Tuesday, September 2, 2014

With Christ In The School Of Prayer -By Andrew Murray PT 1 On George Muller

This is Pt 1, but it is taken from the last chapter, so I am staring in reverse, this spoke to my heart may it speak to yours. I learned and read about Muller I never heard of, or read, very different indeed and what a read. The chapter is long , so breaking the last Chapter in to a couple posts.

George Muller, and the Secret of his Power in Prayer
WHEN God wishes anew to teach His Church a truth that is not being understood or practised, He mostly does so by raising some man to be in word and deed a living witness to its blessedness. And so God has raised up in this nineteenth century, among others, George Muller to be His witness that He is indeed the Hearer of prayer. I know of no way in which the principal truths of God’s word in regard to prayer can be more effectually illustrated and established than a short review of his life and of what he tells of his prayer-experiences.
He was born in Prussia on 25th September 1805, and is thus now eighty years of age. His early life, even after having entered the University of Halle as a theological student, was wicked in the extreme. Led by a friend one evening, when just twenty years of age, to a prayer meeting, he was deeply impressed, and soon after brought to know the Saviour. Not long after he began reading missionary papers, and in course of time offered himself to the London Society for promoting Christianity to the Jews. He was accepted as a student, but soon found that he could not in all things submit to the rules of the Society, as leaving too little liberty for the leading of the Holy Spirit. The connection was dissolved in 1830 by mutual consent, and he became the pastor of a small congregation at Teignmouth. In 1832 he was led to Bristol, and it was as pastor of Bethesda Chapel that he was led to the Orphan Home and other work, in connection with which God has so remarkably led him to trust His word and to experience how God fulfils that word.
A few extracts in regard to his spiritual life will prepare the way for what we specially wish to quote of his experiences in reference to prayer.
In connection with this I would mention, that the Lord very graciously gave me, from the very commencement of my divine life, a measure of simplicity and of childlike disposition in spiritual things, so that whilst I was exceedingly ignorant of the Scriptures, and was still from time to time overcome even by outward sins, yet I was enabled to carry most minute matters to the Lord in prayer. And I have found “godliness profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” Though very weak and ignorant, yet I had now, by the grace of God, some desire to benefit others, and he who so faithfully had once served Satan, sought now to win souls for Christ.’
It was at Teignmouth that he was led to know how to use God’s word , and to trust the Holy Spirit as the Teacher given by God to make that word clear. He writes:
God then began to show me that the word of God alone is our standard of judgment in spiritual things; that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit; and that in our day, as well as in former times. He is the Teacher of His people. The office of the Holy Spirit I had not experimentally understood before that time.
It was my beginning to understand this latter point in particular, which had a great effect on me; for the Lord enabled me to put it to the test of experience, by laying aside commentaries, and almost every other book and simply reading the word of God and studying it.
The result of this was, that the first evening that I shut myself into my room, to give myself to prayer and meditation over the Scriptures, I learned more in a few hours than I had done during a period of several months previously.
But the particular difference was that I received real strength for my soul in so doing. I now began to try by the test of the Scriptures the things which I had learned and seen, and found that only those principles which stood the test were of real value.’
Of obedience to the word of God, he writes as follows, in connection with his being baptized:
It had pleased God, in His abundant mercy, to bring my mind into such a state, that I was willing to carry out into my life whatever I should find in the Scriptures. I could say, “I will do His will,” and it was on that account, I believe, that I saw which “doctrine is of God.” And I would observe here, by the way, that the passage to which I have just alluded (Joh_7:17) has been a most remarkable comment to me on many doctrines and precepts of our most holy faith. For instance: “Resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not thou away. Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Mat_5:39-44). “Sell that ye have, and give alms”(Luk_12:33). “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another”(Rom_12:8). It may be said, “Surely these passages cannot be taken literally, for how then would the people of God be able to pass through the world?” The state of mind enjoined in Joh_7:17 will cause such objections to vanish. WHOSOEVER IS WILLING TO ACT OUT these commandments of the Lord LITERALLY, will, I believe, be led with me to see that to take them LITERALLY is the will of God.—Those who do so take them will doubtless often be brought into difficulties, hard to the flesh to bear, but these will have a tendency to make them constantly feel that they are strangers and pilgrims here, that this world is not their home, and thus to throw them more upon God, who will assuredly help us through any difficulty into which we may be brought by seeking to act in obedience to His word.'
