Gen 5:21-24, Heb 11:5). Being translated (changed in the twinkling of the eye) will also be experienced by the living faithful at the time of our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST’s second coming (1 Cor 15:51-52, 1 Ths 4:15-17).
  • GOD gave both witness and confirmation to Elisha. HE gave witness that HE was with Elisha, just as HE had with Moses, Joshua and Elijah before him, by parting the waters of the Jordan River (2 Kin 2:13-15). HE also confirmed Elisha’s new ministry when the leaders of Jericho came to him for help (2 Kin 2:19). Our GOD confirmed Elisha’s ministry through two symbols and a miracle (2 Kin 2:20-22). A new jar containing salt. The new jar symbolized, the new ministry bestowed on Elisha; the salt symbolized a binding and eternal union between our Beloved LORD GOD and HIS prophet (Lev 2:13, Num 18:19-20, 2 Chr 13:5↔2 Sam 7:12-16). Furthermore, The WORD of GOD in the prophet’s mouth purified the waters, symbolizing the salt in the new bowl. Is your faith united to HIS WORDS bringing you eternal life (Heb 4:2), or does unbelief keep you in darkness, destined for death?
  • Elisha’s new ministry was challenged by both the godly, and the ungodly:
    • The godly (the prophets) challenged Elisha’s ministry, questioning his insight (2 Kin 2:16). Elisha saw Elijah taken up to heaven, so he knew the prophets would not find him. But instead of standing firm on what our Beloved LORD had made known to him, he allowed them to shame him into giving approval to go and seek for Elijah (2 Kin 17-18). Has our Beloved LORD GOD revealed something to you, that instead of standing firm and trusting HIS WORD, you gave in to the crowd?
    • The ungodly (a large number of young men) mocked Elisha as he was leaving Jericho (2 Kin 2:23). Our Beloved LORD GOD confirmed Elisha’s ministry twice, yet, this ungodly group followed him with mocking and harsh words. When Elisha turned and cursed the ungodly men (2 Kin 2:24), it was not because of his pride, but their disrespect of our GOD and HIS WORD (Jud 1:14-16). Those who persist in mocking GOD’s WORD and HIS messengers will eventually suffer GOD’s wrath and death (2 Chr 36:15-16). Those who speak harsh things against GOD in ignorance are forgiven (Heb 5:2, Heb 9:7, Act 17:30-31, 1 Tim 1:13), but when it is done with knowledge of WHO GOD is; it is blasphemy and brings death (Eze 20:27, Eze 18:24, Mrk 3:28-29↔Jhn 4:24, 1 Cor 3:16, Rom 8:9-10, Jhn 14:23).

 

Then we who are alive and remain

Will be caught up together with them in the clouds

To meet The LORD in the air

And so we shall always be with The LORD

1 Thessalonians 4:17

Seeking Others Instead of GOD – 2 Kin 1:1-18

A Study in 2 KingsAnd Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber which was in Samaria
And became ill, so he sent messengers and said to them
“Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron whether I will recover from this sickness”
But the angel of The LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite
“Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them
‘Is it because there is no GOD in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?’
“Now therefore thus says The LORD, ‘you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up
But you shall surely die'” Then Elijah departed
2 Kings 1:2-4

In this BIBLE study we will look at the consequences of seeking others instead of GOD, both in the Scriptures and today.

