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      1. Here’s this week’s Scripture passage!
        1. Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 18—Deliverance. A lengthy Psalm whose theme is deliverance from the enemy. •Praise for deliverance (vv. 1–3): strength, shield, and salvation all describe the Deliverer. •Peril necessitating deliverance (4, 5): death. •Power in deliverance (vv. 6–19): the earth shook and the hills were moved. •Persons for deliverance (vv. 20–28): righteous persons. •Performance of the one delivered (vv. 29–45): power to overtake the enemy. •Praise for deliverance (vv. 46–50): this Psalm begins and ends with praise.
      2. Here’s this week’s Scripture passage!
        1. Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 3—The Defeat of the Moabites. An evil nation is defeated. •Provocation: Moab stopped making political payments to Israel after Ahab died. •Participants: Jehoram, the evil successor of Ahaziah and Ahab, got Jehoshaphat to help him fight Moab. •Problem: the armies en route to battle ran out of water. •Prescription: Elisha told them to make ditches and water would fill them. •Perception: the Moabites thought the water in the ditches was the blood of the armies so they attacked, but this led them into an ambush, and then the armies of Israel and Judah destroyed the Moabite country.
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          Good one, Nathan! Also, there's comparable insight from Wilmington's outline of 2 Kings 3-4 -- SECTION OUTLINE TWO (2 KINGS 3-4) Joram succeeds Ahaziah and goes to war with Moab. The Lord provides water for Israel and Judah and uses it to lure the Moabites to their destruction. Elisha provides oil for a widow, raises a dead child, purifies a pot of stew, and feeds 100 men with only a small amount of food. I. ELISHA AND KING JORAM (2 K 3:1-14) A. The incompetent king (2 K 3:1-9) 1. Joram's idolatry (2 K 3:1-3): Ahab's son Joram (sometimes called Jehoram) becomes Israel's ninth ruler. He practices idolatry, although he removes a sacred pillar of Baal. 2. Joram's intent (2 K 3:4-8): King Joram persuades King Jehoshaphat of Judah to help him fight the Moabites, who have rebelled against him. 3. Joram's ineptness (2 K 3:9): After a seven-day roundabout march, Joram's army runs out of water in the wilderness of Edom. B. The indignant prophet (2 K 3:10-27) 1. The request (2 K 3:10-12): King Jehoshaphat asks King Joram to seek instruction from a prophet of the Lord. 2. The rebuke (2 K 3:13-14): The two kings ask Elisha what they should do, but he tells the king of Israel that he wants no part of him. After King Joram pleads with him, Elisha agrees to help them for the sake of King Jehoshaphat. 3. The reply (2 K 3:15-19): While a harp is played, Elisha receives a message from the Lord that the dry valley before them will be filled with water and that they will defeat the Moabites. 4. The red water (2 K 3:20-23): The water appears, just as the Lord promised. The morning sun causes it to look like blood to the Moabites, and they think the armies have killed each other. 5. The routing (2 K 3:24-27) a. Moab's defeat (2 K 3:24-25): When the Moabite soldiers arrive to collect the plunder, Israel's soldiers rush out and destroy them. b. Moab's desperation (2 K 3:26-27): The king of Moab realizes that his forces are being overwhelmed; he offers his oldest son as a burnt sacrifice, and the Israelite army returns home.
        3. 2 Kings Chapter 3 1 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. 2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made. 3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom. 4 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool. 5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. 6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel. 7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses. 8 And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom. 9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them. 10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab! 11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah. 12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. 13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab. 14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee. 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. 16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. 17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. 18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. 19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones. 20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water. 21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border. 22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood: 23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil. 24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country. 25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it. 26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not. 27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.
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        1. Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 118—Welfare From God. •Praise for welfare: (vv. 1–4). Partner for welfare (vv. 5–9): He is on our side. •Power for welfare (vv. 10–18): He destroys our enemies. •Place of welfare (vv. 19–29): God’s house, day, and sacrifice (Calvary).
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        1. Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 111—Works of God. In five verses (2, 3, 4, 6, 7) is a direct reference to God’s works. •His works are gladsome: (pleasure [v. 2]). •His works are glorious: (v. 3). •His works are gracious: (v. 4). •His works are great: (power [v. 6]). •His works are genuine: (stand fast forever and ever [v. 8]). •His works are gallant: (done in truth and uprightness [v. 8]).
