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June 21 – Is there not a God in Israel?

June 21
2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Acts 13:42-14:7
Psalm 139:1-24
Proverbs 17:19-21

2 Kings 1:3 – Jeroboam sought a prophet of the LORD for wisdom, but Ahaziah sought from Baalzebub. “Is …there… not a God in Israel?” Even though Ahaziah didn’t seek Elijah, he did recognize Elijah (2 Kings 1:8).

2 Kings 1:13 – Like the old phrase goes, “I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid.”

2 Kings 2:9 – What was the Double-Portion? From Hermeneutics/Stack Exchange

A dying man cannot leave to his heir more than he has himself. And, lastly, even the ministry of Elisha, when compared with that of Elijah, has all the appearance of being subordinate to it. He lives and labours merely as the continuer of the work already begun by Elijah, both outwardly in relation to the worshippers of idols, and inwardly in relation to the disciples of the prophets. Elisha performs the anointing of Jehu and Hazael, with which Elijah was charged, and thereby prepares the way for the realization of that destruction of Ahab’s house which Elijah predicted to the king; and he merely receives and fosters those schools of the prophets which Elijah had already founded.

2 Kings 2:11 – The phrase “Chariots of Fire” was used to name the movie about Eric Liddell.

2 Kings 2:23 – What command was broken here? Leviticus 19:32 commanded honor for the aged, based on the premise, “I am the LORD.” Solomon reiterated it in Proverbs 20:29.

Acts 13:50 – Christianity has never been popular among the upper classes. In Matthew 19:24 Jesus reiterates this view.

Acts 14:5,7 – Despite risk of stoning, “they preached the gospel!”

Psalm 139:13 – You can’t escape the Spirit of God (Psalm 139:7-10). Because He has known you from the very beginning.

Proverbs 17:21 – Three verses warning against the way of transgression. And the closing warning to fathers to be careful not to be raising foolish sons.

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June 20 – False Prophets Then and Now

June 20
1 Kings 22:1-53
Acts 13:16-41
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 17:17-18

1 Kings 22:4-5 – Jehoshaphat made the right call, enquire the word of the LORD – but he should have said that first before pledging loyalty to the king of Israel.

1 Kings 22:11-12 – Interesting the people prophesying – not in the name of Baal, but in the name of the LORD.  Even today we have false teachers such as the Heretic, Charlatan, Prophet, Abuser, Divider, Tickler, and Speculator.

1 Kings 22:18 – It’s interesting that Ahab’s name is only used once in this passage while he is alive. Poor Ahab, he seems so simple minded – wondering why Micaiah is being sarcastic to him, or why prophets never gave him good words. Proverbs 7:7 talks about the simple youths, devoid of understanding. Proverbs 22:3 and Proverbs 27:12 tell how the simple are punished by not forseeing the evil. The real tragedy is that simpleness is curable thru the testimony of the LORD (Psalm 19:7), and the words of the LORD (Psalm 119:130).

1 Kings 22:28 – Micaiah realizes God has a higher penalty than Ahab does. The danger is not being in the prison with minimal rations, the danger is that a prophet who speaks presumptuously, must be put to death. Imagine the discernment necessary – did this revelation come from the LORD God and am I willing to risk my life on it? or was this just something that came from bad pizza.

1 Kings 22:34 – At a venture, almost by chance – but we’ve seen before that chance is just a covering for Providence.

1 Kings 22:49 – Interesting that now Jehoshaphat finally realizes the danger of an alliance with Ahaziah.

Acts 13:30 – Yesterday we saw the theme verse of Acts, but today we see the theme verse of the preaching of Acts.

Acts 13:34 – And for those wondering why David was brought up in a passage asking a simple question – now we where he fits in.

Psalm 138:6 – Here’s a great study to undertake – the seeming contradictions of the Bible.

Proverbs 17:18 – Ah, surety for a stranger. That takes us back to January 29th!

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June 19 – The Poochie Lip Disease

June 19
1 Kings 20:1-21:29
Acts 12:24-13:15
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 17:16

1 Kings 20:6 – The dangers of appeasement. When you have given everything they have asked for, they may ask for more.

1 Kings 20:32 – Ah the definition of the “good ole boys club” – even though Benhadad threatened to rape and pillage the land, Ahab still thought of him as a brother. But this wasn’t Ahab’s war, this was the LORD’s war (1 Kings 20:28, compare to Rabshekah and Hezekiah in Isaiah 36:15). 1 Kings 20:42 says that we don’t have authority to make peace with the enemies of the LORD that he has appointed to destruction, unless we want to take their place.

1 Kings 21:4 – Patch the Pirate wrote the song “The Poochy Lip Disease” about the displeasure and pouting that King Ahab did because he couldn’t get a garden.


1 Kings 21:8 – In the University of Chicago’s Oriental Collection, they have a large collection of seals.

1 Kings 21:10, 13 – Interesting the word LORD is not used but the generic word Elohim (God). Naboth identified with the LORD, but the sons of Belial idnetified with just a generic God.

