2 Kings 13:1-25
Key Verse: (2 Kings 13:5) The Lord provided a deliverer for Israel, and they escaped from the power of Aram. So the Israelites lived in their own homes as they had before.
A False Sense of Security
Sadly, the record in 2 Kings chapter 13 illustrates a false sense of security well, which also reflects in our society today.
The power of Aram for sure was the clear and present danger for the Israelites at that time; and this was merely what they could cope with just for temporal peace. Israelites, so called God’s people, struggling physically on the promise land, gave in spiritually to a false sense of security from their own deeds and attitudes.
‘the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat'(1 Kings 12:26-28):
We have seen this phrase repeatedly used in the scriptures with its strong stickiness to the Israelites. Frankly speaking, it was a scam that Jeroboam put together for the Israelites as a logical fallacy for their convenience and his security. The results were detrimental – Glory of God was stolen by sketchy golden calves and men no longer made effort to seek and know the only and true God.
‘the chariots and horsemen of Israel'(2 Kings 13:14)
This phrase was quoted by Jehoash the king of Israel totally out of the context and with a pitiful attitude. Elisha was dying and the king was desperate of losing his national defense system of one man. The king was so sad that he was careless about the prophet’s instructions and encouragement. The results? Penny wise vs. pound foolish.
What is the clear and present danger in my life? Does it choke up my faith to the Lord?
May we all be reminded that a deliverer was already given to us by the Grace which we don’t deserve. Only through Him and by Him a perfect peace could be achieved. (Isa 26:13).
Lord, thank you for your mercy and protection; we are only insecure creatures if we turn away from you. Please help us to establish in your Words and give us the desire to know you better. May your will be done and your kingdom come. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen. —- Ivy Lin