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II Kings 1-2:25
As I read through these two chapters I realized that the number fifty is all over the chapters. There are three sets of fifty men who are sent by King Ahaziah to take custody of Elijah. In the second chapter, a group of fifty men watches (7) as Elijah and Elisha are beside the Jordon River. Moreover, after the chariot takes up Elijah the prophets offer to form a search party to find Elijah consisting of fifty of their strongest men. I remember that David’s two sons, Ablsalom and Adonijah used fifty men to run before them in their attempt to usurp their father’s throne. I’m not sure if that number is just a number or if there is some significance.

What struck me about the two sets of fifty men who were burnt up at the word of Elijah were their cavalier attitude toward the prophet as they came to arrest him. They called him a “Man of God,” yet their attitude toward him seem to be disrespectful. Could their approach be a form of “Taking the Lord’s name if vain?” Was the tone of their request filled with sarcasm and mockery instead of reverence for the Name of God?

Attitude is everything. Attitude determines approach and approach determines success or failure.

Do I come to God using His name in vain? Do I come to God with an attitude of sarcasm and mockery instead of reverence and godly fear? Sarcasm and mockery are rooted in unbelief so do I really believe that God will do what He has said He will do?

Acts 13:42-14:7

13 45 But when the Jewish leaders saw the crowds, they were jealous.

Why are we moved to jealousy? If the love of money is the root of all evil then jealously must fuel the desire to gain the money that is so sought after. The leaders wanted the crowds for themselves, to fulfill their need for recognition and power. I’m trying to think back to the time when I couldn’t stand Christians. I told myself now that I detested Christians because of the abuse I experienced at the hands of supposed Believers. Now I’m wondering if the real cause, the true cause was jealously disguised under a cloak of pain and fear? I know not all believers are wolves dressed up as sheep so why did a chose to focus on the wolves instead of the sheep. I must do some deep soul searching.
Psalm 139:1-24

5 You both precede and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.

God is encamped around about me no matter where I take myself outside of his direction. In the 23rd Psalm, The Lord is the Psalmist’s Shepherd who leads him, guides him, finds food for him. However, in the forth verse, the Psalmist’s dependency on God for everything is broken by the “I” word, “Though I walk …” It appears that God is no longer directing at this point, yet he fears no evil because His rod, His staff comforts David. So the sweet Psalmist of Israel had first hand knowledge of God encasing him with his presence.
Proverbs 17:19-21

21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

Often times the words of Solomon cuts to the quick and one doesn’t have to think on or contemplate the meaning of his wise words, one knows deep in the heart experientially that the words are true. I can confirm the truth of the above verse.

Grace and peace,

I love Psalm 139 beautiful Psalm. I also love to have gotten another book complete and now ont9 2nd Kings. I pray for the crooked hearts and paths and pray that many will head straight on the perfect path that leads to you Lord Amen

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