Today you should read: 2 Kings 25
This is quite a depressing end to a book in the Bible but we can’t be too surprised at it. The Israelites wanted to be like all of the other countries around them although God told them they were to be set apart from all other people. They wanted an earthly king when God told them that He was all the king that they needed. They wouldn’t listen and we conclude this book seeing what happened to God’s people as imperfect, sinful kings led them to an imperfect, sinful direction where surrounding armies captured the Israelites and Judah, driving them out of their land.
Before judging them too quickly, let’s remember that we do the very same thing in our own lives. Jesus is the only King that we need and like the Israelites we ignore God remind us of this and set our lives up where we are ruling over every area instead of King Jesus. However just like the Israelites kings, we make bad kings over our lives and just like today’s scripture, anarchy, slavery to sin and chaos results from us trying to be king over our lives.
Remember, Jesus is the only King we need and He is a good King who has defeated our enemies (sin, satan & death) once and for all.
12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.Hebrews 10:12-14
We don’t have to suffer the same consequences to sin that we read about today if we allow the One True King to rule over every area of our life and trust in His sovereignty as a good king unlike ourselves.
Question: In what areas of your life do you need Jesus as king to rule and control? How does this point others around you to the Gospel?
Posted by: Erik Koliser