Thursday, October 7, 2010

101006 2 Kings 20-22

2 Kings 20
20.2  turned his face to the wall... This is a curious statement.  I suspect an idiom of some sort.
20.15  What have they seen...
20.16  Thus says the Lord...  This is a puzzling exchange.  At first it seems like Isaiah makes an insightful logical deduction, but then we have a Divine pronouncement.  So is it "natural" consequences, Divine judgement, or some kind of combination of the two.
20.19b  This is a breathtaking attitude for someone who trusted the Lord like Hezekiah.
2 Kings 21
21.7-8  It is interesting that He invokes the names of David, Solomon, and Moses as he reinforces the importance of the declarations that he had made.  God is a personal God and his covenants with people are important.
21.13  as one wipes a dish...  It is too bad the the ESV and a lot of the other versions don't reflect the masculine gender of the verb to wipe.  Mrs. Salzman (using the KJV) liked to say something about it being proof that at least one man had done the dishes.  :o)
21.16  Moreover...  He shed innocent blood.   It reminds me of what God said to Cain and makes me wonder how loud the cry must have been.
21.18  Now the rest...  It is interesting that 2 Kings does not record his captivity or repentance.  Makes me wonder why.
2 Kings 22
22.3  In the eighteenth year...  I wonder why it took eighteen years.  He was eight when he began to reign, so maybe it had a lot to do with his handlers.
22.8  I have found the Book of the Law...  Things must have been in an awful state of disrepair and disorder (organizationally and physically).
21.19  heart was penitent and you humbled yourself...  Josiah's sensitivity to sin "touched" God's heart and won His favor.

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