This is the sermon podcast for Bent Oak Church. Each week we preach through scripture, book by book. You can find more information about the church at bentoakchurch.org
The Thin Thread of Hope (2 Kings 25)
As we wrap up the book of 2 Kings, the story doesn't seem to end well. The final events of this long story of Israel are destruction and exile. Jerusalem falls, and the people of Israel fragment and divide. But there is hope. It is small and perhaps unnoticed by some, but the final word of the book is that this still is unfished.
Surrendered to Sin (2 Kings 24)
As we come to the end of 2 Kings, it's surprising how uneventful the fall of Jerusalem is. In the end, the king simply surrenders to Babylon. Far from a dramatic last stand, the life and identity of Judah just fizzles out. Their sin has stripped them of faith. They can no longer see the story of what God wanted to do through them. So, all is lost.
A Coming Judgment (2 Kings 23:26-35)
Josiah had led remarkable reforms throughout Judah and Israel, but upon his death, his son reverted back to idolatry in just three months. As God had spoken, Josiah would be spared, but judgment was coming for Judah. We take a closer look at God's wrath and his patience.
Heart, Soul, and Strength (2 Kings 23:1-25)
Having found the book of the Law, Josiah set out to lead spiritual reforms throughout his kingdom. The list of idols and temples he removed is overwhelming. It was a massive project and a remarkable achievement. But for all his success, scripture summarizes his work with a much similar commendation. Josiah loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, and strength.
Faithful and Patient (2 Kings 21)
After Hezekiah, Manasseh ruled for fifty-five years. He was one of the most wicked kings of Judah and unleashed decades of idolatry, violence, and human sacrifice. It would be nice if the good kings ruled long and the wicked kings were judged quickly, but 2 Kings reminds us that God is patient and the sun often shines on both the righteous and the unrighteous. God is faithful and patient even when we are not.
Intercession and our Self-Interest (2 Kings 20)
Hezekiah's rule marks one of the high points in Judah's kingdom. Hezekiah repeatedly shows himself to be a man of prayer, but when a prophecy for the future warns of destruction, Hezekiah struggles to engage what will not be his to bear. It is a clear warning that even the most devout and faithful life can slip into self-centeredness. We find the better him of Hezekiah in Christ himself, who interceeds for those not only in the future but those who oppose and persecute him.
Water into Wine is now my favorite! I’m celebrating grace today!
Deeply intellectual and moving
Started listening to this last year during the Romans series. Loved it so much I had to go back and listen from the beginning of Romans. If you’ve ever struggled, as I have with understanding these chapters of Paul’s writings then this is a great resource. Though I don’t know him personally, Chase seems like an excellent pastor that knows his congregation and has a way of speaking to them from the heart and intelligently that’s almost on par with Tim Keller. I thoroughly enjoyed going through the Romans series and am looking forward to the upcoming year of going through John!