Gems 2015 — April 15 Scripture Selection: I Kings 22-25

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 15 Scripture Selection: I Kings 22-25

Food for Thought: I Kings 23:31-34

The truth in life is that you will either serve the Lord with your life or be in bondage to the enemy, one or the other. There is no “happy medium,” as some would like to believe. The good news is that we have a choice. Neither life is forced on us.

King Josiah had demolished everything that had to do with evil worship of false gods, but his son Jehoahaz did not follow in his footsteps. You can remove all the images, paraphernalia, and the like, but you cannot remove the evil inclinations from the hearts of others. So as soon as his father was dead, Jehoahaz went right back to the ways of the old days, and not only was he in bondage to the demons of idol worship, but also became literally bound and cast into prison by Pharaoh Necho where he spent the rest of his life.

The Lord sent His Son Jesus to us so that we could avoid such a life in bondage. John 3:16-21 explains this and the condition of so many who find themselves in darkness and that of those in the Light: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Darkness or light. Freedom or bondage. It is our choice. Just like Joshua put to his people in

Joshua 24:14, 15: “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Choose.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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8 Responses to Gems 2015 — April 15 Scripture Selection: I Kings 22-25

  1. suyts says:

    Oh, oh! It seems the reading isn’t in sync with your commentary! Still, good commentary!

    • jsue says:

      A THOUSAND PARDONS!!!! First of all, there is not I Kings 23-25. Secondly, the devotional comes from II KIngs 23:31-34.
      But turning our attention to chapter 22 of I Kings, isn’t it interesting that Jehoshaphat was not convinced that they should go to war against Syria, even after 400 prophets of Israel had all said “Go, for the Lord shall deliver the land into the hand of the king”? He discerned that they were giving false prophecies–all 400 of them. This just goes to show how important it is to discern a message given “in the name of the Lord” and not be led by the great number who say the same thing. The right word may not be the most popular one (vs. 1-36).

      • kim2ooo says:

        “Jehoshaphat was not convinced that they should go to war against Syria, “

        I can relate… 😦

      • jsue says:

        To continue with that thought: sadly, Jehoshaphat didn’t “go with his gut” and accompanied the king of Israel into battle, which didn’t end well. He should have paid attention to the one true prophet that he had asked for himself. It seems he knew better, but let the king of Israel persuade him to disregard the word of the Lord. How many problems could be avoided if we would just do what we know is right instead of allowing others to influence our decisions?

        • kim2ooo says:

          “How many problems could be avoided if we would just do what we know is right instead of allowing others to influence our decisions?”

          Amen! 🙂

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