At first glance, 2 Kings 1:1, appears to be a random thought when compared to verses in the rest of the chapter. But for those of us who know our Beloved LORD GOD, we also know, HE does nothing nor says anything random. Our GOD is Spirit (Jhn 4:24), and HE gives us spiritual instruction for our daily lives (Rom 15:4, 2 Tim 3:16-17). This instruction comes through HIS WORD (The BIBLE). Since HIS WORD is spiritual, it cannot be fully understood with human reasoning. Only by HIS Holy SPIRIT, combining spiritual words with spiritual thoughts (1 Cor 2:9-16, Jhn 14:26) can we fully comprehend what HE is telling us. Prayerful examination of 2 Kings 1:1 reveals:
 The name Moab is used interchangeably with Moabites (Gen 19:37). The Moabites are Lot’s direct descendants (Gen 19:30-38). Lot’s firstborn daughter sought counsel within herself and did not trust GOD. Based on her own understanding, she feared she and her younger sister would die childless, ending their family line. So they acted in an unthinkable manner, reasoning incest was the only way to protect their lineage. Their behavior is a lesson for us today, proving why we must trust in our Beloved LORD GOD and not ourselves (Pro 3:5). Our understanding is limited. It is based on what we see, or what we think we know. Trusting in self instead of GOD is foolish (Pro 12:15), and leads to death (Pro 14:12).
 Since Moab is Lot’s direct descendant, he is a cousin to Israel, as demonstrated in the following chart.
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Moab’s great fear of Israel’s vast numbers depleting their resources (Num 22:1-4), also caused them to seek counsel within themselves, instead of trusting GOD. And in doing this, they not only disregarded family ties, but sought out Balaam (a diviner from Mesopotamia) to curse Israel (Num 22:5-7, Deu 23:3-6, Jos 13:22). Moab’s unfounded fear caused them to become enemies of Israel, continually at war with them (Jos 24:9-10) until King David. King David fulfilled prophecy spoken through Balaam (Num 24:17), when he defeated Moab, killed two thirds of their army, made servants of one third, and collected tribute from their King (2 Sam 8:2). Moab remained servants to Israel, paying tribute until after King Ahab’s death and the injury of his son King Ahaziah (2 Kin 3:4-5). Moab’s rebellion against Israel and its consequences will be discussed more fully in 2 Kings, chapter 3. Through Moab we are given another lesson, if Moab had trusted GOD and HIS counsel, they would have learned their fear would not happen. GOD had already protected them (Deu 2:9, 2 Chr 20:10-12). So instead of remaining under HIS protection, they ended up digging and eventually falling into the very pit they had planned for Israel (Pro 26:27, Pro 28:10, Est 7:10, Zep 2:8-9).

In 2 Kings 1:2-4 we read King Ahaziah has injured himself by falling through the lattice of a window in his upper story room. He sends out messengers to get a prognosis from a false god of the Philistines in their city of Ekron (2 Kin 1:2). In doing this, he adds sin to his sin (Isa 30:1-5). Ahaziah lived a very sinful life, he not only worshiped Baal and Asherah like his wicked parents King Ahab and Queen Jezebel (1 Kin 22:51-53), he also worshiped the golden calves Jeroboam had made (1 Kin 12:26-32). Ahaziah’s wicked heart kept him from seeking the true GOD in Israel, which led to his death (2 Kin 1:3-4). Could you be facing hard times and disappointment, because you do not trust in, or seek our Beloved LORD GOD (Jer 13:22-25, Jer 16:10-13, Jam 1:6-8)?

In 2 Kings 1:5-6 the prophet Elijah intercepts the messengers before they reach Ekron, and gives them the message from our Beloved LORD GOD (2 Kin 1:3-4). The messengers immediately return to the King. When Ahaziah inquires why the messengers returned, they give him the message from Elijah, “you shall surely die” (2 Kin 1:4). This is a warning to all who refuse to seek or even acknowledge the GIVER of both physical and eternal life (Isa 31:1-3, Rom 1:28-32).

In 2 Kings 1:7-8 when Ahaziah questioned the messengers about who had given them the message, they described what Elijah was wearing. Ahaziah knew it was him immediately, and sent to take him by force. Just a final observation before moving on, describing what Elijah was wearing in verse 8, not only helped Ahaziah recognize it was the prophet Elijah. But it also confirms our Precious JESUS CHRIST words about the identity of John the Baptist (Mat 11:14, Mat 17:11-13, Mrk 9:11-13), as prophesied by Malachi (Mal 4:5-6), confirmed by Gabriel (Luk 1:11-19), and demonstrated by John’s choice of clothing (Mat 3:4, Mrk 1:6).

In 2 Kings 1:9-12 Elijah’s response to the 51 men sent the first two times, might seem harsh, as he called fire down from heaven, killing them. But you must consider the following:
 Ahaziah like his deceased father King Ahab and mother Queen Jezebel, were enemies of Elijah, as he had prophesied all their deaths (1 Kin 21:1-29). Ahaziah’s contempt for Elijah and The GOD he served was reflected in his behavior. Instead of being moved to repentance of his sins and seeking The LORD, he sent a group of 51 soldiers to bring him by force (notice a command not an invitation was given in 2 Kin 1:9).
 The second group of 51 soldiers who came to take him by force, demanded Elijah “come down quickly” (1 Kin 1:11). Showing that Ahaziah like pharaoh refused to recognize Elijah as the servant of the true GOD in Israel; even though fire from heaven attested to it (1 Kin 18:21-24, 2 Kin 1:10). This second time when fire fell from heaven and consumed 51, it emphasized GOD’s sovereignty and HIS protection of HIS servants (1 Chr 16:21-22).
 When Kings didn’t like the messages of true prophets, they sought to silence them through imprisonment (1 Kin 22:26-28, Jer 37:15-21) or death (2 Chr 24:21-22, Neh 9:26, Jer 26:23). In fact, Ahaziah’s deceased mother years earlier had threatened to kill Elijah for killing her prophets (1 Kin 19:1-3).

