2 Kings 11

Prayer

Father, we thank You this day for the wonderful work of grace You are doing in our home. We ask that You would continue to save and sanctify each member of our family. May Your work of grace in Mom and Dad be sensed and seen by the children. May it be multiplied for many generations to come unto Your glory – Amen!

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:

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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

Jonathan Edwards was a godly preacher and the son of godly parents. His father and grandfather were both preachers. What do we know about the offspring of this man of God? Of the 400 who have been identified, 14 became college presidents, 100 professors, another 100 were called to be ministers of the Gospel, missionaries and theological teachers. More than 160 were lawyers, judges, doctors and authors. As a family read together – Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Exodus 20:5). What impact does the spiritual condition of parents have upon their children? See how your answer lines up with King Ahab and Jezebel and their daughter, Athaliah.

Dad’s Study

This chapter introduces a wicked woman by the name of Athaliah. She was the daughter of King Ahab and Jezebel his wicked wife. She was the wife of Joram (or Jehoram) King of Judah and the mother of Ahaziah who was killed by Jehu. At the loss of her son she gave orders to murder all the children of her husband by his former wives so that she could ascend to the throne of Judah as queen (v. 1). However, by the providence of God one son, Joash the son of Ahaziah, escaped harm. Jehosheba, Ahaziah’s sister, took Joash and hid him so that he was not slain (v. 2). Athaliah, and Baal worship, reigned for six years (v. 3). When the young lad was seven years old, Jehoiada the priest brought him forth and placed him on the throne. Many gathered to witness his coronation with loud shouts of joy (vs. 4-16)! Caught off guard and realizing that all was lost, Queen Athaliah tore her royal clothes. In despair she cried out, “Treason! Treason!” but no one came to her aid. Instead, she was taken out by the guards and put to death.

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Truth in Practice

Not only do children take on the physical traits of their parents, but they frequently follow the spiritual footsteps of Mom and Dad as well. Wicked Athaliah was following the same pathway of destruction as her mother, Jezebel. They were both idolaters. They both were an evil influence on her husbands. We read that, “he (Jehoram) walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab as his wife” (2 Chron. 21:6). Filled with wickedness she gave her son, King Jehoram, wicked counsel and murdered her grandchildren. We conclude, like mother, like daughter!

It is a general principle that the spiritual condition of parents greatly impacts the lives of their children for better or worse. This broad principle has its exceptions. Sometimes the children of Godly parents follow the footsteps of Adam. Other times God sovereignly intervenes and brings His saving grace to the children of the wicked. Moms, remember Jezebel and her daughter Athaliah. Dads, remember David and Solomon. May your children not only be taught the way of holiness but may they see it fleshed out before their eyes! May God be glorified through your family for many generations to come!

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).