Scripture Challenge for 10-25-20
What book chapter and verse are these? ______________________
__:__And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.
*In an earlier incident with king Ahab, Jehoshaphat was going to help him and he requested that Ahab inquire of the Lord about going to war against Ramoth-gilead. Ahab had some false prophets come out and they all told them to go, but Jehoshaphat could see through the fake prophets and requested a prophet of the Lord be asked. Although in this first incident with Ahab, Jehoshaphat choose to help anyway after the sound advice from the prophet of God and it had consequences and almost got Jehoshaphat killed. One has to wish that Jehoshaphat would have thought to have inquired of the Lord before he said he would help Ahab's son in the incident above, who had taken over the kingship of Israel. But, he waited until they got lost in the wilderness of Edom getting ready to attack Moab. In the incident though you can see that Jehoshaphat was regarded by the Lord in verse 14 in this chapter and basically, if he had not been with them the Lord would not have even looked toward them. There is something about people wanting to help their kindred out and Israel had been split at this time and was in 2 kingdoms,and so the natural reaction I suppose was for Jehoshaphat to want to help. But, helping someone without consulting God about it first can lead to consequence. I am sure that everyone has had someone close or a relative that has got into trouble and sometimes depending on the circumstances and most importantly what God tells us to do, it is better to let the other person face the consequence of their actions rather than bail a person out continually that gets into trouble. Alliances with people that are against God and His plan is never a good idea in any case.
Scripture Challenge for 10-18-20
Answer: 2 Kings 2: 23-24
What book and verses are these? ____________________
__:__And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
__:__And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
*It is a terrible thing for a person that calls themselves a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ to deny the deity of our Lord God and the work that He did at His first coming. It is a also a terrible thing to deny and ridicule the second coming of Jesus and it brings severe judgment. But a great many people deny and make fun of these events and things. These individuals that were doing the mocking that day were making fun not only of the prophet, but the way that his predecessor in his ministry before him was taken out of this world. It was a factual event that took place then and there is an event in the future to take place where believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will be raptured out at the appointed time that God has on His calendar. There is a lot of places in the Word of God about judgment, and should not be overlooked. Our God is a God of grace and mercy, but He cannot overlook sin either and He is a fair Judge. Today we are living in a world that is a testimony of what happens when our legal system does not punish crimes that have been committed. The lack of some judges enforcing the law is a scandal and has made our streets unsafe and it is responsible for lawlessness in every way. The minds of some people in this country have been poisoned and brainwashed with all kinds of propaganda. When gangs and hoodlums terrorize neighborhoods, there should be punishment. If you don't believe that tough punishment works to solve a lot of the problems of crime, just look at the example above. After those two bears did their work, nobody else around Bethel in that day dared to ridicule this prophet or the way that God choose to use Him.