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Monday, March 4, 2013

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The theme of choice and justice continues in this chapter.  Kings rise and fall, but God’s words always come to fulfillment.


Jezebel was notorious for her devilish deeds and ever since her bloody hands took Naboth’s vineyard, Elijah had prophesized, “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel’” (1 Kings 21:23).


Now many years later, when Jehu called out to her at the gate of Jezreel, two or three eunuchs threw her down and she died instantly, and dogs quickly consumed her flesh.


Often when we are oppressed and feel that we are under endless sufferings, we cry out to God, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” (Rev 6:10)  God is just and He knows our sufferings, and He will make sure that evil deeds would not go unpunished.


God also gives people many opportunities to change their ways, and through salvation provided by Jesus Christ, He is willing to suffer the consequences of our sins.  Actually Jezebel was given many opportunities to repent, and that’s why punishment did not come upon her without delay when Prophet Elijah pronounced it.


God, I praise You for Your justice and righteousness!


Daniel Jiao

Chinese Union Mission

Hong Kong