Sunday, January 10, 2016

2 Kings and Today

I found some interesting parallels in 2 Kings. People often think that Biblical times were extremely different than today. In reality, society at that time was more similar to ours than you may think!

In 2 Kings 9:20, we find someone complaining about Jehu's driving skills, saying he "drives like a maniac". Does that sound familiar? The lookout reported, "He has reached them, but he isn't coming back either. The driving is like that of Jehu son of Nimshi--he drives like a maniac."

In 2 Kings 9:11, a prophet was sent to tell Jehu something. Jehu was with some other people at the time, so he and the prophet went somewhere else to talk, and when Jehu got back, he tried to hide what was said from the others. Unbelievers today often seem to think that if there were real prophets speaking to them, as there were in Israel, they would believe. But keeping that in mind, it's interesting how Jehu, living during that time, tries to dismiss the talk they had. When Jehu came out to his master's servants, they asked, "Is everything all right? Why did this crazy person come to you?" Then he said to them, "You know the sort and their ranting." 

in 2 Kings 5:10-14, Naathan was sent to a prophet, Elisha, to be cured of leprosy... We find him being lazy, and complaining that simply washing a few times in a river was too much, and that the water in the Jordan wasn't good enough for him! He expected Elisha to just cure him on the spot, and since that didn't happen, he stormed off, and only changed his mind after someone else encouraged him. Does that sound like anything we see today?

in 2 Kings 5:20-22, we find Gehazi lying about the words of a prophet in order to get things out of people! Despite clearly being taught not to!... Does that sound like something we might see today?

I just found these interesting. Pretty disappointing that we still do this stuff today, but also pretty funny, in a way, to look back and see how similar things really were, right down to people driving recklessly, "like maniacs". ... Things haven't changed as much as we think!

God bless you all and guide you according to His perfect will! in Jesus' name. Amen.

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