Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Welcome to Day 170 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 1; 2 Kings 2; 2 Kings 3; Psalms 82; 1 Timothy 1 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Kings 1:1, “After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”
3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ 4 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’”
2 Kings 2:6, “Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.”
v 9, “Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.”
(v 23-25, Seriously? Bears mauled 42 youths for calling Elisha “baldy?”)
2 Kings 3:14, “Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. 15 But now bring me a harpist.”
While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha 16 and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. 17 For this is what the Lord says…”
Psalms 82:3, “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
1 Timothy 1:1, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith…”
v 5, “The goal of this command is
which comes from
a pure heart and
a good conscience and
a sincere faith.”
v 8, “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious…”
Both Elijah and Elisha were… intense. Calling down fire from heaven to consume false prophets, bears and lions mauling people in judgment, performing miracles in the name of the Lord.
It’s hard for me to process how Elijah and Elisha acted…
The prophetic (in the Old Testament) is always about righteousness, justice and judgement. Calling people back to the Lord.
But when Jesus’ disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven on a Samaritan village for not welcoming Jesus, he rebuked them.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:3, “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” That is New Testament prophecy.
Paul understood grace like no other. He was the master at comparing the Law versus grace.
1 Timothy 1:15, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
I would much rather call down strength, encouragement and comfort upon people’s lives than fire and judgment!
“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13
Give me your heart of mercy, Lord…