2 Kings 17
Focus Verse: They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.” (15)
God looks at us and He looks at the world and He tells us, “Do not do as they do.” We have been called out of sin and darkness into God’s wonderful light to do good works. We are to be in the world, but not of it. We are not to follow the ways of the world but the Word of God. And the only person we should we imitating is our Savior.
2 Kings 18
Focus Verse: And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. (7)
The Lord was with Hezekiah because Hezekiah’s trust was in the Lord. God caused Hezekiah to be successful because Hezekiah kept His commands and never stopped following Him. The Lord does not fail those who hold fast to Him.
Focus Verse: But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? (9)
Not all those who know God are known by God. Check out Matthew 7:21-23:
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Those who both know God and are known by God will not keep turning back to past sins and faults. We will not want to return to our past lives as slaves under the law when Christ has made us free men and women through Christ. Those who both know God and are known by God will constantly strive to do His will.