07 November - 2 Chronicles 36; Hosea 4; Acts 20
Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:35 AM
2 Chronicles 36
36:1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father’s place in Jerusalem. 36:2 Joahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 36:3 The king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem, and fined the land one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 36:4 The king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. Neco took Joahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt. 36:5 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh his God. 36:6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon. 36:7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of Yahweh to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon. 36:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place. 36:9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh. 36:10 At the return of the year king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of Yahweh, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem. 36:11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: 36:12 and he did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh his God; he didn’t humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of Yahweh. 36:13 He also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart against turning to Yahweh, the God of Israel. 36:14 Moreover all the chiefs of the priests, and the people, trespassed very greatly after all the abominations of the nations; and they polluted the house of Yahweh which he had made holy in Jerusalem. 36:15 Yahweh, the God of their fathers, sent to them by his messengers, rising up early and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and scoffed at his prophets, until the wrath of Yahweh arose against his people, until there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought on them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or gray-headed: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 All the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes, all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 They burnt the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels of it. 36:20 He carried those who had escaped from the sword away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: 36:21 to fulfill the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. As long as it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. 36:22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 36:23 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘Yahweh, the God of heaven, has given all the kingdoms of the earth to me; and he has commanded me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, Yahweh his God be with him, and let him go up.’”
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:36 AM
4:1 Hear the word of Yahweh, you children of Israel;
for Yahweh has a charge against the inhabitants of the land:
“Indeed there is no truth,
nor knowledge of God in the land.
4:2 There is cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
they break boundaries, and bloodshed causes bloodshed.
4:3 Therefore the land will mourn,
and everyone who dwells therein will waste away.
all living things in her,
even the animals of the field and the birds of the sky;
yes, the fish of the sea also die.
4:4 “Yet let no man bring a charge, neither let any man accuse; For your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.
4:5 You will stumble in the day,
and the prophet will also stumble with you in the night;
and I will destroy your mother.
4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you,
that you may be no priest to me.
Because you have forgotten your God’s law,
I will also forget your children.
4:7 As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me.
I will change their glory into shame.
4:8 They feed on the sin of my people,
and set their heart on their iniquity.
4:9 It will be, like people, like priest;
and I will punish them for their ways,
and will repay them for their deeds.
4:10 They will eat, and not have enough.
They will play the prostitute, and will not increase;
because they have abandoned giving to Yahweh.
4:11 Prostitution, wine, and new wine take away understanding.
4:12 My people consult with their wooden idol,
and answer to a stick of wood.
Indeed the spirit of prostitution has led them astray,
and they have been unfaithful to their God.
4:13 They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains,
and burn incense on the hills, under oaks and poplars and terebinths,
because its shade is good.
Therefore your daughters play the prostitute,
and your brides commit adultery.
4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the prostitute,
nor your brides when they commit adultery;
because the men consort with prostitutes,
and they sacrifice with the shrine prostitutes;
so the people without understanding will come to ruin.
4:15 “Though you, Israel, play the prostitute,
yet don’t let Judah offend;
and don’t come to Gilgal,
neither go up to Beth Aven,
nor swear, ‘As Yahweh lives.’
4:16 For Israel has behaved extremely stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer.
Then how will Yahweh feed them like a lamb in a meadow.
4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols.
Leave him alone!
4:18 Their drink has become sour.
They play the prostitute continually.
Her rulers dearly love their shameful way.
4:19 The wind has wrapped her up in its wings;
and they shall be disappointed because of their sacrifices.
Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:39 AM
20:1 After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia. 20:2 When he had gone through those parts, and had encouraged them with many words, he came into Greece. 20:3 When he had spent three months there, and a plot was made against him by Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia. 20:4 These accompanied him as far as Asia: Sopater of Beroea; Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians; Gaius of Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia. 20:5 But these had gone ahead, and were waiting for us at Troas. 20:6 We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas in five days, where we stayed seven days.
