King Joash of Israel (not to be confused with the one from Judah) was an evil king but oddly he had esteem for Elisha the prophet. Through Elisha, the LORD would give Joash as many victories against Syria as he was willing (or had the faith) to receive (See 2 Kings 13:14-19). Joash only struck the ground three times with arrows; he only “reached out” for three victories from the LORD, and the LORD gave him three victories. It is amazing to see how God’s mercy reached out time and again to people who kept turning to others gods. By looking at how God dealt with His people and the other nations of the earth we can see how He is longsuffering, wanting people to repent. The minority that rose up in faith and prayer made huge impacts. Let’s never grow weary in doing good and in praying; the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous does much!
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan