2 Chron 21:2-22:12, 2 Kings 9:1-9:37
The word of the Lord prevails.
In these chapters there is a lot of treachery and deceit.
Jehoram tries to firm up his kingship by doing away with all the opposition (his own brothers):
4 When Jehoram established himself firmly over his father’s kingdom, he put all his brothers to the sword along with some of the princes of Israel.
The word of the Lord is proclaimed and it prevails in verse 18:
18 After all this, the LORD afflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease of the bowels. 19 In the course of time, at the end of the second year, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great pain.
Then of course there is Jezebel, the wife of Ahab and a staunch enemy of the prophets. Even though she sought to attack these messages, who carried God’s word. It was God’s word which prevailed against her and brought her demise in 2 Kings 9:30-37.
In the conclusion to book of Acts Luke’s burden is to leave the reader a reminder of the unstoppable word of God. The open-ended conclusion of the book also seeks to draw us in, understanding that the mission is not complete. The spread of the word must continue.
We are encouraged to be committed to this ongoing mission of God and challenged to consider how we might be involved in the progress of the gospel through the mighty word.