Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Tue, 01 Aug – 2 Kings 21-25 ~ Apostasy, Exile, and the Fall of Jerusalem

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.

Please Read: 2 Kings 21-25 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Sovereign Lord: Today’s reading reminds us that you rule over all the nations of the earth; you tolerate allegiance to no other gods. You reward faithfulness and you punish apostasy; even your covenant people Israel could not escape your wrath.

Give us wisdom and understanding for our day as we read through these events of long ago. Our circumstances may be different, but you are the same – you never change. Lead us on the path of repentance and reform, that we may experience reprieve from the impending disaster unfolding in the world around us.

Apostasy leads to disaster

2 Kings 21:10-12 (NLT)Then the Lord said through his servants the prophets: “King Manasseh of Judah has done many detestable things. He is even more wicked than the Amorites, who lived in this land before Israel. He has caused the people of Judah to sin with his idols. So this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I will bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of those who hear about it will tingle with horror.

Repentance, Reprieve, and Reform

2 Kings 22:11, 18-20 (NLT)When [King Josiah] heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair.
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“But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the Lord and tell him: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: You were sorry and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord. So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city.’”

2 Kings 23:1-3, 25 (NLT)Then the king summoned all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. And the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, along with the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. There the king read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found in the Lord’s Temple. The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. In this way, he confirmed all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll, and all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.
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Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.

Relapse and the Fall of Jerusalem

2 Kings 24:19-20 (NLT)Zedekiah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as Jehoiakim had done. These things happened because of the Lord’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile.
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2 Kings 25:8-12 (NLT)On August 14 of that year, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard and an official of the Babylonian king, arrived in Jerusalem. He burned down the Temple of the Lord, the royal palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem. He destroyed all the important buildings in the city. Then he supervised the entire Babylonian army as they tore down the walls of Jerusalem on every side. Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took as exiles the rest of the people who remained in the city, the defectors who had declared their allegiance to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the population. But the captain of the guard allowed some of the poorest people to stay behind to care for the vineyards and fields.

Sovereign Lord: Your Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom – a kingdom of love and light – ushered into our world by your Son, Jesus Christ. Pour out your Spirit upon us; drive us to our knees in sorrow, humility and repentance for our apostasy in this our time. Turn the hearts of your people back to you, that we may seek you and your Kingdom first, above all else. And stay your hand of judgement, that we may tell your story to the nations, and that many may come to know your Son Jesus as their Savior and Lord. It’s in his name that I ask it. Amen.
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“We’ve A Story To Tell To The Nations” – Larry Lawson


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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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