July 23 – 2 Kings 1-8 and 2 Kings 29-31 and Psalm 48

As it seemed there are some questions raised today regarding Psalm 48 and Zion, I did a little more research on this Psalm. The following is adapted from Walvoord and Zuck  (Commentator’s) of Dallas Theological Seminary

Zion is referred to 40 times or more in the Book of Psalms. In the Old Testament Zion was originally a Canaanite city conquered by David (2 Samuel).  Later Zion refers to the temple area and then the entire city of Jerusalem.  When you see the term Holy hill this is a synonym for the temple mount.

Psalm 48 is a song about Zion, the city of God, the great King.  In praising God who loves Jerusalem, the psalmist sang of the city’s glory and security because the Lord delivered it from the enemy.  On the basis of this, the Psalmist offered praise to God.

The Psalm appears to break down this way; the psalm begins with a summary of the theme: God, whose holy mountain, the city of Jerusalem, is greatly to be praised. The psalmist then describes this holy city.  But the greatest feature of Zion is that God is in her citadels (city, castle, high place).  Citadel was used to refer to strength and safety or fortress.  The Hebrew word used here misgob, translates both as refuge and stronghold suggesting security and protections in a high, safe place of retreat.

The Psalmist goes on to describe the defeat of Zion’s enemies. Kings were assembled against her, but they were terrified.  Many scholars believe this is a tribute to God’s deliverance of Jerusalem from the invading Assyrian armies (Isaiah 10; 33

The Psalmist offers praise to God for his unfailing love (the Hebrew word used here is hesed (loyal love) and righteousness.  This God who had made them secure will be the God for believers forever!

Hope this helps to clarify things a little.

Until tomorrow – Be encouraged

Tomorrows reading, July 24th will be Hosea 1-7

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One Response to July 23 – 2 Kings 1-8 and 2 Kings 29-31 and Psalm 48

  1. Jack Bass says:

    2 Kgs 18: 1-8 Tells us a little bit about when King Hezekiah was king of Judah and his reign of 29 years. He was a good king and it says there were none like him before of since. It says he was a good king and held fast to God. I know God had to have blessed all that he did while he was King. He was the son of King Ahaz who according to what I read was as rotten as they come in the line of Kings of Israel. It amazes me how some on so rotten can be dad to someone so different. I wonder if or how much influence his mother Abijah had on him because she was the daughter of Zechariah and I haven’t heard any bad things about him. We will get to him later in our readings and will find out about him when we read the book of Zechariah.

    2 Chr 29. Is about a complete turn around from what his dad had done when he was King. He called all the people together and told them he was sure that all the problems they had was because they were not following God anymore and he completely had the temple cleansed of all impure things an restored to what God had told them to do in the first place when the temple was dedicated. After the temple was restored he had them offer sin offerings which amounted to thousands of animals as an offering for all committed sins. What a turn around.

    Chapter 30. KIng Hezekiah sent word to all of Israel and Judah to come celebrate the Passover. He told them he was sure all their problems was caused by their sin and falling away from Gods plan for them. Of course some came and some didn’t. I’M sure if this happened today it would be with the same results as he had when he asked them all to reconsecrate themselves to the Lord. Some came and some diddn’t.
    Chapter 31 tells of the great joy in Jerusalem because nothing like this Passover celebration had occurred since the reign of King Solomon. Because of this repentant mood the Lord blessed them once again because he had heard there prayers. God is good and always forgives if we just humble ourselves and ask.
    When all the celebration from the Passover had died down and all the people went home they were all on fire for God and went destroying all the worship objects they had been worshiping. It remind me of me going to a revival and how turned on I was for God when it ended. Maybe we should attend more of these uplifting events in our own lives. This chapter also explains how the Israeli’s were tithing after the Passover celebration and how they got back more than they gave. This holds true today. I have never missed anything since I started tithing to God. The saying you can’t out give God is so true.

    Ps 48. This Psalm describes the city of God and I assume that as being Jerusalem and the KIngs who were advancing on it with their armies and their awe at its sight that they all turned and fled. It almost makes me think this may be the New Jerusalem. In verse four we see them say that this God is our God for ever and ever and he will be our guide tell the end. In Christ, Jack.

    Father God your wonders are so good. You are so good to all of us even when we fall short of your desires for us. We fall away like so many have in the Bible I read but you always rescued them when the came to you in repentance. Likewise when we come and humble ourselves to you and beg your frogivness when we sin against you. You forgive and for that grace we are very thankful. I seek blessings on my church and our missionaries around the world. In Jesus holy name I pray. Amen.

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