Saturday, May 16, 2015


Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 9

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Southeast of Haifa lies Mount Carmel. As you stand on its peak, below you can see the fertile plains of the Jezreel Valley which, during the course of 7,000 years, has seen countless battles. The Book of Revelation identifies this spot as the place where the final battle of Armageddon will be fought. It was on Mount Carmel that Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal.

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Key Verse: 2 Kings 9:6

Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I have anointed you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel…'”

God endorsed the appointment of Jehu to replace Ahab. What fresh new potential! Almost immediately Jehu’s choices led him down the wrong path. He murdered both the King of Israel and the King of Judah, who, with their armies, were defending their lands against Syria. We understand that the events of the tragic, as well as the blessed, history of the people of God were written down so that we might learn from the things they did wrong as well as the things they did right. Let us remember that, while today’s reading shows the mess made by those who do wrong, there were still thousands of people who were humbly serving the God of Elijah and Elisha.
Like Jehu, we are always in danger of relying on a past blessing while we are in the process of moving rapidly away from God. We can never rely on previous experience with God as a guarantee that we are right in His sight now. We must make a deliberate decision to communicate with God and hear from Him every day. Jesus, in His humanity, did that. He rose early in the morning and spent time in prayer. He was receiving His guidance for the day. Therefore, He could say, “The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that please Him” (John 8:29).


Lord Jesus, thank You for setting such an example for me. You demonstrated that as a human being, not using Your divine nature to help Yourself, I too can “do the things that please Him.” I ask that I will be given daily grace to remain always faithful to You. Because of Your indwelling presence, I live with confidence in Your keeping power. May the smile of Your approval be upon me. In Your Name I pray, Amen!


From my earliest memories hearing or reading children’s Bible stories, I saw Jehu as a hero. Those stories would gloss over the worst parts. Jehu driving his chariot “furiously” was an exciting mental picture for me. I could imagine myself driving a chariot like that. Then there was the death of Jezebel and the dogs consuming the remains of this exceedingly wicked woman. I may have been older when I remember thinking that this was justice because of her crimes against humanity. Around this time I also remember seeing the body of the Italian dictator, Mussolini, near the close of World War II, hanging from a balcony in a central city square. It was justice, people said. I understood from Scripture that all of us “reap what we have sown.” A New Testament reading I’ve just looked up is Galatians 6:7-10. Those verses speak to me of reaping good things also. This “good” reaping will continue into eternity in Heaven as I stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, where believers are judged according to their works and eternal rewards are given or withheld (see 2 Corinthians 5:6-10).

Yours for laying up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21),


P.S. Tomorrow, God willing, my blog will originate from Israel where Norma-Jean and I, along with our son Ron and daughter-in-love, Ann, are participating in a great gathering called “Empowered 21.” Check it out (here) and watch the live streaming of events beginning this coming Wednesday, May 20th (The times are listed in local Israel time, so you will need to adjust the times for your time zone).

The statue of Elijah at the Carmelite Monastery on Mount Carmel reflects the Lord’s victory over the prophets of Baal. Shortly afterward, fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the altar, and even the water.

9 thoughts on “Saturday, May 16, 2015

  1. That’s too funny the way Jehu’s enemies knew him as a crazy driver. Crazy driving continues to this day except not in chariots.

    “Lord God, Your ways are so far beyond our comprehension, yet we know without doubt that You love us. Help us trust Your loving heart with the things we don’t.”

    Have a blessed day all.

  2. Will be praying for you, David Mainse, and for Morris Cerullo who is an amazing teacher in his mid to late 80s. Both wonderful teachers. Thank you for your dedication. God bless you both.

  3. Thank you Lord for David Mainse and for this blog! Safe journey to all who are heading off to the wonderful Holy land of Israel! May they all be touched by the Holy Spirit in a way that only HE can! Shalom!

  4. Yes, a safe and joyous trip and celebration to all of you as you travel to the Holy Land and as you are walking in and traveling through it, Thank You Jesus for Your arms around each one and Your guardian angels protecting them.

  5. Holding you up–David, Norma-Jean, Ron and Ann, as you travel to Israel. Blessings upon blessings with light of love and hope and renewal from our Risen King as you prepare to speak at the gathering.

    Another quote from Echoes of Eternity:

    “Not until each loom is silent,
    And the shuttles cease to fly,
    Will God unroll the pattern
    And explain the reason why
    The dark threads are as needful
    In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
    As the threads of gold and silver
    For the pattern which He planned.”

    He spoke a parable unto them…that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1).

    Blessings dearest saints.

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