Well, June is ending. Half the year is gone, and it’s time to move into the next half. If you’re reading through the Bible and are on-plan, you’re halfway there!
Morning Sermon: TREASON! 2 Chronicles 23
Also, we had this to start our service:
We joined the Methodists for the evening service, so there is no video.
1.1. Scripture intro
First, we deal with the background information:
Wicked Queen Ahtaliah holds the throne, though she ought not do so. She took the throne at the cost of the lives of the royal household.
Only Joash is delivered by the courage of Jehoshabeath.
Over time, Jehoshabeath, daughter of former King Jehoram and wife of Jehoiada the priest, hands over Joash to Jehoiada to raise..
What happens to Jehoshabeath? (Jehosheba) Does she survive the purge? Is Zechariah a child from a second wife, later?
1.2. Opening Illustration
That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence, and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practise Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other1
1.3. Summary Sentence
We are citizens of a nation, but subjects of the King. We will not commit Treason against the King.
1.4. Background to Text
Closing on the end of the existence of Judah--Israel is already gone.
1.5. Major Theme in Text
Obedience to God's King is more important than anything else.
Secondary: no power grabs, no matter how vicious, stop God's promises
1.6. Concepts of the Text
1. A wicked world stops at nothing.
2. A righteous woman can make all the difference.
3. A righteous man must choose to stand.
4. A righteous people will defy a wicked government.
5. A righteous church will fight.
1.7. Application Point
1 Faith and Mission 8, no. 1 (1990): 69.
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