In 2 Kings 1:13-16 Elijah went with the third group of 51 soldiers because their captain did not come commanding or demanding, but instead came humbly. This captain recognized the position of authority Elijah held as the servant of the true GOD in Israel, and he sought that the lives of his men, and himself would be spared. The Angel of The LORD telling Elijah to go with this captain to Ahaziah, demonstrates Elijah did not act on his own, the two previous times. And we also recognize that the heart of Ahaziah had been humbled to hear The WORD of GOD and not kill HIS prophet.

In 2 Kings 1:17 Ahaziah dies according to The WORD of The LORD, which Elijah had spoken. His brother Jehoram became King of Israel in his place, since Ahaziah had no sons (2 Kin 3:1).

Are you seeking others instead of GOD? Our Beloved GOD is the Wonderful Counselor (Isa 9:6, Job 12:13, Psa 32:8, Pro 8:14, Jer 32:17-19). And HE forewarns us about putting our trust in men (Jer 17:5-6, Psa 146:3) and seeking the counsel of the wicked (Psa 1:1). Wicked counselors include disobedient friends (Psa 119:113-115), idols (Jer 10:1-5), astrologers (Isa 47:13-14), psychics and necromancers (Isa 8:19-20), fortune tellers (Isa 44:25), or witches (Isa 47:9). The counsel of the ungodly will always bring death (1 Chr 10:13-14).

This also comes from The LORD of hosts
Who has made HIS counsel wonderful
And HIS wisdom great
Isaiah 28:29

We Are Not Doing Right – 2 Kin 7:1-16

A Study in 2 KingsThen they said to one another
We are not doing right
This day is a day of good news
But we are keeping silent
If we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us
Now therefore come
Let us go and tell the king’s household
2 Kings 7:9

As we continue our BIBLE study in 2 Kings, we look at four lepers and the events surrounding them in 2 Kings 7:1-16. We will also consider how the lesson the lepers learned, applies to us today.

Four lepers lived outside the city of Samaria (2 Kin 7:3-4), in accordance to our Beloved LORD GOD’s LAW concerning leprosy (Lev chapters 13 and 14). In Leviticus 13:45-46, we learn that lepers were required to live outside of populated areas, and warn others from a distance not to come close to them. We see this commandment carried out with the separation of Miriam (Num 12:10-15), King Uzziah (2 Chr 26:16-21) and ten leprous men standing outside a village where JESUS was about to enter (Luk 17:11-14).

It may seem harsh that GOD’s LAW required lepers to be separated from the general population, but leprosy is a disease that can be transmitted person-to-person through close and repeated contact through nose and mouth droplets (sneezing or coughing) from someone who has untreated leprosy. Truly our GOD is compassionate, and we see HIS kindness to lepers through our Precious LORD JESUS. When JESUS came into contact with lepers, HE did not avoid them HE met them right where they were:
 When a man covered with leprosy fell on his face at JESUS feet and begged JESUS, saying, ‘”LORD if YOU are willing, YOU can make me clean.” JESUS moved with compassion stretched out HIS hand and touched the leper, saying to him, “I am willing, be cleansed.” (Mrk 1:40-44)
When JESUS was in Bethany, HE went to the house of Simon the leper and dined with him (Mrk 14:1-3, Luk 7:36-50)
 JESUS testified to John the Baptist’s disciples about the miracles taking place during HIS ministry, including the cleansing of lepers (Mat 11:2-6)

The four lepers in this BIBLE study were starving to death because of the severe famine in Samaria (the capital of Israel). This famine was caused by the Aramean army (army of modern day Syria) besieging, or completely surrounding the city (2 Kin 6:24). This besiegement prevented any help from getting in, or people getting out. The lack of food was so severe that the Israelites living inside Samaria were eating unclean animals, dove dung (bowel movement), even their children (2 Kin 6:25-29).

