the Second Sunday of Lent
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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
“The Lord is known by the judgment which He executeth.”
2 Kings 9:1-7 , 2 Kings 9:14 , 2 Kings 9:21-26 , 2 Kings 9:30-37
2 Kings 9:1-3
He was not to wait for fee or reward. Those who do the Lord’s business must not be loiterers or saunterers. God’s angels fly swiftly, and God’s prophets must go on his errands with speed.
2 Kings 9:14
He was probably the commander-in-chief and it was no new thing in the history of Israel for such persons to dethrone the monarch.
2 Kings 9:14
Therefore he had left Jehu in command in Ramoth-gilead, and Jehu, having revolted, hastened with all his cavalry to Jezreel, to attack Joram, who lay there sick of wounds received in battle. When Jehu was perceived by the watchmen on the walls of the palace, the king sent messengers who at once deserted to Jehu’s side. The king therefore resolved to confront his rebellious captain, but it was a foolhardy action, and ended in his death. The deadly encounter is thus described:
2 Kings 9:22
And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu?
Meaning, dost thou return defeated? Or hast thou conquered the Syrians and established peace? He little dreamed of the doom upon which he was rushing: the greatest sinners are generally the most secure, secure even on the brink of ruin.
2 Kings 9:22
What peace can any sinner expect to have with God while he lives in sin?
2 Kings 9:26
Thus the Lord is known by the judgments which he executeth. It was singular that he who had years before heard the prophecy, as it were by accident, should himself become the fulfiller of it.
2 Kings 9:31
Her haughty spirit quailed not. She taunted the Lord’s avenger, and perhaps hoped to intimidate him by her insolence; but he had a commission from God, and this made him bold to proceed to execute the wicked queen.
2 Kings 9:32 , 2 Kings 9:32
Her murder of the Lord’s prophets thus came home to her; the body which she pampered was trampled upon as straw is trodden for the dunghill.
2 Kings 9:37
This had been the cry in her pompous days; her heralds cried, “This is Jezebel,” but they would say this no more. They could not even say, This is Jezebel’s body, this is Jezebel’s tomb, or, this is Jezebel’s heir. Thus the name of the wicked shall rot. Lord, we bow before thee in reverence, trembling at thy justice.
The Lord Jehovah reigns!
Let all the nations fear;
Let sinners tremble at his throne
Nor tempt his wrath severe.
Jesus the Saviour reigns!
Let earth adore its Lord;
As with an iron rod he breaks
The haters of his word.
How holy is his name!
How terrible his praise!
Justice, and truth, and judgment join
In all his works of grace.
O’er earth and wave our God is Lord,
Let all his saints confide in him;
The sunken axe His power restored,
And faith can make the iron swim.
O sit not down when efforts fail,
And weep beside the river’s brim,
Faith still is mighty to prevail;
Believe, and make the iron swim.
The fountain of Christ, assist me to sing,
The blood of our Priest, our crucified King:
Which perfectly cleanses from sin and from filth;
And richly dispenses salvation and health.
This fountain, though rich, from charge is quite clear;
The poorer the wretch, the welcomer here:
Come needy and guilty, come loathsome and bare;
You can’t come too filthy, come just as you are.
This fountain in vain has never been tried;
It takes out all stain whenever applied:
The water flows sweetly with virtue divine,
To cleanse souls completely, though leprous as mine.
Have I that faith which looks to Christ,
O’ercomes the world and sin,
Receives him, Prophet, Priest, and King,
And makes the conscience clean?
If I this precious grace possess,
All praise is due to thee;
If not, I seek it from thy hands;
Now grant it, Lord, to me.
Ourselves so skilful to conceal,
So exquisite our art,
God only knows the utmost hell
Of the deceitful heart.
But now with shame I clearly see
That but for sovereign grace,
In lowest deeps of infamy
My soul had found her place.
Ah, do not Lord, forsake thy child,
And I shall never fall;
By no transgressions be defil’d,
Though capable of all.
“The wicked are overthrown, and are not.”
2 Chronicles 21:1 , 2 Chronicles 21:4 , 2 Chronicles 21:6 , 2 Chronicles 21:18-20
Having seen the end of the house of Ahab, we will now glance at the kingdom of Judah, where we shall find evil kings upon the throne, the sad result of good Jehoshaphat’s too friendly alliance with the idolatrous monarchs of Israel.
2 Chronicles 21:1
He followed the cruel policy of many oriental despots who are afraid of rivals, and therefore put to death all who are either by rank or influence, likely to obtain power. Jehoram’s brothers were better than he; and this perhaps made him the more inveterate against them.
2 Chronicles 21:6
How much depends upon a mans marriage; for good or for evil it will influence his entire life. Jehoram acted wickedly, for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife. May all the marriages of our family be “in the Lord.”
On account of Jehoram’s sin his country was plundered, his palace sacked, and his wives and children carried into captivity, yet he repented not.
2 Chronicles 21:20
Nobody valued him in life, or mourned him in death.
2 Chronicles 21:20
Counting him unworthy to sleep with godly princes. They that despise God shall be lightly esteemed.
2 Chronicles 22:1-9
2 Chronicles 22:1-3
She who had ruined her husband had also perverted her son. Mothers have much in their power: they are the queens of the household, and shape the future of their children.
2 Chronicles 22:4
Counsellors to wickedness are counsellors to destruction.
2 Chronicles 22:9
He had been like the house of Ahab in sin, and he was therefore overthrown in their destruction. His mother and his wife were both of the evil race of Ahab, and being thus doubly allied to it, he must fall with it. We should never form unions on earth with those from whom we should wish to be separated at the day of judgment:
2 Chronicles 22:9
They buried him out of respect for his pious grandsire, or else his body would have been left to the dogs: the memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot.