2 Chronicles 22:7 “But it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram.” Ahaziah decided to join Joram, king of Israel, in order to try to recapture Ramoth-gilead from Hazael, king of Syria. He had advisors that encouraged him to do this. A few years prior to this, Jehoshaphat had … More Ahaziah and Ahab. Both corrupt. Both under God’s ultimate rule.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.Did you … More For we are powerless but our eyes are on you
From the ESV Study Bible: 2 Chron. 18:28–34 Ahab is enticed into battle, as the spirit had promised (v. 20). His decision to disguise himself, while rather cynically directing Jehoshaphat to wear his royal robes, indicates his dominant role in the alliance and perhaps also represents a contrived attempt to evade Micaiah’s word of doom. But events turn out … More Checkmate: Ahab, Jehoshaphat and God’s sovereignty
From the ESV Study Bible: 2 Chron. 18:28–34 Ahab is enticed into battle, as the spirit had promised (v. 20). His decision to disguise himself, while rather cynically directing Jehoshaphat to wear his royal robes, indicates his dominant role in the alliance and perhaps also represents a contrived attempt to evade Micaiah’s word of doom. But events turn out … More Checkmate: God’s sovereign direction of events
Psalm 127:2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Charles Spurgeon wrote in Treasury of David: God is sure to give the best thing to his beloved, and we here see that he gives them … More Spurgeon: Sleep like Jesus
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. —Galatians 6:14-15 ESV What does that mean, that here must be … More Every blessing in life is meant to magnify the cross of Christ.
In 2 Samuel 22, David praises God for being his Rescuer, his Refuge, his source of strength and success. You may notice that Psalm 18 is nearly the same, and meant as worship to our awesome God. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he … More His way is perfect
Steve Zeisler, in a message on 2 Samuel 12-19, preached at Peninsula Bible Church: Typewriters have become obsolete, like slide rules and rotary telephones. I think that’s a good thing. Typing was one of my worst classes in high school. Fine motor skills are not my strength. And unfortunately for me there was no way … More Life does not have a “delete” key
The reading for today, 1 Samuel 29-31, brings us to the end of this book. Bob Deffinbaugh offers this encouraging commentary at Bible.org- God’s sovereignty is so apparent in the rescue of David and his men from military service, service to the Philistines and against Israel. God uses David and even his sin to achieve His … More Thousands of unguessable ways God rescues
Many of the Psalms, including the one for our reading today, praise God for His mighty works and awesome deeds. Some of these Psalms even declare the ultimate reason God does these things. Notice the phrase in Psalm 106:8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power. … More Why should we emphasize that God loves, forgives, and saves for his own glory?