1 Kings 21:29 – Interesting that Ahab had a somewhat soft heart – unfortunately it seems he was stirred up by his wife, Jezebel (1 Kings 21:25). Solomon wrote well of the woman that feareth the LORD (Proverbs 31:30). Many a pastor has been limited in his ministry because his wife was not on the same page. In Bible college the observation was shared that half of all preachers married the wrong woman. On the other hand, I’ve heard of women that felt God’s call to the mission field, but married a husband that was not responsive to that calling as well.

Acts 12:24 – Welcome to the theme verse of the book of Acts. We have seen and will continue to see how the Word of God grew and multiplied!

Acts 12:11 – It is dangerous to interfere with the work of God. In Acts 5 we saw Ananias and Sapphira dead. Acts 12:23 we see Herod dead.

Psalm 137:9 – The final verse in this psalm of mourning is troubling for some. Atheist debater Dan Barker cites this as proof of the “monster”-ship of God.  Some say its merely an expression of the feelings of the writerJean Jones cites some helpful points including understanding synecdoche, symbolism, lex talionis, and prophecy. Kyle Butt claims its an imprecatory prophecy without divine command.

Proverbs 17:16 – If you aren’t going to learn, don’t bother paying extra for tuition….

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June 18 – The Depressed Prophet

June 18
1 Kings 19:1-21
Acts 12:1-23
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 17:14-15

1 Kings 19:2 – Apparently Jezebel wasn’t impressed with the awesome display of God’s power. But why did Jezebel’s boldness scare the prophet who had outrun the king’s chariots? Depression isn’t always logical, or easily cured. Sometimes it requires repeated divine intervention (1 Kings 19:5, 1 Kings 19:7). Interestingly Ahab suffered from similar depression in 1 Kings 21:7.

1 Kings 19:18 – As I write this, I’m in Mitchell, South Dakota with Jimmy DeYoung. We’ve been on the road for 9 days so far and we’ve preached to over a thousand people. We won’t get to 7,000 – but it is so refreshing to see people hungry for the Word of God even in a time we think that we’re all alone.

1 Kings 19:21 – An evangelist had a message on this verse called “It’s plow-burning time.” When God has called you to the ministry, you must be willing to “burn your ships.”

Acts 12:15 – If you are going to pray without ceasing, then don’t be hostile when the answer comes (Acts 12:15).

Acts 12:23 – Our God is a jealous God.

Psalm 136:1 – This Psalm is famous for the closing phrase in each verse – “for his mercy endureth forever.” All of his compassionate acts to Man were done for His mercies sake.

Proverbs 17:15 – Isaiah echoed this in Isaiah 5:20.

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June 17 – Baal, we cry to thee!

June 17
1 Kings 18:1-46
Acts 11:1-30
Psalm 135:1-21
Proverbs 17:12-13

1 Kings 18:3 – Ever notice that pagan leaders prefer (truly) LORD-fearing administrators?

  • Potiphar and Joseph (Genesis 39:4)
  • Pharaoh and Joseph (Genesis 41:41)
  • Ahab and Obadiah (1 Kings 18:3)
  • Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel (Daniel 2:49)
  • Darius and Daniel (Daniel 6:2)
  • Mordecai and Ahasuerus (Esther 10:3)

1 Kings 18:20 – Everytime I go to Mount Carmel, I look at the statue of Elijah. Elijah was bold – bolder than Gideon. He confronted the king (1 Kings 18:18-19), so that the king obeyed him (1 Kings 18:20). When he spoke to the people they were silenced (1 Kings 18:21).

1 Kings 18:26 – Mendelssohn’s Elijah features the classic line “Baal, we cry to thee” – portraying the anguish unanswered, contrasted to Elijah’s prayer.

1 Kings 18:30 – What was this altar? From the Pulpit Commentary:

[It has been already suggested that this altar may have dated from the time when there was no house built unto the name of the Lord. But it is just as likely that it had been restored, if not raised, by some of the “seven thousand who had not bowed their knees unto Baal,” or by some of the faithful remaining in Israel after the calf-worship and the hostility between the two kingdoms had made worship at Jerusalem an impossibility. Anyhow we can hardly be mistaken in holding that this was one of the “altars” (1 Kings 19:10), thrown down” by command of Ahab or Jezebel. Elijah’s repairing it was an act of profound significance. It showed him as the restorer of the law and the true religion.

Acts 11:3 – As we see the dispensation of grace initiated on Pentecost, we see its implications: unclean foods are no more unclean. Circumcision is no longer necessary. By the way – this age of grace does not mean “age of licentiousness,” but this is the era where Salvation is offered to all (Titus 2:11). The veil of the temple has been rent. Circumcision is no longer a prerequisite for proximity to the Most High. Females are no longer barred from access to the inner sanctum.

Acts 11:25 – Evangelist Tom Farrell preaches a great message, “Let’s Be a Barney.

Psalm 135:6 – How powerful is the LORD? “Whatsoever [He] pleased, that did He.” Compare this to the idols of silver and gold (Psalm 135:16-17).

Proverbs 17:12 – Many a hunter has learned the lesson – don’t take the cubs from momma bear. But how more dangerous is a fool! What’s the answer? Get wisdom! (Proverbs 4:7).

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