20:7 On the first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and continued his speech until midnight. 20:8 There were many lights in the upper room where we were gathered together. 20:9 A certain young man named Eutychus sat in the window, weighed down with deep sleep. As Paul spoke still longer, being weighed down by his sleep, he fell down from the third story, and was taken up dead. 20:10 Paul went down, and fell upon him, and embracing him said, “Don’t be troubled, for his life is in him.”
20:11 When he had gone up, and had broken bread, and eaten, and had talked with them a long while, even until break of day, he departed. 20:12 They brought the boy in alive, and were greatly comforted.
20:13 But we who went ahead to the ship set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for he had so arranged, intending himself to go by land. 20:14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard, and came to Mitylene. 20:15 Sailing from there, we came the following day opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium, and the day after we came to Miletus. 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.
20:17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to himself the elders of the assembly. 20:18 When they had come to him, he said to them, “You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you all the time, 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews; 20:20 how I didn’t shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and from house to house, 20:21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus. 20:22 Now, behold, I go bound by the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there; 20:23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions wait for me. 20:24 But these things don’t count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God.
20:25 “Now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I went about preaching the Kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 20:26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am clean from the blood of all men, 20:27 for I didn’t shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 20:28 Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of the Lord and God which he purchased with his own blood. 20:29 For I know that after my departure, vicious wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Men will arise from among your own selves, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 20:31 Therefore watch, remembering that for a period of three years I didn’t cease to admonish everyone night and day with tears. 20:32 Now, brothers, I entrust you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 20:33 I coveted no one’s silver, or gold, or clothing. 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands served my necessities, and those who were with me. 20:35 In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
20:36 When he had spoken these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 20:37 They all wept a lot, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, 20:38 sorrowing most of all because of the word which he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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Posted 06 March 2011 - 01:50 PM
2 Chronicles 36
MINOR PROPHET’S WITH MAJOR MESSAGES
We have finished reading Daniel and for the rest of the year we will read the 12 remaining books in the Old Testament that are referred to as the “Minor Prophets.” They are smaller in size, but their messages are powerful, all have much to say that is very appropriate for us to read and think about in the kind of world we now live in. Currently we are reading Hosea who lived while there were still separate kingdoms in the north and south. Most of the time the people were not serving God; instead they were pursuing fleshly activities and these dominated their lives. The idols of the surrounding nations encouraged such living, so they worshipped them. Today many “worship” fleshly activities and follow human idols.
God used Hosea to send stern messages to them, such as, “the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing and committing adultery” [Hosea 4:1, 2 ] He continues, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge … I will change their glory into shame … because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish whoredom (immoral sexual behaviour), wine and new wine which take away understanding” [Hosea 4:6, 7,10]
But in Hosea 3 God gave him a remarkable prophecy. “The children (children means the people, they were God’s children) of Israel shall dwell many days without a king or prince, without sacrifice … afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king, and they shall fear (be in awe of) the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.” [Hosea 3:4,5] The last part of that message would put joy into the prophet’s heart.
The latter days are surely just about here! The people of Israel are back in their land but are yet to have a king, a temple and offer sacrifice. God reveals the end long before it happens. Will we be part of that “end”? Or are we simply going to live as Israel did in Hosea’s time? There is no neutral position, if we wish to be God’s children we have to think and act that way. Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me” [Matthew 12:30]
Posted 07 November 2011 - 04:36 AM
2 Chronicles 36
“THEY SHALL FEAR … IN THE LATTER DAYS”
Hosea, whose prophecy we are presently reading, prophesied in the tragic final days of the northern kingdom. It was a time when God’s people were pursuing fleshly activities and, at best, giving him only nominal worship. Because the idols of the surrounding nations encouraged immorality they were attracted to worship them. Look at the stern messages God caused him to speak and consider how much they apply to life today!
