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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22, 23; 1 Timothy 5
Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, June 23, 2018
2 Kings 10:6 “Now the royal princes, seventy of them, were with the leading men of the city, who were rearing them. 7 When the letter arrived, these men took the princes and slaughtered all seventy of them. They put their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu in Jezreel. 8 When the messenger arrived, he told Jehu, “They have brought the heads of the princes.” Then Jehu ordered, “Put them in two piles at the entrance of the city gate until morning.”
32 “In those days the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel…”
2 Chronicles 22:6 “Then Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to see Joram son of Ahab because he had been wounded. 7 Through Ahaziah’s visit to Joram, God brought about Ahaziah’s downfall. When Ahaziah arrived, he went out with Joram to meet Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab. 8 While Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he found the officials of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s relatives, who had been attending Ahaziah, and he killed them. 9 He then went in search of Ahaziah, and his men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. He was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He was a son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.””
2 Chronicles 23:16 “Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the Lord’s people. 17 All the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars and idols and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.”
1 Timothy 5:1b “Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”
9 “No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.”
I like that the early church had guidelines to help decide who they would help. We have taken some criticism over the years for having guidelines in place, regarding people who ask for help with, say, their DP&L bill, rent, gas… whatever… Our guidelines are: Are they in our system? If they have children, have their kids been checked into class on the weekends. Are they in a small group? Do they serve in a ministry area? Is there a record of them making any financial contribution? If the answers above are yes… not to ALL, but to some, we are likely going to help. If the answer is no, we may choose not to help. We can’t say yes to everyone, and there is always room for mercy… just because.
My question for Timothy would be, what if the widow is 58? Paul said “over sixty.” How strict were they?
I wonder what is around me that needs “smashed?” (“They smashed the altars and idols and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.”)
Lord, I ask for wisdom… give me eyes to see and ears to hear…