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July 11, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Psalm 140-145
Audio: Psalm 140-145

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2 Kings 12 (ESV)

In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba. And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places.

Jehoash said to the priests, “All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of the Lord, the money for which each man is assessed—the money from the assessment of persons—and the money that a man’s heart prompts him to bring into the house of the Lord, let the priests take, each from his donor, and let them repair the house wherever any need of repairs is discovered.” But by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, the priests had made no repairs on the house.Therefore King Jehoash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and said to them, “Why are you not repairing the house? Now therefore take no more money from your donors, but hand it over for the repair of the house.” So the priests agreed that they should take no more money from the people, and that they should not repair the house.

Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in the lid of it and set it beside the altar on the right side as one entered the house of the Lord. And the priests who guarded the threshold put in it all the money that was brought into the house of the Lord. 10 And whenever they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king’s secretary and the high priest came up and they bagged and counted the money that was found in the house of the Lord. 11 Then they would give the money that was weighed out into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of the Lord. And they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders who worked on the house of the Lord, 12 and to the masons and the stonecutters, as well as to buy timber and quarried stone for making repairs on the house of the Lord, and for any outlay for the repairs of the house. 13 But there were not made for the house of the Lord basins of silver, snuffers, bowls, trumpets, or any vessels of gold, or of silver, from the money that was brought into the house of the Lord, 14 for that was given to the workmen who were repairing the house of the Lord with it. 15 And they did not ask for an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to pay out to the workmen, for they dealt honestly.16 The money from the guilt offerings and the money from the sin offerings was not brought into the house of the Lord; it belonged to the priests.

17 At that time Hazael king of Syria went up and fought against Gath and took it. But when Hazael set his face to go up against Jerusalem, 18 Jehoash king of Judah took all the sacred gifts that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah his fathers, the kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own sacred gifts, and all the gold that was found in the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house, and sent these to Hazael king of Syria. Then Hazael went away from Jerusalem.

19 Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 20 His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash in the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla. 21 It was Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, who struck him down, so that he died. And they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Amaziah his son reigned in his place.

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  1. And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him (2 Kings 12:2).

    All His Days

    Perseverance is an important biblical principle surrounding salvation that not many focus on. The saying "It's not how you start it's how you finish" certainly applies. 

    We are all born sinners. Without repenting of our sin and by faith, receive Jesus as the Lord of our lives and the Savior of our souls, our sin will eternally separate us from God. 

    There are people who "made a decision for Christ", "walked an isle" or "prayed to received Jesus into their hearts" but today have no interest in any of it. The emotions of the moment are long gone and for many, the faith they had at one time has proven to be fruitless. As such, it wasn't genuine faith at all. 

    Jesus said in Matthew 24:13, "the one who endures to the end will be saved." 

    In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus said, "A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear" (Matthew 13:3-9). 

    Then Jesus explains the parable to His disciples in Matthew 13:19-23, "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

    In the parable, only the seed sown on good soil hears the word and understands it and it proves to be fruitful and it multiplies. The rocky ground and thorny ground hearers might experience something emotionally but only authentic faith perseveres. 

    This doesn't mean anyone is perfect but the faith that is real is the faith that endures to the end despite failures and fatigue. This doctrine is known as perseverance of the saints. 

    In an article from Ligonier Ministries, R.C. Sproul writes, "I think this little catchphrase, perseverance of the saints, is dangerously misleading. It suggests that the perseverance is something that we do, perhaps in and of ourselves. I believe that saints do persevere in faith, and that those who have been effectually called by God and have been reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit endure to the end. However, they persevere not because they are so diligent in making use of the mercies of God. The only reason we can give why any of us continue on in the faith is because we have been preserved. So I prefer the term the preservation of the saints, because the process by which we are kept in a state of grace is something that is accomplished by God. My confidence in my preservation is not in my ability to persevere. My confidence rests in the power of Christ to sustain me with His grace and by the power of His intercession. He is going to bring us safely home."

    What about us? Will we persevere all our days?

    If we are truly God's child, we will persevere (and be preserved) by the sovereign will of Almighty God. 

  2. I absolutely love what R.C. Sproul said! It brought tears to my eyes; it is so inspiring! 

    I think my faith in God grows and strengthens everyday; if I didn't believe that I am truly saved by Jesus, I would give up under the weight of it all. He keeps me going with joy in my heart, and I am so different now than I was before. 

    I am so grateful for my new life in Christ. 

    1. Being in the Word allows your faith to grow and become strong!

      Just having a gym membership or equipment isn't enough to be fit. You have to use it. Your discipline in God's Word coupled with the service to Mikey and your family while being careful how you spend your time and who you spend it with all work together to mature you spiritually. 

      Because you nurture the soil of your life, the seeds of God's Word are producing spiritual fruit in your life. You're a living example of Matthew 13:23 as stated in my comments:

      "As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

      Your life has a multiplying effect in that you share your testimony of the power of God in your life with others. You encourage people who are hurting to get right with God. And as you continue to grow in your knowledge of God's Word, you will become more equipped to make disciples using the Word of God!

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