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June 30 – The Fall of the Northern Kingdom (722 BC)

June 30
2 Kings 17:1-18:12
Acts 20:1-38
Psalm 148:1-14
Proverbs 18:6-7

2 Kings 17:7 – The first violation listed as cause for God’s judgment was the violation of the first commandment. Later in 2 Kings 17:10 we see the violation of the second commandment. Yet God still in His mercy sent prophets to warn them (2 Kings 17:13).

2 Kings 17:32-33 – Today we have a similar situation. People show the formalities of reverence to the LORD by paying a visit to mark His birth or His death, but He is placed on their heart’s shelf amongst other gods. People pick and choose the parts they like, and mix in a fair amount of hedonism, idolatry, and other practices into a diversified religious experience.

2 Kings 18:5-6 – How is this for a testimony of faithfulness? Can it be said of you that you “clave” to the LORD?

2 Kings 18:9 – We are now at 722 BC, one of the key dates in Israelite history, the fall of the Northern Kingdom.

Acts 20:9 – While your guide has fallen into a deep sleep in church, thankfully he has never fallen from the third floor.

Acts 20:18 – Speaking of a testimony of obedience, consider Paul’s: “serving the LORD with all humility… and with many tears.”

Acts 20:28 – Paul’s charge to the elders of Ephesus: guard the flock. They are not your flock, they are the flock of the Holy Ghost, a valuable flock, purchased with the very blood of Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:29 – Too many today are falling into ancient heresies like Gnosticism or its modern variations. We need to remember that heresy came quickly after the Gospel.

Psalm 148:1 – Count the number of ways we can praise the LORD!

Proverbs 18:7 – Does your mouth lead you to your destruction?

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June 29 – Tiglath Pileser III

June 29
2 Kings 15:1-16:20
Acts 19:13-41
Psalm 147:1-20
Proverbs 18:4-5

2 Kings 15:5 – Why was Azariah struck with leprosy? We’ll find out in 2 Chronicles 26:16-21.

2 Kings 15:12 – “And so it came to pass.” The word of the LORD always comes to pass!

Stele of Tiglath-Pilesar III, King of Assyria (745-727 BCE), Zagros mountains, western Iran, Dolomite (hard limestone), H. 2.4 m, IMJ 74.49.96 Gift of Ayoub Rabenou, Paris

2 Kings 15:19-20 – From USC:

In 1993 a team of UCLA archaeologists led by Professor Elizabeth Carter were undertaking a survey of the Karamanmarash Valley in present-day Turkey (right). Digging near a village called Incirli, a funny thing happened. One of the local residents informed them that a man had found a strange artifact in a mound behind his house, which he had been leveling for agricultural reasons. The mound was now sitting in his garden. Upon going to the garden and inspecting the object, Prof. Carter was amazed to discover that it was actually an ancient basalt stele (rounded stone slab) dating back to the days of the Assyrian Empire.

The Incirli stela is one of the few inscriptions that solidifies the existence of the biblical figure Pul / Tiglath Pileser. This alone brings a great deal of importance to the history and the words encompassing the Incirli stela.

2 Kings 16:3 – This was a clear violation of Leviticus 18:21, and Deuteronomy 18:10. Unfortunately he would not be the last king to so do (2 Kings 17:17 and 2 Kings 21:6).

Acts 19:15 – It’s not enough to have a friend who knows someone. You need to know Jesus directly!

Acts 19:19 – Obedience can be expensive – in this case 50,000 pieces of silver!

Acts 19:30 – Thankful for friends who can tell the difference between a God-given opportunity to preach, and a riot that will be dealt with administratively (Acts 19:35).

Psalm 147:5 – A great and simple verse to memorize and meditate upon!

Psalm 147:19 – Israel guarded the Law and the Old Testament and has been a key part of the preservation of the Bible for us today!

Proverbs 18:4 – What kind of man is this? The second phrase enlightens us – the wise man!

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June 28 – Disappearing Treasures

June 28
2 Kings 13:1-14:29
Acts 18:23-19:12
Psalm 146:1-10
Proverbs 18:2-3

2 Kings 13:4 – God always listens to those who turn to Him. Don’t wait so long to call upon Him!

2 Kings 13:21 – Yes God still had work for Elisha to do, even after he was dead!

2 Kings 13:23 – Ah God even honors His covenants with us when we don’t honor them!

2 Kings 14:6 – God may send punishment on the third and fourth generation, but man cannot, even enforcing the God-ordained laws.

2 Kings 14:14 – Reading thru we’ve seen Rehoboam lose the treasures to Pharaoh Shishaq (1 Kings 14:26), Asa take the treasures to Ben Hadad (1 Kings 15:18), Jehoash take the hallowed things to Hazael (2 Kings 12:18), and now Amaziah loses to Jehoash the treasures. We’ll see Ahaz give the treasures to Assyria (2 Kings 16:8), Hezekiah give the treasures to Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:15), and finally Jehoiachin surrender to Nebuchadnezzar the treasures (2 Kings 24:13).

