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Day 169. 18th June Commentary

Posted on 14th June, 2024

Day 169. 18th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 2 Kings And 2 Chronicles.

A KING AT SEVEN.

 

2 KINGS 11:1-3, 2 CHRONICLES 22:10-12

It was the full rage of the wicked in Judah as Athaliah ( king Ahaziah’s mother ) revenged her son’s death.  She kill all royal sons and became king in Judah.

But Ahaziah’s last son — baby Joash was hid in the temple.

 

2Kings 11:4-12, 2 Chronicles 23:1-11

THE RIGHTEOUS QUEST OF JEHOIADA

Jehoiada the priest organised the amry and he introduced the king’s son to them, set the crown on him at the age of seven (7).

 

(2Kgs 11:13-21, 2 Chro 23:12-21)

ATHALIAH WAS KILLED as she reacted to the event of the anointing of the young king.

v.14  “Treason, Treason❗️” were her words as she tore her ropes.

 

BACK TO THE LORD❗️

JEHOIADA led the people back to the LORD and demolished all  Baal’s (2kgs 11:17-21, 2Chro 23:16-21).

 

2 Kings 12:1-16, 2 Chronicles 24:1-16.

JOASH; a king so concerned about the LORD AND HIS TEMPLE — he ordered the repair of the temple from the tax paid by the people as stipulated by the laws of Moses.

The priests were slack at this, he called a meeting with Jehoiada the chief priest and his colleagues and he reorganised them:

  • The collection process
  • Hiring of skilled and committed workers
  • Purchasing of Materials

And the temple was renovated, articles were replaced which had been misused and taken by the sons of Athaliah.

These renovations did not affect the dues of the priests.  Therefore, there was no animosity.

 

The influence of the king ( his support system and advisers ) such as Jehoiada were godly. Therefore his inclination toward God and the things of God was good. In fact, Jehoiada picked the two wives he married (2Chro 24:3).

You may not be conscious how your network is influencing you — that is at best carelessness, which could have grievous consequences — be aware of your influences; including what you see and listen to/ pay attention to.

 

JEHOIADA DIED; at age a hundred and thirty years of age.  He was honoured in death — buried in the city of David among the kings (2 Chro 24:15-16).

~ you can imagine that on the part of Jehoiada old age was the reason he did not respond promptly to the king’s order for the repair of the temple. But what excuse could the other priest in their youth give.  Disinterest?? Are you disinterested in the things of God in the 21st Century, even this call for revival?

In the absence of Jehoiada what Will YOU DO⁉️

 

2 CHRONICLES 24:17-22

GODLESSNESS AND CRUELTY ABOUND:-

Soon after the death of Jehoiada the officials led the king astray into idolatry.  They also led him to the killing of Zechariah son of Jehoiada who spoke by the spirit of the LORD against them “This is what the God says: ‘why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.’”

And dying he said this against the king who had no consideration for his father’s good record but ordered his execution “May the LORD see this and call you to account.” v.20.

 

 

2Kgs 10:32-36

JEHOAHAZ SUCCEEDED JEHU his father in Israel. He had rule for twenty eight (28) years in Israel before his death.

“At the time the LORD had began to reduce Israel as they were over powered by Hazael (v.32-33).

 

NIGHT:

“Righteous exalts a Nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

Make a commitment now.

🌸I’ll do .... to uphold my righteous living

🌸I’ll do .... to uphold righteousness in my home

🌸I’ll do .... to uphold righteousness in my nation

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

 

Warmth

Toyin.

Day 168. 17th June Commentary

Posted on 14th June, 2024

Day 168. 17th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 2 Chronicles And 2 Kings.

 

GREAT PAIN

I am in great pain says the LORD against this generation: Your sins, diabolism, idolatry, witchcraft, your persistently calling evil good, embezzlement, corruption, child sex trade, and prostitution all these wickedness I forbid.

 

2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 21:8-20

JEHORAM in his lifetime served idols, he sinned against the LORD and led the people astray leaving God in pain — he didn’t follow the path of his fathers; David and Jehoshaphat.

 

A BLOW; LORD PROMISED A HEAVY BLOW AGAINST JEHORAM IN A LETTER (v.14);

The LORD struck him with an incurable illness in his bowels and he died as prophesied by Elisha in a letter ( v.12-15).  All his family also died including his wives and sons but the LORD spared his last son — AHAZIAH.  Although he was buried in the City of David with his ancestors he was not mourned (v.16-20, 2Kgs 8:23-24).

 

2 KINGS 8:25-29, 2 CHRONICLES 22:1-7.

A KING AT 22 — AHAZIAH; became king of Judah succeeding Jehoram.

Sadly his acts were wicked. As he ruled wickedly, he married from Ahab’s ungodly family and went to war with the king of Israel (Joram) fighting Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead.

In his case he also had wicked advisers — including his mother.   Who are your advisers? Who is advising you to do evil against others? Your wife? Mother, Father, Brother or Sister ? It could be that close — BEWARE❗️(2 Chro 22:3-4).

 

2 KINGS 9

DECLARE AND RUN! was the instruction given by Elisha to a younger prophet ( his protégée sent with a flask of olive oil to anoint Jehu privately.

A PROPHET AND NOT A MANIAC

He excused Jehu who was sited among his contemporaries in the officers mess at Ramoth Gilead.

He anointed him according to the words of the LORD as he poured the oil on his head, he declared “This is what the LORD, the Hod of Israel, says ‘I anoint you king over the LORD’S people Israel” (v.6).

