Sunday, March 09, 2008

Day 68/90: 2 Kings 1-5, Ez 25-30, 1 Tim 1-3

Preached a 45-minute one today on the Beatitudes - probably a little too long, but a challenge to honestly wrestle with all 10 verses in one sermon. I'm interested to hear the feedback - I went a very different angle with the interpretation of the passage.

Today's reading highlights:
  • The first five chapters of 2 Kings are full of miraculous stories about how God worked powerfully through Elijah and then Elisha. They obviously walked closely with the Lord as He moved mightily through their ministry. Anyone else think the passage in 2 Kings 2:23-25 is crazy where the bears come out and kill the youth who are mocking Elisha?
  • These chapters in Ezekiel are the prophet's words of judgment against the nations that surround Israel - showing that God is not just angry with His own people, but also with all the nations who worship other gods and turn away from God's moral law. I was especially challenge by Ezekiel 28:1-10 where God says that He is bringing judgment on the king of Tyre because he lives as though he is god. I wonder how many times I fall into that thinking. Again, the main theme of Ezekiel is God's heart that all nations would know that He is the Lord - He moves to bring Himself glory among all peoples. I need to be constantly reminded of that - He moves to honor His name alone.
  • There is so much that could be said from 1 Timothy - so relevant and so powerful. I especially connect with Paul's view of himself as the worst of sinners, but saved to show God's wonderful grace. I also need to spend time just meditating on 2:3 which describes God's heart for all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. Great truths --

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