shopper July 29 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading (NIV) or alternate versions (use your browser arrow to return): 2Kings 23:29-30; 2Chronicles 35:20- 36:1; Jeremiah 22:1-17; 2Kings. 23:31-37; 2Chronicles 36:2-5; Jeremiah 47

The Danger of Impulsiveness

Almost all of us are guilty of this at one time or another - impulse buying. We go into a store, not exactly sure what we want to buy, we see something we like and buy it. Sometimes we have buyers regret: “why did we need that anyway?” We wish we had not been so hasty. A lot of times these decisions are small and do not have much consequence. However, when we make a big mistake because we were rash in our actions, it can affect us or others in great or even disastrous ways.

From 640 - 609 B.C. Josiah was a good king of the nation of Judah. He destroyed the idols in their land and Samaria and required that the people worship the true God of heaven. Then Josiah cleaned up the temple, removed the idols and had it repaired and restored. While his workmen were cleaning it out and purifying it for use, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the Law of Moses (probably Deuteronomy). He told Shaphan the scribe to take it to the king. When he read it to the king, Josiah was alarmed and sent a message to a local prophetess, Huldah, who resided in Jerusalem, to find out if these things were true. Indeed they were true; God intended on using Babylon to destroy Judah for her wickedness and idolatry and to carry most of them into exile. Good King Josiah, however, would not see the destruction because he humbled himself and sought the LORD. Rather than selfishly satisfying himself with the assurance that disaster would not happen on his watch, however, he led the people in a great revival.

Unfortunately, shortly thereafter Josiah receives a report that Egypt is coming through their land on the way to support Assyria against a fight from Babylon at Carchemish (Jeremiah 47). Even though it is not his fight, he hastily attacks Egypt, fearing that an Egyptian or Assyrian victory could spell trouble for Judah. Apparently, he reckons that Babylon would be more merciful than his other foes. Josiah does not ask counsel of the LORD, however, and is killed in battle (The Bible Knowledge Commentary of the O.T., by Walvoord and Zuck, ©1985, p.584, 648).

Upon King Josiah’s death, the people choose Jehoahaz, a son of Josiah, to be king. He is not the firstborn, which is an unusual thing unless the first born son was killed in battle or otherwise indisposed (The Bible Knowledge Commentary of the O.T., by Walvoord and Zuck, ©1985, p.585). The LORD sent Jeremiah to the new king to proclaim this message:

“Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne-- you, your officials and your people who come through these gates. This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin,” (Jeremiah 22:2-5, NIV)

Instead of heeding the Word of the LORD to the great benefit of the king and the nation, Jehoahaz pursues selfish interests by building his palace and not paying the laborers. He is not a good king like his father. God accuses him “… your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion,” (Jeremiah 22:17, NIV). Jehoahaz’s selfish interests lead to his exile in Egypt. Pharaoh Neco replaces him with his brother Eliakim (Jehoiakim), who, unfortunately, is also wicked. Other nations are also not safe from Egypt; Jeremiah prophesies that the Philistines will also be attacked and destroyed by Pharaoh.

Lessons to Live By

  • Do not be hasty in your decisions to your disadvantage and maybe your ruin. Ask the Lord what He would want you to do and follow His guidance from His Word, the Bible.
  • Do you know God? He not only gives guidance, He offers forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life (more...)
  • Do not lead from selfish interests, lest you and your organization be harmed. Realize the grace of God upon you and lead people in their best interests.

Today’s Bible Memory Verse

Philippians 2:3 (NIV) “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

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