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Weekly Daily Devotional
Week of May 7, 2017
Monday – 2 Kings, Chapter 21
1. Manasseh was the most wicked king, and reigned for 55 years. He led God's people into the darkest era of idolatry. (Vs. 9) God allowed this because He holds His people responsible for requiring their leaders to align themselves with His Word. He expects us to reject any leader who is unfaithful to His teachings. Let us be careful who we vote into office, and once someone is in, pray daily for him or her to align with God's Word. Today, keep your city, state and country in prayer, and pray for no more shedding of innocent blood.
Tuesday – 2 Kings, Chapter 22
1. Josiah was the last of the righteous kings of Judah. His young age revealed that a young person can have a zeal for the Lord equal or greater than that of many older adults. (Vs. 1,2) Parents, teach your children well! Churches, do the same!
2. The Book of the Law was most likely the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. This is a witness of how God watches over His Word and protects it. (Vs. 8-10)
3. Josiah's reaction to the reading of the Word was to repent immediately and seek the Lord's will and direction. (Vs. 11-20) Because he humbled himself God was pleased. God's Word is Alive and it speaks to us! If you want to hear from God, Stay in the Word!
Wednesday - 2 Kings Chapter 23
1. Josiah's reforms followed the Scriptural principle that repentance for specific sins is essential to true revival. Sin must be identified and a commitment to a real heart change and lifestyle must take place. (Vs. 4-14) Today let us ask the Lord to show us what sin must be identified, and then commit to reject it and change what needs to be changed
2. Josiah not only did away with the bad, he established the good. He restored the Passover in a way that no other king in Judah had done. (Vs. 21-23) Let us pray and ask God what needs to be restored in our life.
Thursday - 2 Kings, Chapter 24
1. The Lord is always ready to forgive, but not willing to forgive those who do not repent. (Vs. 4) God promised blessings or curses depending on whether His people obeyed or disobeyed. (Deut. 28) According to the terms of His Covenant with His people God was within His rights to destroy the nation.
2. What did Nebuchadnezzar do? (Vs. 13-14) The poor were slaves who were untrained and uneducated. The poorest would not have been the best slaves for Babylon so they were left.
Friday - 2 Kings, Chapter 25
1. Zedekiah's life was spared because a captive king, chained, blinded, and bereaved of his son made a powerful object lesson. Empires rose to power on the strength of what we would call terrorism today. (Vs. 7)
2. The Babylonians burned Jerusalem (Vs. 8-12) destroyed the temple (Vs. 13-17) and killed Judah's leaders (Vs. 18- 21)
Saturday - Numbers, Chapter 1
1. Moses wrote the Book of Numbers about 40 years after the exodus from Egypt just as the Israelites were ready to enter Canaan. You will see this Book is exciting as you read the accounts of God's judgment, patience and faithfulness to Israel. On occasion, God spoke audibly to Moses. He is told to take a census of the whole community. (Vs. 1)
2. Israel's men were no longer slaves, but soldiers, each of the twelve tribes probably commissioned officers to train new recruits. (Vs. 3)
3. The families of the Levites were not included because they were to be in charge of the Tabernacle. (Vs. 47-49)
4. Because God is holy, sin cannot survive in His Presence. God used the tents of the Levites to form a protective banner around the Tabernacle. The tents were to protect the people, because they prevented the Israelites from accidentally wandering into God's Holy Presence. (Vs. 51-53) We are so blessed that because of Jesus, and His Sacrifice on the Cross, those who accept Him as Lord and Savior can "approach the Throne of Grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need." (Heb. 4:16 NIV)