Topic: Evil Legacy [Saturday December 9, 2017]
Text: 2 Kings 15:13-26
Key Verse: “And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin” (2 Kings 15:24).
In honour of his parents who were Baptist missionaries to Argentina when he was a child, Steve Green penned the following lyrics in his popular song: “After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone. And our children sift through all we’ve left behind. May the clues that they discover, and the memories they uncover become the light that leads them to the road we each must find. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.
May the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe. And may the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.” Scriptural records reveal that all the kings who reigned over the northern kingdom of Israel were grossly ungodly. They all took after the evil legacy of Jeroboam, their foremost progenitor who was the first king to rule over the ten tribes of northern Israel after the kingdom was divided.
In our text today, we have a mention of some of the kings that reigned after Jeroboam and how they “departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin” (2 Kings 15:24). The chain of wickedness is clearly observed: the reigning king is killed and the killer ascends the throne. The people are oppressed, extorted and led into idol worship. There are still many who belong to Jeroboam’s school of thought and subscribe to his legacies. They can kill their rival to gain a political office.
The Bible says, “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). But the good news is that the Blood of Jesus can make you clean. So, turn away from evil and pass a righteous legacy to the coming generation. Then, you will be counted worthy of reigning with Christ in His coming Kingdom.
Thought for the day: Every man will be remembered for what he has done.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.