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July 8

Don’t be drawn into someone else’s battle
2Chronicles 34-36/1John 1-2

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OT

34:21 “Go to the Temple and speak to the LORD for me and for all the remnant of Israel and Judah. Ask him about the words written in this scroll that has been found. The LORD’s anger has been poured out against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the LORD. We have not been doing what this scroll says we must do.”

NT

1:1-7 The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life. This one who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and announce to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was shown to us. We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy will be complete. This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.

2:15-17 Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.


OT Flash Points

Josiah At 8 yrs old – began to reign in Judah
At 16 – began to seek God
At 26 – brought the nation to repentance and compliance to the Law
At 39 – refused to listen to God’s Word and is killed fighting someone else’s battle
Then Jerusalem is taken, first by Egypt, then by Babylon

NT Flash Points

God is [the Source of all] light
So, He alone has no shadow
If we live in His light, we have fellowship with each other – respectful and fruitful relationships
Love in action is the result of walking in the Light


Perspective

Choose loyalty – our will is to be exercised
Do not confer with others, when you know God has spoken
The matter of loyalty is between you & God
And give others credit for being loyal to Him in what they do
Yes, especially when they do things differently than you
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