Saturday, September 14, 2013

2 Kings 9:3

"Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not."
2 Kings 9:3

 This is interesting.  It made me think of the story in the New Testament of the woman who poured the oil over Christ's head as he sat having a meal.   Maybe this verse was another foreshadowing of Christ.  But it is also interesting just from an Old Testament perspective.  The interesting thing is that it works... the prophet goes and uses the oil and tells this captain (Jehu) that God has anointed him king.  And then the prophet runs out.  And the people around him ask him what happened... who was that crazy guy?  And when he tells them, they immediately support him, blow trumpets, and rebel against the king.  Do they do it because they recognized it as coming from God?  Did they do it because it was an excuse to take over?  No idea.  But I think that it is amazing that it worked.  That God could give someone simple instructions like that and cause the overthrow of a kingdom.  It is kind of like Christ telling someone to fish, and take the piece of money inside the fish to pay taxes with.  Or telling someone where to find a donkey to just take.  I think all of these things show quite clearly how completely God knows what is going on.  He knows all about politics, and fish, and people who are willing to give up donkeys to the Lord.  ... And of course we could go on, but I think it is clear just from those examples that he knows how to solve all the problems.  He knows everything that is going to happen, and when, and how.  And if we work with him, we can tap into that perfect timing a little bit. :)  We can know what to say, and what to do, in those really important moments of our lives.  We just have to listen, and act on the spirit.
Today, let's work on listening to God.  If we can't tell his voice from our own yet, that's okay.  It takes practice and faith.  But it comes.  And if we do know the difference, let's stay worthy of hearing that voice.

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