Devotions July

Amos 1-5

July 11, 2015

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What does it say?

Contemporary with Isaiah, Jonah, Micah and Hosea, Amos prophesies during the reigns of Uzziah of Judah and Jeroboam II of Israel, specifically two years before the earthquake. This would probably date his ministry about 760 B.C. A sheepherder from Tekoa south of Jerusalem, God sends Amos north to […]

Isa 5-8

July 10, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah 5 opens with a powerful poetic song comparing God’s people to a vineyard. The Hebrew poetic language is beautifully lilting until a sudden climax in the final line concluding that instead of good grapes, the vineyard produced wild grapes. The rest of the chapter describes that wildness […]

Isa 1-4

July 9, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah wrote during the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah, Jotahm, Ahaz and Hezekiah. During his ministry that must have spanned 60 years, Isaiah witnesses the fall of the northern kingdom to Assyria and warns of a similar fate awaiting Judah at the hands of the ascending […]

2 Kin 15; 2 Chr 26

July 8, 2015

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What does it say?

Ahaziah is one of Judah’s good kings and his story begins 2 Kings 15. The same story is told in 2 Chronicles 26 where he is called by his other more familiar name Uzziah. His long reign is one of political strength as he defeats several neighboring nations […]

Jon 1-4

July 7, 2015

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What does it say?

Perhaps you noticed that Jonah appears in 2 Kings 14:25 during the reign of Israel’s Jeroboam II. This is also why we read Jonah at this time. God calls Jonah to take his message to Nineveh, capital of the evil Assyrian empire and archenemy of Israel. From a […]

2 Kin 14; 2 Chr 25

July 6, 2015

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What does it say?

2 Kings 14 tells of Amaziah, another of the good kings of Judah and he is on the throne for 29 years. The same material is covered in 2 Chronicles 25. Amaziah wins a solid victory over Edom, but he appears to allow this to go to his […]

2 Kin 12-13; 2 Chr 24

July 5, 2015

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What does it say?

Jehoash (also called Joash) becomes one of Judah’s better kings (2Ki 12). The Temple is in need of serious repair and Jehoash devises a new method of collection for the remodel. A fearful payoff of the Syrian enemy toward the end of his reign is the principle blotch […]

2 Kin 9-11

July 4, 2015

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What does it say?

The commission given to Elijah to anoint Jehu as king of Israel (1Ki 19:16) is now carried out by his disciple Elisha in 2 Kings 9. While King Joram, accompanied by king Ahaziah, recovers from battle wounds, Jehu kills both Joram and Ahaziah and then the queen mother […]

2 Kin 5-8

July 3, 2015

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What does it say?

Naaman, powerful military officer of Syria, is a leper. He comes to Israel seeking healing (2Ki 5), and Elisha demonstrates God’s great power in healing Naaman. Elisha’s servant Gehazi yields to greed and becomes leprous in the place of Naaman.

At war with Syria, God uses Elisha […]

2 Kin 1-4

July 2, 2015

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What does it say?

Thomas Constable says that the book opens with the godly Elijah being transported to heaven and closes with the ungodly Jews being transported to Babylon.

On Israel’s throne Ahaziah continues the evils ways of his father Ahab (2Ki 1). Elijah intercepts messengers he sends to inquire […]

Oba; Psa 82-83

July 1, 2015

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What does it say?

There are 13 men in the Old Testament named Obadiah and it is impossible to make a convincing case to identify the author of this shortest of all Old Testament books with any of them. Some speculate that this is the same Obadiah that meets with Elijah in […]