Daily D – 2 Chronicles 27:1-2
2 Chronicles 27:1, 2 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah daughter of Zadok. He did what was right in the LORD’s sight just as his father Uzziah had done. In addition, he didn’t enter the LORD’s sanctuary, but the people still behaved corruptly. (CSB)
Every text has a context. Today’s verse on the Advent calendar as presented by the YouVersion Bible app is Isaiah 9:2. Recall what happened in Isaiah 6:1-8. King Uzziah has died. His son Jotham succeeded him. Uzziah and Jotham were good kings. Ahaz followed Jotham (see 2 Chronicles 28). “He did not do what was right in the LORD’s sight like his master David (2 Chronicles 28:1, 2).
Jotham learned a thing or two from his father Uzziah. First, do the right thing. Second, don’t get too big for your britches. (See 2 Chronicles 26:16-21 for the rest of that story.)
a) did what he should do, and
b) did not do what he should not do.
This is a pretty good formula for getting the right results in most cases. Notice the last half of the last sentence of verse 2: “but the people still behaved corruptly.”
Take the right lead measures. Avoid sinful compromise. Realize that some people will still act in their own perceived best interest. They will choose the wrong path if they think they can get a personal edge. They will take an easier path to a lesser goal.
You may have heard that there is a pretty big price to pay for not learning the lessons of history. It sure looks like our world has set its heart on repeating the same mistakes it has made before.
Darkness gathers. Before we get all dramatic with the doom and gloom, which is easy to do and hard not to do, let’s remember who is in charge here.
In the darkness, light shines more brightly.
have seen a great light;
a light has dawned
on those living in the land of darkness.
Darkness is not the end of the story. Between now and the dawn of that Day, however, storm clouds will gather. Bad things will happen. Old rules will be written over with new permissiveness. Protective boundaries will decay. Politicians will politic. Rabble rousers will raise rabble. God’s patient love will provide every necessary opportunity for repentance.
Judgment will come. Restoration will follow. A remnant will be saved.
Keep reading all the way to the end of the prophets. Keep reading all the way to the end of Revelation. Keep faithful to the one who has always saved those who endure to the end.
Politics will not create heaven on earth. Rabble rousing will not remove the stains of the past by newer, more ingrained stains. One hundred and forty characters of brilliance will not bring clarity. Injustice is not corrected by more injustice.
Truth stands the test of time (Proverbs 12:19). God’s faithful love endures forever (Psalm 136).
The end of the story displays God’s perfect love and eternal light.
Feel free to return to the news of the day with this important clarification. Keep this lens handy. Learn to see what will be through the haze of what is.
I will stay focused on the light.
Our Father, the evil one and his progeny and enablers lie so smoothly and so well. Their half truths play to vanity and prejudice and lowest-common-denominator ideology. Empower us to turn away from this diet of doom and destruction. Teach us to feast on your words of truth and life. Fill our lives with your illuminating presence. Use us to show the way to a better world. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.