The officers asked what the maniac had come to him for?  He replied “you know the sort of things he says” v.11.

They insisted on knowing and immediately he told them, they spread their cloak under him and hailed him KING — saying “JEHU IS KING” (v.13).

They gave him their full support and he attacked and killed the incumbent Joram; they also attacked his fellow & companion (they were related by marriage) - the king of Judah Ahaziah, wounded he escaped and died in Megiddo (v.27). {Read v.20-26}.

 

JEZEBEL DIED a shameful death as spoken by the LORD through Elisha (2 Kgs 9:10) and Elijah (read 1Kgs 21:23-24). The is no boxer/wrestler like our God he holds all planet’s championship belts for ever! The promised blow in verse 14 — perfectly delivered.

 

2 KINGS CHAPTER 10

WISDOM NOT TO RESIST THE LORD

Set to wipe out Ahab’s sons, family/descendants and his loyals, that the prophecies of Elijah and Elisha be fulfilled, he sent letters to them in Samaria inviting them to war advising them to set a son of Ahab on the throne so they could fight with him. But , all the snr. officials and guardians said said there was no need to fight, they pledged allegiance declaring they are his servants and would take his orders.

At Jehu’s word they killed all seventy (70) sons of Ahab and sent their heads to Jehu in Jezreel .

After this, Jehu excuted all loyals Ahab had remaining (v.11-17, 2 Chro 22:8-9).

 

LET’S FEAST TOGETHER

Jehu invited all prophets, servants, and priests who served Baal. But this was to gather them and get them executed.

They were executed and the use of Baal’s temple was changed — as it became latrine (v.25-27).

Sadly, Jehu’s devotion to the LORD was partial, he continued idolatry as Jeroboam—“the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan.” v.29.

Yet the LORD blessed him to his fourth generation for destroying the house of Ahab as proposed (v.30-31).

 

NIGHT

IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT — how disgusting do you know this practices are ❓

Even greed — God avenged the greed of Ahab which led to the plot by Jezebel and murder of Naboth on his descendants; Joram Ahab’s descendant was killed and thrown on what they had coveted and killed for (Naboth’s vineyard). Justice was delayed but not denied (v.28-29). (see June 12, Day 163). 1 Kgs 21:1-29.  This generation is driving things in the wrong direction from Idolatry to witchcraft, from selfishness to greed, greed to injustice.

What change can you make?

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

Warmth

Toyin.

 

 

 

Day 167. 16th June Commentary

Posted on 14th June, 2024

Day 167. 16th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 2 Kings.

WHO IS WITH YOU?

Yes we err, child, youth, old; men and women. We all make wrong assumptions sometimes or sin or just don’t seem to get it right at least once a while or once in a lifetime for the best minds.  But, who is with you when you attempt the wrong decision or taking the wrong path?  Some of these moments in life could make all the difference between what ruins and individual and what brings success and wholeness in our private or professional life as in the case of the bible characters of today including Naaman.

 

2KINGS CHAPTER 2

THE QUEEN’S MAID: Though she was taken captive, yet she wasn’t bitter, she had a cheerful attitude (a cheerful spirit). The queen of Aram also had rapport with those with her including her maids. The open disposition allowed the maid to tell her about a prophet through whom God does miracles were she has come from in Israel. The king Aram then sent his most honourable commander of the army (Naaman) to the king for healing because he was leprous.

THE MEETING OF THE PROPHET ELISHA:

Naaman was expecting a grand welcome but Elisha didn’t come through the door to meet him. He sent instructions through his servant “Go was yourself 7 times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed” v.10.

Naaman felt slighted and would not go. But for his servants who were with him — they persuaded him to.  He did and he became perfectly healed? He became resolute to serve the LORD, and never again idolatry.(v.13-15)

I want you to ponder on the attitude and roles of the Queen’s maid, the queen, Naaman and his servants? How do you relate? Your disposition in life — can you be persuaded, are you a person of influence? Can those with you talk to you and advise you?

 

ELISHA AND GEHAZI’S RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY❗️

“Money answereth all things — money is a defence”

But Elisha didn’t accept gifts from Naaman on this occasion ( we have heard of other occasions when gifts were presented to him and he accepted them from others) — BUT NOT FOR HEALING AND AFFLICTED MAN! (v.16).

But Gehazi ELISHA’S servant went cunningly without Elisha’s knowledge and got some of the gifts off him — he collect some silver and two clothings.

Elisha cursed him such that he became leprous.

Gehazi lost all — such blessings as gain double portion of Elisha’s anointing. What is your goal? What is your learning and commitment for?

 

CHAPTER 6

v.1-7.

The miracle of the FLOATING AXHEAD by ELISHA.  Elisha threw a stick where the borrowed axe (metal) had mistakenly fallen in the sea, and it defiled the law of gravity (v.6-7).

 

A BLINDED ARMY

(v.8-23)

The king of Aram would attack Israel but the LORD revealed all his plans and camps to Elisha, who then advised the king of Israel.

King of Aram was convinced an official of his was a betrayer — telling of his plans.  They rebuffed that thought stating it is revealed by the LORD to Elisha.  (v.12)

Then he besieged Elisha  — but the LORD of host sent his horses and chariots of fire to surround Elisha. Elisha’s servant could not see this and was frightened by the enemies — Elisha opened his spiritual eyes so he could see the host of heavens defence with him.

As the enemy advanced toward Elijah he prayed that the LORD “strike them with blindness”. They became blind and Elisha led them to the King of Israel in Samaria (v.19-23).

