2 Kings 12:
I’m happy Joash didn’t disappoint me and God. He did something – repaired the temple. He wasn’t an arm-chair king, but took cogent steps to see that work was being done.
2 kings 13
Several things are notable. We’ll highlight two:1. Elisha was so anointed that his bones could raise the dead. 2. Joash should have smitten five or six times.
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” 2 Kings 13:15-19 NLT
Elisha told him, “Get a bow and some arrows.” And the king did as he was told. Elisha told him, “Put your hand on the bow,” and Elisha laid his own hands on the king’s hands. Then he commanded, “Open that eastern window,” and he opened it. Then he said, “Shoot!” So he shot an arrow. Elisha proclaimed, “This is the L ord ’s arrow, an arrow of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.” Then he said, “Now pick up the other arrows and strike them against the ground.” So the king picked them up and struck the ground three times. But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.”
Moral of the story: Build faith. Don’t despise God’s instructions through his servants no matter how ridiculous it seems. I feel like King Jehoash didn’t see the sense in Elisha’s instructions or didn’t fully understand the importance. ”
2 Kings 14:
2 Kings 14:10 NLT
“You have indeed defeated Edom, and you are very proud of it. But be content with your victory and stay at home! Why stir up trouble that will only bring disaster on you and the people of Judah?”
But Amaziah would not listen. Are we often times not like Amaziah, king of Judah? We should learn to listen even though we have experienced previous victories
2 Kings 15:3-4 NLT
“He did what was pleasing in the L ord ’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done. But he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.”
Because he did not destroy the pagan shrines the Lord struck him with leprosy.
We must not just serve God, we must destroy the works of the enemy in our lives.
Finally, Jeroboam son of Nebat is used as a reference for evil. May we never be used as a reference for evil.
Ese summarized Psalm 82 thus:
I got a picture of God in a court room addressing those He put in charge about how they have strayed from purpose. Walking in the dark and making the whole earth shake for destruction because they [are] not doing what they [are] meant to do. They are indeed gods but will die as mere mortals.”
Keep learning, keep applying. God bless you!