2 Kings 13 -17
Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
The Kings of Israel did not obey God and fought with the KIngs of Judah who sought God’s favor. God still helped his people when they cried out to him because he loved them. Then they abandoned all the Lord’s teachings to worship other gods and followed the practices of the other nations that God had driven out of the Land. They set up idols for themselves. God tore Israel from the house of David and exiled Israel in chapter 17. The Kings of Judah continued to do what was right in the eyes of God until King Ahaz. He was influenced by the Kings of Israel and began to offer sacrifices on the high places to other gods. They all decided to imitate the nations around them and God told them not to.
What is one key verse?
2 Kings 17: 13
The LORD warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”
How does what you read change your vision of God? This shows me how patient God is and his incredible heart to love his people and wants to bless them and provide for them. It shows me his commands he gives his people don’t expire. He is serious about what he asks me to do.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others? I need to obey God and not give excuses. I also need to make sure I do not have one foot in the world and one foot in God’s kingdom. That will cause other people around me to imitate that and disobey God as well.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)When I read God’s word I am going to obey it and not give up. I will be patient as God is working on my heart and character to refine me.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)I saw Jesus in where God was reminding his people to obey him. It reminded me of Jesus in John 15:5-8 (remain in Jesus). That Jesus wants to do great things through me but I must remain in him. That is what God and Jesus wants of me as well.