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        1. Insight from Butler’s Daily Bible Reading: John 1—Word. •Prologue of the Word: the first five verses of John are the greatest introduction of Christ found in Scripture. They tell of the relationship of Christ (the Word) to God (He is God), to the galaxies (He created them), and to the Gospel (He is the Savior). •Proclamation of the Word: the work of John the Baptist which included his calling (“sent to bear witness of that light”); his clarification (he was not the Christ but was inferior to Him); his communication (Christ is the Lamb of God). •Pursuit of the Word: by early disciples. It involved the inspiring of the pursuit (the preaching of John the Baptist), inquiry in the pursuit (Christ was asked where He lived), instructing of the pursuers (Christ showed them where He lived and convinced them He was the Messiah), and increase in pursuers (first disciples win others to Christ).
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          SECTION OUTLINE ONE (JOHN 1) John begins his Gospel by talking about the deity of Christ, then describes the ministry of John the Baptist. Jesus is baptized and calls his first disciples. I. FACTS CONCERNING THE PREINCARNATE CHRIST (John 1:1-5) A. His relationship to the Father (John 1:1-2) 1. Christ's eternality is declared (John 1:1a, 2): He already existed in the beginning. 2. Christ's deity is declared (John 1:1b): He is God. B. His relationship to the world (John 1:3-5) 1. He is the sole creator (John 1:3): Nothing exists that he didn't make. 2. He is light and life (John 1:4-5): His life gives light to everyone, and the darkness cannot extinguish it. II. FACTS CONCERNING THE INCARNATE CHRIST (John 1:6-51) A. The miracle (John 1:14): God became human and lived on earth among us! B. The mission (John 1:10-13): He came to save sinners. 1. Some rejected him (John 1:10-11): The world and even the people in his own country did not understand him. 2. Some received him (John 1:12-13): Those who believed him became children of God. C. The men (John 1:6-9, 15-51) 1. Christ's faithful forerunner (John 1:6-9, 15-34) a. John the Baptist and the crowds (John 1:6-9, 15-18): John makes three key statements to the people. (1) He is to serve as a witness to Christ (John 1:6-9). (2) Christ is greater than John or Moses (John 1:15-17). b. John the Baptist and the critics (John 1:19-28): John speaks to the Pharisees who are sent to cross-examine him. (1) John says that he is not the Messiah (John 1:19-20). (2) John says that he is not Elijah (John 1:21). (3) John says that he has been sent to prepare the way for the Lord (John 1:22-28). c. John the Baptist and the Christ (John 1:29-34) (1) He introduces the Savior (John 1:29-31). (2) He baptizes the Savior (John 1:32-34). 2. Christ's first five followers (John 1:35-51) a. Andrew and John the apostle (John 1:35-39) b. Peter (John 1:40-42) c. Philip (John 1:43) d. Nathanael (John 1:44-51)   ~Harold Wilmington The Chapters of John
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        1. Here's this week's Scripture passage!
          1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Today’s reading is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. Its theme is the Word of God. There is a direct reference to God’s Word in all but six of the 176 verses (verses 3, 37, 80, 121, 122, 132). In this Psalm the Hebrew uses at least nine different synonyms for God’s Word (the KJV uses eight synonyms—word, precepts, testimonies, law, commandments, ordinances, judgments, and statues). Also a reference to Deity occurs in every verse except verse 121. The Psalm is a masterpiece of literary organization. It is divided into twenty-two sections, each section corresponding to one letter of the twenty-two-letter Hebrew alphabet. Each section has exactly eight stanzas—eight is the octave number in music—so the verse divisions are most appropriate. Also, in the Hebrew each verse alliterates (a good memory aid) within each section (e.g. in the first section, each verse begins with the letter aleph). A brief alliterated synopsis of each section of the Psalm is as follows: Aleph (vv. 1–8): reward in the Word. Beth (vv. 9–16): refined by the Word. Gimel (vv. 17–24): revelation from the Word. Daleth (vv. 25–32): rejuvenation through the Word. He (vv. 33–40): resolve to keep the Word. Vav (vv. 41–48): replying to others from the Word. Zayin (vv. 49–56): relief through the Word. Kheth (vv. 57–64): resorting to the Word. Teth (vv. 65–72): reform according to the Word. Yodh (vv. 73–80): rejoicing because of the Word. Kaph (vv. 81–88): reliance on the Word. Lamedh (vv. 89–96): ratification of the Word. Mem (vv. 97–104): relevance of the Word. Nun (vv. 105–112): radiance from the Word. Samekh (vv. 113–120): retribution by the Word. Ayin (vv. 121–128): rescue according to the Word. Pe (vv. 129–136): receptiveness to the Word. Tsadhe (vv. 137–144): righteousness of the Word. Qoph (vv. 145–152): requests based on the Word. Resh (vv. 153–160): revival through the Word. Shin (vv. 161–168): respect for the Word. Tav (vv. 169–176): remembering the Word.