This implicit surrender to God’s word led him to certain views and conduct in regard to money, which mightily influenced his future life. They had their root in the conviction that money was a Divine stewardship, and that all money had therefore to be received and dispensed in direct fellowship with God Himself. This led him to the adoption of the following four great rules:
1. Not to receive any fixed salary, both because in the collecting of it there was often much that was at variance with the freewill offering with which God’s service is to be maintained, and in the receiving of it a danger of placing more dependence on human sources of income than in the living God Himself.
2. Never to ask any human being for help, however great the need might be, but to make his wants known to the God who has promised to care for His servants and to hear their prayer.
3. To take this command (Luk_12:33) literally, ‘Sell that thou hast and give alms,’ and never to save up money, but to spend all God entrusted to him on God’s poor, on the work of His kingdom.
4. Also to take Rom_13:8, ‘Owe no man anything,’ literally, and never to buy on credit, or be in debt for anything, but to trust God to provide.
This mode of living was not easy at first. But Muller testifies it was most blessed in bringing the soul to rest in God, and drawing it into closer union with Himself when inclined to backslide. ‘For it will not do, it is not possible, to live in sin, and at the same time, by communion with God, to draw down from heaven everything one needs for the life that now is.’
Not long after his settlement at Bristol, ‘THE SCRIPTURAL KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTION FOR HOME AND ABROAD’ was established for aiding in Day, Sunday School, Mission and Bible work. Of this Institution the Orphan Home work, by which Mr. Muller is best known, became a branch. It was in 1834 that his heart was touched by the case of an orphan brought to Christ in one of the schools, but who had to go to a poorhouse where its spiritual wants would not be cared for. Meeting shortly after with a life of Franke, he writes (Nov, 20, 1835): ‘Today I have had it very much laid on my heart no longer merely to think about the establishment of an Orphan Home, but actually to set about it, and I have been very much in prayer respecting it, in order to ascertain the Lord’s mind. May God make it plain.’ And again, Nov. 25: ‘I have been again much in prayer yesterday and today about the Orphan Home, and am more and more convinced that it is of God. May He in mercy guide me. The three chief reasons are,
1. That God may be glorified, should He be pleased to furnish me with the means, in its being seen that it is not a vain thing to trust Him; and that thus the faith of His children may be strengthened.
2. The spiritual welfare of fatherless and motherless children.
3. Their temporal welfare.’
After some months of prayer and waiting on God, a house was rented, with room for thirty children , and in course of time three more, containing in all 120 children. The work was carried on it this way for ten years, the supplies for the needs of the orphans being asked and received of God alone. It was often a time of sore need and much prayer, but a trial of faith more precious than of gold was found unto praise and honour and glory of God. The Lord was preparing His servant for greater things. By His providence and His Holy Spirit, Mr. Muller was led to desire, and to wait upon God till he received from Him, the sure promise of £15,000 for a Home to contain 300 children. This first Home was opened in 1849. In 1858, a second and third Home, for 950 more orphans, was opened, costing £35,000. And in 1869 and 1870, a fourth and a fifth Home, for 850 more, at an expense of £50,000, making the total number of the orphans 2100.
In addition to this work, God has given him almost as much as for the building of the Orphan Homes, and the maintenance of the orphans, for other work, the support of schools and missions, Bible and tract circulation. In all he has received from God, to be spent in His work, during these fifty years, more than one million pounds sterling. How little he knew, let us carefully notice, that when he gave up his little salary of £35 a year in obedience to the leading of God’s word and the Holy Spirit, what God was preparing to give him as the reward of obedience and faith; and how wonderfully the word was to be fulfilled to him: ‘Thou hast been faithful over few things; I will set thee over many things.’
And these things have happened for an ensample to us. God calls us to be followers of George Muller, even as he is of Christ. His God is our God; the same promises are for us; the same service of love and faith in which he laboured is calling for us on every side. Let us in connection with our lessons in the school of prayer study the way in which God gave George Muller such power as a man of prayer: we shall find in it the most remarkable illustration of some of the lessons which we have been studying with the blessed Master in the word. We shall specially have impressed upon us His first great lesson, that if we will come to Him in the way He has pointed out, with definite petitions, made known to us by the Spirit through the word as being according to the will of God, we may most confidently believe that whatsoever we ask it shall be done.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Insights In Spiritual Warfare-What We Can Learn Form David And Goliath, A Lot More Than We Learned In Sunday School.

