Kings Week 13: Day 4

Pray and read

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 2 Kings 17

Explore

What happened to Israel? Why?

How has this fulfilled the covenant curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-68?

How are the people the Assyrian king brought into Israel similar to the Israelites?

Apply

Read Romans 11:1-6, 11:11-24

As you’ve read 1-2 Kings, have there been points in the story when you’ve felt arrogance over Israel? (for example, when they continue in their idolatry and refuse to listen to God’s prophets). What does Paul say about those times of feeling pride? How does it deny the gospel to think of ourselves as better than Israel?

How are we to consider God’s kindness and sternness to us (v22)? Can we live a lifestyle of sin while remaining in God’s kindness?

Do we avoid God’s sternness by trying harder to please him? Does our repentance secure God’s kindness? (See Colossians 2:6-7).

These passages contain an important reminder and warning. As Christians we are already in God’s kindness as those he has secured as his people in Christ. We aren’t on a knife-edge between God’s kindness and his sternness; we are fully in his kindness, as long as we remain in Christ.

Pray

Thank God for his incredible kindness to us in Christ.

Ask God for forgiveness if we’ve felt prideful over Israel.

Ask God for help to continue in his kindness for our whole lives, rooted and built up in Christ, strengthened in the faith as we’ve been taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Emily Shaw