The four lepers discussed their options for dying or living (2 Kin 7:3-4). They decided to surrender themselves to the Arameans, where the possibility of surviving the famine existed (2 Kin 7:5). They did not know their decision was part of a plan our Beloved LORD GOD, The Victorious Warrior (Zep 3:17) was carrying out (2 Kin 7:6-7), to fulfill HIS WORD through the mouth of HIS prophet Elisha (2 Kin 7:1).

The four lepers went to the camp of the Arameans, and found it abandoned. They satisfied their hunger and thirst with the drink and food that had been left behind. Afterwards, they made two trips between where they lived and the Aramean camp, to hide the silver, gold and clothes also abandoned (2 Kin 7:8). By the third trip our Beloved LORD GOD convicted their consciences, making it known “what they were doing was not right,” and they would be punished if they continued (2 Kin 7:9). The four lepers responded to the conviction by immediately going to the gatekeepers of Samaria and announcing the good news (2 Kin 7:10), thus our Beloved LORD GOD saved the people of Samaria from completely perishing (2 Kin 7:11-16).

Like the four lepers who were saved from death, every Christian has been given Good News (Rom 10:14-15). Are you doing what is right? Are you sharing The Good News with the weak, the lost, and the dying of the world (Mat 24:14, Mat 28:18-20)? Are you receiving from GOD but never giving to others? (Luk 6:38, Mat 7:2, Mrk 4:24-25) Have you become a fat sheep? (Eze 34:17-22)? If you are not doing what is right, then you have blood on your hands (Act 20:26-27, Eze 3:16-21, Eze 33:1-9). Why? Because it is not our Beloved LORD GOD’s desire for any soul to perish (2 Pet 3:9). Therefore HE sends HIS servants forth with The GOOD NEWS that saves souls (Isa 52:7). Every Christian is responsible for their part in reaching the lost, making disciples, serving the body of our Precious CHRIST JESUS (Rom 12:4-8, Eph 4:11-13). If you are not doing your part, consider that you like the four lepers have been warned about punishment overtaking you, if you continue in wrongdoing.

And having shod YOUR FEET
WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
or
For shoes
Put on the readiness to preach The Good News of peace with GOD
Ephesians 6:15

Preach The WORD
Be ready in season and out of season
Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction
2 Timothy 4:2

But sanctify CHRIST as LORD in your hearts
Always being ready to make a defense
To everyone who asks you to give an account
For the hope that is in you
Yet with gentleness and reverence
1 Peter 3:15

The LORD’s Work

Work of The LORDTherefore
My beloved brethren
Be steadfast, immovable
Always abounding in the work of The LORD
Knowing that your toil is not in vain in The LORD
1 Corinthians 15:58

Many of the BIBLE studies I share have come from one-on-ONE studies with our Beloved LORD GOD. It is HE that taught me to examine The Scriptures (1 Ths 5:21). I absolutely love studying my ABBA FATHER’s WORD with HIM! HE’s taught me not to skim over or speed-read the Scriptures, but to read each one carefully, paying particular attention to things HE points out to me. I date, highlight, and notate in my BIBLE what HE has pointed out during that time of study. And then I reflect or meditate on what I have learned, and ask HIM to help me carefully walk in what HE has taught me. It’s during this process, HE writes HIS WORD upon my heart.

Why must one read each Scripture carefully? Because of the absolute importance of each word. We must never forget we are looking upon the very WORDS of Almighty GOD (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20). We must grasp that HE is sharing HIMSELF (Jhn 1:1, Jhn 1:14, 1 Jhn 1:1-3). We must fully understand that by HIS WORD all of creation was spoken into existence (Psa 33:6, Heb 11:3). We should know it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest Hebrew letter to fail (Isa 55:11, Luk 16:17). And we must carefully consider the weight our Beloved LORD GOD places on both HIS WORDS (Deu 8:3, Mat 4:4) and ours (1 Sam 2:3, Mat 12:36-37, Mat 15:15-19, Eph 4:29, Jam 3:2).

