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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Bible in 365 Days – Day 212

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Focus Chapters:

  • Jeremiah 5:20-31
  • Jeremiah 6
  • 2 Kings 22:3-20
  • 2 Chronicles 34:8-28

 

Standout Verse(s):

Jeremiah 5:25 NLT

Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Our wickedness deprives us of the blessings God has in store for us.

    Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

  2. Our sinfulness robs us of the good things God wants to bestow on us.

    Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

     

Application:

I recently read a story of a champion swimmer who met in an accident, a month before a major swim meet. The accident left the swimmer with a broken leg, a dead friend and a guilty conscience. The sad thing is that this could all have been avoided. The accident was due to a terrible choice, drunk driving. The accident nearly cost the swimmer her future and cost her the chance of anchoring her team to victory.

Like that swimmer, we often shoot ourselves in the foot or put a spanner in the timing of our purpose fulfilment when we allow the things we shouldn’t do, sin and wickedness, to run rampant in our lives. God cannot bless us the way He wants to if we are full of wickedness and locked off from Him. He cannot bestow the good things upon us if we allow sin to reign in our lives. Sin and wickedness do not mix with God. If you want the full extent of the blessings and good things God have in store for you, you have a choice to make. Sin and wickedness OR God? You cannot have both.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 211

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Focus Chapters:

  • Jeremiah 2:1-23-37
  • Jeremiah 3-4
  • Jeremiah 5:1-19

 

Standout Verse(s):

Jeremiah 2:26 NLT

“Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught. They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets— all are alike in this.

 

Observation (s):

  1. All of Israel, no matter the position, felt no guilt about their sinful action unless they were caught.

    “Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught. They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets— all are alike in this.

     

Application:

As a child, there were several sweet treats that I loved: milo, condensed milk and sugar. Many times, during my childhood, I would sneak and steal out these things with no thought of the consequences. My focus was primarily on instant gratification and ensuring that my mother didn’t catch me. More times than not, I got away with my acts and lost no sleep over it, thinking only of the next time that I could taste the pleasures that my sweet tooth relished.

Eventually, like Israel, I got caught with my hand stuck in the proverbial cookie jar. In that moment, thinking more about the whooping that was in store for me, I expressed the remorse that was expected of me, hoping it would reduce my punishment. The source of my remorse came not from sincerely acknowledging that what I had done was wrong but from a place of playing on the love of my mom and her desire to believe that I respected the consequences of my actions. My knee-jerk manipulation worked a few times until I finally received the whooping I had worked for.

One of my favourite verses, Proverbs 15:3, declares that God, Our Father, is all-seeing. Even though we are not seen by humans and held accountable for our actions as they happen, God sees all and expects us to be truly accountable. It is not okay to sin without thought of your actions and the ripples they create. It is not okay to continue sinning because you haven’t been caught and held accountable by humans. As Christians, we need to be above reproach from the get-go. We should live a life that is an example to others, so that there is no need for us, like Israel, to be likened to thieves who feel shame only when caught.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 210

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Kings 21:1-9
  • 2 Chronicles 33:1-9
  • 2 Kings 21:10-17
  • 2 Chronicles 33:10-19
  • 2 Kings 21:18
  • 2 Chronicles 33:20
  • 2 Kings 21:19-26
  • 2 Chronicles 33:21-25
  • 2 Kings 22:1-2
  • 2 Chronicles 34:1-7
  • Jeremiah 1
  • Jeremiah 2:1-22

 

Standout Verse(s):

Jeremiah 1:5‭-‬8 NLT

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” “O Sovereign Lord ,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord , have spoken!”

 

Observation (s):

  1. God ordained and set Jeremiah apart for a specific purpose before he was even born.

    “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

  2. God guarantees that He will guide you, when He appoints us to fulfil our purpose. We have no need to fear.

    “O Sovereign Lord ,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord , have spoken!”

     

Application:

God knew and ordained Jeremiah as His prophet before he was even born.

Life can get so confusing and hard at times. Despite this confusion, I can’t help but feel comforted when I hear that I was created for a specific purpose. It takes some of the fear and anxiety of the process, knowing that God is beside me every step of the way. Imagine, if you are ordained and following the plan, God laid out for you, you have no reason to fear or doubt. Your age doesn’t matter. Look how God guided young Samuel and Josiah. Your personal ineptitudes doesn’t matter either. Moses had a stutter but with God by his side, he became a great leader.

Don’t be afraid. You are ordained and God is with you and will guide you through anything He has ordained you to do.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 209

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 63:15-19
  • Isaiah 64-66
  • 2 Kings 20:20-21
  • 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

 

Standout Verse(s):

Isaiah 64:7‭-‬8 NLT

Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. And yet, O Lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

 

Observation (s):

  1. When we don’t acknowledge God’s place in our lives, He is forced to leave us to our sinful natures.

    Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.

  2. Abandoning us is not what God intended, in His role as our Father and Potter who shapes our lives.

    And yet, O Lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

 

Application:

Imagine how you feel when the persons you love acknowledge your role and your influence in their lives. Does it make you feel loved, important and seen? If we, as humans, crave this recognition from our loved ones, why is it so hard for us to afford that recognition to God?

God is the Potter who shapes the clay that is our lives. When we refuse to acknowledge His influence on our lives, He is forced to hand us over to the sins that will mar the perfection of the vessels He has lovingly formed with His hands. Will you acknowledge your Father today? Call on His name.


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