King James Bible Study – [Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.]
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Chapters: II KINGS 19, PSALMS 46, 80, 135
Study: Strength and Present Help in Trouble
Hello My Brother/Sister/Friend,
In the midst of God’s judgments of His nations are a remnant of people, who are faithful, saved, born again, believers of Jesus Christ, who will not bow down to the world or cave into their demands our of fear. That remnant gets smaller by the day, and it gets harder by the hour to fight them off, but we are not alone in this, our LORD, Jesus Christ is with us, and He will fight for us. Amen!
[Psalms 46:1-3,8-11 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.]
[Be still, and know that I am God:] There is that phrase again, [Be still,] The question is often asked if one person could make a difference, and I believe that one person can. While there may be a few loud mouths out there trying to speak for the rest of us, all it takes is one soul, filled with the power of God to put them in their place. As we continue in the reading of 2 Kings, Hezekiah, made great strives in turning Judah away from the idolatry and back to God, the temple was restored and there was a great revival. Now, here comes Rabshakeh, the leader of the Assyrian army, trying to psych the people out for trusting Hezekiah, who had made an unwise decision to take the gold and other treasures out from the temple to buy peace. When Hezekiah got the news that his plan did not work, he went tore off his clothes, put on the sack cloth, and to the temple with prayer.
[2 Kings 19:1-4 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.]
[for the children are come to the birth,] Before we receive Christ as our Saviour we are in a sense like an infant about to be born from a woman’s womb, ready to burst out into new life with Christ and be born again, [John 3:5-7 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.]
[and there is not strength to bring forth.] This is why we cannot save ourselves, we are not strong enough to push forth into the birth of Spirit upon our soul with our own works. That is where Jesus comes in and also why He gave His own life for us, His sinless death on the cross did what we could never be able to do in our own flesh, save us. [Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.]
God, is not done with the earth just yet, if He were, that remnant would be up in the clouds right now. Jesus, still has many more souls to save, and right now He is using His remnant to help Him seek the lost because the world really is full of people who are lost, yet want to be found. Now, Rabshakeh did go back home, and when he told the king what he had said to them, Sennacherib, had a letter sent to Hezekiah.
[2 Kings 19:6-10 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. 8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.]
[with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.] You see, anytime someone attempts to overthrow God’s will or Word for that matter, they are blaspheming Him and there will be consequences. No one can keep God from bringing to pass what has already been destined, except for one thing, repentance. God, will judge His nations when they need to be reminded that He still is the God of that nation and have gotten sloppy in their worship of Him.
[Psalms 80:4-7,12,17-19 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? 5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure. 6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. 12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? 17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. 18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. 19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.]
[quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.] It did not matter if they only know Jesus as the LORD, the God of hosts, they knew they needed a Saviour and that they needed to call upon His name in order to be saved. When Hezekiah received the letter, he did not even open it, he went right up to the temple, opened the letter, spread it out before God on the altar, and began to pray.
[2 Kings 19:14-19 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. 17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, 18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.]
[which hath sent him to reproach the living God.] This actually sound like David, [1 Samuel 17:26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?] Every saved, born again Christian has the power of the one and only living God living inside of them, and I tell you what, when we enable that power, sparks fly, [John 14:11-14 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.]
You see, it is not us that they are fighting with, it is God, and as long as we come to Him He will deliver us. Throughout the Bible you will often read, “God is above all gods” or something similar. Of course, there is only One living God, but thanks to false religion, rebellious people, and a society that hates God’s Word, there are other gods, man made gods to be exact, and they do take place over Christ. In an instant a person who lives for Christ can forsake Him for their new god, but thanks to His mercy, while He will judge His people, they will endure and be able to join Him in His Kingdom when He returns.
[Psalms 135:1-5,13-14 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. 2 Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, 3 Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. 4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 5 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 13 Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations. 14 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.]
[and he will repent himself concerning his servants.] Keep in mind that although judgment always begins at the house of God, He still has a heart for those who received His Son as their Saviour. We may face some affliction, but we will be saved from eternal destruction. God truly is our refuge during our affliction, He will give us hope and encouragement even through the darkest times. I do not know how I made it through the first twenty-eight years of my life without hearing God, but I do know that He was watching over me the entire time waiting for me to call out to Him. I admit it was in the midst of a severe struggle that I finally did call out to Him. And that was when I knew He will always take care of me, [1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.]
What we all need to be doing is casting our burdens at the altar, and leaving them there, with God. While trials and tribulations do have a way of uprooting our faith, all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed to see God move mountains, [Luke 13:18-19 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.]. And that is really all that God is looking for when He places trials and tribulations in our lives. This time, Hezekiah, was not taking any chances in his own strength, which he knew he could do nothing in this situation. After he prayed, Isaiah came back with an answer.
[2 Kings 19:32-37 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. 34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. 35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.]
[for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.] We must understand that it is not of our own righteousness that we are saved. And it is not because we are obedient all the time that God does save us from all evil, it is for the sake of His Son that we stay saved, [Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.]
Today’s Prayer: God, As the time draws so near that You will send Your Son for Your remnant, it can be difficult to stand up strong when Satan and so many others try to knock us down. It is not us that they are fighting, it is You, yet You are right there fighting for us. Lord, lead us and guide us, put Your hedge of protection around us, and fill us with Your mercy, grace, and Holy Spirit power. Hide us behind the cross, and keep us still as You lead us in this battle, fully armed with Your Spirit clothing us. Let us spread our burdens at the altar and trust that You will deliver us from each and every one of them. Let us flee all evil and not fear our enemy, for You are our refuge and strength. I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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