 

A FAMINE

(v.24-33)

... so bad women ate their children - Ben- Hadad besieged Samaria. The king overwhelmed with the feeling of helplessness, would transfer aggression on Elisha!

 

CHAPTER 7

Then Elisha prophesied “Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate.” (v.1).

A servant voiced out his disbelief and he would not experience the miracle (v.2).

Avoid disbelief — God uses prophecies and his prophets to set his people free. To bless / loose a binding / difficult situation.

 

THE LEPERS BROUGHT THE GOOD NEWS

They were four lepers going to give up to the enemies in their camp — for what maybe maybe❗️And they found the camp empty . They took plunder and told the goodnews in Israel and the prophecy of Elisha came to pass (v.16).

 

CHAPTER 8

THE ACCOUNT OF THE PROPHECY OF THE SEVEN (7) YEARS OF FAMINE by Elisha (v.1-7).

He had told the Shunem woman and her family to leave for  Philistine all through the famine; as they returned the king ensured they lost nothing ( house, land and revenue) for Elisha’s sake (v.5-7).

Hazael became king as prophesied by Elisha, but he would hurt Israel. ( v.7-15)

 

NIGHT:

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 7:17 “Now then it is no more i that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.

For the obvious reasons as human nature tending to sin as stated in the scriptures above; we must be mindful of who we yield to.  Our support system, this include members of our household, friends, family, co-workers, church we attend, music we listen to, videos we watch, and just things that creep into our thoughts / our subconscious.

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

 

Warmth

Toyin

 

Day 166. 15th June Commentary

Posted on 14th June, 2024

Day 166. 15th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 2 Kings, 1 Kings And 2 Chronicles.

SUCH HONOUR!

Wao! Is a rare honour — like no other as Elijah transcends to glory escorted by God’s chariots of fire and horses of fire! His was not the dust-to-dust norm.  No funeral required.  And oh bless God we were left with wise Elisha!

 

2 KING 2:1-25

DOUBLE HONOUR

It was time for Elijah to be taken into heaven from the earth — and he knew it; so did Elisha but they didn’t discuss it.

Elisha persisted following Elijah and he received double portion of Elijah’s spirit (v.9).

Elijah was moved from place to place by the spirit of the LORD from Gilgal where he was to BETHEL then to JERICHO and then to the final location in Jordan where he would be taken, Elisha kept following him.  Although Elijah persuaded him to stay behind, Elisha would not (v.2,4,6).

Prophets they met on the way kept confirming to Elisha what was about to happen at the three different locations saying:

“ your master is about to be taken do you know” (v.3,5,7) and he always gave the same answer in affirmation “ Yes , I know, so be quiet.”

 

YET ANOTHER MIRACLE —

Same as the rod of Moses did — parting Jordan — Elijah struck the Jordan and the waters parted to the left and to the right; allowing both Elijah & Elisha cross over dry ground (v.8). There were fifty prophets observing from a distance (v.7).

 

FINALLY, What Can I Do For You? Elijah asked Elisha. Elisha asked for Double portion of his spirit. And Elisha said

“You have asked a difficult thing, Yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.” (v.10)!

 

v.11-18

EXIT BY A WHIRLWIND

Elijah & Elisha were separated by the chariot and horses of fire as they walked along together and Elijah was taken up to heaven by the whirlwind (v.11).

His cloak fell and Elisha picked that up & struck the waters at Jordan; it divided and Elisha crossed over on dry ground.

The company of prophets went to Elisha, and paid obeisance, realising the spirit of Elijah was on him (v.15).

They insisted on a search for Elijah “... perhaps the spirit of the LORD has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley.” they said. Embarrassed by their persistence he let them; fifty of them made a diligent search for three (3) days but he was not found (v.16-18).

 

A BRIEF BIO OF ELISHA’S LIVING AND HIS MIRACLES

  • Elisha Heals Jericho’s town of bad water; which rendered the land unproductive ( v.19-22).
  • Elisha cursed rude and unruly children ( they called him baldy) and two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty two (42) of the boys ( v.23-25).  Train your children to be polite, emphatic and appreciate difference — regarding the old and young, strangers & friends, alike.
  • 2Kgs 4:1-7:  A WIDOW In Debt:  A late prophet’s sons would be taken from his widow into slavery by lenders she was indebted to.  Elisha blessed her, instructing her — she followed instructions — “Borrow empty jars from all your neighbours, go inside shut your door and keep pouring from what you have and all the jars she borrowed were filled and then the oil stopped flowing” (v.1-6).  She sold the oil as advised; she paid up the debts and was sustained. (v.7).
  • 2 Kgs 4:8-37:  THE GRACIOUS AND KIND SHUNAMMITE LADY.  She honoured Elisha by offering him a furnished room up in her home (she suggested and agreed with her husband).  Elisha came to know she was barren as he sought to bless her for her kindness (v.11-14).  He prophesied. She conceived as prophesied and had a son the following year (v.17).
  • ELISHA RAISED THE DEAD.  At a point the boy took ill and died.  His mum (the Shunammite) hurried down quietly to Elisha who was now at Mount Carmel (v.22-24). She persuaded him to come with her, he did. He prayed for the boy and he came back to life — He became warm and then he sneezed seven (7) times. And she picked up her son (v.27-37). {Please read verse 25-35}.
  • FAMINE AND A POISONED MEAL: The famine in Gilgal affected even the prophets in the land. Elisha told them to pour flour into a poison meal which he was to serve his guest, (v.41)and it became edible and nutritious  again (v.38-41).
  • A GIFT: During the famine Elijah received a gift from Baal Shalishah - As the man present his gift of “..twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripened grain and some heads of new grain..” v.42.  Elisha ordered his servant to serve the people. His servant objected saying it is insufficient for he hundred men present. But according to the word of the LORD spoken by Elisha they ALL ate and had left over.

