Daily Archives: July 20, 2021

2 Chronicles 19-20; 2 Kings 1; Psalm 20; Matthew 3

In 2 Chronicles, we read that he people of Judah were afraid as they were about to get attacked. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and helped them pray properly.

Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat; Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 2:20:15 ESV)

The last part of that sentence stood out to me, the battle is not yours but God’s. In this life we fight against things that go contrary to God’s word. It is a struggle at times and we often feel like we are on the losing end. But take heart! The battle is not ours, it’s God’s. It is a battle of good versus evil. We know that God wins in the end.

In 2 Kings Elijah proves that he is one of God’s prophets. Three times the kings sends a captain of messengers to get Elijah to come. Each time Elijah says that if he’s a man of God let fire come down from Heaven and consume the men and each time it happens.

In Matthew 3, John the Baptist, also a prophet, prepares the way for the Lord.

I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:11-12 ESV)

Later in the chapter is the first time we see the Trinity. It is at Jesus’ baptism.

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him, and behold, a voice from Heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17 ESV)

The Psalmist gives us a benediction for this day.

May He grant you your heart’s desires and fulfill all your plans!

May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer Him from His holy Heaven with the saving might of His right hand.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” (Psalm 20:4-8 ESV)

How can we tie all of these passages together? I think the theme is to not be afraid no matter what comes your way. Trust in the Lord and His mighty hand will sustain us and save us.



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