"And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father."
(1 Kings 11:6 KJV)
"And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee… And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there."
(1 Kings 11:31, 36 KJV)
God divided Israel into two nations, Judah with two tribes and the Northern Kingdom with ten tribes. Read 1 Kings 11: 4-36 where Our Awesome God through His prophet Ahijah the Shilonite, told Jeroboam that God would take Israel away from Solomon's son. Because Solomon, who was given wisdom by God and a rich, expanding kingdom, turned from following and worshipping God to worshipping foreign gods. God says He is a jealous God and wants His children loving Him.
God had warned Solomon to stay close to Him and not stray if he was to have a long, prosperous life with God helping keep his enemies away. So the consequences were the kingdom was divided into Judah (with Benjamin and Judah) and the Northern Kingdom (Israel) with the other ten tribes. Israel's king Jeroboam didn't want his subjects to be worshipping in Jerusalem (in Judah) so he set up idols to be their gods. With the Temple as an anchor, Judah had several righteous kings who tried to steer the people back to God but, over time, Judah too slipped slowly into idolatry and political corruption.
The first to be conquered was the Northern Kingdom about 722 BC. The conquering Assyrians took the entire population of each nation off of their native land and randomly distributed them onto other conquered lands, depriving them of their heritage. The people that were brought into the land of Israel were a random mixture of idolaters who had no use for the God of Israel.
King Ahaz in Judah, under attack by Israel, made no appeal to God but bought protection from the king of Assyria. After the fall of Israel, Ahaz' son, King Hezekiah was besieged by the Assyrian army. He appealed to God for deliverance and 185,000 soldiers of the Assyrian army died in their sleep over night. (2 Kings 18:17-19:36)
In 605 BC, Babylonian Crown Prince, Nebuchadnezzar, defeated the Egyptian/Assyrian alliance at Carchemish, dissolving the Assyrian empire and partially absorbing it into the Babylonian empire. In 597 BC, Nebuchadnezzar's Army besieged Jerusalem and King Jehoiachin surrendered.
Nebuchadnezzar took the best to train as managers and governors and took the skilled craftsmen and smiths to Babylon. Nine years later, Jerusalem rebelled and was destroyed by the Babylonians. God is Awesome! Slow to anger, dispensing justice to individuals as well as nations. He finally did exactly what His prophets had said and warned the people and kings that He would. He let their enemies destroy them as a nation. He is merciful and forgiving if you turn from your wicked ways but there will be consequences.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for the Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(John 15:13 KJV)
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
(1 Corinthians 15:21- 22 KJV)
Since ancient times man has honored those who have died while fighting their enemies. Memorial Day is a day the United States Government has set aside to honor our veterans who have lost their lives during conflict.
The exact date that a special day was set aside to honor soldiers who died while fighting in any of the States before the Civil War is difficult to determine. But on 5 May 1868 General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered that flowers be placed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery on all Union and Confederate soldiers' graves. And we do know that there were scattered ceremonies honoring the dead before the time of the Civil War. Nothing had been done on a National level to honor them annually but some states or cities in the Union and Confederate States had varying ceremonies to honor their dead soldiers.
After the Civil War, this collection of ceremonies became known as Decoration Day and honored soldiers of both the Union and the Confederate Armies. The 20th century ceremonies included honor for all military personnel in our country with speeches, flags, parades, visiting of graveyards, visiting of memorials, remembering past glories in military service and possibly potluck dinners after speeches. So Memorial Day now occurs at the beginning of summer although many of the activities once associated with Decoration Day have been discontinued.
A typical program for the Arlington National Cemetery might include: 1) Being on the last Monday in May, 2) the gravestones in Arlington Cemetery have been decorated with United States flags for the weekend, 3) speeches made by famous people about those killed in battle and a 21 gun salute. Today, Memorial Day is a national holiday for remembering the men and women that died while serving in the United States military and allowing us religious freedom.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for Worship Service, then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof."