1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1Sa 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

1Sa 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

1Sa 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

1Sa 17:38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

1Sa 17:39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

1Sa 17:40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

Gill; On What Proved means concerning the armor:

for he had not proved it; as warriors were wont to do; so Achilles did (i); he never made trial of such armor before, he had not been used to it, and knew not how to behave in it, or walk with it on him; it was an encumbrance to him: Abarbinel renders it, "but he had not proved it"; he would have gone with it but for that reason; the Targum is,"because there was no miracle in them;''because if he had made use of this, there would have been no appearance of a miracle in getting the victory over the Philistine, as was by using only a sling and stones:

Note: The Jewish Targum, is basically, Rabbi's exposition of the Hebrew bible, like today’s commentaries.

There is a deep lesson in this first part. You can not ware someone else's armor, do things the way they do, battle strategies, spiritual warfare. David would not take the armor, he was not used to , he could not function with this armor. It is like cookie cut mold Churchanity, you must do it the Churches prescribed way, you must say this, do that, do not do that. Another Church may be completely different. Today, it calls for a different way of Battle, something we are not used to. The darkness grows, more and more spiritual battles are on us. Reader, it is no more Church and Christianity as we are used to, all has changed, we must change with it, in the right spirit

Create in me and clean heart of lord and renew a RIGHT spirit with in me”.

I may have a few verses I use, I stand on, you have your own verses to see you through your battle. Same bible, it is like different armor. I can not try and be like another minister, I, and you, must be who we are, but in the image of Christ, not self.

I have read many books on spiritual warfare, some are way out there, deliverance stuff and 100% not biblical. Others say do it this way, another person says, the secrets to 100% spiritual victory, well maybe for the author, but not me, and maybe not you. If the bible is our standard, if we have on the full armor of God, and not man made armor of doctrine and dogma, we will have victory.

The other insight we got from the Targum was:

...the Targum is,"because there was no miracle in them;''because if he had made use of this, there would have been no appearance of a miracle in getting the victory over the Philistine, as was by using only a sling and stones:

That’s a really good insight. I never thought of that. It had to be ALL the LORD, we see in Davids words how many times he says the LORD did this and that, not David. This is an essential. David said, “it was the Lord that delivered him from the wild beasts. He took them down with his bare hands”.

The second insight.

Spiritual progression;by trials, beasts, things, people, in-laws , out laws, LOL. We are being trained right now, for that coming, third battle, the coming destruction of all we know. The current Ebola out break, the world is going lit, insane.

I simply will not, can not, keep up with the information. I have for many months now fasted from ALL news, all headlines, just the word and prayer. This battle we are in, and the spiritual one coming, is the lords, not ours. It will be, and should be, all the LORD.

'Not by our might, nor by our power, but by the spirit of the lord'.

News: Do we really need daily in put of this? A play by play of all hell breaking lose, NO! If you are already in the know, you do not need a daily play by play, this is not a football game, we win.

We read in this chapter, the Psalms, a great warrior, what he learned, it is not by an army, chariots, horses, swords, it is the LORD who gives us the victory.

Progression, one lesson at a time, one ordeal at a time, it is the school of Christ, it humbles us, it shows us, it is all the lord, we are but willing empty vessels, 100% reliant on the lord.

1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

1Sa 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

David had it correct. When we understand this, we will have victory, we will learn spiritual warfare. This can not be over looked. Past manifestations of the lords power by wild beasts, those wild beast to us can be a very hard circumstance a huge problem that only the lord could take care of, and he does, in his time. The bear, the lion, are taken out .
Faith, trust, this is key, David had faith, because he had already been prepared for this epic battle. It made him bold and strong in the lord. It came by the past battles, the victory, and learning...... it is all the lord.

One man, one Giant, one battle. The others stood in fear, this one man David, took action. It is like the sending out of the ten spies, only Caleb and Joshua came with a Good report, for they had another spirit. We need that other spirit, not like the others of defeat, and fear. David had this. The result is always like this, it only takes one person to move in the lord and do something only the lord can do, and the result? it is contagious.

1Sa 17:52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.

The whole scene changed after, one man had the spirit of the lord, and than the others followed. Are you one such Christian? Make a stand.

'Stand strong in the lord and in the power of HIS might'.

This will start a chain reaction, others will move in, press in, and touch the hem of his garment, it takes pressing in, not giving up, and a leap of faith. It will spread. It will change, can change, everything, and everyone around you.

God is looking for ONE person to say as ISA did in Ch 6, " Here am I lord send me". Have you said that? Are you ready to say that, send me. It may look like there is no way you can do what the lord tells you to do, if so, you know it's the lord speaking to your heart, and it shows the lord will do something by one person . A God sized thing is needed today, may it start with you, and me.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Evangelizing Early Church Style, Gene Bass, M. Min Student -Audio Sermon

I had to post this recent sermon audio from a student in the 100% FREE bible college, wow 100% right on, bible, my heart beat. not ling,take a listen. Gene Bass lives in Davenport Iowa, my family, wills side, comes from Ft.Dodge Iowa, I spent many summers in Iowa, the large farms great days. This is a very, very good word on true bible Evangelism. May all lift up their heads, for the fields are already ripe for harvest, we have work to do beloved, let us do it. Time is short.

Friday, August 29, 2014

How Soon We Forget

Psa. 106:11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

Psa. 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
Psa. 106:13 They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel:

1. The enemy was taken out 100%. This can be a trouble, a problem, a sin, a personal urgent matter, an impossible situation, a bad circumstance, almost anything. The lord in love, mercy, kindness takes it out, wipes it away, brings deliverance, and we do as the next verse.

2. We believe in His word. WE are so full of joy, thanksgiving, so happy, sorrow lifted, a break through, something great and good, and we rejoice. Time takes its toll  with all of us, how soon we forget.

3. Next phase, we forget what the lord did, HIS works, we think, 'OK, I am all set now, I think I can handle and micro manage my problems from now on, all set'. Than we do not wait, seek, ask  our lord for his counsel, his will on a matter, and in the end, we are right back where we were, another thing, situation, ordeal.

Beloved, sadly this is how it works for just about everyone. It is easy to pray when in need, when you are not in need, desperate for the lords help, we soon forget just how the first issue was resolved. By he lord, by Grace, love, and we see now we are stuck in the middle again. The cycle of the school of Christ. It is nothing new, our lord said to one Church in Asia minor in Revelations.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot.

Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Rev 3:17 Because thou say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou may be rich; and white raiment, that thou may be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou may see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Why were they lukewarm, not cold, not hot? they felt they had it all under control, all needs met, all was well. This is the state of millions, but our lord sees, he knows. This forgetting, this falling away from our first love, will have a rebuke from the lord. It caused spiritual deadness, if we just keep going our own way, doing our own thing, living as we want, doing what we plan, and we no longer seek the lords word, or his face on anything, we will be undone.

Our lord knows how to speak right into a situation. Example; Laodicean, the place was well known for having a river, it was not of much use, it was lukewarm, not fun to drink warm water. The lord used a real world thing to make his point. Our lord still does this today.

Lest we forget whence we have fallen from, he will bring something to us, we may not welcome it, but it comes, it will hit you right where you will fully understand with no doubts, it is the lord speaking.

It is common to micro manage problems, take the drivers seat, you know..... I always hated that old bumper sticker that said, 'Jesus is my co-pilot'. If he is not your pilot and you the co-pilot this will spell trouble, he is after all, not our co -captain, but THE captain of our salvation. Why would we put the lord in the co-pilots seat? I want the lord to take the wheel, drive where he wants, turn when he wants, I may think, ' Hay, this is a dark, bumping road, it is not the right road, it can not be, the smooth highway is just a few yards away, why this road', and than a long, steep hill. LOL. If we do not give 100% over to his lordship, if we think we know a better route to get where WE need to get than our true pilot knows, we are in trouble.

2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

Why was Timothy being told this, and why do we have it in the bible for our Christian walk? Sometimes the flame grows dim, we become lukewarm, this must be dealt with, how? In, prayer, the Holy Spirit, repentance, getting the fire burning again, how can we be that light on a hill top if the light is dim, or out. Men are like ships, the lord is the lighthouse, with out us partaking in the Kingdom of light, reflecting this light to a dark world, many men's life's will become shipwreck.

 No light house, has caused many ships to have a ship wreck, We need this fire burning so the light house of our lord can lead us and talk to us, reveal his secrets to us, his heart.

Paul had to put Timothy in remembrance to do this, and so the lord is doing the same now, putting some in remembrance, your light is dim, let it shine, come back, be no longer lukewarm, come back. The glory many once had, the prayer life, peace, power, has faded, but it can be corrected, with one heart felt prayer. Once you are back, restored to your first love, remember, always remember, HOW SOON WE FORGET.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lastrumpet08-Word In Due Time-Depend on Me

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Depend on Me – August 28, 2014


My children, many do not depend on Me. They depend on fallible men and women. Their hope and trust is not in Me their Savior because they do not know Me for who I really am and for what I am able to do.

I do not fail. People fail and disappoint. I am the same yesterday, today and will be forever. You can depend on Me. Do not depend on your own understanding but trust Me with all your heart. I will work all things out for good.

Many depend on their own means. They try to live their lives independently from Me but they do not realize that they need Me, without Me they can do nothing.

Sadly many do not realize who I really am. If you seek Me you will find Me. I am alive. I reveal Myself to those who diligently seek Me. I know every heart and all motives. Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.

Depend on Me, Make Me your source of life, who knows all your needs. Seek My Kingdom and My righteousness first, then will I add all the other things unto you according to My plan and purpose. Trust and depend on Me and you will experience My goodness, mercy and grace, all for My Glory.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Events In The Book Of Jer. In 2 Kings ch 27- At The End A Strong Word Of Encouragement.

 2Ki 25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.

2Ki 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

2Ki 25:3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

2Ki 25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

2Ki 25:5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him.

2Ki 25:6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.

2Ki 25:7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.

2Ki 25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:

2Ki 25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire.

2Ki 25:10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

2Ki 25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away.

2Ki 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

2Ki 25:13 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon.

2Ki 25:14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.

2Ki 25:15 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.

2Ki 25:16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was without weight.

2Ki 25:17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.

2Ki 25:18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:

2Ki 25:19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city:

2Ki 25:20 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:

2Ki 25:21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.

2Ki 25:22 And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.

2Ki 25:23 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men.

2Ki 25:24 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you.

2Ki 25:25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.

2Ki 25:26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldees.

2Ki 25:27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison;

2Ki 25:28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

2Ki 25:29 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life.

2Ki 25:30 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.


2 Kings 25:22-30

the Remnant Flee to Egypt


Thus at last the city, which had been full of people, sat solitary, bewailed by Jeremiah in exquisite elegies. The poorest only were left, under Gedaliah, the constant friend to Jeremiah. See Jer_40:6. His brief rule brought a gleam of light, a transient relief from the long monotony of disaster and despair. But the dastardly murder of this noble man by Ishmael, who was jealous of him, added the last bitter ingredient to the already bitter cup of the harried remnant, Jer_40:1-16; Jer_41:1-18. Notwithstanding Jeremiah’s earnest protestations, they finally deserted their own land, and settled in Egypt, Jer_44:1.

Thus ended the kingdom of Judah, and thereafter the Jews became a scattered people. Though the return under Ezra seemed likely to renew their kingdom, this also was a transient dream which ended in their final overthrow in a.d. 70. Note how pathetically, in his last paragraph, the chronicler snatches at the one small crumb of comfort left, in the pity providentially shown to Jehoiachin by the Babylonian king. God had not forgotten the sure mercies of David!


