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2 Kings 6:1-7:20

Random thoughts on Today’s Old Testament Readings:

Sometimes I forget, we forget that the mercy of God is not limited to the righteous. Jesus speaking, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45 KJV)”

Every single one of Israel’s kings were wicked, yet God provided a prophet to speak to them, He never gave up on them even though He knew in his foreknowledge those that would seek and turn to Him and those that would reject Him. . Yet although the kings were wicked not everyone in an ungodly nation, community, family and or business is wicked. Who knows why the righteous find themselves in an ungodly environment; maybe like Joseph in Potiphar’s house and in the prison, God allows blessings to flow through the righteous person.

Clearly Elisha served as a buffer, a mediator for God within Israel. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (Acts 17:26-27 KJV)”

I must remember that even when people are absolutely wicked and like King Ahab, completely sold out to evil, God’s mercy is still applied to their lives even in the midst of His judgment. Random acts of Kindness began with God not us.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

On axeheads...sometimes it amazes me how God takes an interest in seemingly unimportant issues...I missed an appointment(that was important to me but had nothing to do with "spiritual" issues) to go to a messianic service and God made sure another door opened up...Thank God for weekends:).During the week I usually don't have time to got through the commentaries but today I did.I raised some questions on Naaman which John (thanks a lot)answered and reading through Bob's comments on Naaman was like a confirmation...Like Ramona pointed out,God's mercy is truly awesome....Jesus' teachings on blessing your enemies shows up here when the Syrian soldiers were fed in Samaria....
On spiritual vacations....I will be changing continents on friday....so will miss out on my regular prayer meetings and fellowships.I sure do hope the internet service has improved where I'm going but I know like Lydia....where there's a heart that's longing for God,there's always a God that fulfills that longing...
God bless you all

I love the floating axe story and the care God shows for seemingly trivial matters. I didn't realize that iron was such a big deal back then so that makes a lot more sense. I also love the deception that caused the entire Aram army to run away, leaving the Isrealites freed from their enemies. It is a great story that illustrates how circumstances don't hinder the God of the universe.

2Kings7:2

"Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?"

The king’s officer doubted the prophecy, and his doubt was based on several faulty premises.


i. First, he doubted the power of God. If God willed it, He certainly could make windows in heaven and drop down food from the sky for the hungry, besieged city of Samaria.


ii. Second, he doubted the creativity of God. In the mind of the king’s officer, the way food could come to the city was from above, because the city was surrounded by a hostile, besieging army. He had no idea that God could bring provision in a completely unexpected way. “How often faith breaks down in this way! It knows that God is, and that He can act. But it only sees one way, and refuses to believe that such a way will be taken. The supply came without the opening of heaven’s windows.” (Morgan)


iii. Third, he doubted the messenger of God. Though the promise was admittedly hard to believe, the king’s officer could have and should have believed it because it came from a man with an established track record of reliability.


iv. All in all, the officer well illustrates the conduct of unbelief:


· Unbelief dares to question the truthfulness of God’s promise itself.

· Unbelief says, “This is a new thing and cannot be true.”

· Unbelief says, “This is a sudden thing and cannot be true.”

· Unbelief says, “There is no way to accomplish this thing.”

· Unbelief says, “There is only one way God can work.”

· Unbelief says, “Even if God does something, it won’t be enough.”

http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/1207.htm

I just realized last night when the people were eating their children, the king still had horses to send out with chariots... wow. God is truly patient with us.

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