2 Kings 12

Prayer

O Lord most high, blessed be Your Name, for Yours is the majesty, and the honor, and the glory. To You we come this day that You have granted in Your mercy, pleading that You would do our souls good in the study of Your Word. Help us to shake off coldness and indifference, and attend to Your Word as if our roof was to peel open, and You were to speak from heaven.

Today’s Hymn

Nikolaus L. von Zinzendorf

Words: Nikolaus L. von Zinzendorf, 1739 (Christi Blut und Gerechtigkeit); first published in the eighth appendix to his Das Gesang-Buch der Gemeine in Herrn-Huth.; translated from German to English by John Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1740, alt.

JESUS, THY BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
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Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
‘Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

Bold shall I stand in Thy great day;
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

The holy, meek, unspotted Lamb,
Who from the Father’s bosom came,
Who died for me, e’en me to atone,
Now for my Lord and God I own.

Lord, I believe Thy precious blood,
Which, at the mercy seat of God,
Forever doth for sinners plead,
For me, e’en for my soul, was shed.

Lord, I believe were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid,
For all a full atonement made.

When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Ev’n then this shall be all my plea,
Jesus hath lived, hath died, for me.

This spotless robe the same appears,
When ruined nature sinks in years;
No age can change its glorious hue,
The robe of Christ is ever new.

Jesus, the endless praise to Thee,
Whose boundless mercy hath for me-
For me a full atonement made,
An everlasting ransom paid.

O let the dead now hear Thy voice;
Now bid Thy banished ones rejoice;
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness.

Thought Provoker

What one word describes the kind of person that nearly everyone appreciates? What fundamental characteristic, whether someone is a Christian or not, is that which people of all kinds of upbringing, vocation, and place in society find attractive? Is it not that of faithfulness? Who does not appreciate when someone demonstrates faithfulness in showing up on time to a meeting rather than to leave someone waiting for him? Who does not benefit from a person who, even down to small amounts of money, is honest and trustworthy? A faithful man is a person who one can expect to do what they commit themselves to do with diligence.

Dad’s Study

For a time, Jehoash seemed very concerned for the repair of the temple in Jerusalem. Whether by neglect or because of attacks of enemies, the temple had come into a state of being unacceptable for the worship of the living God. The king then set himself to see that the buildings and walls of the temple be set in order, and charged the priests to see that it be built up again.

Speaking of those put in charge of the repairs we are told in v.15 “Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.” The word “reckoned” means “to require an account.” The idea is that these men were accounted as men who were trustworthy with the things they had been given. There was an expectation that these men would do with that money what it was given for.

The people who were giving, whether out of duty or out of delight, for the repair of the temple of God had faith that these men would use that money for the reason it was given. Some amount of confidence had been established by these men.

Click here for Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Truth in Practice

The writer of Proverbs asks “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (20:6) People are often very quick in saying how faithful they themselves are, but the real question is “what do others think?”

We should ask ourselves, “do others find me faithful?” Are we people who are trustworthy? Do we seek with all our might to show up to places (like church) on time or are we almost always the ones who are late and undependable? Do we use our time in a profitable way, or are we often squandering it on frivolous things? Do we seek to use our money for things that honor God, or do we spend it on our own pleasures? Do we use our talents and gifts for the good of others, or do we keep them to ourselves? In other words, are we being faithful with the things God has given us, whether time, treasures, or talents?

Will Jesus proclaim over us “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”? (Matthew 25:21) Do others find in us a spirit of faithfulness. When they think of us, do they say “there is a faithful man/woman”?

May the Lord help us to remember that our days are short, and faithfulness is a present activity. While we may not have a lot of time, a lot of money, or a lot of talent, let us be faithful and trustworthy in what we do have.

Pastor Stephen Gambill – Reformed Baptist Church of Nashville

Catechism

Question 38

Q. What shall be done to the wicked at their death?

A. The souls of the wicked shall at their death be cast into the torments of hell (Luke 16:22-24), and their bodies lie in their graves till the resurrection and judgment of the great day (Ps. 49:14).