Growup: Day 154

2 Chronicles 20:1-21:1 and 2 Kings 1:1-2:25

I hope you are enjoying the cold, wet weather.

As a side note 2 King 2:23- 25 is one of my favourite verses to share with youth. I will let you decide why.

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. 25 And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.

As for the Kings mentioned in these chapters they don’t really paint a positive picture do they? Jehoshaphat seems like he was an alright bloke but checkout the following verses.

32He walked in the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. 33 The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their fathers.

As for Ahaziah he is consulting  foreign God’s and receives death as his judgement.

The Kings aren’t leading the people as they should. And the question that I find myself asking, is how long will the LORD put up with this rejection?

This question make me think ahead to our context and marvel at God’s patience and mercy.

8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

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