These were some of the miracles of Elisha as written in today’s bible chapters.

 

NIGHT:

For further reflection:

Elisha fed a hundred men with 20 leaves of bread and had left overs (2 Kgs 4:42-44). Jesus fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes and had 12 baskets of left overs (Matthew 14:16-21, Mk 6:37-42, Lk 9:12-17)

It gets better-the outpouring of God’s love is abundance.  God is in our mist and will bless if we trust him.

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

 

Warmth

Toyin

Day 165. 14th June Commentary

Posted on 14th June, 2024

Day 165. 14th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 2 Kings, 1 Kings And 2 Chronicles.

 

is GOD Dead❓

 

GOD EXISTS:  Why consult oracles, demons, practice sorcery, wizardry, spiritism even as ministers of God and believers in the 21st Century church.  But this kind of fellowship with the devils and practice of open sorcery is ancient — Elijah in fact had to confront the king of Israel as he became fierce and bolder as King of Israel with his worship and dependence on Baal.  Just as many pastors, leaders, and believers in modern society resort to the covens & demons — so did the kings of Judah & Israel in today’s study.

 

FIRE ON THE FIFTY MEN

2 KINGS 1

Now Ahab king of Israel is dead and Moab rebel against his successor — his son Ahaziah. Who sustained personal injury — he had fallen and would consult Baal-Zebub.

However that was intercepted by God; as the angel of the LORD commanded Elijah the prophet after them asking if there was no God in Israel that they should consult Baal!

“Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, god of Ekron? Therefore this is what the LORD says you will surely die!” (v.3-4).

The messengers could not accomplish the kings mission but went back to tell what Elijah had prophesied.

The king Ahab then sent fifty men and their captain to fetch Elijah. But they were consumed as Elijah called fire upon them from heaven. These happened twice❗️

The callous asking King was determined and insensitive enough to send the third group of fifty.  The captain was wise as he fell on his knees before Elijah begging (v.13-14).

The angel of the LORD intervened and Elijah went with him to appear before the king — he told exactly what the LORD said, so he died as prophesied (read v.16-17).

 

2 KINGS 3

Joram succeeded Ahaziah. Joram was sinful and his evil was before the LORD (v.1-3).

 

The rebellion of Moab led to war.  Moab would not pay tribute to Israel anymore. Joram king of Israel invited Jehoshaphat to war against Moab and there was a consensus “ I will go with you ... I am as you are, my people as your people, my horse as your horse.” v.7.

 

NO WATER AND THE AMRY MAY DIE❗️

No water for the army and cattle of Israel, Judah, Edom as they positioned for war and it appears their death was pending.

Let’s consult God Jehoshaphat said “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, through whom we may inquire of the LORD?” v.11.

An official recommended Elijah’s protégé ELISHA.  Though he disliked King Joram and King of Edom he honoured the presence of Jehoshaphat.

As he was consulted he asked for music and an Harpist played.  Then the hand of the LORD came upon him and he prophesied and it was good.

  • God will provide water miraculously (v.17)
  • God gave an assurance they would win.

The Moabites were deceived and defeated (v.20-27).

 

1 KING 22:41-50, 2 CHRONICLES 20:31-37

Jehoshaphat died after ruling Judah for 25 years, he was 35 when he became king, he pleased the LORD during his life and his son Jehoram succeeded him.

He had shared his wealth among his son.

 

2 KINGS 8:16-22; 2 CHRONICLES 21:5-7

Jehoram’s SINS

Jehoram served idols , he killed ALL his brothers as soon as he became king (2Chro 21:4). And he married Ahab’s daughter.

 

NIGHT;

It is no news that the modern church suffer broad daylight SORCERY, and DIABOLISM.

What are you resolute about to ensure uprightness.

Do you still have faith in God?  Hebrew 10:37-39.

“But we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” v.39

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

 

Warmth

Toyin

Day 164. 13th June Commentary

Posted on 14th June, 2024

Day 164. 13th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 1 Kings And 2 Chronicles.

FEAR GOD.

There is so much to fear in the 21st Century, and for parents this is overwhelmingly true.  From hate crime, disease, virus to godlessness. Religion, Godliness, Morals, Socials was definitely cleaner and, living safer back then; less of God in Europe, America, Africa, means more ills in our world, even the true believer are more like Jehoshaphat meddling with the devils, many narrowly escaping untimely death and the wrath of God.  I continue on the story in 1 Kings 22, as Macaiah arrives the presence of the kings; AHAB AND JEHOSHAPHAT and was eventually gifted a slap....

 

1 KING 22:10-28; 2 CHRONICLES 18:9-27

Both kings arrayed in their royal robes listening to the prophets in their hundreds saying “attack and be victorious” in fact Zedekiah was more dramatic (22:11, 2Chro 18:10).  Eventually, Macaiah arrived been persuaded to tell a good prophecy, but vowed to tell the truth as revealed to him by the LORD.

 

MACAIAH SLAPPED IN THE FACE

When the king asked “ Macaiah shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?” (1 Kgs 22:15; 2Chro 18:14);

He answered as all other prophets “attack and be victorious”

But the king was not persuaded and Macaiah told him the vision and what the LORD said which was not a favourable/victorious end for Israel’s army nor the king.

