Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Tue, 18 July – 2 Kings 11-15 ~ good and evil, kings and kingdoms

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: 2 Kings 11-15 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Lord God: you promised to bless your people so that through them all the nations of the world may be blessed – you would be their God, and they would be your people. And you gave them your life-giving commandments so that they might serve you and live full, rich lives. And you graciously extended your covenant promises to the church through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
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Today’s reading is filled with the tragic rise and fall of the kings and kingdoms of Israel and Judah. It’s not all that different from the world news of the day – filled with evil, treachery, murder, war, conspiracy and the worship of false gods. Sadly, the history of the church is not all that different.

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Partial Obedience

2 Kings 12:2-3 (NLT)All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.

+ Lord: forgive our  tepid response to your commandment – to love you with all our heart, mind and strength. We have become a people who try to fit you into our busy lives, instead of placing you first in our lives and then allowing everything else to fall into place. Truth be told, we have no idea what it would be like to seek first the kingdom of God, because we’ve never tried it.

+ Lord: have mercy on us, your church, and remember your covenant promises to us. Revive us again and restore us as a light to the nations.

Rough Justice

2 Kings 12:20-21 (NLT)Joash’s officers plotted against him and assassinated him at Beth-millo on the road to Silla. The assassins were Jozacar son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer—both trusted advisers. Joash was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Then his son Amaziah became the next king.

+ Lord: you are holy, and you call your people to live holy lives as well. Raise up prophets who will speak the truth to us – who will correct us when we’re wrong, and will teach us to do what’s right. And raise up priests who will bring us to Jesus to receive mercy and help in our time of trouble.

+ Lord: have mercy on us, your church, and remember your covenant promises to us. Chasten us and correct us that we may do what is right in your sight.

Promise-keeping God

2 Kings 13:22-23 (NLT)King Hazael of Aram had oppressed Israel during the entire reign of King Jehoahaz. But the Lord was gracious and merciful to the people of Israel, and they were not totally destroyed. He pitied them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And to this day he still has not completely destroyed them or banished them from his presence.

+ Lord: when we confess our sins you are faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Here us now, Lord, as we pray….

+ Lord: have mercy on your church and remember your covenant promises to us. Have pity on us; extend your grace and mercy to us that we may amend our ways and put you first in our lives.

Flawed Saviors

2 Kings 14:26-27 (NLT)For the Lord saw the bitter suffering of everyone in Israel, and that there was no one in Israel, slave or free, to help them. And because the Lord had not said he would blot out the name of Israel completely, he used Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash, to save them.

+ Lord: you use flawed people inside the church and outside the church to restore order and justice that your people might live quiet, peaceful lives and bear witness to your love, mercy and grace. Raise up leaders with the authority to help your people, both Christians and Jews, especially those experiencing oppression and persecution for their faith.

+ Lord: have mercy on your people and remember your old and new covenant promises to us. Protect us and provide for us in this our time of trouble.

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“Remind Me Who I Am” – Jason Gray


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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