(2 Kings 13:14 KJV)
Most of us know Elijah and his works better than Elisha but Elisha, the prophet, was dying of a terminal illness and King Joash (also called Jehoash), who did "evil in the sight of Lord" (2 Kings 13:11), came down to see him and cry over him. Notice that the Holy Bible never says that they ever met before this but the king was worshipping "other gods". So, was Joash crying over Elisha's coming death or was he crying because he would no longer have someone to get Israel out of trouble? Elisha had the king shoot one arrow and strike the rest on the floor before he prophecied the future for King Joash (2 Kings 13:19). Then, it says, Elisha died and was buried.
Our Awesome God also says they were burying another man when a band of Moabites attacked so the people in the funeral let the body of the dead man down onto the bones of Elisha where he revived "and stood up on his feet" (2 Kings 13:21). Can you imagine the shock of the funeral party when they saw the dead man run past. Even after he died, God used Elisha to perform one more miracle.
Elisha’s words to Joash may have been spoken in a weak and faltering voice. But the resurrection of that corpse spoke volumes to Joash and the people of Israel about the power of God through His prophet. It assures us that what Our Awesome God says, He will do.
If all that was true of Elisha and the unnamed corpse, how much more true is it of our Lord Himself, who died, was buried, and who was raised from the dead on the third day. How seriously would we take the words of our Lord if His body were still in the tomb? But His bones were not there the next morning after He died on the cross, for He conquered death. He is alive and willing to help us. Jesus Christ is our salvation! Our Awesome God will do what He says He will do! Read and learn God's Holy Bible so you know Him and the things to come in the Book of Revelation.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him."
(2 Kings 5:20 KJV)
While there is some similarity between Gehazi taking care of Elisha as Elisha took care of Elijah and then Elisha becoming the "chief prophet." These are different men. Gehazi had seen all the things Elisha had done and he still didn't realize that Elisha was doing it because his heart was right with Our Awesome God, that God was the important ingredient, not Elisha.
What was wrong with Gehazi?
1) Gehazi was a shepherd without the heart of a shepherd. We see this in the way he acted towards the Shunamite woman who was in pain following the death of her only son and ran to meet Elisha with the problem, expecting him to come and raise him back to life. He wanted to push the woman away when she caught the feet of Elisha but Elisha intervened and stopped him. Could this kind of attitude be the reason why Gehazi couldn't raise the son when he was given the rod by Elisha to go and pray for him? (2 Kings 4: 24-31)
2) Gehazi had no fear of God. Do you have the fear of God? (Proverbs 1: 7, 9:10, Ecclesiastes 8:12). The Bible tells not to call, use or repeat the name of the Lord in vain. But to express his strong determination to pursue something evil, Gehazi said, "as the Lord lives." (2 Kings 5: 20) God chooses His man because He knows.
3). Gehazi was dishonest. Gehazi demonstrated a serious lack of honesty on one occasion, in the matter of Naaman, the Syrian, in which Gehazi received the leprosy that Naaman had been cured of. And while Elisha was able, by means of the Holy Spirit of God, to raise the dead as Elijah had done, in the matter of the raising of the Shunammite woman's son, Gehazi was unable to do it even when given the use of Elisha's staff by Elisha himself. Our Awesome God demands more from His children than Gehazi had (a true love of God) but he was given a chance, as we all are, to improve, though God knew he wouldn't. So he could never become "chief prophet" as he wanted to be. Praise the Lord!!
We invite you to our church services start on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM and evening at 6:00 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God! On 5/29/16 this website will have #4 Elisha's Death.
"And he went up from thence unto Beth–el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."
(2 Kings 2:23, 24 KJV)
This sounds horrible when we read what happened to these teenage to 25-year-old men. The term used by the translator to refer to these young men is one that is quite flexible. It is used for a young child, but it can also refer to what we would call a “young man.” It is apparent that these are not “little boys” who accost Elisha, but “young men.” They were mocking God's chosen one --- they were mocking Our Awesome God. What did Elisha "see" when he "turned back and looked on them?" Did he "see" all the sins they (God's people) had committed against God?