“I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the LORD said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.” (1 kgs 22:17).

He revealed a deceiving spirit permitted by the LORD was speaking through all the other prophets (1Kgs 22:22; 2 Chro 18:21).

Zedekiah the choleric and domineering prophet gave Macaiah a slap in the face — Macaiah was imprisoned with restrictions even on food—it is like having to live on stipends because what he could eat was limited—he  was given only bread and water! (v.26-27).

In summary his prophecy was despised.

 

YOU DRESS IN ROYAL ROBES❗️

Hmmm! Watch it❗️

Just like a spell or being hypnotised as they got set for the battle King of Israel Ahab advised the  king of Judah Jehoshaphat to be dressed in royal robe while he disguise.

This is exactly how believers are deceived by ungodly friends and compromisers. They extend deceit, and games while the believer extends sincerity and faithfulness a flow of your relationship with God. What flows to you is the fruit-lies-wickedness from their demonic influence.

What happens in life is you transfer spirit - your spirit, your grace and allegiance as you would to God — you share in your relationship consciously and or unconsciously.  That is why in your fear of God, you should choose friendship / relationship carefully.

Jehoshaphat extended what exist between himself and the Almighty God in a holy and covenant relationship to an unholy and unwholesome one. His actions were compliant! What has light got to do with darkness⁉️

 

The Army came for Jehoshaphat thinking it was king Ahab; the pursuit was so fierce with the aim to kill him, he cried and God intervened .  The army retracted when they heard his voice realising it wasn’t king Ahab.

A random bow shut kill Ahab — he bled to death (1 Kgs 22:34-35, 2Chro 18:33-34).

And the prophecy of Macaiah came to pass

(1Kgs22:36-37).

Ahazaih Ahab’s son succeeded him — he was as ungodly as his father, he serving idols and kindled the LORD’S anger (2Kgs 22:40, 51-53).

 

2 CHRONICLES 19:1-11

JEHOSHAPHAT RECONCILE ISRAEL TO GOD

On getting back to Jerusalem—Alive!  The LORD sent Jehu the seer (prophet/pastor) to rebuke him (v:3).

Jehoshaphat lead the people back to the Almighty God—urging them to serve the LORD God of their ancestor — he appointed judges for all cities,(v.4-5) urging them to “serve with the fear of the LORD; been conscious of the fact that they judge for the LORD and not mere mortals.Therefore no injustice or partiality or bribery”(v.6-7).

He also had Levites, Priests, and heads of families for same purpose in Jerusalem. The chief priest and other officials were appointed for the kings affairs (v.8-11).

 

A CONSEQUENCE OF DISOBEDIENCE - Wars arouse against Jehoshaphat.

Recall that God command his fear upon all the nations around such that Jehoshaphat had no wars (see June 10, Day 161). But his unnecessary alliance with late king Ahab was displeasing to the LORD.

But then after that act of misplaced loyalty, Jehoshaphat proved the fear of God was in dwelling and not forsaken.

 

2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 20

FEAR GOD!

Every good tree bears good fruit (Matthew 7:17); king Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast as he inquired of the LORD because the Moabites and Ammonites came to wage war against him.(v.1-3)

Talking to the LORD GOD before the people his words told of one who is familiar with Israel’s history and the various covenants made with God’s people from the time of Abraham God’s friend! To the time of Moses - Exodus to Promise Land - To Solomon’s covenant when the temple was completed (2Chro 20:6-9).

(v.10-12) — He reported the men of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir quest for war to the LORD, declaring “WE HAVE NO POWER TO FACE this vast army that is attacking us. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT OUR EYES ARE ON YOU.” (v.12).

 

THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS

2 Chro 20:13-30.

The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah a descendant of Asaph ( a Levite & Psalmist—you remember him? His psalms in some of the previous days; see the Bible commentary in the month of May).

He proclaimed the word of the LORD to Jehoshaphat the king and charged them to advance against the enemies the next day (v.14-17).

“Listen king Jehoshaphat... this is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours but God’s. 16; Tomorrow March down against them.... 17; you will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”

And they all fell faced down and worshipped; Kohathites and Korahites then lead them in loud praise.

 

THE WARRIOR WITHOUT HANDS IS OUR DEFENCE

The next day early in the morning, Jehoshaphat encouraged the people “Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”

He appoint men and they sang

“Give thank you the LORD,

for his love endures forever.” (v.21)

And immediately the LORD set ambushment against the enemies who were invading Judah and they attacked one another until they all perished.

THE VALLEY OF BERAKAH

Israel did not have to fight, as they advanced they saw the corpse of their enemies (v.22-24).

(v.25-30).  They had great plunder-it took three days to collect them.  Israel only rejoiced as they assembled in the Valley of Berakah-Valley of Praise; rejoicing over their enemies (v.27).

Then again the fear of the LORD fell upon the surrounding kingdoms as before when king Jehoshaphat became king and he had all round peace (v.29-30).

 

 

 

My initial summary in a hurry — for time’s sake

2 CHRONICLES 19:1-11

JEHOSHAPHAT .. reconciled Israel to God and appoints judges ...

 

2 CHRONICLES 20:1-30

War arouse against him but God gave him victory!

 

 

 

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Day 163. 12th June Commentary

Posted on 8th June, 2024

Day 163. 12th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 1 Kings 20-22, And 2 Chronicles 18:1-8.

