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Click here for today’s reading: 1 Kings 13, 14; 2 Chronicles 12; Philippians 3
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
1 Kings 13:1-34 the story of the prophet who had a word for King Jeroboam, refused to eat with him, then was deceived by another prophet and was killed by a lion.
1 Kings 14:10 “I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free. I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone. 11 Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country. The Lord has spoken!’”
2 Chronicles 12:6 “The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.””
12 “Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed. Indeed, there was some good in Judah.”
14 “He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.”
Philippians 3:4 “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.”
13 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
20 “But our citizenship is in heaven.”
There’s so much in today’s readings! Lessons to be learned about faithfulness, turning away from the Lord, turning back to the Lord and not putting confidence in our own abilities or “flesh.”
I am stunned that the one prophet deceived or tricked the other prophet by saying, “An angel appeared to me and said it’s ok for you to eat with me.” The word you claim the Lord gave you do NOT supersede the word I know the Lord gave me.
When you have power and authority (such as a King) put it to good use… Follow the Lord. Don’t turn away or take matters into your own hands. (Offering sacrifices oh high places, or by increasing the burden on your people…)
Lord in whatever capacity I am leading, help me to always follow you and your ways. That I would always lead with kindness and wisdom…