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“May you and I seek to live Godly lives.” <>< Dona 05/27/20

Please read II Kings 16 through 17.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Kings 16 Ahaz became king of Judah.  Ahaz followed the detestable ways of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites as they entered their promised land.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Ahaz did some truly detestable things.

Something to think about

Ahaz followed pagan religious customs, changed the temple services and used the temple altar for his own personal benefit.  He disregarded God’s commands. By trying to please the Assyrian king, Ahaz allowed him to take the place of God as Judah’s leader.

Something to experience

We should never try to mold God’s message to fit our personal preferences.  No one, no matter how attractive or powerful, should be allowed to replace God’s leadership in our life. We must worship God for who He is, not what we would selfishly like Him to be.

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In II Kings 17:1-8 The Assyrians invaded Israel.  This was the third and final invasion of the Israelites by the Assyrians.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, even after three invasions Israel still didn’t realize their behavior was the problem.

Something to think about

Israel should have learned the lesson and returned to God before a third attack was allowed by God.  Unfortunately the Israelites didn’t figure out that their behavior had caused their own troubles.  Even though they had begun to copy the surrounding nations – worshipping false gods, accommodating pagan customs, and following their own desires.

Something to experience

It may be difficult to follow God but consider the alternative.  We can live for God or die for self.  Let’s determine to do what God says regardless of the cost.

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In II Kings 17:9-22 The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord that were not right. They built themselves high places (pagan shrines) in all their towns. They did wicked things that provoked the Lord to anger. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, they turned from worshipping You and were worshipping idols. 

Something to think about

The Lord was very anger with Israel and removed them from His Presence.  Only the tribe of Judah was left and even Judah did not keep the commands of the Lord their God.  Over and over God had sent prophets to warn them of how far they had turned away from Him and to call Israel to turn back.

Something to experience

God’s patience and mercy are beyond our ability to understand. God will pursue us until we either respond to Him and receive Him into our heart or we choose to reject Him and make ourselves unreachable. 

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In II Kings 17:23-26 The Israelites were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, just as Your prophets warned, Israel was taken into exile.

Something to think about

Whatever God predicts will come to pass.  This is good news to those who trust and obey Him. 

Something to experience

We who are following God, can be confident of His promises.  But “promises made, promises kept” is bad news to those who ignore or disobey God.  All the promises and warnings God has given in His Word will surely come true.

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In II Kings 17:27-29 The new exiled Israelites chose to worship God and continue their pagan customs.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Israelites were trying to appease You, not please You, with their worship.

Something to think about

The Israelites’ attitude is common today.  But God is not one of many gods.  Nor is God a good luck charm.  God is the One True God.  He is the Creator of the universe.  He made us.

Something to experience

We cannot claim to believe in God while refusing to give up attitudes and actions that God denounces. God must come first in our life. His Word must shape all we think, say, and do.

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Prayer

Prayer: Lord, I pray we will worship You for who You truly are (Genesis 31:53 AMP; Habakkuk 2:4 AMP). Lord, I pray we will follow You all the days of our life (Acts 13:39 AMP).  I pray we will obey You regardless of what it cost us (I Corinthians 2:9 AMP; Luke 14:26-30). Lord, thank You for treating us with patience (Romans 2:4 AMP) and mercy (Ephesians 2:5 AMP).  I pray we will receive You into our heart if we haven’t already (John 3:16 AMP). Lord, I pray we will believe Your promises and look for You to fulfill them (I Corinthians 13:13 AMP). Lord, I pray we will give up all attitudes and actions that are against Your will (Matthew 3:8 AMP; Luke 5:32 AMP).  I pray we will always put You first (Ephesians 3:15 AMP).  I pray Your Word will shape all our thoughts, words and actions (Romans 12:2 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May God’s Word shape all we think, say and do.” <>< Dona