2 Kings 22
Matthew 22:23-45 – The Sadducees Ask About the Ressurection. The Sadducees asked Jesus about the resurrection. This was a loaded question because they knew that the Pharisees did not believe in it. No Matter Which Way, Jesus answered the question there would be a fight. So what did Jesus do? He answers them according to the word of the Lord. “And as for the resurrection, have you not read what was said to you by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living.” (verse 32).
they believed in the resurrection Psalms 135 – Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever. Praising the Lord is a personal choice that affects everyone around you. The reason the writer knows that the Lord is great is that he has witnessed what the Lord had done in his life. When we witness what the Lord has done and bear testimony to the same, others come to know the Lord not because we said it but because there is fruit from our words. The defeating of the three kingdoms on the east side of the Jordan testified to the power of the Lord because the nation Israel was not a powerful nation. Is the Lord, the Lord of your life, or do you worship the gods of this world?
Lamentations 3:40-66 – Testing Our Ways. Testing our ways implies that we take a hard look at what we are doing in our motives behind it. Elsewhere in the Scripture, it says, “if a heart does not convict us that we have peace with the Lord” (1 John 3: 20 – 24). The Israelites had been sent into exile some for safekeeping and others for destruction. Unfortunately, the people were not told where they stood. So, they had to take a hard look at their hearts and seek the Lord. Those that were attacking Jeremiah would pay the price for their rebellion in time. Usually, it was the time in which the Lord sent peace across the land and bring back people like Mira. When it comes to retribution. We need to trust the Lord, even though we see nothing being done.
Jeremiah 29 – Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles. The exiles who had gone over to Nebuchadnezzar were sent to Babylon and had heard nonstop prophecies about how short the exile would be. According to the prophecy, the people would be sent back to Jerusalem and the King would be restored to the throne. Here’s the issue, it was a false prophecy. The people were told by Jeremiah, that they should listen in the first place, settle down and settle in for 70 years. The people were to build homes and living them. There are also told to plant gardens and eat what comes from them. Lastly, they were told, “seek the peace of the places that you live in.”. The Lord had definite plans for Israel and the exile was not the end of the matter, it was the place where the people would shake up, and those going back to Jerusalem would do so with a heart to rebuild what was torn down. In every situation, there is always a false prophecy. No one is exempt from it.”. The noted verse in verse 11 “I know the plans…” (Verse 29), is an encouragement to be obedient, though you do not know the end result yet. Those who are not obedient would die without seeing the Lord’s deliverance.
2 Kings 22 – Josiah Reigns in Judah. In the book of Deuteronomy, the Kings were instructed to write a copy of the law. In keeping with them that they would meditate day and night. Unfortunately, many, put the book deep inside the temple never to see the light of day. Because Josiah was a righteous King, once having read what was written in the book of the law he tore his clothes and wept. Because of his attitude. The king was told that the Lord will close the king’s eyes in death so that he would not see the destruction coming upon Judah. It is important to note that the disobedience of the former kings and the ones yet to come impacted the people that look to him.