Monthly Archives: May 2016

In JESUS’ Name We Press On

“When the Valley is Deep, when the Mountain is Steep…

When the Choices are Hard, when we’re Battered and Scarred…

In JESUS’ Name We Press On”

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2 KINGS – Book of “The Divided Kingdom”

Key Verse:   2 Kings 17:7, “For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt.”

Judah & Israel’s Kings – Chapters 1, 3, 9-16

Elijah Taken Up in Chariot – Chapter 2

Elisha & the Widow’s Increase of Oil – Chapter 4

Healing of Naaman the Leper – Chapter 5

Elisha’s Ministry – Chapters 6-8

Israel Taken into Captivity – Chapter 17

Judah’s Kings Continue to Reign – Chapter 18

King Hezekiah Sends for Isaiah – Chapter 19

Hezekiah’s Sickness & Recovery – Chapter 20

Judah’s Final Kings – Chapters 21-23

Judah & Jerusalem Rebel – Chapter 24

Seige & Taking of Jerusalem into Captivity – Chapter 25

 

God Is Not Pleased With Many

In the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Church in modern day Greece he took them back to former times in the life of their forefathers. As is important in knowing their history written by Moses in the Old Testament, he wrote them they should not be ignorant how that:

  • ALL their fathers were under the cloud  (Exodus 13:21-22)
  • ALL passed through the sea  (Exodus 14:21-22)
  • ALL were baptized in the cloud and in the sea  (Exodus 14:19-20,29)
  • ALL did eat of the same spiritual food  (Exodus 16:4)
  • ALL did drink of the same spiritual drink  (Exodus 17:6)

Then Paul reminded them how even though they ALL experienced the same events during their exodus from Egypt, God was not pleased with many of them, for a great multitude of them were overthrown in the wilderness. Paul then listed some of the sins they committed that kept them from entering the Promised Land:

  • Idolatry –  sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play (Exodus 32:1-6)
  • Fornication –  committed and fell in one day 23,000  (Numbers 25:1-9)
  • Tempted God –  were destroyed by serpents  (Exodus 17:2; Numbers 21:4-7)
  • Murmured –  were destroyed by the destroyer  (Numbers 14:1-4,27-32)

Paul then clearly tells them Now all these things happened unto them for examples;” (to the others wandering in the wilderness with them), “and they were written for our admonition.” He then adamantly declares, Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (I Corinthians 10:1-12)

There are those in every generation who go through the motion of church attendance, baptism, giving money to the church, helping the poor, feeding the hungry, but their hearts are far from God just as many of those who followed Moses into the wilderness. God is not well pleased with those who traverse this earth in like manner and they, too, will not enter the “Promised Land” of Heaven that awaits those who truly repent, put their trust in Christ as Savior, surrendering their lives fully to Him.

“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should NOT lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

I Corinthians 10:6

1 KINGS – Book of “Israel Divides”

Key Verse:   1 Kings 3:9, “Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between the good and bad.”

Solomon Becomes King – Chapter 1

David’s Death – Chapter 2

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom – Chapters 3-4

Solomon Builds the Temple – Chapters 5-7

Ark of Covenant Brought to Temple – Chapter 8

Solomon’s Greatness – Chapters 9-10

Solomon’s Death – Chapter 11

Kingdom Divided – Chapters 12-16

Elijah on Mt. Carmel – Chapters 17-18

Evil King Ahab – Chapters 19-22