Reading #1 – John 18
Reading #2 – Psalms 110
Reading #3 – Proverbs 13
Reading #4 – Jeremiah 22
Reading #5 – 2 Chronicle 36
2 Chronicles 36 – Closing the Doors. After Josiah’s passing, his son Jehoahaz was inaugurated as the king of Judah. Jehoahaz would be the king for about 3 months which is not long enough to do anything. At this juncture, the kingdom was on its knees but the king and the people did not recognize their predicament. Pharaoh Neco attacked Judah and took Jehoahaz to Egypt where he would die (Jeremiah 22:11-12). The nation became a vassal kingdom to Egypt. Egypt extracted a fine on the land of 1 talent of gold and a hundred talents of silver in today’s currency, it would be about 3 million dollars; the nation most likely did not have the money so it was extracted from the house of the Lord. The actions of Egypt were likened to a “speed bump” which slowed the people down momentarily. Jehoahaz’s brother Jehoiakim was crowed “King” in place of Jehoahaz (4). Jehoiakim was a wicked king and chose to ignore the laws of the G_d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When the armies of Babylon attacked Judah, the king of Babylon captured Jehoiakim and put Jehoiakim’s brother on the throne in place of Jehoiakim. All of the articles from the temple were taken to Babylon; basically, they stripped the temple down to the structure. Zedekiah became the king of a dilapidated kingdom. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear allegiance by God. He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel (13). At issue, though, because king Zedekiah had no fear of the Lord and chose to serve the idols of the nations, this allegiance meant nothing. The nation went into exile and the doors to the kingdom of Judah would fade into history like many other civilizations. Some would return to Jerusalem but it would return but it would never again be like it was in the time of Saul, David, and Solomon.
Psalms 110 – The Lord Gives Dominion to the King. When we live to please the King of kings and the Lord of lords as a perpetual and persistent act of worship, the Lord will fight the battles we face. If we go our way thumbing our nose at G_d like the remaining 3 kings of Judah did, we can expect nothing more than utter destruction. The LORD (Father) says to my Lord (the Messiah, His Son), “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet [subjugating them into complete submission] (1).” To King David, the kingdom or, the people of Israel/Judah meant everything. Though many would die in battle, these people were still precious to him. To the Lord Jesus, we that is, every man, woman, and child on this planet mean everything to him (Hebrews 12:2). We have no idea who this King Melchizedek is/was because he was referenced in two books: Hebrews and Genesis. The LORD has sworn [an oath] and will not change His mind: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek (4).” In the book of Genesis, Melchizedec was a real person in the book of Hebrews, he was a pseudonym of Jesus.
Proverbs 13 – Contrast the Upright and the Wicked. The father’s job is to train his children. If the children do not listen, they can expect to earn the reward of foolishness. A wise son heeds and accepts [and is the result of] his father’s discipline and instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to reprimand and does not learn from his errors (1). Instruction is more than just “do what I say”, it is learning the lessons of my failures so that you do not repeat them. After Solomon passed, the nation was divided. Rehoboam should have learned what happens when you are sinful. Jeroboam the son of Nebat should have taken what the prophet said to heart so that he would not “inherit the wind” (Proverbs 11:28). Righteousness (being in right standing with God) guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness undermines and overthrows the sinner (6). The battle of the “Rich and the Poor” is ladened with misunderstandings. The wealth of the rich can be a deadly snare or it can be a tremendous blessing. It is a common problem that some steal treasures by intrigue and fraud; the good thing is, it will be taken from him/her (11). He who withholds the rod [of discipline] hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines and trains him diligently and appropriately [with wisdom and love] (24).
Jeremiah 22 Warning of Jerusalem’s Fall. After Josiah, the last righteous king of Judah, his sons would see the closing of Judah and the end of a kingdom. While these events did happen and Judah did go into exile, it was not G_d’s desire for that to happen. Like Adam and Eve, the people of Judah were expelled from Judah and cast into barren land (Babylon). You will notice that the admonishment was to the king and not the people. The reason for this was that “as the leader does, so do the people” (Proverbs 28:2-26). For if you will indeed obey this word, then kings will enter through the gates of this palace, sitting in David’s place on his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, even the king himself and his servants and his people. But if you will not hear and obey these words, I swear [an oath] by Myself,” says the LORD, “that this house will become a desolation (4-5).”‘” The prophecy that “someone from the line of David would always sit on David’s throne” was predicated on the king living according to the law of the Lord (2 Samuel 17). G_d’s promises have two possible pathways. By Living for the Lord and serve him with fear and trembling (respectful and obedient) He will direct our pathway (Proverbs 3:4-5). If we choose instead to live for ourselves, we will inherit the wind (Proverbs 11:28). Do not weep for the dead or mourn for him; But weep bitterly for the one who goes away [into exile], For he will never return And see his native country [again] (10). The people of Judah who followed the wicked king were not exempt from this admonishment although they were just co-conspirators. The wind [of adversity] will carry away all your shepherds (rulers, statesmen), And your lovers (allies) will go into exile. Surely then you will be ashamed and humiliated and disgraced Because of all your wickedness (22).
John 18 – Judas Betrays Jesus. Judas was a thief who was caught between guilt and shame. Guilt and shame will compel people to do the ungodly to soothe their guilty conscience. Receiving the 30 pieces of silver was the easiest part of the conspiracy, acting on it was the final betrayal. The part that the Sanhedrin did not comprehend is that Jesus’ monkey trial served two purposes, it gave the Sanhedrin license to murder in the name of “G_d”. Secondly, they were put on trial for conspiracy and would be condemned. But when He said this, one of the officers who was standing nearby struck Jesus [in the face], saying, “Is that how You answer the high priest?” Jesus replied, “If I have said anything wrong, make a formal statement about the wrong; but if [I spoke] properly, why did you strike Me (22-23)?” Pilot, the governor of Judea could send a man to the cross or send him home. With Jesus, though, it was different because he was caught between a rock and a hard spot. After all, the Sanhedrin pushed for his death based on Ceasar’s laws and Mosaic law. Jesus was called the King of the Jews and that his kingdom was not of this world. The implication is that sending this “king” to the cross it would cause an insurrection something Pilot did not want. So Pilate said to Him, “Then You are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say [correctly] that I am a King. This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth [who is a friend of the truth and belongs to the truth] hears and listens carefully to My voice (37).”