2 Kings 18

Prayer

“Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.” Psalm 90:16, 17.

Today’s Hymn

Frances R. Havergal

Words: Frances R. Havergal, February 1874. I went for a little visit of five days (to Areley House). There were ten persons in the house, some unconverted and long prayed for, some converted, but not rejoicing Christians. He gave me the prayer, Lord, give me all in this house! And He just did. Before I left the house every one had got a blessing. The last night of my visit after I had retired, the governess asked me to go to the two daughters. They were crying, &c.; then and there both of them trusted and rejoiced; it was nearly midnight. I was too happy to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and renewal of my own consecration; and these little couplets formed themselves, and chimed in my heart one after another till they finished with Ever, Only, ALL for Thee! (Havergal Manuscripts)

TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE
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Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

Thought Provoker

I know a man who has many children, the first two of whom are boys. The older boy is his pride and joy, while the second one is told to be like his brother all the time. You may already see how this might affect their family, especially the second boy. Everyone is different, and so is this boy. Often, being different does not mean being wrong, it just means there are different personalities and different ways of seeing the world around them.

Dad’s Study

Today’s chapter begins the history of the surviving kingdom. The Northern Kingdom had been destroyed and deported, judged by God for their abhorrent idolatrous practices. The Southern Kingdom had many wicked kings, as well as a population of people just as ready to sin as their brothers up north. There were, however, some kings and a remnant of God’s people, who would be stirred in spirit to put aside their personal wickedness and live for the Lord. Hezekiah was one of them.

Read verses 1-7. How does the passage describe the King (v. 5)? Because Hezekiah personally trusted in the Lord, what kinds of things did he do (v. 4)? In the case of the Southern Kingdom, they had followed in all the evil practices of their brothers in the Northern Kingdom except that they had the Temple in Jerusalem. Even this was polluted with idol worship, with false gods (carved idols) located throughout the Temple, women who “served” there, and many practices that only came to an end for a brief time during the reign of King Hezekiah’s grandson, Josiah. Because King Hezekiah’s heart was right with God, he made a great attempt to do away with the false gods of his time.

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Truth in Practice

We hear much today about how the Lord Jesus wants to save people, and He indeed desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. And yet, a great number assume that salvation simply means that one’s eternal destiny is changed, but not necessarily their behavior. They think that ‘believing’ in Jesus will get them into heaven, but that they can live as they please. They want the part of grace that will declare them righteous, but not the part that enables them to repent of wicked actions. And yet, the grace of God is not divided, as King Hezekiah shows. Turning to God involves turning from idols. For us, turning to God will mean turning from our own sin to follow the Master.

Pastor Craig Chambers – Alberton, Montana

Catechism

Question 39

Q. What shall be done to the wicked at the day of judgment?

A. At the day of judgment the bodies of the wicked being raised out of their graves, shall be sentenced, together with their souls, to unspeakable torments with the devil and his angels for ever (Dan. 12:2; John 5:28,29; 2 Th. 1:9; Mt. 25:41).