GOD OF THE HILLS, THE PLAINS, THE SPRINGS AND THE VALLEY.

In yesterday’s study Ben-Hadad escaped death, in today’s bible passages as the story continues he and his officials plans another attack—thinking the God of Israel’s army is the God of the plains that’s why they won, let’s fight against them in the plains and we will defeat them!

Many have encountered him in the cave, on the road, in the toilet, on the bed, even on sickbed; why then the helter-skelter, why the cat and rat game? Relax, study your bible wholeheartedly and learn of him and enjoy his manifestation.

 

1 KING 20:23-43

As king of Aram Ben-Hadad and his officials positioned in the plains with their horses and chariots during the springs, and attacked Israel, though Israel’s army seem small in comparison (v.27); the man of God came with the word of the LORD (v.28) and Israel defeated them.  As a fact 27,000 of those who escaped were crushed under a wall that collapsed on them!

Therefore, will you let God fight for you??

 

UNDER VALUED GRACE❗️

Sadly the king of Israel undermined the grace of the victory won.  He bought into the deceit and fake humility of Ben-Hadad and his officials — who wore sackcloths in submission requesting for a treaty and making offers (v.32-34).

  • [v.35-42] — GOD’S ANGER — Again the word of the LORD came against the king of Israel for sparing Ben-Hadad and making peace with him instead of ensuring his death (v.42).

 

1 KINGS 21:1-29.

COVETOUSNESS, OPPRESSION, AND GREED IN LEADERSHIP.

You have yet you want what belongs to others.  You are never satisfied, you want more; the word of the LORD is against you.

For this is exactly the greed that Ahab king of Israel manifested; coveting his neighbour Naboth’s vineyard—to such an extent he became depressed — emotionally sick(v.1-4).  And his wife, the wicked Jezebel helped him with a plot which she executed against Naboth — a plot to get him killed (v.5-16).

 

THE LORD SAW THAT AND SENT ELIJAH TO AHAB:

Do you ever believe that the LORD sees and hates the evil and or good you do and that all people do??

Elijah told him the word the LORD has spoken against him and Jezebel his wife (v.21-24)—“His disaster will be as that of Jeroboam .... such that, ... Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country.”

 

SOBERNESS AND GENUINE REPENTANCE:

Ahab at this time did not bluff God’s Word and his rebuke.  He tore his clothes and fasted in sackcloth (v.27-28).  And God took that into consideration and then decided to delay his punishment for his descendants.

This is why when you go to pray they tell you to brake generational curses and any punishment/ judgment inherited.

But dear sisters and brothers in Christ, connection to Christ-Christ-life in you automatically brakes such chains.  It is only going to demonic altars/having an affiliation with such/sin that could activate such and endanger you.  Why don’t you make your life easy through wholehearted devotion unto the LORD GOD.

 

JEHOSHAPHAT AND AHAB:

{1 Kings 22:1-9, 2 Chronicles 18:1-8.}

This alliance seem like light and darkness.  Well Jehoshaphat married from Ahab’s so a relationship exist.

Jehoshaphat went to Ahab and his visit was celebrated during his visit, an invitation to join forces in battle against Ramoth Gilead was made.  A consensus was reached, but Jehoshaphat ask that Ahab to “first seek the counsel of the LORD” (v.5).

After Ahab’s consultation with 400 prophets, Jehoshaphat was yet to be convinced, he had heard from GOD.  Ahab was then forced to invite prophet Macaiah, whom he feared and dislike (1Kgs 22:7-8, 2 Chro 18:6-8.)

 

NIGHT:

In what ways have you undermined God’s anointing on your life. How have you despised grace.

If you can be sober about your sins/ error and repent, God will forgive (1Kgs 21:38-29).  And now you don’t have to transfer your punishment to your children or others because Christ is involved.

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

 

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Day 162. 11th June Commentary

Posted on 8th June, 2024

Day 162. 11th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 1 Kings Chapter 17-20.

 

EARTHQUAKE.

 

This study continues with the very unique spiritual encounters of prophet Elijah — whose life and ministry continues to inspire the modern day believer. Many are our encounters and experiences in our spiritual journey.

As devote as we may be serving God with wholehearted commitment - expectancy - we may be unable to stop the earthquakes / fires of life.  Yet if we hide and remain still, steady and ready the gentle still voice of the LORD will come to us.

 

1 KING 17:8-24

ELIJAH AND THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH:-

After his time by the brook Cherith he left for Zarephath (v.8-9); where he met a poor widow preparing to eat her last meal with her only son and die.  He became a blessing to her and her son.  The little she had was not exhausted — miraculously what was suppose to be a meal for two sustained them as long as he lived with her and her son {v.8, 14-16}.  Note that this events was preceded by the WORD OF THE LORD he was given instructions (v.8-9).

In fact,  at some point in time, her son took ill and died!  Elijah cried out to the LORD and he came back to life (v.20-22).

 

1 KINGS 18

OUR GOD ANSWERS BY FIRE

(v.1-2).  Elijah went back to king Ahab according to the WORD of the LORD.

It was action time! RAW COMMITMENT, RAW MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S POWER.

Elijah called for the prophets of Baal in operation — they had flittered Israel.  He requested a manifestation of the power of Baal.

 

Raw meat (Bull) was placed on wood openly for Baal to consume the sacrifice but he did not answer (v.22-29). Since this was in contest against the Almighty God.

“.. you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” (v.24)

 

(v.30,36-39.)  In turn Elijah called on the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob and fire came down and ALL the people fell in worship declaring “the LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!” (v.39).

