Judgment for Rebels (II Kings 9; I Timothy 6)”

“Joram said, “Make ready.”  And they made ready his chariot.  Then Joram king of Israel and Ahazaih king of Judah set out, each in his chariot, and went to meet Jehu, and met him at the property of Naboth the Jezreelite.” II Kings 9:21

It is true, there are some circumstances that are hard to judge.  For example, “When your children are arguing over a particular issue.  You, as a parent, are called into the circumstance and are expected (Based upon your position as a parent) to judge who is right and who is wrong.”

Sometimes it is clear before you who is right and who is wrong.  But at other times, both parties give convincing arguments why they are right and why their sibling is wrong.  In these moments you face a cross-road because you could possible wrongly judge one or both parties.

In such moments I have found myself declaring, “I am not God.”

In this moment I want to turn your attention to God.  In II Kings 9 we see God’s judgment in clear focus.  The Bible tells us the story of our God raising up a king who executes Judgment on rebels.

This king carries out God’s decreed judgment against the family of Ahab.  I remind you of this fact.  There is no doubt that these people are rebels who deserve the judgment of God.

But as we consider their rebellion we must also consider this fact, “We too are also rebels, Romans 3:10-19.”  So it stands to reason that God is going to execute judgment on each of us as well.

Think it through:

“God has raised up another King who had taken our judgment.”  

Jesus has come as God’s anointed King to take the judgment we deserve, I Peter 3:18.  Jesus has become our propitiation (I John 2:1-2).  Just like the rebels in II Kings 9 we deserve judgment.  But unlike the rebels in II Kings 9, we received mercy because of the coming of King Jesus.

Working it out:

Now that we have received mercy, we must share the message of our Kings mercy with the world,

Spend some time this day praising the King of the ages. Check out I Timothy 6:17-18 for a greater understanding of our King.

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