Day 234 – Thru the Bible
Today we continue Second Chronicles.
2 Chronicles 32 & 33 – King Hezekiah calculated his odds in battle using the Bible’s testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness to fight for His people. This particular aspect of God’s faithfulness to His people began at the exodus, when the Lord delivered Israel from Egypt: “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent’” (Exodus 14:13–14). The prophet Elisha made the same calculation when he said to his servant, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:15–19).
Tremendous acts of deliverance such as these were designed to publicly display the awesome strength of the Lord of hosts (Lord of armies) in battle. But it is not really the nations of this world from which God’s people require ultimate deliverance. The greater enemy is the sin and death that separates us from life in God. Like these battles in the Old Testament, the conquering Jesus came to slay the cosmic enemies of sin and death for His people—and He won! “If God is for us, who can be against us? . . . Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:31b, 35, 37).
What will you conquer today, by the power of the Spirit, in your life?
2 Chronicles 34 – A major part of the continuing reforms under Josiah’s reign was the discovery of the Book of the Law. Here were the very words of God, perhaps a scroll of Deuteronomy. As God’s people are reconsecrating themselves to the Lord and returning to the Lord with earnest seriousness, God’s Word comes flooding back into the regular life of the people.
Then or now, a fresh discovery of and commitment to the Word of God is a great gift of grace. Left to ourselves, we have no firm, fixed rock on which to stand. Human cleverness and ingenuity are powerless to surely guide or to give life. God’s Word alone guides and enlivens. As Moses told God’s people at the end of Deuteronomy, “it is no empty word for you, but your very life” (Deuteronomy 32:47). We need a word from above, a revelation from heaven, something that cannot be humanly mustered up.
The supreme Word of God from heaven is Jesus Himself (John 1:14). He is the final revelation from God. In Him, we see our Savior. He is “our very life.”
How have you found real life in Jesus?
What other thoughts or questions does today’s reading bring up?
Some of these notes are from the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible study notes. We highly recommend this study Bible.
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