Bible Reading and Commentary for the week November 20-25, 2017
Bible Reading and Commentary for the week
November 20-25, 2017
Monday, November 20, II Chronicles 19
Vv. 2-3 — It should be obvious from these verses that God is angry even with the Christian when he or she sins. Why God is merciful to us is because we set our hearts on the Lord, as Jehoshaphat did. How important that we live in daily repentance!
v. 4 — Many of the religious reforms by Jehoshaphat were excellent. However, those reforms didn’t go far enough. Error in the church must be continually and completely eradicated. If it isn’t, an example of what happens is in chapter 20:33.
Tuesday, November 21, II Chronicles 20
Vv. 2-3 — Fears come to us as they did to Jehoshaphat when we face overwhelming difficulties in life. The solution is to do as Jehoshaphat did. In his fears, he turned to the Lord. The results were these words of God that were brought him and Judah through Jahaziel, son of Zechariah, a Levite, “Don’t be afraid. The battle is not yours, but God’s.” (v. 15) Trusting in God as he and Judah did, we, too, will gain the victory. Remember also these God-inspired words of Isaiah, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:10)
v. 22 — The ambush God set is described in v. 23. He used the enemy to turn upon each other.
Wednesday, November 22, II Chronicles 21
v. 6 — Jehoram was an evil man. His marriage to Ahab’s daughter probably aided his plunge into sin. His horrible end brought no remorse over his sin. Even his epitaph is depressing: “To no one’s sorrow he departed.” (NKJV) To die loved, respected, honored, heading for the majestic, eternal joys in heaven is to die faithful to Jesus Christ. “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)
Thursday, November 23, II Chronicles 22
v. 7 — Here is another incident in Scripture which shows how God is very much in control of the destiny of His church. Evil Ahaziah’s life was cut short by God. That’s brought out in these words: “His going to Joram was God’s occasion for Ahaziah’s downfall.” Read also Eph. 1:22, 23.
Vv. 10-12 — Athaliah represents the only break in rulership of David’s line. She was the only queen to rule Judah for a short time. Here we see her trying to completely wipe out the family line of King David. But Joash, son of King Ahaziah, was “stolen away” and brought to the temple where he remained hidden for 6 years. (Obviously, Athaliah didn’t make use of the temple!)
Friday, November 24, II Chronicles 23
v. 15 — According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 24:17), Queen Athaliah got what she deserved. Athaliah was the granddaughter of Omri (chap. 22:2). She was just as evil as her grandfather. (I Kings 16:25).
v. 21 — How striking are the words of this verse! What is the cause of all unrest and heartache in our homes? It’s sin. Jesus’ forgiveness alone brings quiet and rejoicing to the soul.
Saturday, November 25, II Chronicles 24
Vv/ 17-22 — These verses should give high school and college students something to think about. There are a lot of voices in this world, many of them bad, trying to influence you. When you leave the nest of your Christian home and church, look for pastors and teachers like Jehoiada to continue to influence you. Don’t do as Joash did! (vv. 17, 18)