Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 173

Friday, June 22, 2012

Welcome to Day 173 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 8; 2 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4 (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

S cripture

2 Kings 8, the Shunammite woman that had cared for Elisha was warned to leave the land due to an impending famine, upon her return is given back her home and land, AND all its income during those seven years!

v 15, “But the next day he [Hazael] took a thick cloth, soaked it in water and spread it over the king’s face, so that he died. Then Hazael succeeded him as king.”

2 Kings 9, the death of Joram and Ahaziah and Jezebel according to the word of the Lord.

2 Chronicles 21:4, “When Jehoram established himself firmly over his father’s kingdom, he put all his brothers to the sword along with some of the officials of Israel. 5 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. 6 He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 7 Nevertheless [however], because of the covenant the Lord had made with David, the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David.”

v 20, “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away,

to no one’s regret,

and was buried in the City of David,

but not in the tombs of the kings.”

1 Timothy 4:15, “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

O bservation

It amazes me day after day as I read how evil people can be. Ruthless leaders… over Israel and Judah.

A pplication

A continuation of yesterday’s theme of, “however.” The byline of one’s life…

Here’s Jehoram’s…

“Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away,

to no one’s regret,

and was buried in the City of David,

but not in the tombs of the kings.”

What comes to mind? What a waste. To have the opportunity to lead a people and to do it with such ruthless methods then to die and have no one care… Makes my heart heavy.

I’m getting kind of tired of feeling this way. I know we are looking back at history, but even today, around the world there are ruthless dictators ruling in similar fashion, killing thousands of their own countrymen or others living in the same region. Genocides, invasions… Peoples killing each other. Corrupt governments…

I spent three weeks in Rwanda after, when in 1994, nearly one million Rwandans, mostly of the Tutsi tribe, were killed by Hutus along with French militia. Even “the church” had a hand in this horror as Hutu priests called their Tutsi parishioners into ambushes. Unbelievable.

Even our own country has its not-so-pretty history with our own civil wars and the wiping out of entire nations of Native Americans who occupied this land for generations before the arrival of European settlers. Our country is widely perceived around the world as invaders of other nations. We do it in the name of freedom and liberty, but the reality remains, we do invade other countries.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’m not given to making political statements. Like you, I’m reading my Bible and merely trying to apply it to my life. Today’s reading just hit me square in the face as I pondered the life of Jehoram, a ruthless king… of Judah, the house of David.

Another black eye on David’s line…

I wonder what it must be like as God sits on his throne watching what takes place on this earth?

I met this woman on my trip to Rwanda, the curator of one of the church genocide sites…

Harkening back to Genesis 6:5, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

People haven’t changed since the dawn of creation. It’s only by the grace of God and his son, Jesus Christ that we are still here.

1 Timothy 4:10, “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”

P rayer

The world is in such desperate need of You and your grace… pour it our Lord and delay judgment until the return of your Son.

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  1. Nicole Marvin on said:

    1 Timothy 4:6-16 (Msg)
    “6-10You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.

    11-14Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.

    15-16Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.”

    Lord, please let my life be a testimony of your greatness. Please help your love to shine through me.

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