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Read The Word: Public Reading of Scripture

In II Kings 23, King Josiah led a revival in Judah when God’s word was rediscovered in the Temple. The book of the Law was read aloud to him by Shaphan the scribe (22:10) and it had a profound effect on the king. 342 more words

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He Didn't Get Away With It

II Kings 21 doesn’t seem to end right. With all the evil described of King Manasseh & Judah in verses 2-16 (that they were worse than the pagan nations which had preceded them) and the punishment promised by the prophets (:10-15), verse 18 says that Manasseh died and “slept with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house.” That was his end? 212 more words

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God's House?

II Kings 21:5 records how the wicked King Manasseh “built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of YHWH.” Manasseh brought idolatrous worship right into God’s temple. 223 more words

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A Very Selfish Outlook

King Hezekiah’s response to Isaiah’s prophecy in II Kings 20 must surely go down as one of the most selfish attitudes in all of scripture. Hezekiah had shown the messengers from the Babylonian king all of his treasures, and Isaiah prophesied that those treasures — as well as some of Hezekiah’s sons — would be carried off to captivity after his death. 343 more words

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"The Apple of Your Eye": A Monday Prayer For Loved Ones

It is good to pray scriptures as we intercede for loved ones, as it takes us out of what can become almost “rote” repetition of requests, and substitutes something fresh and pertinent from God’s word instead. 317 more words

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Devoted To Prayer?

Acts 1:14 says that after the ascension of Jesus to heaven, the disciples “all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer.” This was undoubtedly the key to their later filling with the Spirit, and success of their mission. 155 more words

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God Did It!

In II Kings 18, the Assyrian army under Sennacherib invaded Judah, and the king spoke arrogantly to Hezekiah, king of Judah, about how none of the nations’ gods had delivered them from his hand, and Yahweh their God would not either. 245 more words

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