The Lord had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel
from under heaven,
so he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Joash.
2 Kings 13:14
I don’t know about you, but these chapters about a whole bunch of wicked kings hardly makes this part of 2 Kings my favorite part of the Bible! If we find it lifeless and boring, I wonder how God feels!
But there is always something positive to take out of any part of the Bible. Let’s think about the obvious: this part of 2 Kings is a summary of a list of the kings of Judah and Israel. I was thinking: someday, you and I will be part of a list of all our family members who have gone before us and who will come after us. Our names will become part of a long list like columns in a phone book! Imagine such a list, with a one-line summary attached to each name, just as the sacred writer does in these historical books of the Bible.
Now here’s the question: What is one line about yourself that you would like to have connected with your name forever?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My whole heart—the offering
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the ninth of thirteen Weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
Autumn in the north. Year B.
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…