The conversation between God's prophet Isaiah and King Ahaz is difficult to understand
without having information from 2 Kings 16 and 2 Chronicles 28. Ahaz was one of the
most wicked and most perverse kings who ever ruled in Jerusalem. He even sacrificed his
own son to a pagan god. Still, the Lord wanted Ahaz to change his heart and
As evil as Ahaz was, the Lord loved the king and wanted him to believe. He told the
obstinate monarch to ask for a sign. It could be "deep as Sheol or high as heaven." But
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.