1 Chronicles 1-2

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Josh: 1 Chronicles 2:44  “Shema fathered Raham, who fathered Jorkeam, and Rekem fathered Shammai.”  I have never heard these names before but these were real people who God knew about.  It encourages me that God put this record together for us to see that he knows.

Lindsey: Same as Josh 🙂

What stood out to you from 1 Chronicles 1-2?  

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2 Kings 24-25

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Josh: 2 Kings 24:20  “Because of the Lord’s anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence. Then, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.”  The Lord is loving and patient but he is also just.  He can only be provoked so much before his righteous anger is released.  But, of course, through Jesus, His kindness overflows to all generations and eternal peace is made available.

Lindsey: 2 Kings 25:29  “So Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes, and he dined regularly in the presence of the king of Babylon for the rest of his life.”  You never know when your situation will dramatically change.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 24-25?  

2 Kings 21-23

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Josh: 2 Kings 23:3  “Next, the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant in the presence of the Lord to follow the Lord and to keep His commands, His decrees, and His statutes with all his mind and with all his heart, and to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book; all the people agreed to the covenant.”  When a community or group of people have broken God’s covenant, it demands a community response.  Josiah didn’t repent in private.  He had the whole nation repent in public.

Lindsey: 2 Kings 22:11  “When the king heard the words of the book of the Law, he tore his clothes.”  It first took hearing God’s Word, then there was a response.  The response was one of humility.  Help me to hear and be humble.  Help me to respond to the words and not let them set on the surface.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 21-23?  

2 Kings 18-20

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Josh: 2 Kings 18:4  “He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.”  Isn’t it just like us to take something that was meant to point us to Christ and turn it into an idol.  It took a lot of courage for Hezekiah to destroy something that was so important to the Israelite nation as the bronze snake but he feared God more than man.  I hope this can be said of me.

Lindsey: 2 Kings 19:17  “Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands.”  Hezekiah was able to distinguish the lies from the truth and seek God as he laid out both to the Lord.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 18-20?  

2 Kings 15-17

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Josh: 2 Kings 17:38  “Do not forget the covenant that I have made with you. Do not fear other gods.”  What does forgetting mean?  If remembering is expressed by our doing, then forgetting is shown by our lack of action.  Maybe “do not forget” means don’t stop doing.  

Lindsey: 2 Kings 17:15b   “They pursued worthless idols and became worthless themselves, following the surrounding nations the Lord had commanded them not to imitate.”  You become what you pursue?

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 15-17?  

2 Kings 12-14

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Josh: 2 Kings 12:6  “But by the twenty-third year of the reign of King Joash, the priests had not repaired the damage to the temple.”  Two lessons for me here.  If God lays something on my heart, it is my responsibility to make sure the work gets accomplished.  Lesson two is that if I wait around (23 years!) to do a job, God (the King) may give the responsibility to another and I would miss the blessing that comes from obedience.

Lindsey: 2 Kings 13:4   “Then Jehoahaz sought the Lord’s favor, and the Lord heard him, for He saw the oppression the king of Aram inflicted on Israel.”  God is compassionate.  We should never underestimate what could happen if we turn to him and seek with all our heart.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 12-14?  

2 Kings 9-11?

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Josh: 2 Kings 10:31  “Yet Jehu was not careful to follow the instruction of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins that Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit.”  He had much zeal for carrying out God’s judgment on Ahab’s family but failed to rid his own heart of sinfulness.

Lindsey: 2 Kings 9:30  “When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard about it, so she painted her eyes, adorned her head, and looked down from the window.”  There comes a time in life when all the outward adornment and old schemes amount to nothing.  Its best to not make them a part of your fallback plan now.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 9-11?  

2 Kings 6-8

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Josh: 2 Kings 6:5-6  “As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water, and he cried out, ‘Oh, my master, it was borrowed!’  Then the man of God asked, ‘Where did it fall?’  When he showed him the place, the man of God cut a stick, threw it there, and made the iron float.  Then he said, ‘Pick it up.’ So he reached out and took it.”  When we sink our life, it’s important to go back and see where we fell, so God can restore.

Lindsey: 2 Kings 6:17  “Then Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.’ So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”   We should ask God to open our eyes to what’s going on.   It may give us strength and courage for the battle ahead.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 6-8?  

1 Kings 4-5

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Josh: 2 Kings 4:25-26  “So she set out and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel.  When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to his attendant Gehazi, ‘Look, there’s the Shunammite woman.  Run out to meet her and ask, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your son all right?”  And she answered, ‘Everything’s all right.'”  When I have a problem that God is going to handle, I shouldn’t get distracted and go to other people.  Just go to him.

Lindsey: 2 Kings 4:3  “Then he said, “Go and borrow empty containers from everyone—from all your neighbors. Do not get just a few.”  For as much faith as we have, God has enough follow-through.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 4-5?  

2 Kings 1-3

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Josh: 2 Kings 3:27 “So he took his firstborn son,who was to become king in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the city wall. Great wrath was on the Israelites, and they withdrew from him and returned to their land.”  It doesn’t matter how sincere, how serious, or how scared you are, when your response is misguided, God will not bless you.  He requires obedience, not sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22)

Lindsey: 2 Kings 2:24  “He turned around, looked at them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two female bears came out of the woods and mauled 42 of the children.”  Our character is displayed when we’re offended.

What stood out to you from 2 Kings 1-3?