 

Elijah then had ALL the prophets of Baal arrest and slaughtered (v.40).

 

1 KINGS 19

LET IT RAIN (v.41-46)

Elijah prayed for rain and it rained (v.45).

 

Jezebel was told all that Elijah had wroth against Baal and his prophets, and she vowed to have him killed, but he ran to the wilderness (v.1-3).  He was so distressed and would prefer to die (v.4), but an angel of the LORD met him, where he fell asleep.  He touched him, encouraged him and presented him with some food this happened twice!  So Elijah ate angels food❗️(v.5-7).

It is also of interest, that on the second occasion as he ate, he was empowered thereby enough for 40 days and forty nights journey to Horeb (v.8-9). These are some wonders and manifestations that characterised the ministry of Elijah.

 

ELIJAH THE ONLY FAITHFUL PROPHET❓

The journey could be lonely, burdensome, many ministers feel this ‘wear out / burn out’. If this is not well managed could lead to error, death, or collapse of the ministry.

 

Instruction and Questioning;

The LORD instructed Elijah (v.11) — inviting him for questioning.

He explained, he felt alone in Israel and the LORD made it clear that he had 7000 faithfuls who have not bowed down to Baal nor related with Baal (v.18).

It is significant that before the LORD spoke a wind came that tore the mountains, then an earthquake, yet the LORD was not in the earthquake.

Sometimes in life we get cajoled, intimidated, hurt, abused, fearful because of the earthquake of life.  But are you hiding in the cave, in the cleft of the rock like Elijah on the LORD? After the earthquake was fire, if you believe the fire will quench; it did without touching him and or hurting him. Because after the fire Elijah heard the gentle voice of the LORD for the things to come ( v.12-17).

 

ELIJAH TO MEET HIS WOULD BE SUCCESSOR ELISHA.

Elisha joins him; abandons his flourishing business (v.16, 19-21).

 

CHAPTER 20

v.1-22

Ben- Hadad against Israel.

Set against Israel king Aram intimidated Ahab king of Israel (v.2-4,6).

Emboldened by the elders he gave a challenging response to Ben-Hadad (v.8,11).

The LORD sent a prophet to Ahab (v.13) and Ahab had victory over Ben-Hadad and his troop using Junior officers in the provinces of Israel as prophesied (v.19), they won but Ben-Hadad escaped (v.20-22).

 

Night:

Are you steadfastly waiting?

 

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Toyin

Day 161. 10th June Commentary

Posted on 8th June, 2024

Day 161. 10th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 1Kings And 2 Chronicles.

EVENTS.

The wars, sin, mischief, and murder characterised today’s bible stories.  It was one sinful king for Israel after the other and contentions among kings.  But sad events gave way to Jehoshaphat who feared God attain the throne and reign in Judah. And then 1 Kings chapter 17 brings Elijah into this study.

 

1 Kings 15:16-22, 2 Chronicles 16:1-10.

Contention and Wars:-  Baasha King of Israel was set to destroy Judah as he began to block all routes into it so he subdue it he also set at fortifying Raham to achieve his plan. Asa swiftly made a treaty with King Aram in Damascus and the strength of Baasha was weak and he withdrew from his wicked purpose.

ASA sent all the gold in the treasury of the temple and in his palace to king Aram ( who’s father was also David’s friend ).

 

THE PASTOR JAILED

ASA the king was rebuked by Hanani the seer because he did not call on the LORD for help as he did when Cushites were set against Judah in battle but sought King Aram for help instead. “Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army ...?  Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.  You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” v.8-9.

ASA got angry and had him jailed. ASA was oppressive (v.10).

 

1 KINGS 16:1-7.

THE WORD AGAINST BAASHA:

The word of the LORD came through Jehu son of Hanani because he had sinned and led Israel astray just like Jeroboam. Although God had lifted him from the dust to the throne.  For arousing the anger of the LORD he would have the same fate as Jeroboam.

 

1 KINGS 16:8-20.

ELAH BAASHA’S SON RULE; but he was murdered through coup, while socialising — he became drunk at the house of the palace administrator.

ZIMRI the master mind and murderer became king but Israel resisted him.  And made Omri the commander of Israel’s army king ( v.16-17).

 

ZIMRI committed suicide — he went into the palace and sent fire in it and he died. (v.18-20).

 

POWER STRUGGLE:

Omri and Tibni struggled for the throne.  Omri defeated Tibni - he died and was buried.

After Omri’s 12 years on the Israel,  was his son Ahab — they both did evil in the eyes of the LORD, he married Jezebel, built an altar for Baal and made Asherah poles his was the worse ever.

 

1 KINGS 16: 23-24, 2 Chronicles 16:11-14.

ASA SUFFERED:-

At this time he was old and suffered severe disease in his fee, but would not call upon the LORD in prayer for help, he relied only on medical care. He had reigned 41 years when he died.

 

JEHOSHAPHAT HIS SON SERVED GOD:-

2 CHRONICLES 17:1-19

Jehoshaphat his son succeeded him, he feared God as David did.  He shunned Baal, destroyed all the Idols, altars, and Asherah poles.  He appointed officials including Levites and Priest to teach Israel — they went into towns with the book of the law teaching the people. This you want to consider as the beginning of door-to-door evangelism.

 

HIS WEALTH, INFLUENCE AND ALL ROUND PEACE.

“The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not go to war against Jehoshaphat.” v.10

Israel gave their new king gifts ( v.5), so did some Philistines and Arabs ( v.11-12 ).

