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Zedekiah was a vessel of and not a truly appointed king of Judah. Yes, he was in the Davidic line but he was not the true Davidic king.

Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem. Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
(2Ch 36:9-11)

Mike, May I add another perspective to your comments regarding the fourteenth verse of Proverb 25? This observation which recently came to light this past year, is not to replace your statement,

“Make sure you give promised gifts. And how about giving unexpected gifts? Gifts for no particular reason? When is the last time you surprised someone with a gift out of the blue?”

If a gift, by definition and from a Biblical View is one given with grace (unmerited favor) through mercy, then giving a “gift” to curry favor, as a disguised bribe or possibly exhortation—kind of “priming-the-pump,” then you have been given the expectation of receiving refreshing rain by creating false clouds. Worse yet, when you are the one giving the invite only because you expect enough gifts to cover the expenses for the event, well this verse is speaking to you/me.


Nothing worse then getting an invitation requesting your presence but really expecting your presents.

Grace & Peace,

Like the Thessalonians, if we keep growing in faith, we will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God while those who don't will be punished. This is sort of a glimpse to what John later reports in Revelation about when Jesus comes back.

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 describes what God will do when Jesus comes down from heaven again. It says that he will punish those who don't know of or choose not to believe in God. He will be glorified and praised by all the people. But God's judgment is right, so he will save the people who do believe in him and bring them up to his kingdom. I thought verse 8 was interesting, which says that God will punish people who don't know him. It seems unfair, but I guess that's why we have to go out and preach the good news so at least people have the chance.

Paul’s prayers are always good examples for me to pray for my own children and children under my care. “We ask our God to help you live the good way that he called you to live. The goodness you have makes you want to do good, and the faith you have makes you work. We pray that with his power God will help you do these things more and more. We pray all this so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ can have glory in you. And you can have glory in him. That glory comes from the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

Changed a couple of words from 'you' to 'we'so that we can pray for each other: We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in us and we in Him.
This is a good start to pray for us as we serve in unity.

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,[b] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.

It's so easy to live day in and day out without thinking of the reality of an eternal judgment. Knowing there are love ones who are still living for themselves, I am reminded not to neglect about praying for them. For otherwise, who will?

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