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June 5

Obedience and Love
2Kings 1-3 / Romans 13-16

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OT

2:9-14 When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you before I am taken away?” And Elisha replied, “Please let me become your rightful successor.” “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.” As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between them, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his robe in two. Then Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak and returned to the bank of the Jordan River. He struck the water with the cloak and cried out, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” Then the river divided, and Elisha went across.

NT

13:10-12 Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements. Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don’t live in darkness. Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourselves with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light.


OT Flash Points

Elisha succeeds Elijah
Qualified by “seeing”
Logical for the job of a seer

NT Flash Points

Obedience and Love.
How much time do you spend thinking of ways to justify or indulge yourself
We belong to the LORD. So, why do you judge each other?
See – obey – love without judgment.  Avoid motives of self-indulgence
Facilitate supply in the Body
Bringing help to suffering Christians from those with the resources to help


Perspective

My say-so is to be built on God said so
God says, “I will never leave you,”
– so, we can say, “The LORD is my help. I will not fear”
Face circumstances and do not succumb
The temptation Jesus was referring to in Luke 22:40 & 46,
“Be awake and pray that you will not enter into temptation,”
was the temptation to fear, worry, stress out, be anxious
All of that is the sign that you’ve been seduced into joining Satan’s campaign of slander against God under the seductive deception that you are the responsible one


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