For The week of Sunday, August 28, 2022
Weekly Reading: 2 Kings 2, 4, 17, 22, 25, Ecclesiastes 7—8
“[The king of Babylon] spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table. Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.” –2 Kings 25:28-30
This week we see the descent of the nation of Judah into captivity in Babylon. We also see the rise of the prophet Elisha who speaks powerfully for the Lord and performs incredible miracles displaying God’s power. While 2 Kings records the sad end of an independent nation of Judah, the book is not without hope. In the prophet Elisha, in several faithful kings, and in the ending, we find cause for optimism. God is not done with His people. We get a small glimpse of this in the final verses of chapter 25 (see above). In the same way, our lives may be filled with setbacks and failures, yet the Lord is not done working out His good purposes in our lives. As followers of the resurrected Christ, we always have cause for hope. While you read this week, reflect on the hopeful notes amid dire circumstances. In your own life, allow God to show you the good He is bringing about, even when things seem bleak. –Nate Metler
- To help you fully grasp the context and significance of the book of 2 Kings, take a moment to watch this wonderful 9-minute overview from The Bible Project (https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/kings/).
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