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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Term Limits (Isaiah 23:15a)

 "At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king's life . . ."

Wicked rulers destroy countries. We saw that first hand when we lived in the country of Zimbabwe. In the matter of three decades the president/dictator of Zimbabwe has burned the "bread basket" of southern Africa to a crisp.

The above verse gives hope to people who live under dictatorships. Evil rulers don't rule forever; they may resist term limits but they can't resist the limitations placed upon them by God. Death is one of those term limits. Death will remove them from office. Thankfully God has set a maximum limit to the span of years that any man can rule.

Just as godly people lived under the reign of evil rulers in Israel's day so today godly people live under the dictatorships similar to that experienced by Israel (Castro, Chavez, and others who rule with an iron fist). God still accomplishes His purposes in the lives of His people in spite of evil rulers.

Thank God for the "term limits" established by God--for the seventy year span of a king's reign. No king lives forever! We, who live in freedom, however, must pray for those who live in China, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Honduras, and other countries where evil men rule. Seventy years is a lifetime for those who live under dictatorships which means that there are people all over the world who will never live in freedom. We who are free must pray for those who are not.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Isaiah 22:1-23:18
  • How do the inhabitants of Jerusalem respond to this prophesy?
  • What is the sin of Tyre and what does the LORD promise the inhabitants of Tyre?
2 Kings 18:7b-8; Micah 1:8-3:12
  • What reason does Micah give for the coming judgment upon Judah?
  • How do the false prophets respond to Micah's message?
  • For what crimes does the Lord rebuke Israel's leaders?
  • What distinguishes Micah from false prophets?
Turning truth into prayer
Pray for our nation's leaders. Pray that they will turn to the Lord. Pray also for those living under dictatorships.