June 28

Texts: 2 Kings 15:29-38; 1 Chron. 5:23-26, 2 Kings 17:1, 2; 2 Kings 16:1, 2; 2 Chron.28:1-4

Today’s reading catches us up on the kings reigning in Israel and Judah. In the North it is basically a time of anarchy. The last stability of any type was king Jeroboam (the 2nd) who was the 4th generation of Jehu (who wiped out the house of Ahab). Following him a series of kings reign each for a short time. Finally Hoshea becomes king and he will be Israel’s last king. During these days the Assyrians are beginning to take Israel into Assyrian captivity.

In Judah, good king Jotham is followed by his son Ahaz who is very evil. One result of his evil is a God sent conflict with Syria and Israel (1 Kings 15:37).

This history verifies what Solomon had written years earlier:  “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people”  (Proverbs 14:34). It was true then and it is true now. It is true of nations and also of individuals.  What does Galatians 6:7-8 tell us about this? Note especially what verse 7 says about the nature of God.



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2 Responses to June 28

  1. Joy Lewis

    Just to let you know – though I don’t make many comments, I enjoy your comments and am reading the Daily Bible Reading every day. I think LaGard makes some very insightful comments at the beginning of each segment. Thanks for all you do to make this work.

  2. Andrew

    I can’t understand how Ahaz could sacrifice his own children in fire to whatever god he was worshiping. That is beyond evil. We don’t see this exact thing today, but sadly there are still many people who willfully neglect or abuse their innocent children. It is always very sad to see.

    Galatians tells us that “he who sows of the flesh will reap corruption, but he who sows of the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Even if a person is a decent human being, without coming into a relationship with God, that person’s life will still be corrupted by death in the end. Following God is the only path the leads to an incorruptible life. This passage is talking about an individual, but what is a nation if not a group of individuals? A nation of people reaping of the flesh will only lead to corruption and death.

    Also “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” I think this is saying God will not be fooled by empty worshiping. He can see when someone is “going through the motions”. He can see our hearts and whether we truly follow Him. God does not only watch us as we are sitting in church on Sunday morning. Several of our recent readings have illustrated how God was not pleased with the great numbers of sacrifices being given by Israel and Judah. He could see they were not fully devoted to Him in their lives.

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