Called for Obedience

Called for Obedience

Called for Obedience

Scripture Text: And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead. (1 Kings 11:43 KJV)

After the death of King Solomon, the United Monarchy fell apart. Instead of one, there were two kingdoms. On the north was Israel which was a much larger Kingdom, and on the south was Judah. The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II armies destroyed, and the majority of the Israelites were taken into captivity to Babylon. In the Word of God it records, ‘’ By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us [required of us] mirth, [saying], Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her cunning]. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy’’ (Psalm 137:1-6 KJV). Nebuchadnezzar II only took ten thousand of the well-known citizens of Judah, the skilled, the craftsmen, priests, and the wealthy, and these people were the best and the brightest. At first, these seemed to be a curse to the Jewish people coming to Babylon, but, it was really a blessing for them. God was showing the Jewish people that He didn’t forget his covenant with them at Mount Sinai. The Babylonians could be very cruel to the Jewish people. But, it wasn’t so hard on them. The Babylonians appointed a king. In the Word of God it records, ‘’ 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” (II Kings 25:27 KJV). For the next fifteen hundred years, forty-three held the title of the King. We all have trials, distractions, pain, and heartaches. But, if we are obedient to the Lord in what He has called us to do, the Lord will help us through them. Stay Strong…

Let us all remember in our prayers daily: All the many individuals suffering from all kinds of pain and heartaches. All the individuals with cancer, heart-related problems, diabetes, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually sick people everywhere. All those individuals that have the authority over our churches, our communities, our jobs, our government, our politicians, our leaders, homeless individuals, the many people who have lost their loved ones, all the elderly in the nursing homes, the shut-ins… that each day that someone will give them all a kind word, and a phone call or a card in the mail from their children. Let’s not forget all the little children with cancer at St. Jude’s hospital, the trauma units, burns units, all those individual are in financial ruin. Our service men and women as they are in harm’s way, they are protecting our freedom.

By: Lynne Conley


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