“The LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing and committing adultery” [Hosea 4:1,2] He continues, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (of God)… I will change their glory into shame … because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish whoredom (immoral sexual acts), wine and new wine which take away understanding” [Hosea 4:6,7,10]
But in Hosea 3 we read a remarkable prophecy, “The children (children means the people, they were God’s children) of Israel shall dwell many days without a king or prince, without sacrifice … afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king, and they shall fear (be in awe of) the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.” [Hosea 3:4,5]
The last part of that message would put joy into the prophet’s heart. This time is surely about to begin! The people of Israel are back in their land but they are yet to have their king, a temple and offer sacrifice. God reveals the end long before it happens (as we count time). Will we be part of that “end”? Or are we simply going to live blind to Gods’ awareness of our lives, as Israel did in Hosea’s time? A final time of great trouble is very near and we will need clearness of vision and faith in God. There will be no neutral position, Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me” [Matthew 12:30] The Kings of Israel and Judah are described as either “good” or “evil” To be “lukewarm” spells disaster, look at Revelation 3:16.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:03 AM
2 Chronicles 36
“UNTIL THERE WAS NO REMEDY”
Today we completed reading 2nd Chronicles, a chapter which describes the final end of the kingdom set up in God given glory in the reigns of David and Solomon. Now it has become a time when “all the officers of the priests and the people were exceedingly unfaithful …” [2 Chronicles 36:14] to God. Despite this, The LORD, the God of their fathers , sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people …” [2 Chronicles 36:15]
We can see parallels with today. There was a resultant awareness and awe of God in the generations following the time the Bible was first printed.- and initially many parts of the world became God fearing. This spirit has now just about all disappeared – yet human beings still benefit from the “compassion” God still shows in holding back from the severe judgment human beings deserve.
Let us ask ourselves – are we worthy of God’s calling? We recall Paul’s words, “… we always pray for you that our God may make you worthy of his calling …” [2 Thessalonians 1:11]; yet how can God make us worthy if we take little or no notice of his word?
We fearfully note the next verse in Chronicles for it is parallel with what must be about to happen to our world, for the people then were “despising his words and scoffing … until the wrath of God rose … until there was no remedy” [2 Chronicles 36:16] Well, the only remedy was destruction of ungodliness!
There is also a clear parallel to this in what we read in Hosea today. This prophet was giving a message in the final years of the northern kingdom saying “the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God …” [Hosea 4:1] What a contrast with the last verse of the previous chapter and its remarkable vision of the future! This is as much a vision for us as for them! A time will come, says God through the prophet when “the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.”
This verse will be fulfilled when the kingdom of God is established! Today we see that Israel has, at least in part, returned to their land, but are yet to “seek” the LORD. We are in “the latter days” – but how we individually believe and behave will decide whether we experience “the goodness of the LORD” and rejoice in the incredible wonders that are promised to God fearing men and women of all ages and all races.
Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:02 AM
07 November 2013
2 Chronicles 36
“… ANYTHING THAT WAS PROFITABLE”
What a contrast there is today between the Old and New Testament readings – but our world is full of contrasts – although the ‘good’ things are getting less and less. In Acts 20 we read of Paul’s encouragement to the elders who came to him from Ephesus [Acts 20:17-18] What an example Paul set them – and everyone else, “I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable … of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” [Acts 20:21]
Let us fill our lives with things that are profitable. All around us people only think of profit in monetary terms, we must think of it in spiritual terms.
In contrast to our Acts reading the final chapter of 2nd Chronicles tells us of the dismal end of the Jewish nation and of Jerusalem when “all the officers of the priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations” [2 Chronicles 36:14]
Our Hosea reading paints a similarly distressing picture – and without any difficulty at all we can see the parallel to life today. He declares, “the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants …. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God …there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds …” [Hosea 4:1-2] This is the very opposite to leading profitable lives – and remember God only sees TWO pathways.
God then causes Hosea to declare, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” [Hosea 4:6] And so destruction came, after generations of warning in the centuries after the reign of Solomon.
Today, God’s word has spread throughout the world. There is opportunity to acquire the knowledge of God and have “profitable” lives of which God will approve; although, sadly it has been true in all ages that some have distorted God’s word for their own purposes and power.
Today, virtually no one is interested in God’s kind of profit and very soon history will repeat itself. God’s word is full of warnings about this. Make sure you are not “destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Of course with “knowledge” of this nature – our way of life soon makes it evident whether we really possess it or not.? It is not just ‘head knowledge’ – it is ‘heart knowledge.’ Is it evident in your life?
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