In the opening paragraph I described the process of examining the Scriptures. And we are going to do just that in this study. We will be examining 1 Corinthians 15:58. I would like to first share with you that the foundation Scripture (which is always located just below the graphic) is laid out how The Holy SPIRIT of my Beloved LORD GOD points it out to me. The Scripture centered on a line-by-line basis in The BIBLE study is highlighted with different colors for each line in my BIBLE. 1 Corinthians 15:58 was broken down by The Holy SPIRIT in 5 parts, drawing particular attention to each of the following parts:

1) Therefore
2) My beloved brethren
3) Be steadfast, immovable
4) Always abounding in the work of The LORD
5) Knowing that your toil is not in vain in The LORD

Therefore is used as a conjunctive adverb, the conjunctive part refers to something previously stated, and the adverb provides a greater description. Instead of using “therefore” one could say; that because something happened; as a result of this or that; for this or that reason. By starting at verse one of 1 Corinthians chapter 15, our Beloved LORD GOD through the apostle Paul lays out the doctrine of resurrection and a solid hope for believing it. With this very first word “therefore” In 1 Corinthians 15:58 Paul then provides the incentive for, and the way we should carry out our service for The LORD.

My beloved brethren, this word of encouragement is to incentivize those who hear it. It is not for everyone. It is only for those who do the will of our Beloved LORD GOD from the heart (Mrk 3:35, Eph 6:6, 1 Pet 4:2, 1 Jhn 2:17). For those who will take part in the first resurrection (Rev 20:5-6), also known as the resurrection of the righteous (Luk 14:14, Act 24:15), or the resurrection of life (Jhn 5:29, Dan 12:2).

Be steadfast, immovable. Be steadfast in heart, and immovable in faith. One who is steadfast in heart is one whose heart is firm, fixed, settled or established. Circumstances or indefinite time periods do not cause them to lose heart (Luk 18:1-8, 2 Cor 4:1-18), or give up from discouragement (Isa 40:30-31, Gal 6:9, 2 Ths 3:13, Heb 12:3).
       One who is immovable in faith is one who truly knows GOD (Jhn 10:14, Jhn 14:23, 1 Jhn 2:3-6, 1 Jhn 4:6-8). Their faith in HIM cannot be shaken, it is not even capable of movement. Because they know HE cannot lie (Num 23:19, Tit 1:2, Heb 6:18), HE is faithful (Deu 7:9, 1 Cor 1:9, 2 Tim 2:13) and all HIS WORDS are faithful (Psa 119:86, Psa 119:89-90, Psa 119:138) and will not fail (Isa 55:10-11, Luk 16:17). Their faith in HIM is not just for others, but also for themselves (Psa 9:18, Pro 13:12, Jam 1:2-4).

Always abounding in the work of The LORD. “Always abounding” means to not just be engaged, but to be highly productive; to excel in; to be diligent; to always have a willing heart (2 Chr 31:21, Col 3:23-24).
       The work of The LORD is to always be engaged in doing the will of our Beloved LORD GOD (Jhn 4:34), in every single thing we do (Col 3:17, Jam 2:26). Which means our daily walk through the power of HIS Holy SPIRIT is one that brings glory (Psa 115:1, 1 Pet 4:11) and thanksgiving to our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST (Act 3:8-9, 2 Cor 1:11, 2 Cor 9:10-15), advancement of HIS Kingdom (Act 20:24-27, Rom 10:14-15, 1 Cor 3:6-9, 2 Tim 4:1-5), service to both the brethren (Eph 6:18, Col 1:25, Heb 13:17, 3 Jhn 1:5-8) and all mankind (Php 2:14-15, 1 Tim 2:1-4, Heb 13:1-3, Heb 13:16).

Knowing that your toil is not in vain in The LORD. Knowing is to have a deep conviction through experiencing the truth and faithfulness of GOD (Job 42:5, 2 Pet 1:16-19).
       It is only then that you will be fully convinced (2 Tim 1:12), that your toil (labor; deed; actions) is not in vain (fruitless; unprofitable; without effect; futile) ― Php 2:16, Isa 49:4, 1 Ths 3:5
       “In The LORD” is a key phrase in this sentence. If JESUS CHRIST is not your LORD & SAVIOR, and you do not have HIS Holy SPIRIT dwelling in your heart; than all you do profits you nothing (1 Cor 13:1-3, 1 Jhn 4:16), and everything seems vain to you, as demonstrated by the disobedient King Solomon (Ecc 1:1-2, Ecc 12:8).

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of The LORD
The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil
Being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains
You too be patient
Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of The LORD is near
James 5:7-8