2 Kings 1:1—2: 25
A new book of the bible today! See the introduction to 1 Kings, because nothing has changed. That sounds harsh, I just mean as we approach this text the same rules apply. 2 Kings records the later years of the divided kingdom of Israel.
Ahaziah and his followers learn that you do not approach God’s appointed leader with contempt, especially after you just send messengers to ask Baal-zebub if Ahaziah is going to live. That power does not lie with “Lord of the flies” (literal translation of Baal-zebub) it lies with the One True God.
Elisha following Elijah reminded me of the Israelites following Moses through the desert. It is a faith test to see if Elisha is really in this for the long haul. Which he proves he is. God blesses him by giving him Elijah’s power plus a level up. This is proven by the fact that Elisha can part the Jordan. I love that God does all this to show those wayward prophets of Jericho that Elisha is the new REAL prophet of God. God will always validate his messengers.
And to prove this point even further God used Elisha to purify their water. But this was a visual aid for them too. They knew that salt was a purifier. They would have experienced it in this way: The new bowl was Elisha, he contained the salt (pure message of God) that they needed to purify themselves. Our God is always teaching us how to be right with Him.
Acts 13: 42—14: 7
And here we go again. “The Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.” Remember this book is showing us how the Kingdom was offered to the Jews, they rejected it and then the offer went to the Gentiles. Now, for sure all the promises God made to the Jews in the OT will come true, but a lot of crazy stuff has to go down first. (we will get there in Revelation) For now, God is using the Church to get his message of Grace out into the world. He uses the persecution by the Jews to fan the message. I love how it said that the Jews “stirred up influential religious women” to incite a mob. Hell hath no fury like a religious women who thinks you are insulting her righteousness. WATCH OUT!
Psalm 139: 1-24
I think I have prayed these the last two verses over myself about 2 million times. He does search us and know our hearts. He knows my anxious thoughts and points me to truth.