2 Kings 9

Prayer

Glorious Father in heaven, we count it a joy to be Your ambassadors to a sinful and unbelieving world. May You strengthen us today to boldly uphold the name of Christ and His Gospel to those You sovereignly bring into our lives!

Today’s Hymn

Carl C. Boberg

Words: Carl G. Boberg, in Mönsterås-Tidningen, 1886 (O Store Gud); translated from Swedish to English by Stuart K. Hine: This hymn took a circuitous route to reach its present form in English. A generation after Boberg wrote the Swedish original, the words were translated into German in 1907, and quickly became popular in Germany. In 1927, the German version was translated into Russian, and Hine, a missionary in the Ukraine, heard it. He began the English translation some time later while in Carpathia, later adding the second and third verses, which contained much of his own original thought. Verse four came from Hine's pen in 1948, and, in leaf­let form, the hymn came to the attention of George Beverly Shea during the Billy Graham Crusade of 1954. After that, it became a favorite through­out the English speaking world.

HOW GREAT THOU ART
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O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Refrain

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Refrain

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Refrain

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art!”

Refrain

Optional extra verses:

3a. O, when I see ungrateful man defiling
This bounteous earth, God’s gifts so good and great,
In foolish pride God’s holy name reviling
And yet, in grace, his wrath and judgment wait:

3b. When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to him I lift my face,
And then in love he brings me sweet assurance,
“My child! for thee sufficient is my grace”

Thought Provoker

Is God’s Word true and without error? The New Testament clearly makes that claim. Paul wrote to Timothy, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). But the Bible also affirms its inerrancy through all of its fulfilled prophecies. We saw in 1 Kings 21:23 God spoke a graphic prophecy through the prophet Elijah to king Ahab, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.” Today, God’s Word is going to be fulfilled with ghastly literalness. As God speaks so He does.

Dad’s Study

Earlier in this chapter God told Elijah that Jehu was to be anointed king. Elijah’s successor, Elisha, sent one of his students to anoint Jehu and directed him to crush the house of Ahab and thereby cut off his kingdom forever (vs. 9). The chapter is filled with action as we read of the murders of Jehoram and Ahazia. As Jehu now enters Jezreel, (vs. 30-37) we read the graphic fulfillment of prophecy at the death of the wicked Jezebel. Jezebel, realizing her fate was at hand, decided to face her execution in defiance. She painted her eyelids and fixed her hair and dressed up as if she was going to a party. Then she waits at her window. When Jehu comes into view she taunts and mocks him. Perhaps her strategy was to disarm and confuse her enemies. But such was not her fate. The order went out, “throw her down”! Immediately Jehu’s men threw her out the window where she was crushed to death under the hoofs of horses. As Jehu entered the palace he celebrated with eating and drinking and told his men to go out and bury the wicked woman. But prophecy was being fulfilled. A pack of city dogs was attracted to the smell of blood in the street and they picked away at her body, scattering it about so that all that was left were a few bones.

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Truth in Practice

This graphic story should instill in each of our hearts a sense of holy fear. As God speaks so He does. Wickedness will not go unpunished. God prophesied in great detail Jezebel’s judgment and judgment came! God has prophesized a future judgment for the wicked of this world. Jesus said, ” Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear my voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29). God’s future judgment is just as detailed as that of Jezebel. The wicked will to cast into the lake of fire (Mark 9:43; Rev. 20:15). It will be a place of gnashing teeth, where the worm does not die (Matt. 24:51). There is good news. God delights in saving sinners. If you will confess with your mouth Jesus as your Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, God will save you from His wrath (Romans 10:9). Christians, there is still time to take this life saving Gospel to lost sinners. Sinners, God is merciful. In faith, flee to Christ before His sword of judgment swings your way. Trust in the One whose blood flows freely to save sinners!

Catechism

Question 37

Q. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection

A. At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory (1 Cor. 15:43), shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment (Mt .10:32), and made perfectly blessed both in soul and body in the full enjoying of God (1 John 3:2) to all eternity (1 Th. 4:17).