2 Kings 25
Nebuchadnezzar besieges Jerusalem; it is taken, after having been sorely reduced by famine, etc.; and Zedekiah, endeavoring to make his escape, is made prisoner, his sons slain before his eyes; then, his eyes being put out, he is put in chains and carried to Babylon, 2Ki_25:1-7.

Nebuzar-adan burns the temple, breaks down the walls of Jerusalem, and carries away the people captives, leaving only a few to till the ground, 2Ki_25:8-12. He takes away all the brass, and all the vessels of the temple, 2Ki_25:13-17. Several of the chief men and nobles found in the city, he brings to Nebuchadnezzar at Riblah, who puts them all to death, 2Ki_25:18-21.

Nebuchadnezzar makes Gedaliah governor over the poor people that were left, against whom Ishmael rises, and slays him, and others with him; on which the people in general, fearing the resentment of the Chaldeans, flee to Egypt, 2Ki_25:22-26. Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, releases Jehoiachin out of prison, treats him kindly, and makes him his friend, 2Ki_25:27-30.


2 Kings 25
Ever since David's time Jerusalem had been a celebrated place, beautiful for situation and the joy of the whole earth: while the book of psalms lasts that name will sound great.

In the New Testament we read much of it, when it was, as here, ripening again for its ruin. In the close of the Bible we read of a new Jerusalem. Every thing therefore that concerns Jerusalem is worthy our regard.

In this chapter we have,

I. The utter destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, the city besieged and taken (2Ki_25:1-4), the houses burnt (2Ki_25:8, 2Ki_25:9), and wall broken down (2Ki_25:10), and the inhabitants carried away into captivity (2Ki_25:11, 2Ki_25:12). The glory of Jerusalem was,

1. That it was the royal city, where were set “the thrones of the house of David;” but that glory has now departed, for the prince is made a most miserable prisoner, the seed royal is destroyed (2Ki_25:5-7), and the principal officers are put to death (2Ki_25:18-21).

2. That it was the holy city, where was the testimony of Israel; but that glory has departed, for Solomon's temple is burnt to the ground (2Ki_25:9) and the sacred vessels that remained are carried away to Babylon (2Ki_25:13-17). Thus has Jerusalem become as a widow, Lam_1:1. Ichabod - Where is the glory?

II. The distraction and dispersion of the remnant that was left in Judah under Gedaliah (2Ki_25:22-26).

III. The countenance which, after thirty-seven years' imprisonment, was given to Jehoiachin the captive king of Judah (2Ki_25:27-30).

Thus we read a concise part of Jer. In the book of Kings. 33 years the temple of Solomon stood, 33 years did our lord walk the earth. 33 truth.

It is now a done deal, it is all in this chapter to read, no commentary needed to understand most of it. Jer. Dear friend is killed, the restoration after many years being in prison the King of Judah is showed great favor, and by Evil-Merodach, the new King of Babylon, it is odd, this evil King only had a short rule as we read, very short, and yet in his short life, of evil rule, he showed the seed of David, kindness.

That is amazing to me, it clearly shows us what the O.T. teaches, " the heart of the King is in the lords hand, and He can turn it whichever way He chooses"
This gives us hope, our lord is control of every event, everything that is happening, going to happen. It reminds me of Joseph, so long in prison, sold into slavery, what a testimony in the life of Joseph, The Apostle Paul, and you dear reader, If you are truly His, all will work out for the good, according to His purpose, not mans, not the Devils, not your flesh, IF crucified, but the lord has everything under control, so in the days we live in, the days coming understand, our lord has us covered , he is our secret place, read the, " The hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom, and read of her struggle in a Nazi camp, her crime, she helped hide and helped to escape many Jews in Nazi Germany. It will be a crime to do this again, when Christian persecution comes, but you have the lord word on it, there will be Corrie Ten Booms, Josephs, Paul’s, Being made in the secret place of the lord school in his wilderness.

The Holy Spirit, Jesus our Abba father, we have indeed a sure foundation and a true refuge from the storm, some how , some way, many will make it and will live to testify of the keeping power of the lord. I can say through it all, before, and now, through it all, The lord has delivered us from the mouth of the lion and the floods , famine, and fire of life, they are but to tries us , so we come out as pure Gold.