Kings Week 13: Day 1
Ask God to give you insight into his Word as you reflect on today’s passage, and that this would lead to you to add to your faith: goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. (2 Tim 2:7, 2 Peter 1:5-7)
Read and explore
Read 2 Kings 13-14, thinking through the following relationships as you go:
How do each of the kings relate to God and his people?
How does God relate to his people and each king?
How is Israel/Samaria and Judah relating to each other?
How is Israel/Samaria and Judah relating to the Gentile nations?
These chapters highlight the brokenness of relationships between humanity and God, and humanity with each other. We also see God’s mercy and salvation in these chapters, yet the people remain unfaithful.
Read Ephesians 2:11-22
How has God reconciled Jews and Gentiles to each other? To himself?
Why did he set aside the law to do achieve this?
What does it mean to be fellow citizens with God’s people and members of his household (v10)? How does this affect the relationship God’s people have with him and one another?
Paul continues to teach about the reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles to himself and each other in chapter 3, and finishes with a prayer for the Ephesians.
Read Ephesians 3:14-4:6
This prayer and exhortation includes the end goal of this great reconciliation: Christ dwelling among his people, his people loving one another, for them to know just how great Christ’s love for them, and all for God’s glory.
Which areas from the prayer do you long for our church to have? What would this look like? How does this affect our gatherings together on Sunday or at growth group?
Pray Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians for our church (3:14-21).