He also had a well organised army (v.12-19).

 

ELIJAH

1 KINGS 17

Elijah’s prophesy to Ahab “ There shall not be dew or rain these years except at my word” (v.2).

After that the word of the LORD came to Elijah — to leave there and he went to hide by the brook cherith and ravens fed him according to the word of the LORD — Bread and Meat — Day and Night. And he drank from the brook  which later became dried because there was no rain (v.7).

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

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Day 160. 9th June Commentary

Posted on 8th June, 2024

Day 160. 9th  June Commentary And Summary Taken From The Book Of 1Kings And 2 Chronicles.

 

GOOD PREPARATION.

 

JEROBOAM

Jeroboam did not prepare for the throne, though he was aware through the prophecy what honour lies ahead. He therefore continued in idol worshipping and God sent another prophet against him, who cried against the altars where he made sacrifices to gods dishonouring God (v.4).

He attempted calling judgement against the man of God and his hands which he stretched forth dried up.  He asked for prayers and God restored his hands (v.6-8).

 

DECEPTION: Though the man of God sent had good preparation and was well equipped and given detailed instructions by the Lord.  He was deceived by an old prophet in the land (v.18).  By following the old prophet back to his home and eating there against the instructions the LORD had give him when setting out for the assignment; this led to his shameful and untimely death (v.23-25). Jeroboam also did not have a change of heart.

It is sad that deception remains a tool not only among the servants of God but in the body of Christ as a whole.

 

1 KINGS 14

JEROBOAM’S SON - ABIJAH; became ill and the sought the prophet for his sake but the LORD did not intervene as Abijah died because of Jeroboam’s sins (v.16). Note that Jeroboam did not forget his route to the throne ( The LORD GOD) and sent his sick son to the very prophet sent to inform him the LORD had chosen him King over Israel (v.2). His was a conscious neglect of God.

 

( 1 Kings 14:21-24, 2 Chronicles 12:13-14, 2 Chronicles 11:18-23).

REHOBOAM also sinned against the LORD and led the people forth in sin, such as is never seen in Israel, there were even male shrine prostitutes in the land he reigned 17years.

 

2 CHRONICLES 12:1-12, 1 KINGS 14:25-28; THIS ARE PASSAGES ARE THE ACCOUNT OF THE REIGN OF REHOBOAM AND HIS UNFAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD. (v.2).

Which made him the LORD to give up Israel to their enemies — SHISHAK king of Egypt — who made slaves of Israel.

And Rehoboam repented ( v.5-7,12 ).

Failure in life, failure in leadership is often characterised by poor preparation.  God is calling for a change of attitude, the grooming of the inner man among believers today.

 

2 CHRONICLES 12:15-16,  1 KINGS 14:29-31.

REHOBOAM’S DEATH:

The wars continued between Rehoboam and Jeroboam until his death. He died and was buried in the City of David and his son Abijah succeeded him

 

ABIJAH

The wars between Jeroboam and Rehoboam became wars between Jeroboam and Abijah.

 

Sadly Abijah followed in his father’s shoes — Idol worshipping (1 Kings 15:1-5).

Though when at war against Jeroboam he professed and fought in the name of the LORD and the LORD helped him (2 Chronicles 13:4-5, 13-18).  In a win he gained back some of Israel’s town and the villages surrounding them  — Bethel, Jeshanah and Ephron.

 

LEADERSHIP AND POLYGAMY

The lives of this leaders and their sons were characterised by polygamy.  An unhealthy state for the church.

  • Rehoboam and sons: 2 Chronicles 11:21-23,
  • Abijah: 2 Chronicles 13:21.

 

 

2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 14

Abijah died and ASA his son reigned in his stead (14:1, 1 Kings 15:6-8).

 

ASA FOR GOD

2 Chronicles 14:2-8

ASA led the people back to God. He brought down the altars, Idols, Asherah poles and he abolished the act of male shrine prostitution.

He was pleasing to God & approved of him. And God gave him rest and he prospered ( 1 King 15:9-26).

During ASA his reign in Judah, Jeroboam ruled over Israel.  Jeroboam died, he had ruled a total of 22 years.  Nadab his son succeeded him (1 Kings 15:25-34).

 

The LORD gave Nadab up as Baasha killed him and all the house of Jeroboam and ruled Israel because the sins of his father (Jeroboam) no was great and he followed suit.

 

ASA and Baasha were always at war against each other.

Baasha ruled for 23 years, sadly he committed the same sin as Jeroboam.

 

A GOD THAT RESCUES

2 Chronicles 14:9-15, 15:1-19.

ASA: God gave Asa strength and win in battle against the Cushite Zerah and his great host ( 14:11-15).  God also sent a prophet to Asa and he yielded (15:8).  For Asa it was wholehearted commitment and he led the people into a covenant to seek the LORD (v.9-15) “... All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They were eager , as they sought God eagerly, he was found of them.  So God gave them rest on every side ” v.15.

“There was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.” (v.19)

  • There was no sentiment as his family that would not serve the LORD GOD were removed from leadership. (v.16).

 

NIGHT

GOD is seeking Leaders are you prepared.

He may have spoken to you, or sent a prophet to you. Are you preparing. The many leaders and successors in today’s passage had the grace of the word, in spite of its scarcity in their time yet they despise God, they did not prepare.

Read the use and dump style in this passage: 1 King 14:1-4.  Repent of the sin of careless and equip your heart — that is an age long act — present continuum.

 

© 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Dr. Toyin Ojo

 

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