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Saturday, July 20th, 2024
the Week of Proper 10 / Ordinary 15
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Day by Day Devotional - Year 2 of 5
Devotional: July 20th

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2 Kings 9:30-37; 2 Kings 10:1-11

After the death of Joram and that of his nephew Ahaziah, there still remains the most evil person of all the royal family: the queen mother, Jezebel. She had just had the news of her son’s fate (since she calls Jehu the murderer of his master), but instead of mourning, in a last burst of vain glory, the old queen makes herself up, and paints her face. Then she places herself at the window to pour insults and scorn on the one who presents himself. At the call of Jehu, her own servants throw down the wretched woman, and in a few moments the dogs have left only her bleeding and unrecognizable remains. A horrible end for one who is to become in the Scriptures the personification of corrupt power in the Church! (Revelation 2:20).

The elders of Samaria and the chief men of Jezreel are quite ready to commit crimes to please the new monarch, just as happened before in the matter of Naboth. But the hand of the LORD was behind this cowardly deed, and we can be sure that none of those seventy sons of Ahab deserved to be spared. For, in accordance with Ezekiel 18:17, the son who has observed the commandments of the LORD "shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live."

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