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OYB June 25

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  • 2009 Jun 25
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

2 Kings

8:1 Elisha had told the woman whose son he had brought back to life, "Take your family and move to some other place, for the Lord has called for a famine on Israel that will last for seven years." I wonder if this famine is the same one we read about yesterday in chapter 7 that was suddenly gone overnight. If so, remember we were saying this could be a picture of the Tribulation, and this would be another piece to add into the picture. Sometimes these OT passages overlap in time, but I'm not sure about this famine. Seems like it would make sense it's the same one since the two women in chapter 7 were eating their babies.

8:5 At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. I love all the "at that very moment" moments in the Bible! It is SO God! I pray that I have lots of "at that very moment" moments in my life, too! I love seeing God do the impossible and making a miracle out of the mundane of life!

Testimony time: Can you think of a time when God pulled an "at that very moment" in your life? What happened? One time I had to sell a car by a certain date in order to pay off a loan that was due (when I was a single parent). I advertised the car in the paper and the local advertiser for two weeks. It came down to the night before it had to be sold, and I asked God what He was going to do to take care of this situation. He had promised to be my Provider, after all. At 8:00 p.m., there came a knock at the door. It was my neighbor across the street, an elderly gentleman, who wanted to buy my car. He asked how much I wanted for it, I told him, and he wrote me a check out right then. Boy did I pray God would keep that car running, since it was a neighbor! And He did...many years later that old car was still going strong.

8:6 So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence. This verse has personally brought me so much comfort! I have lost many things-some at the hands of vindictive people, and some just the result of living in a fallen world. Either way, I have always felt that this verse was a wonderful promise. I also find amazing comfort that the value of any crops harvested in my absence would also be restored. What a promise!

8:19 I found three different translations for this verse that bear mentioning. Two seem to say something quite different, and one tries to marry them.

However, the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David His servant, since He had promised him to give a lamp to him through his sons always. NASB

But the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for he had made a covenant with David and promised that his descendants would continue to rule forever. NLT CLASSIC

But the Lord did not want to destroy Judah, for he had made a covenant with David and promised that his descendants would continue to rule, shining like a lamp forever. NLT 2ND ED.

I looked up lamp and don't see anywhere that it says anything about ruling. I have actually recently come across a verse that tells me that Jesus will not be ruling forever anyhow, as this mistranslation states, only until all of His enemies have been put under His feet. If there is no insubordinance, there is no need to rule. I believe after the Millennial Kingdom and the Judgment, all enemies will be put under Christ's feet, and He will no longer need to rule over His creation, as the following verse states:

"...then comes the end, when [Jesus] hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET" (1 Cor. 15:24-27).

Remember too that when certain verses say "forever" such as Jesus being on the throne forever or ruling forever, the word "forever" is mistranslated and is an age related word. I looked up many of the verses in a literal translation throughout the OT and NT where it talks about Jesus reigning and ruling forever and none of them should have been translated as such. This does not take away from His power, it only means that when all His enemies are subdued, there is no reason to rule, and at that time we will become the co-heirs and sons, not subjects.

Check out one of many examples:

"But of the Son He says, "YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM." Hebrews 1:8 NASB

"...and unto the Son: `Thy throne, O God, [is] to the age of the age; a scepter of righteousness [is] the scepter of thy reign..." Hebrews 1:8 Young's Literal