August 2, 2017: SOAP #2799: 2Kings 21; 2Chronicles 33; John 4 Scripture:  2Kings (NIV) 21:9 But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites. Observation:   Israel's ONLY hope was in the promises God made to Abraham and to [...]

August 2, 2017: SOAP #2799: 2Kings 21; 2Chronicles 33; John 4

Scripture:  2Kings (NIV) 21:9 But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.

Observation:   Israel's ONLY hope was in the promises God made to Abraham and to his descendants.   If not for those promises, Israel would have gone the way of all the wicked nations surrounding them.   We only read about those nations in history books.

But how different for Israel.   We can read about their continuing history.   We even see them today!   Manasseh was not the end of Israel.   “They did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed” yet God did not destroy them.

What was their hope of a continuing history?   It definitely was not their goodness for they were more evil then the others.   Their hope then is the same as their hope today.   Their hope: God's faithfulness to His Word.   Man may be unfaithful, but God never!     He cannot deny Himself! Because of His promise to Abraham, God punished Israel but did not destroy Israel.  He corrected them to preserve them.

Application:   I have no hope for my own righteousness.   I must rely totally on God and His faithfulness to His Word!     The Living Word came to fulfill the Spoken Word which is revealed in the Written Word.  As Israel's hope is founded on the words Father God spoke to Abraham, so my hope is founded on the words the same Father God spoke to Jesus, His Son.   John 6:39   'And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.'   What a hope!!!  

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word!   and thank you for Your faithfulness to your Word! Amen        

Pastor Leon
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