Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 12, 2015

“You will raise up the age-old foundations”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings Chapter 12.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem;  and his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.  2 Jehoash did right in the sight of the Lord all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.  3 Only the high places were not taken away;  the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

4 Then Jehoash said to the priests, “All the money of the sacred things which is brought into the house of the Lord, in current money, both the money of each man’s assessment and all the money which any man’s heart prompts him to bring into the house of the Lord, 5 let the priests take it for themselves, each from his acquaintance;  and they shall repair the damages of the house wherever any damage may be found.”  2 Kings 12:1-5.

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“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
You will raise up the age-old foundations;
And you will be called the repairer of the breach,
The restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”  Isaiah 58:12.

We can repair the house of the LORD, we can “raise up the age-old foundations”, so to speak, by preaching and teaching the true and sound doctrine of the church:  Reformed Doctrine.

We are eager to proclaim:  “Your God reigns!”

“7 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion.
9 Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.”  Isaiah 52:7-10.

We are eager to detail the “Total Perfect Triumph” of God.

“I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.”  Psalm 40:10.

“Your faithfulness and Your salvation” is summarized by the good news of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  God has done everything for our salvation, totally as gift for us by His grace alone, from “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” through “Preservation of Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”.

And, we see the necessity of receiving everything from God, because of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”.  We were dead in sin and hostile to God.  We could not and would not even reach out to God.  We needed to be made alive by God and be irresistibly drawn to God.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-8.

“For who regards you as superior?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”  1 Corinthians 4:7.

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.

I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.

God accomplishes all of His good pleasure:  Total Perfect Triumph!

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