Bible in 365 Days – Day 215

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Focus Chapters:

  • Zephaniah 2:8-15
  • Zephaniah 3
  • 2 Chronicles 35:20-27
  • 2 Kings 23:29-30
  • Jeremiah 47-48

 

Standout Verse(s):

ACTION

2 Chronicles 35:20-21 NLT

After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:

“What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

 

REACTION

2 Chronicles 35:22-24 NLT

But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”

So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God commanded Neco of Egypt to make haste to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River.

    After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:

    “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

  2. When Josiah heard of Neco’s advancement, he prepared for battle, however Neco sent a message to him indicating that God had commanded him to go to battle and that Josiah should not interfere.

    After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:

    What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

  3. Josiah ignored Neco’s warning and without consulting God, rides into battle and is injured. He later dies of his injuries.

    But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”

    So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.

     

Application:

I recently peeled a frozen breadfruit for the first time in my life. Instead of checking with my experienced sister to confirm if my methodology was correct, I took the breadfruit from the fridge and begun peeling before it had defrosted. I ended up with a breadfruit that was broken into too many small pieces. Oftentimes, because of our strong belief that we are right, we overlook consulting a better/higher source to ensure our assumptions are correct.

Josiah, a king who sought the Lord wholeheartedly, died because he did not seek the Lord’s confirmation. It’s a sticky situation. King Neco of Egypt heads out to war against another nation and Josiah arms his forces to fight him. Then a strange thing occurs. Neco send Josiah a message stating that Josiah’s God had given him instructions to make haste and fight the other nation and that Josiah should not interfere or he would be destroyed. What would you have done if you were in Josiah’s shoe? Sure, it would have been hard to believe Neco, your enemy! It would seem that Josiah had no option but to call Neco’s bluff…or did he? He could have consulted God. Instead, Josiah choose to push ahead with his plans to stop Neco. His oversight in consulting God, costs him his life.

Even in situations when you are sure you are right, don’t forget to consult God. Josiah’s oversight cost him his life. What will yours cost you? Get a second opinion!


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 214

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Focus Chapters:

  • Habakkuk 1-3
  • Zephaniah 1
  • Zephaniah 2:1-7

 

Standout Verse(s):

Habakkuk 3:17-18 NLT

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

 

Observation (s):

  1. All the writer’s resources are barren or bearing no fruits.

    Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

  2. Despite the writer’s dire situation, the writer still chooses to rejoice in the Lord.

    Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

Application:

Choice is something that we were all given from the beginning of mankind in Genesis. Throughout the Bible, we see many examples of how persons reacted during their most negative of situations. Joseph chose to trust God despite being sold by his brothers into slavery and imprisoned wrongfully. His wait spanned years but his trust is rewarded when he eventually becomes second in command in Egypt. David chose to trust God when he opts to face Goliath, believing that the same God who empowered him to overcome the bear and lion will deliver the godless giant into his hands. In an instant, God rewards his faith and delivers Goliath to David with one blow to the forehead. David, again, has to demonstrate his trust in God when he is on the run from Saul, despite him being appointed Saul’s successor. Despite the attacks on his life, he still chooses to trust God and is rewarded when Saul acknowledges that he wronged him and he becomes king.

How do you choose to react when faced with negative situations? Let’s paint a picture. Like the writer’s olive crops, vines and fig trees, all the natural resources you were depending on have failed to produce fruit. All your efforts, no matter how strenuous, have been for naught. Like the writer’s flocks in the fields, they die before they are brought to fruition or, like the writer’s cattle barns, are empty. Like the writer, David and Joseph, despite the seemingly hopelessness of the situation, will you still make the choice to trust and rejoice in God and be joyful? It is easy to have faith and rejoice when things are going well. It is hard to be joyful and rejoice when our lands and lives are barren. During your barrenness and emptiness, which will you choose?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 213

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Kings 23:1-20
  • 2 Chronicles 34:29-33
  • 2 Kings 23:21-28
  • 2 Chronicles 35:1-19
  • Nahum 1-3

 

Standout Verse(s):

2 Kings 23:25 NLT

Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Josiah turned to God with everything that was in him.

    Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses.

  2. His wholehearted chasing after God resulted in him being declared as being one of a kind.

    Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.

Application:

Can you think of some of some of your most iconic incomparable “one-of-a-kind” things or moments? Well I can! There is the last gift I received from my father before his death. Then there is God’s love for me and His willingness to lead the imperfect creature that I am.

What about in the Bible? Who are some of the most iconic characters whose works and heart made them incomparable in the sight of God? For me, there is David, a man whom God declared as modelling His heart. There is Methuselah, the man God allowed never to see death. There is Job whom God boasted about and then there is Josiah whom the Bible declares to be a king who turned to God with his whole heart, soul and strength.

Josiah was eight years old when he inherited the leadership of Israel. Despite his age, he sought to lead his people to God. His dedication to the cause was such that the Bible deemed his actions incomparable! His passion for God’s law made a difference then and continues to make a difference even today.

What will you be remembered for? Will you be like the persons in Ecclesiastes who gain fame and favour today but are forgotten tomorrow? Strive to be one of a kind like Josiah. Make God proud. Have a godly passion and dedication that is incomparable. Chase after God wholeheartedly! Turn to the Lord with your whole heart, soul and strength.


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