Read 2 Chronicles 21
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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 21:4- But when Jehoram had become solidly established as king, he killed all his brothers and some of the other leaders of Judah.
Observations- After two generation of mostly very positive reigns with great examples to follow, Jehoram chose not to honor the good work of his grandfather, Asa, and his father, Jehoshaphat. Jehoram chose to dishonor the God who had gone before them in all things. Clearly, his father had even set up a plan of succession to avoid precisely the immoral action Jehoram took in killing all of his brothers.
Application- Each generation must make a choice: "But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? (Or any of the more current false gods we might bend the knee to in worship). But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord." Obviously, Jehoshaphat thought he had prepared his 32 year old son well for the role of king he would assume in his death, but Jehoram chose his own way. What will you choose this day?
Prayer- (by Cyprian- died 258) Almighty God, who resists the proud and gives grace to the humble: send Your Holy Spirit and let that mind be in us, which was also in Christ Jesus, that we may be meek and lowly of heart and never by our foolish pride provoke Your indignation… Teach us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think; to be modest in speech, just and merciful in action and benevolent to all. Let us prefer nothing to Him, who preferred nothing to our salvation; but grant us that adhering inseparably to His kingdom and standing bravely by His cross, we may be found faithful to death, and at the end may be admitted into the joy of his most blessed presence. Amen.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it." (Matthew 7:13-14),
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