2 Kings 21 & 22: Wipeth A Dish
Verse of the Day: (21:13) And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.
1. Wipe (21:1-18)
Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. (21:16)
King Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, of Judah, did evil before God, unlike his father who did right before Him. Manasseh provoked God when he built altars for both God and the devil, and sacrificed his sons to the devil, and even murdered countless innocent people. God then judged Jerusalem and almost wiped them out, like we wipe a dish, but for His name’s sake, King David’s sake, and the faithful remnant, He preserved them. Let us thus believe and obey God, and one day, He shall wipe away all our tears, and there shall be no more death, as we shall dwell with Him forever in glorious heaven. (Revelation 21:1-7)
2. Worship (21:19-26)
And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them: (21:21)
King Amon, the son of Manasseh, reigned in Judah after his father’s death, and he was evil before God, and worshipped the idols just like his father, and subsequently, his servants conspired and murdered him. The people of Judah then destroyed the murderers, and made Josiah, Amon’s son, to be the next King. Let us therefore flee from evil and sins, and worship God in spirit and truth, as only He deserves our worship. (John 4:19-24)
3. Words (22:1-20)
And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. (22:11)
King Josiah, the son of Amon, of Judah, was 8 years old when he reigned, and he did right before God, and walked in His ways as well as King David’s ways. He began to repair God’s house. While repairing God’s house, Hilkiah, the high priest, discovered the book of the law or God’s Words, and passed it to Shaphan, the scribe, who then read them to Josiah. Josiah rent his clothes when he heard God’s Words, as he had not heard them for a long time. Huldah, the prophetess, then prophesied to Josiah that God shall send enemies to destroy Jerusalem because they forsook Him. However, God shall preserve Jerusalem because of the faithful remnant, and He will not destroy it during Josiah’s reign as he was a humble and good king. Indeed, let us study and apply God’s powerful Words into our hearts to live holy lives for His glory and praise. (Hebrews 4:12)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that one day You shall wipe away all my tears forever.