Daily Encouragement

July 25 – The God of Rest

July 25
2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14
Romans 9:1-24
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 20:1

2 Chronicles 14:2 – Did you notice something yesterday? The Chronicler never said whether Abijah did that which was good and right. He mentions a good incident but he omits 1 Kings 15:3-7a. Asa on the other hand, (David-Solomon-Rehoboam-Abijah-Asa) lived up to his great-great-grandfather David’s love for God and sought Him (2 Chronicles 14:4).

2 Chronicles 14:6 – Agitated? Let God give you rest.

  • God started rest (Genesis 2:2)
  • God sanctified rest (Genesis 2:3)
  • God said to rest (Exodus 16:23)
  • God scheduled rest (Exodus 23:11)
  • God signed by rest (Exodus 31:17)
  • God soothes with rest (Exodus 33:14)
  • God’s Sabbath is rest (Exodus 35:2)
  • God’s statute is rest (Leviticus 16:31)

Interestingly this is the same phrase used in Joshua and Judges.

2 Chronicles 14:9 – Being outnumbered 2:1 is bad. A million man army came against Israel and Asa called upon the name of the LORD (2 Chronicles 14:10) and the LORD answered! (2 Chronicles 14:12).

2 Chronicles 15:9 – A godly government attracted immigrants to the blessing of the LORD. But, there were conditions for these immigrants – with capital consequences (2 Chronicles 15:13).

2 Chronicles 16:2 – What happened? Asa wasn’t scared by a million man army, but now he’s scared of Baasha of the North? Hanani raised this same question (2 Chronicles 16:8). But unlike David responding to Nathan (2 Samuel 12), Asa was wroth (2 Chronicles 16:10). And to the end of his life, he turned his back on the LORD (2 Chronicles 16:12). Interestingly FiveThirtyEight has an article on how Supreme Court justices go liberal with age – because of peer pressure, reputations, ideological drift, and other reasons.

Romans 9:3 – Accursed for my brethren. That is “agape” love. No room for anti-semitism – the Messiah’s own flesh was of the seed of Abraham (Romans 9:5).

Romans 9:14 – Throughout our reading of the Bible this year, it’s stuck out the contrast this question raises. Are we more moral than God? Or do we need to adjust our definition of fairness to His?

Romans 9:22 – Ah the controversial verse about Election. Piper weights in, as does MacArthur and non-Calvinists. Positions on double predestination affect the question – who fitted the vessels?

Psalm 19:1 – And back to Patch the Pirate for this song based on Psalm 19:1:

Psalm 19:7 – Interesting how we go from general revelation (the Creation of God) to specific revelation (the Law of God) so abruptly! Both warn the servant (Psalm 19:11). As Paul says, “thou art inexcusable!” (Romans 2:1).

Proverbs 20:1 – One of the most unpopular verses in the Bible. Alcohol has deceived tens of millions. Seek wisdom!

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