Suggested Reading: 2 Kings 25
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Key Verse: 2 Kings 25:10
And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls of Jerusalem all around.
This was a day of judgement! The capital city, the symbol of the nation, was destroyed by Babylon (modern Iraq). Things had never looked worse for God’s chosen people. Earlier they had been forcefully removed from the northern areas, and now from Judah and the city of Jerusalem. What of God’s promises now? What of the prophesies of the great future ruler who would reign forever, the Messiah, the Son of David?
Perhaps we have not encountered circumstances which looked as bad as they did for the captive Israelites. However, there may have been times when good things in our lives seem to have been destroyed, and God’s promises sounded empty.
Look ahead! Israel was restored under leaders such as Ezra and Nehemiah. The Temple and the walls were built again. The people of God came to know a long period of peace and prosperity. Greatest of all is that in the course of time, just five miles south of Jerusalem, in the city of David, Bethlehem, the Messiah Jesus was born. He is a Deliverer greater than all the prophets imagined.
We move in our reading for tomorrow into the book of Ephesians, perhaps the book that contains, more fully than any other, the essence of the teaching of the Apostle Paul.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, fill me each day with the joy that comes from knowing that the darkness and despair that may seem to be all around is only temporary. Please help me to look to the eternal reality of Your plans for my future. Plans that are greater than anything I could imagine. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!!!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m taking the time today to read at one sitting the entire book of Ephesians. We’ll consider over the next six days, God willing, the life-enriching and life-changing truths which Paul writes to the people of Ephesus, people in the greatest city of what was then known as Asia Minor. Paul spent two years there preaching the Good News of Jesus and establishing the church. Now he writes back to these people who are so precious to him. What joyful assurance he brings his loved ones! This is powerful teaching! Perhaps it’s obvious that I’m excited about the week ahead before we move back again into the books of Chronicles, which present more of a spiritual history of the dynasty of King David. The books of 2 Samuel and 1st and 2nd Kings, which we’ve just completed, are more of a political history. I hope and pray for staying power for each reader. I call it sanctified stubbornness, the steel up each backbone which will never bend to the pressures of daily life that might steal away the great blessings which God has for us. Amen!!!
Yours for consistency…as Shakespeare wrote, “Consistency, thou art a rare jewel.”
P.S. As you might know, my son Ron and his wife Ann are currently in Moore, Oklahoma, reporting on the relief effort that God’s people are doing there in the aftermath of the EF-5 tornado that ripped through that city. Here is a link to the first of Ron’s reports. You can donate to Crossroads Relief and Development in order to help out with the efforts, which are being done in the Name of Jesus.