Sometimes we stockpile our wealth waiting for a future day to use our riches for the LORD but we know not what tomorrow may bring, or what our descendants will do.

2 Kings 14:25 – Jonah the prophet prophesied victory for the Israelites and the people rejoiced assuredly. But then Jonah was given a message of forgiveness to the Ninevites and….. we’ll see what happens when we get to the book of Jonah!

Acts 18:26 – May we be like Apollos – a man willing to take instruction from others.

Acts 19:8 – Paul used his credentials to open doors to speak in synagogues as well as before Romans. What doors are you able to open to preach in?

Psalm 146:6 – Who is the God of Jacob? The Creator!

Proverbs 18:2 – Is your heart curved inward, or is it seeking understanding from above?

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June 27 – Jehoiada renews the Covenant

June 27
2 Kings 10:32-12:21
Acts 18:1-22
Psalm 145:1-21
Proverbs 18:1

2 Kings 10:32 – Here we see God’s judgment on Jehu, and the monument we talked about yesterday is a permanent record of his disobedience.

2 Kings 11:17 – Jehoiada renewed the covenant of Deuteronomy 29, that God reminded the people they had disobeyed in Joshua 7:11, warned about disobeying in Joshua 23,:16, renewed in Joshua 24:25, reminded they disobeyed in Judges 2:20, reminded Solomon he disobeyed in 1 Kings 11:11, Elijah realized they disobeyed in 1 Kings 19:10, and now are renewing again.

2 Kings 11:18 – The Queen that brought in Baal worship tried to accuse the people of Treason (2 Kings 11:14), and only then entered into the house of the LORD (2 Kings 11:13). Apparently it had been so abandoned that it was the staging ground for the revolution.

2 Kings 12:8 – From JFB:

The object of this chest was to make a separation between the money to be raised for the building from the other moneys destined for the general use of the priests, in the hope that the people would be more liberal in their contributions when it was known that their offerings would be devoted to the special purpose of making the necessary repairs. The duty of attending to this work was no longer to devolve on the priests, but to be undertaken by the king.

2 Kings 12:18 – Interesting the people who try to bribe their way into success – when we could just follow God completely (2 Kings 12:3). But as we are aware, the problem with pragmatism is that it often works!

Acts 18:8

Acts 18:9 – Ever notice how often God has to tell us to Be not afraid?

Acts 18:14 – Sometimes God defends us before we can defend ourselves!

Psalm 145:3 – Amen!

Psalm 145:18 – The LORD is nigh! Call upon him!

Proverbs 18:1 – Many of the commentaries note that this is a hard Hebrew phrase to translate. They note that the desire is the driving force for good or for bad.

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June 26 – The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser

June 26
2 Kings 9:14-10:31
Acts 17:1-34
Psalm 144:1-15
Proverbs 17:27-28

2 Kings 9:22 – Jehu seems to be a moral crusader. He even avenges Naboth (2 Kings 9:26). Will he hang in with his commitment to the LORD?

2 Kings 9:34 – The first time Jehu failed in his obedience. The prophet told Jehu that the dogs would eat Jezebel and none would bury her (2 Kings 9:10), and he contradicts the prophet. He realizes it too late (2 Kings 9:36)

2 Kings 10:6 – Jehu enacts the judgment of 2 Kings 9:8, and he again proclaims fidelity to the LORD in 2 Kings 10:10, and obeys in 2 Kings 10:17.

2 Kings 10:29 – No!!! Jehu followed the LORD except – in regards to the Golden Calves. 2 Kings 10:31 – he didn’t follow completely.

Interestingly, the only king of Israel or Judah that we have a depiction of is Jehu. The Israelites were forbidden from making graven images, or “victory statues” of themselves (Exodus 20:4). The only graven images we have are from the secular nations such as the Assyrian Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III in the British Museum.

Black-obelisk

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“The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri: I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom, golden tumblers, golden buckets, tin, a staff for a king [and] spears.”

Acts 17:6 – This is a great testimony – “These that have turned the world upside down.” Most Christians have left their neighborhood right side up.

Acts 17:11 – The noble Bereans who searched the Scriptures daily! May we be of their tribe!

Acts 17:22 – How does Paul preach to the intellectuals on Mars’ hill? He uses an illustration – the altar to the Unknown God (Acts 17:23), but proceeds to describe Him as the Creator first (Acts 17:24).

Acts 17:26 – Who made us? God did – and He made us of one blood. Ken Ham has written on this – One Race, One Blood.

Acts 17:31 – At the BibleWalk Wax Museum in Mansfield, Ohio, they have a life-size portrayal of the Judgment Seat of Christ. They say that up to half of the people who come thru the museum ask them if the Judgment Seat of Christ really is in the Bible. People are familiar with the passion, but not the face that God will judge the world! And it was that idea – that the judgment will come after he raises the dead that was controversial (Acts 17:32).

Psalm 144:1 – The Soldier’s Prayer.

Psalm 144:15 – Happiness comes to those who follow the LORD!

Proverbs 17:27-28 – How much knowledge and understanding do you have?

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