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3 Year Bible Reading: 2 Kings 3

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 2 Kings 3.

General:

  • Chapter 3 gives us an example of God being faithful to His people, even as it benefited a king who wanted very little to do with Him
  • Ahab’s son Joram took the throne after the death of his brother Ahaziah
    • His behavior is described interestingly as slightly better than that of his parents
      • Joram cleared out some of the false altars in Israel but still struggled with idolatry
  • After Ahab’s death, the king of Moab rebelled against Israel, figuring that Ahaziah would not be strong enough to respond
    • Moab had been paying Israel a tribute since the time of David
    • Joram was determined to do what his brother had not been strong enough to do: make Moab his subject once more
  • Joram enlisted the help of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah
    • Remember that Jehoshaphat had also gone to war alongside Joram’s father, Ahab
    • As the two kings marched on Moab, they brought along the king of Edom as an additional force
      • Jehoshaphat was in control of Edom, so its king was under his command
  • As the three kings marched together, they recognized a serious problem: they had not brought along enough water for their men and animals
    • In a desert climate like theirs, this could spell disaster for an army on the move
    • Joram quickly blamed God for their problem, forgetting that this war had been his own idea
    • Jehoshaphat, however, immediately sought God’s help
      • He asked that they inquire of Elisha the prophet about what should happen next
  • When Elisha was brought to the three kings, he immediately questioned why Joram would want him there
    • He was well aware of Joram’s lack of interest in the true God
      • He sarcastically suggested that Joram ask his false gods for help
    • Elisha then asked for a harp to be played as he spoke to God
    • God spoke back and revealed that water would be provided; the three kings would be victorious on their mission
      • God instructed the soldiers to dig ditches throughout their camp
        • These ditches would be filled with drinkable water the next day
        • God kept His promise, and the water appeared
  • When the soldiers of Moab saw the pools of water in the early morning sun, it looked like blood
    • They quickly decided that the three kings against them had killed each other in some kind of civil war
      • The excited soldiers rushed in to collect the spoils of battle
      • The Israelites were waiting for them, however, and completely cut them down
    • The land of Moab was completely destroyed, just as Elisha had foretold
    • The chapter ends on a terrible note, as the king of Moab sacrificed his son in desperation
      • Israel was so appalled by this action that they returned home without achieving total victory


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3 Year Bible Reading: 2 Kings 2

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 2 Kings 2.

General:

  • Chapter 2 brings us the miraculous ending of Elijah’s ministry
    • Elijah spends the majority of the chapter preparing for his entrance into heaven
    • Elijah’s work was now almost finished in God’s sight; it was time for him to go home
    • The last thing Elijah did was visit the religious schools one final time
      • Somehow God had revealed to these students that Elijah would soon be taken to heaven
        • We see that Elisha, the successor to Elijah, was already upset about the thought of Elijah leaving
  • We see God’s power in Elijah’s ability to divide the Jordan River
  • Elisha requested a double portion of Elijah’s spirit
    • In Bible days a father customarily gave his oldest son a double share of the inheritance
    • Elisha desired more ability from God to serve Israel as prophet; this was a selfless request
  • Then God took Elijah up to heaven in a chariot and horses of fire
    • In very clear terms the Bible presents the existence of heaven as a fact
      • Elijah did not even die here; God took him straight to heaven
        • We see Elijah appear again on the Mount of Transfiguration in Matthew 17:3
      • That only happened for one other person: Enoch, whom Genesis tells us “walked with God”
    • Elisha called his mentor Elijah “the chariots and horsemen of Israel”
      • These things were a symbol of a king’s strength, and Elijah had been a source of spiritual strength to Israel
    • Elisha was sad to see Elijah go
  • As Elisha returned across the river, we see that God granted his request of a double portion when Elisha also was able to divide the river
    • The prophets who were watching immediately recognized that Elisha had been blessed by God
    • Yet they still were slow to believe his words about Elijah being taken up to heaven
      • They foolishly insisted on searching for Elijah
  • God’s power is further seen in Elisha’s ability to fix the water at the well of Jericho
    • Water was a commodity in this desert climate, and Elisha gave all glory to God for his ability to provide it
  • The chapter concludes with an odd and tragic incident
    • As Elisha traveled through Bethel, a group of young people approached and mocked him relentlessly
    • Elisha responded with a curse that had an immediate effect in the form of two angry bears
    • God was demonstrating His seriousness about His messengers representing Him
      • Luke 10:16


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