A Very Good Man

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 18-20 Hezekiah now became king of Judah. He did what was right in the sight of God. He broke down the altars throughout the land where the people did not worship as they should. He trusted the Lord. He was better than any of the kings before him or after him. He kept the commandments God had given to Moses. What are your goals? Are they to become rich, to be highly regarded by man, to …

Interpreting History

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 17 From Genesis to Esther, the books of the Bible are historical. But the writers are not interested in simply stating facts. They are inspired to interpret the meaning of the facts. These things happened because God responded to the actions of man. The Israelites sinned constantly (v. 7). They walked according to the customs of the pagan nations around them (v. 8). They did things in secret that were wrong (v. 9). The Lord sent …

The Persistence of Evil

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 14-16 Israel had one wicked king after another. The problem was that they continued the evil practices started by Jeroboam, the first king of Israel, who set up golden calves at Bethel and Dan. Once evil practices have taken root, they are difficult to eradicate. Today, also, there is wickedness which has been practiced for so long that it is taken to be acceptable. We must measure all actions, our own and those of society, by …

Time of Renewal

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 11-13 After Jehu had killed Ahaziah, king of Judah, Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel, ruled. She murdered everyone in the royal family except Joash, who was hidden. Jehoida the priest later set young Joash on the throne. Under Jehoida’s influence, Joash did what was right in the eyes of God. He also repaired the temple which had been neglected for many years. This was a spiritual renewal. Today, the church, because its members are sinful …

The Day of Reckoning

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 9-10 Ahab was the most wicked of the kings of Israel. He was stirred up to great wickedness by his wife Jezebel. She had introduced Baal worship into Israel. Baal worship included many disgusting practices which were abominations in the sight of God, who predicted through His prophet that the house of Ahab would be severely punished. Now the time for this punishment had come. Jehu, a wild chariot driver, was the one through whom this …

Open Our Eyes

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Kings 6-8 God gives Elisha supernatural power and he is able to tell the king of Israel the military plans of the king of Syria. The king of Syria foolishly thinks that he can capture Elisha. He sends troops to do this and when the servant of Elisha sees these troops surrounding the city, he is filled with fear. But Elisha says, “Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with …