OYB June 22
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- 2009 Jun 22
3:11 But King Jehoshaphat of Judah asked, "Is there no prophet of the Lord with us? If there is, we can ask the Lord what to do through him." Jehoshaphat has the wonderful habit of always seeking the Lord's will in a sticky matter. But he surely has poor judgment in the kings he aligns himself with. But you'll notice in this passage that he is honored by Elisha.
3:15 While the harp was being played, the power of the Lord came upon Elisha... You know, I think I need to get me one of those harps! This seems to be a recurrent theme with this unusual instrument!
14:15 Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel (Good News) to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, WHO MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM (NASB). Did you ever notice how the Good News never seems to be accompanied by an opposing bad news? Why not? The Good News is just that—Good News!
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. The double-minded flakiness of humans is mind-boggling. One minute they're sacrificing to Paul as a god, and the next they're stoning him.
14:21-22 After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." Of one thing I've become convinced: those entering the Kingdom must face a second death in this life, whether by persecution, sacrifice, or suffering. Everyone must go through a "second death" meaning a death of the old man (a cross) in addition to the death of the body. In reality, this is what Jesus spoke of to Nicodemus when He said, "You must be born again." It is born again from our second death that gives us true life.
140:9 Let my enemies be destroyed by the very evil they have planned for me. All I can say is, "amen." If David can request it, so can I. The important thing is not taking matters into our own hands, but letting God handle our enemies. I get so tempted to get into the equation and control outcomes of the problems my enemies have stirred up for me, but then I stop and realize that I have none of the control I think I have. And I let go and remind God that He's my only hope.
140:10-11 Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can't escape. Don't let liars prosper here in our land. Cause great disasters to fall on the violent. I believe David is asking for repentance to fall upon them, and a purging process.
140:12 But I know the Lord will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor. And again I say, "Amen!"