2 Kings 14

Prayer

Father of all truth, we thank You for the revelation of Yourself in Your Holy Word. We humbly ask for the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and minds to comprehend the greatness of Yourself and Your work. Cause our hearts to delight in truth and defend it even unto death and Your ultimate glory – Amen!

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

We have a practice around our house of taking our shoes off at the front door. Our entryway usually looks like a small shoe store. Just the other day my little granddaughter found herself surveying all the different shoe sizes and colors. When she eyed her daddy’s loafers she slowly slid her tiny little feet inside and began to march around our living room. My kids marched in my shoes, and I can say I honestly remember marching in my dad’s Sunday best. In today’s chapter we are reminded of an important truth of parenting – As a parent walks so often too walks his child.

Dad’s Study

There is a sobering truth in verse 3 … “(Amaziah) did according to all things as Joash his father did.” Our parental example before our children’s eyes has a bigger impact than our words. It’s an axiom of teaching, “teaching is more caught than taught.” Although king Amaziah is listed with the good kings, he did not reach the high standards of God. He did as his father Joash had done. What kind of king was his father? Early in his reign he was faithful to the worship of Jehovah. Later, he fell away and brought idolatry back to the land (2 Chron. 25:14). Instead of repenting when he was confronted with his sins by the prophet of God, he threatened the man of God (2 Chron. 25:15-16). Like father, like son. Earlier his father Joash tolerated idolatry and even had Jehoiada put to death (2 Chron. 24:21).

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Truth in Practice

There are two practical truths for both parent and child. Mom and dad, your children might put on your shoes when they are young but remember they well could fill your shoes later in life. Children watch and listen to their parents carefully. They see those inconsistencies that you think are being ignored. They hear the anger in your voice. They hear those off color jokes. They take note of your entertainment. They can tell if your Christian walk is consistent or hypocritical.

Children, God will hold you responsible for your own sins. You cannot shift the blame to your father. If you should see evil in the life of your father, avoid and example and pray for him. A drug addicted father should provoke his children to flee from a life of drugs. A parent who is unfaithful to his spouse should shock his children into a life of faithfulness. What inconsistencies do you see in your parents? Mark them and let them be a example for you to avoid. You cannot shift the blame to your sinful parent on Judgment Day. Remember, “he (Amaziah) did according to all things as Joash father.”

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).