26 June: Destroying a Nation
If you may wonder how on earth an entire nation can be systematically pulled apart so that it’s utterly destroyed, today’s chapter shows how…
READ 2 Kings 25 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
After 70 years of relative peace – for the majority of countries today – I often wonder if I’m part of a complacent generation. Like the people in today’s chapter, I can’t imagine how destruction will overtake us.
In today’s chapter, Nebuchadnezzar, King of the Babylonian Empire, had plenty of experience in destroying nations. It always starts with people whose lives seem to be in famine – lack and want, trouble on every side so that even hand-to-mouth is a struggle. [v3] When the people were at their lowest point (not knowing what they believed anymore and struggling even to get by with the basics), He shackled the leadership and silenced anyone willing to put up a fight. [v4-7] Next in line is to dismantle and destroy the Faith system that originally made the country strong, along with undermining other places where authority and order came from. [v9] Finally, he broke down dividing walls. [v10] Thus dislodging the people from their original culture, practices and belief; mixing them up, and integrating them into his multi-faith, multi-cultural empire. [v10-11]
Lord, help us to learn from the past so that history doesn’t repeat itself!
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Wanting to speak directly with the Supreme Power in control of everything we see? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I’ll proclaim the Name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He. [Deuteronomy 32:3-4]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: “Bride Murders” in India[b]
Your Country: Prison Ministries
Yourself: Victory over Temptation
Your concerns for today
I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened, Father God, in order that I may know the hope to which You’ve called me, and the riches of Your glorious inheritance in Your holy people. [Ephesians 1:18]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
The pride of my heart has deceived me, Lord. Like living in the clefts of the rocks and making my home on the heights, I’ve said to myself, “Who can bring me down to the ground?” Though I’ve soared like the eagle and made my nest among the stars, even from there, Lord God, You bring down the self-reliant. [Obadiah 1:3-4]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
In you, Lord my God, will I put my trust. Please don’t let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. [Psalm 25:1-3]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” [Romans 12:9-10]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31