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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 11, 12; 2 Chronicles 24; 1 Timothy 6
Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, June 24, 2018
2 Kings 11 Jehoiada the priest leads a coup against the usurper Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah, and installs young Joash (Jehoash), son of Ahaziah, as rightful king of Judah. Reformation Study Bible
21 “Joash was seven years old when he began to reign.”
2 Kings 12:1 “In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash[b] became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba.2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.”
2 Chronicles 24 portrays a more evil description of Joash and his bitter demise…
1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
15 “God, the blessed and only Ruler,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,
whom no one has seen or can see.
To him be honor and might forever. Amen.”
21 “Grace be with you all.”
Such a great verse… “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Sidenote: What kind of king is a SEVEN YEAR OLD?? Who thought THAT was a good idea? Who was really calling the shots? At what point did he really start making the decisions. A teenage king sounds scary to me…
It’s so easy to become “not content.” And “contentment” to me feels like resting on my laurels… somehow… Like, “I’m content to just sit here… and do nothing… I’m content being by myself… letting my life just… pass me by.”
Although I know that’s NOT what this verse is about. There’s a peace that’s found in trusting the Lord. Giving up “control.” Being content with what I/we have. Not getting caught up in the world’s value system…
Lord help me to be a godly person… one who is content in you.