Scripture doesn't say that Elisha called up those bears. Our Awesome God called the bears. If God did it, He did it for a definite purpose or reason. So let's look at this for a moment and see what the reason could have been. This was a time that God's people were worshipping those "gods" made by the hands of man. Was Our Awesome God warning His people of the upcoming destruction of all Canaan by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar? They needed to turn from their wicked ways and return to Yahweh. God always warns us! We just don't listen. And neither did they listen. They just kept insulting God!
Is Our Awesome God warning us of the coming Tribulation? Or maybe He is telling us with this long ago story that we, as a nation, are following false "gods" as the nation of Israel did. Are you following the true God? Or are you following a "world god"?
Come join us at our church or join any church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself, arising the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Read the Book in the Bible called Revelation which talks about the time coming called Tribulation. Read the website tomorrow, 5/28/16, for #3 Elisha's Servant, Gehazi.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 10:30 AM for praise and Worship Sunday at 6:00 PM is Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors! We welcome all people and love them!
"He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over."
(2 Kings 2:13 -14 KJV)
2 Kings 2:12-14 describes the transition of authority from Elijah to Elisha. While there were a number of prophets in Israel, it would seem that Elijah was Our Awesome God's “chief prophet" of this time. After his departure, it was necessary that his successor be designated in a way that would make it clear he was the one in whom the spirit of Elijah had come to abide. By parting the waters of the Jordan River while 50 prophets watched him do it, Elisha proved he was now the "chief prophet."
Elisha means "God is salvation." He was anointed by Elijah as Our Awesome God instructed while plowing in Shaphat's (his father) field with 12 yoke of oxen. So Elisha knew he was to take Elijah's place as "chief prophet" in Israel. Elisha asked for and received a "double portion" of the spirit of Elijah before or as Elijah left with his "chariot of fire". Elisha served as a prophet in the northern kingdom for more than 50 years, through the reigns of kings Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and into the reign of Joash.
The first thing Our Awesome God did through Elisha was to "cure" the bitter waters of the spring in Jericho. Elisha threw some salt into it when the men of the city asked to make the waters better (2 Kings 2:18-20). It sweetened the waters and the land was no longer barren. Yes, he had the double portion of Elijah's spirit. Would he always use it wisely? Or was he human enough to mess things up? We know that Elijah was depressed and afraid but what about Elisha? Tomorrow, 5/28/16, read the #2 Wise Prophet?
Our Awesome God was in charge of this universe when Elisha was here and He still keeps charge, but His Son, Jesus Christ, will be the ultimate authority into eternity. So learn as much as possible about this God that loves and wants you in His kingdom forever to mature as you get older not just wait but be active in His kingdom. Read His Book, the Holy Bible, and pray to Him.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors! We welcome all people and love them
"And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?"
(Genesis 17:16-17 KJV)
God is Awesome and He told Abraham about the blessings he would give him and his family, but Abraham still doubted. Abraham doubted but God knew this was His man and his doubt would turn to belief before the child came the next year.
Now listen close to Abraham's request of Our Awesome God (was he finding a way out for God?) as he asks about his son, Ishmael:
"And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him."
(Genesis 17:18-19 KJV)
God brought Abraham back to his real doubt of God's ability to make Sarah successfully conceive a child at 90 years old. So next "the man known as Father Abraham" had his doubts and was trying to "help" God?
Would you believe it if you were in Abraham's place and Our Awesome God told you your son of "promise" would be born to your 90 year old wife? Most of us wouldn't believe God. Like Abraham, we would doubt. Our answer to God might be our age or maybe, like Abraham did earlier, to try to "help" God by having a baby some other way? Adoption? In vitro? Surely our "advanced and sophisticated" minds can come up with some good ways to "help" God.
Yes, we would not want to admit our doubt and we would want to help Our Awesome God. Over the thousands of years between us and Abraham, our excuses remain about the same but, God is Awesome, and also remains the same. If He has made a promise, He will keep His promise.
Abraham and Sarah's son was born within a year just as Our Awesome God had told him. Abraham did not doubt God again to our knowledge. He became God's man! But look at the 100 years it took him to believe God completely with no lingering doubts. Surely we can do better. Praise the Lord!
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill