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June 14

Don’t fight battles that aren’t yours
2Kings 23-25 / 2Corinthians 10-13

Tutorial for first-timers


OT

23:1-3 Then the king summoned all the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem. And the king went up to the Temple of the LORD with all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, and the priests, and the prophets–all the people from the least to the greatest. There the king read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found in the LORD’s Temple. The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the LORD’s presence. He pledged to obey the LORD by keeping all his commands, regulations, and laws with all his heart and soul. In this way, he confirmed all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll, and all the people pledged themselves to the covenant. :29 While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, went to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out with his army to fight him, but King Neco killed him when they met at Megiddo.

NT

10:7 The trouble with you is that you make your decisions on the basis of appearance. You must recognize that we belong to Christ just as much as those who proudly declare that they belong to Christ.

13:5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test.


OT Flash Points

Young Josiah, a power house for God
Open declaration of God’s Word
Aggressive obedience to God’s Word
Even then, beware of pride

NT Flash Points

Sin (the option to separate from God) will always exist
Only by the Spirit of Christ is there any alternative to being its slave
Choose – act by your will to believe
And release your life to the One who “takes away the sin of the world”
That is our new life
That One calls you “the Child of God”
Just believe [=bank everything on what He is and says]


Perspective

Multiple-wife-culture causes transfer of authority and influence over the sons to his mother
Therefore, in Old Testament times the direction of the nation of Israel was set by the mother of the king

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