DCLM DAILY MANNA DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 (THERE IS A RECORD)
TOPIC: THERE IS A RECORD
TEXT: 2 Kings 15:13-26
13. Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full month in Samaria.
14. For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.
15. And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
16. Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah; because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.
17. In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria.
18. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
19. And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.
20. And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in the land.
21. And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
22. And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.
23. In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years.
24. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
25. But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king’s house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.
26. And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
“And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy …, they are written in the book of chronicles of the kings of Israel. And the rest of the acts of Manahem and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah…” – (2 Kings 15:15,21,26).
In Washington, USA, there is a pair of scale maintained by the government that is so sensitive to record the weight of paper and what is written on a paper separately. If the technological prowess of mortal man could develop such a delicate equipment which could “see” the weightless “weight” of the word written on a paper, would God’s superior knowledge not notice the most imperceptible of man’s activities?
The text reveals the reign of three kings of Israel who reigned at different times in the history of Israel. Their activities were recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. King Shallum, the son of Jabesh reigned for only a month before he was slain by Menahem, the son of Gadi who reigned in his stead. Menahem reigned for ten years in Samaria and perpetuated evil in the sight of the Lord, following the example of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat.
His son, Pekahiah succeeded him and continued in disobedience to the word of the Lord. His reign was short-lived, as he was murdered by his captain, Ramaliah. All the activities of these kings, whether short or long, were all recorded. Man sometimes thinks he can hide so securely in the bunker of philosophical, scientific and technological inventions, believing God cannot see through. They forget that God is omniscient; He sees and knows everything.
Jesus Christ, the great Judge, will judge everyone in righteousness according to their works. Those found wanting, who have not repented of their sins and accepted Him as Lord and whose names are not recorded in the book of life would be punished. People, whose names are found in the Book, will spend eternal bliss with Christ in heaven. We, therefore, need to live under the consciousness of God’s presence every day of our lives.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God keeps infallible record of men’s action.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
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