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Weekly Daily Devotional
Week of April 30, 2017
Monday – 2 Kings, Chapter 15
1. King Asariah was one of the more stable kings in Israel. However, he is remembered as the "leper-king." Asariah tolerated idolatry and the Lord punished him with leprosy. (Vs. 1-5) Ultimately, our relationship with God is the important thing. Who and what is first in our life?
2. This chapter goes on to speak of how Israel's kings committed the most deplorable acts. Israel became so evil now that her destruction was imminent. (Vs. 16) Again, the high places were not removed, which compromised God's protection and blessing. If we want God's blessings we cannot serve both Him and satan. Choose today whom you will serve.
Tuesday – 2 Kings, Chapter 16
1. Ahaz continued in the way of the kings of Israel, he did not serve the Lord. Children were sacrificed by fire in worship at Molech. This was a dark time of chaos and corruption. (Vs. 3) When reading this, think of today and how things are in a Godless society. Children today are sacrificed by abortion. Pray for an end to this! Pray for your City, your State, your Country, the world. Pray for all those in authority to receive salvation, healing, deliverance, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Pray for every man woman and child to receive the Lord and for all to turn from their wicked ways. Pray for Christians everywhere to be strong in Him, and always do what is right in the eyes of God. Pray for your family, for yourself, always to be strong in the Lord and set an example of what is right and good.
Wednesday - 2 Kings Chapter 17
1. God judges His people severely when they continue in the standards of the world rather than His. (Vs. 7-15) Today, reject any standards of this world in you. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and ask Him to give you His mind and His standards.
2. Intermarriage between Israelites not taken to Assyria and foreigners brought to the land of Israel produced the people called the "Samaritans." The result was a mixture of foreign religious and cultural traditions with Hebrew customs and faith. (Vs. 24) In New Testament time, many Samaritans left their pagan ways and developed a faith based exclusively on the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible.)
Thursday - 2 Kings, Chapter 18
1. Finally, Hezekiah comes along and removes the high places! (Vs. 1-5) The snake was originally a good thing, but over time it was seen as something that could help the people, and it acquired the status of an idol. Think of things that people look to for help, or "luck" such as a horseshoe, or statue of an elephant. In itself these things are not evil, but using them to gain help instead of turning to God is idolatry.
2. Hezekiah trusted in God, he followed Him and God gave him success. (Vs. 5- 7) If we want success, let us do the same.
Friday - 2 Kings, Chapter 19
1. Isaiah, the great prophet ministered during those days when Jerusalem was under siege. (Vs.2-5)
2. "Instead of reacting to the enemy, Hezekiah cries out to God in prayer. This is an example of what believers should do when threatened by an enemy. (Vs. 8- 19) Let us get that ingrained in our spirit!
Saturday - 2 Kings, Chapter 20
1. What did Hezekiah do when he became ill to the point of death? (Vs. 1-7) God's answer to his prayer is a powerful example of how God responds to urgent prayer.
2. What was the sign that the Lord would heal him? (Vs. 8-11)
3. Applying the poultice was probably a medical aid, but that alone did not cure him. God hears our prayers, and will use miracle means, natural means and human means to bring healing. Pray first, then see the doctor! (Vs. 1-11)