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 185

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Welcome to Day 185 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 15; 2 Kings 16; Hosea 1; Hebrews 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

S cripture

2 Kings 15, kings, kings and more kings. Heading toward Judah’s demise… (2 Kings 24-25)

2 Kings 16, King Ahaz was one of the worst kings in Judah’s history… A notorious idolator.

2 “Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God. 3 He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. 4 He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.”

Hosea 1:2, “When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.”

6 “Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”).”

The theme of Hosea is God’s unending love for his people, in spite of their history of idolatry.

Hebrews 1:1, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe . 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

O bservation

Wow!  What a counter to all the negative stuff from Kings and Hosea!

A pplication

We sing the song, “It’s All About Jesus” and it really is.

These three verses from Hebrews 1 are incredible!

No one is really sure who the author of Hebrews is. Some say Paul, others Apollos, others Peter. The primary message of Hebrews is “the superiority of Christ.” He is greater than Moses, Aaron the priest, the angels…

Interesting it says in these last days God has spoken to us “by” his son. (Not “through?”)

Romans 8:34, “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and

is also interceding for us.”

That’s amazing! Jesus is praying for us, right now, always.

I get the feeling that Hebrews is going to be a mind-blowing adventure!

P rayer

Thank you Lord!

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  1. In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned six months. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his predecessors had done. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit.

    This stood out to me today (yesterday actually) in that Zechariah did evil in the eyes of the Lord by not turning away from the sins of Jeroboam. He was just carrying on per the cultural norms that were established.

    I look at some of the cultural norms of today and it makes me sad sometimes. Profanity, for instance, is just… common… and accepted. It’s not uncommon to see people on TV or movies rated PG-13 having sex. It’s accepted because full nudity is not visible. Several morning radio shows talk about sex and are full of sexual innuendos. This is accepted as long as certain words are not said directly.

    Standing up or speaking out against these things will get you labelled as a prude, uptight, or even holier than though. I think it’s easy to speak against things with a condescending tone. I think it’s important to speak out against things with a non-condemning attitude. I used to cuss like a sailor and am guilty of watching and listening to many of the things that I now know are wrong. Even though I have confessed and repented, how can I condemn others? I can set an example and encourage others however.

    Lord, help me speak out against evil things with a voice that will be respected, not rejected.

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