Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week he covers Matthew 1:9-11, recapping several of Uzziah’s descendants in Jesus’ genealogy.
For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:2
… and as long as [Uzziah sought the Lord, God prospered him. ~ 2 Chronicles 26:5
Uzziah was the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. ~ Matthew 1:9-11
He did what was right in the sight of the Lord; he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. ~ 2 Kings 15:34
So Jotham became mighty because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God. ~ 2 Chronicles 27:6
…and he did NOT do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God, as his father David had done. But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and even made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had driven out from before the sons of Israel. He sacrificed and burned incense on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree. ~ 2 Kings 16:2-4
He did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan. He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him. For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. He defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city. ~ 2 Kings 18:3-8
Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”’” ~ 2 Kings 19:6-7
Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are THE God, You ALONE, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.” ~ 2 Kings 19:14-19
CORPORATE PRAYER BASED ON HEZEKIAH’S PRAYER
Now, O Lord our God, we pray, deliver us from the hand of this virus that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.
“For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.” Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home, and lived at Nineveh. ~ 2 Kings 19:34-36
LYRICS TO LAUREN DAIGLE’S “RESCUE”
You are not hidden. There’s never been a moment – you were forgotten.
You are not hopeless. Though you have been broken – your innocence stolen.
I hear you whisper underneath your breath. I hear your SOS, your SOS.
I will send out an army to find you – in the middle of darkest – night It’s true.
I will rescue you.
There is no distance – that cannot be covered. Over and over.
You’re not defenseless. I’ll be your shelter. I’ll be your armor.
I hear you whisper underneath your breath. I hear your SOS, your SOS. I will send out an army to find – you in the middle of darkest -night. It’s true.
I will rescue you.
I will never stop marching to reach – you in the middle of the hardest – fight.
It’s true. I will rescue you.
I hear the whisper underneath your breath.
I hear you whisper you have nothing left.
I will send out an army to find – you in the middle of darkest – night.
It’s true. – I will rescue you.
I – will – never stop marching to reach – you in the middle of the hardest – fight.
It’s true. I will rescue you. —- Oh I will rescue you.
Behold, I am bringing such calamity on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle. I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. I will abandon the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies, and they will become as plunder and spoil to all their enemies; because they have done evil in My sight, and have been provoking Me to anger since the day their fathers came from Egypt, even to this day. ~ 2 Kings 21:12b-15
[Josiah] did right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left. ~ 2 Kings 22:2
The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people entered into the covenant. ~ 2 Kings 23:3
Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him. ~ 2 Kings 23:25
The Lord said, “I will remove Judah also from My sight, as I have removed Israel. And I will cast off Jerusalem, this city which I have chosen, and the temple of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.’” ~ 2 Kings 23:27
The king of Egypt made Eliakim [Jehoahaz’s] brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. ~ 2 Chronicles 36:4
Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. ~ Isaiah 55:6-7
and [if] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will HEAL THEIR LAND. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14