Contributed on Jan 7, 2018
God cares enough for King Ahaziah to step in and show Himself real and reminding him that there is only one true God and He is in Israel.
We ended the last chapter of 1 Kings with the sermon AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS. • God’s Word will be fulfilled. We saw that when King Ahab died in the battlefield. • 1 Kings 22:51-53 51Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, ...read more
Contributed on Jan 15, 2018
Elijah is gone, God remains. Don't look for Elijah, look for the God of Elijah. God's presence and His power remains. Can God count on us to continue His work and proclaim His Word?
2 Kings 2:1-25 WHERE IS THE GOD OF ELIJAH What happens when the prophet of God leaves? • When Israel has been hearing the Word of God from this prophet, and seeing many miraculous deeds of God performed through him? • What happens when he leaves? This is the question this chapter raises, ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2018
God is the help of the helpless. When we turn to Him in times of need, we receive mercy and find His grace. If we need it, God can meet it.
We have been reading the ministries of the various prophets, mainly with the Kings and dealing with the affairs of the nations. • Today, we have come to the segment where we read of a prophet ministry with the ordinary, dealing with the common needs of life. • These incidents show us that God ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2018
God is a Giver of life and a restorer of hope. Crisis in life pushes us to look up to God and help us know Him in ways we cannot otherwise.
We will continue our look at the ministry of Elisha in 2 Kings 4. • His ministry, in many ways, parallels that of Elijah in terms of the miracles that he performed. • The author penned down these miracles to show us that Elisha did indeed receive that double portion of Elijah’s ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2018
God remembers His own. He is concerned with little things. He cares for our needs. Hardships reveal where our true trust is.
We have been looking at the miracles of Elisha. It is good to remember that these works were done against the backdrop of the widespread idolatry. • The Northern Kingdom of Israel especially, where Elijah and Elisha ministered, the people had already abandoned God and gone into worshipping ...read more
Contributed on Feb 19, 2018
We see God reaching out to a foreigner and leading him to faith in Himself. This is the goodness and grace of God. It cannot be earned or be bought.
God’s grace goes international. Let’s read 2 Kings 5:1-19. God remembers His own and cares for His own, but His own does not mean only the people of Israel. • It refers ultimately to everyone who is willing to acknowledge God, believe and worship Him, as the one and only true God. • So ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2018
God is concerned about the little things in our lives.
Among the remnant who remained faithful to God are these companies of prophets (or sons of the prophet). • Elisha was mentoring a group of them, in the place where they lived (like a dormitory). • But the dwelling place was getting too small for the growing number of students. Let’s read 2 ...read more
Contributed on Mar 6, 2018
God revealing Himself to the Arameans.
We have in the text this morning the revealing of the God of Israel - 2 Kings 6:8-23. Each time the Arameans would make a raid into Israel, their plans were spoiled through the revelation given by God to Elisha. • Elisha would inform the King of Israel, who would then take precautions ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2018
We take God at his Word. His Word reveals what is right, says what is true and brings what is good.
Another very interesting account today from 2 Kings 6-7. • The capital of Israel, Samaria came under siege by the Arameans. • It was to be an opportunity for Israel to turn back to God and trust Him. • Let’s read what happens. Let’s read the first part – 2 Kings ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2018
In our darkest moments, hear God's assurance and expect God's actions. Trust His Word and wait for His deliverance.
2 Kings 8:16-24 and 2 Chron 21 After nearly 8 chapters with the camera on the Northern Kingdom of Israel, we have now an account of the South. • The last time we looked at the Southern Kingdom (Judah) King Jehoshaphat was King. The timeline continues from there. • We will look at his son ...read more
Contributed on Apr 15, 2018
God is a God of vengeance and He will judge sin and evil. We trust God and leave it to Him to execute perfect justice, and not take matters into our own hands.
We have been reading the devastating influence of the house of Ahab, in Israel and also in Judah. • Ahab has died but his evil ways continued to permeate the land and corrupt the people. God will act to stop this. • In today’s passage (2 Kings 9) we are going to read the rise of a man whom God ...read more
Contributed on May 1, 2018
God may not be prominent in the proceedings but He is present and sovereignly in control. God works out His purpose through people and fulfils His will.
When we read the events of the last few chapters in II Kings, we did not see God appearing or saying much. But we know that He is the primary Actor. • He might not be prominent but He is present, and working behind the scenes even when we don’t see Him much. • We see that again in 2 Kings 11. ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2018
Don't take God's grace for granted. Trust in God personally. Be convinced that His Word is true and His ways are right.
Joash had a remarkable start to life. As an infant, he was miraculously rescued by his aunt Jehosheba and hidden in the temple of the Lord for 6 years. • His grandmother Athaliah had seized power and killed all the royal princes in his family. Joash was literally plucked from the fire. • He ...read more
Contributed on May 15, 2018
God responded to the prayer of an ungodly king because He saw the oppression of His people and came to their rescue. God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.
For the last two chapters (2 Kings 11-12) we looked the Southern Kingdom of JUDAH. • We saw how Queen Athaliah seized power and how Joash was saved as an infant and raised secretly in the temple of God for six years until he was made King. • Today – 2 Kings 13 - we are swinging back to the ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2018
Jehoash showed little interest in what he was told to do. He was going through the motions but with little faith. He did not take God seriously or the Word of God seriously. Elisha was the one who showed faith in God.
We saw the reign of Jehoahaz last week; we move on to the reign of his son Jehoash today, Jehu’s 2nd generation. • God promised Jehu 4 generations on the throne of Israel. • Let’s read again 2 Kings 13:10-13. --------------------------------------- Like his father, Jehoash “did evil in ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2018
God showed mercy to a disobedient Israel, not giving them what they deserved but provided a window of opportunities for them to return and repent.
We are going to swing back to ISRAEL (N) and look at King Jeroboam today. • King JEROBOAM is the 3rd successor of JEHU, succeeding his father JEHOASH, who fought with Judah’s King AMAZIAH in the first part of 2 Kings 14 (we saw last Sun). • Read 2 Kings 14:23-29. Again verse 24 says “He did ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2018
Consider God's warning signs - words from the prophets, internal chaos and the external threat from Assyria.
2 Kings 15:8-31 THE WARNING SIGNS ES 17 Jun 18 1665 Warning signs are good. They are meant for our good and can save lives. God warns. God warns before He judges. • Let’s consider the warning signs from three directions. The upward – warnings from God through the prophets, the inward – ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2018
God did not give up on Ahaz, despite his idolatry and unbelief. God came to him through prophet Isaiah, assuring him and urging him to trust Him.
We are going to look at our unrelenting God, the One who never give up on us. We looked at the five kings of Israel in chapter 15. It ends with an account on King Jotham of Judah. • Jotham did what was right in the eyes of the Lord but not perfectly because he did not remove the high ...read more
Contributed on Jul 3, 2018
God reveals Himself as the One true God who redeems Israel, warns them and finally judges them. Israel is called to worship the One and only God, and to show the nations that the Lord their God, the Lord is one. They failed.
We’ve come to the last King of Israel and the end of the Northern Kingdom (2 Kings 17). • It ended this way - 2 Kings 17:5-6 5The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. 6In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2018
Faith in God is not immunity from troubles. God builds our trust in Him through the trials of life, not apart from them.
We read of the fall of the Northern Kingdom ISRAEL last week. • When the North falls, King Hezekiah was reigning in the South. We are going to read in the next 3 chapters. Let’s read 2 Kings 18:1-8. King Hezekiah is one of the two good kings in the history of Judah (S). • The other is King ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2018
Hezekiah prays and sees God as the One who is enthroned and rules over all kingdoms. He trusts God and sees the deliverance of God.
Hezekiah has a real crisis at hand. Jerusalem was under siege and fighting for her life. • In chapter 18 they were confronted with a psychological warfare at the wall, bombarded by depressing words from the Assyrian field commander. • Hezekiah commanded his people at the wall not to answer the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2018
When Hezekiah was prosperous and successful, he became proud and forget the Source of all his blessings.
The King of Babylon sent envoys to congratulate Hezekiah on his recovery from his illness. • Hezekiah must have felt important. There is something gratifying to have people from faraway places showing interest in you. • So Hezekiah pay attention to them and showed them all his treasures – from ...read more
Contributed on Aug 7, 2018
Mannaseh pushed Judah to the point of no return. Right at the end of his life, he experienced God's great grace and forgiveness when he repented. However it was too little, too late. The damage has been done. That's the legacy he left behind.
We’ve come to the reign of Manasseh in 2 Kings 21, the son of Hezekiah. • 6 more kings after him and that will be the end of JUDAH. • Manasseh is the longest reigning King of Judah (and Israel), 55 years in all. • He did great evil in the sight of the Lord, probably the greatest (evil) of all the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2018
The heart of Josiah was responsive to God and he was humble before Him. God gives grace to the humble.
We looked at the most evil King last week, Manasseh, who repented at the last minute and did what he could to restore the worship of God. • But his attempt at making right what he has done wrong for so many years, was too little, too late, to make a lasting impact. • Even his son Amon who ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2018
God continues to speak to the last four Kings of Judah prior to the fall of Jerusalem. God did not cease to speak to them, even though they are not willing to listen.
We have come to the last 4 Kings of Judah. Next week we will close with the fall of Jerusalem. In one chapter the author penned through the 4 Kings. • Everything moves downhill from Manasseh’s reign onwards because the Lord has decreed that He will judge Judah and Jerusalem will fall under the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2018
God speaks to save, not to terrify or condemn. God speaks the truth.
God did not give up on Judah, despite her disobedience and sinful ways. • God continued to speak to them, again and again, through prophet Jeremiah. • God extended grace and showed mercy, still urging them to repent. Judah did not listen, but that did not stop God. “The LORD is compassionate ...read more