2 Kings 3

Prayer

“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works” (Psalm 73:26-28). [Dads, it may be appropriate to change the word “whoring” in verse 27 to “unfaithful,” or at least give a good explanation of it as breaking the covenant.]

Today’s Hymn

Charles Wesley

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739, alt. Music: Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn, in his cantata Festgesang an die Künstler, 1840 (second movement, Vaterland, in deinem Gauen); the cantata celebrated the 400th anniversary of Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press.

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
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Hark! The herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Refrain
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!

Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.

Refrain

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Refrain

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

Refrain

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

Refrain

Thought Provoker

What is the duty which God requires of man?

The duty which God requires of man is obedience to His revealed will.

At the age of 36, I have begun to learn the Shorter Catechism (actually, A Modern Revision for Baptists Today). And though I should be working on the first five questions, I have peeked ahead. Referring to the chapter for today, namely verses 1-3, does God really care that we worship him as revealed in the Bible?

Dad’s Study

In verses 2 and 3 we find that King Jehoram was an evil king in the sight of God. This was in spite of the fact that he put away the idols that his father and mother (Ahab and Jezebel) and brother (Ahaziah) had worshiped. But, if Jehoram put away the idols and worshiped Jehovah, why was he still deemed evil?

The answer is found in verse 3 and I Kings 12:28-31. Jehoram “cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam”, the first king of the separate kingdom of Israel. And what was this sin? In I Kings 12:28-31 these sins are listed as: casting images of the true God (a clear violation of the 2nd Commandment, Exodus 20:4); establishing alternate centers of worship to Jerusalem; and consecrating non-Levites as priests and temple workers. In spite of worshiping God by the proper name, Jehoram still did not worship God as he prescribed, where he prescribed, with a full heart for God.

Click here for Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Truth in Practice

God is very interested in how He is worshiped. After all, we constantly read of how God desires us to worship Him and how the worship of God should be our greatest desire. First and foremost we must worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:21). Next, we must worship God in the manner He describes. The great confessions of faith define the elements as: not tied to a specific place (John 4:21), prayer (Psalm 95:1-7); reading of scriptures (Acts 15:21); preaching and hearing the word of God (2Tim. 4:2); singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19); and administration of the ordinances (or sacraments) of baptism and The Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19-20 and 1Cor. 11:26).

Though our whole lives should be worship of God (I Cor. 10:31), we must be very careful about calling anything else “worshipping God” when we draw together for collective worship of God as a church or family.

Greg Bailey – Greenville, SC

Catechism

Question 36

Q. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at their death?

A. The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness (Heb. 12:23) and do immediately pass into glory (Php. 1:23; 2 Co 5:8; Luke 23:43), and their bodies, being still united to Christ (1 Th. 4:14) do rest in their graves (Isa. 57:2) till the resurrection (Job 19:26).