Spiritual Rants: July 28 “No Guts, No Glory” Readings to read through the Bible in a year: 2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21 Romans 11:13-36 Psalm 22:1-18 Proverbs 20:7

Old Testament:  2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21

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2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21  No Guts, No Glory

Here are the parallels in Kings to our section for today:

1 Kings 22:50                                                            2 Chron. 21:1

2 Kings 8:16-22; 23-24a                                      2 Chron. 21:2-10; 18-20

2 Kings 8: 24b-29                                                      2 Chron. 22:1-6

2 Kings 9:14-29                                                      2 Chron. 22:7, 9

2 Kings 10:12-14                                                      2 Chron. 22:8

2 Kings 11:1-20                                                      2 Chron. 22:10-23: 21

2 Chronicles 21:11-17  is unique.

I have written on evil kings Jehoram,  Ahaziah and evil queen, Athaliah here:

Hazel Raising

Not Your Normal Jehu

That’s Athaliah, Folks!

 

Jehoram, Jehosphat’s son, took over after Jehosophat died.  He was a dork.  But remember he had help.  He married the daughter of one of the worst scoundrels who ever lived, Ahab.  He wiped out his competition.  He killed all his brothers and some of the rulers of Israel, too (v. 4). God would have destroyed Judah but had made a promise to David.  Elijah predicted that Jehoram’s bowels would come out because he was such a bad king.  And guess what?  Jerhoram died because his bowels came out.  Ew.  In the meantime, the Ethiopians and some Arabs came and took away everything Jerhoram owned.  He only had one son so he took over, Jehoahaz.

Jehoahaz is also known as Ahaziah.  He was also a dork.  He did everything his evil mama told him to do.  When he died, there were no fires lit for him.  He received no glory (2 Chron. 21:19).

Notice the line of David was almost broken by evil Queen Athaliah when she had all her grandchildren killed. (What kind of grandmother has her grandchildren killed?)  But in chapter 22:11 Jehoshabeath, the king’s daughter, stole away one of the heirs of the throne, Joash, and hid him.  This was not the only time Satan has tried to foil God’s plan to put an heir of David on the throne.  He tried to exterminate all the male babies in Egypt, he tried to have all Jews exterminated in the time of Haman, and he tried to wipe out Jesus by having all the Jewish male babies killed under Herod.  Of course, Jesus will be on the throne of David during the Millennium as well through all the rest of time after that.

I have already written on Jehoahaz (Ahaziah), evil Queen Athaliah, Joash (aka Jehoash) with his regent priest Jehoiada in previous blogs.

New Testament:  Romans 11:13-36

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Romans 11:13-36  Olive Them Saved

This passage is a big deal.  It is a very big deal.  Why?  It explains something very crucial that we need to understand in our time.

God has put His plan for Israel on pause so that He can bring in the “fullness of the Gentiles” (v. 25).  Paul has tried to figure out what God is doing.  In Acts 15, the church held a council to figure out what to do about Gentiles that had experienced the Holy Spirit and come to belief in Jesus Christ.  It was decided that the Gentile believers should be respected as Christians the same as the Jewish believers.  The Gentile believers, it was decided, should not have to follow the Jewish laws.  Later, in AD 70, the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem and there was no question but that the time of following Jewish system was over.

But what about God’s program for the Jews?  Daniel 9:24-27 gives the entire time map for the Jews but here Paul explains what has happened theologically with the Jews.  Some had been “broken off” like branches (v. 17, 19).  But then the Gentiles, like “wild” branches will be grafted into the original tree.  This is a picture of the church as shown in the chart below.

7-Dispensation Chart

However, a time will come when there will be a future for Israel and the promises made to Abraham and Israel will be fulfilled.  Warren Wiersbe says this about v. 26, “All Israel shall be saved” does not mean that every Jew who has ever lived will be converted, but that the Jews living when the Redeemer returns will see Him, receive Him, and be saved. Zechariah 12-13 give the details. It seems to me that there are too many details in these Old Testament prophecies of national restoration for Israel for us to spiritualize them and apply them to the church today.”

McGee says, “When Paul says, ‘all Israel shall be saved,’ he does not mean every individual Israelite will be saved. It is the nation he has before us in this chapter. In every age, only a remnant is saved. The quotation Paul uses is from Isaiah 59: 20 in the Old Testament . . . There will be a remnant that will turn to Him. All of them will be saved. He speaks of the saved remnant as the nation Israel.”

This gap in the plan for Israel will last till God has brought in all the Gentiles.  Paul calls this the “fullness of the Gentiles” (v. 25).  Once the last Gentile has been brought to faith, the Church will be extricated from the earth for seven years until Christ’s reign on earth begins.

When Paul contemplates the plan of God, the bringing together of the Jews and Gentiles, and the future of Israel, he can’t help but break out into praise to God (v. 33-36).

 


Psalm 22:1-18    Why Have You Forsaken Me, Part 1?   A Lament Psalm Of David


Proverbs 20:7   Proudy Daddies (And Mommies)

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Children are proud of their fathers and mothers.

 

Choose Life: Scripture:  Romans 11:33   NASB    “How Smart Are You?”

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!”    Romans 11:33

 

John A. Morrison was a U.S. congressman, a doctor, and a Democrat who lived in the 19th century.  Despite all that, I think he had some good words of wisdom, “Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together.”

Another wise man, Jeremiah, said, “The wise men are put to shame, They are dismayed and caught; Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, And what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jer. 8:9).

Solomon nailed it when he said, several times, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 1:7; 9:10; also see 15:33; see blog The Virtue Of Humility).  No one can learn unless they are humble (cf. James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5-6).  If someone is not humble, they cannot learn because they will think they are smarter than their teachers (cf. Matt. 10:24; Luke 6:40).

Paul is saying in our verse today that no one is smarter than God.  Whenever I have thought I knew more than God, I end up feeling like an idiot (cf. blog The Idiot Rule).  The book of Proverbs has a name for a person that thinks they know more than God.  They are called fools (cf. Prov. 1:7; also 1:22-30 wherein “simple ones,” aka fools, reject “wisdom,” God personified). The man credited with discovering the north and south poles, Richard E. Byrd, said, “A man doesn’t begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes he is no longer indispensable.”

The Bible tells us that our goal in life should be “to work out [our] own salvation*” (Phil. 2:12).  We should analyze Scripture as James and Jeremiah would tell us but we should put it all together again as we live out our Christian lives.  The only way to do that is to realize that God’s ways are far above ours (cf. Isa. 55:8-9).

So how smart are you?  Are you smart enough to know that you’re not as smart as God?

 

If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

 

*This doesn’t mean we can’t know that we are saved (see blog, Safe At Home).  It means that we need to work out the salvation we already have by trusting Christ.  We need to “live the life, not just talk the talk.”  Read the blog on the three tenses of salvation, Getting Off Square One.

Fun Application: 

Prov. 26:12, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about fools.  Fools are one of the major themes in Proverbs.  It might be fun to use your Bible software and do a study of a fool in Proverbs.  By the way, a fool in Proverbs could also be known as an unbeliever.  The personification of a fool is the man Nabal whose story is found in 1 Samuel 25 (see blog Nabal Observatory).  His very name meant “fool.”

As Mr. T. in the old The A Team series would say, “I pity the fool.”

 

The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   No Guts, No Glory

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