Return Everything that Belongs to Her

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 31

Journal, 4-15-2020: “It snowed. My eyes are still bad. … Pastor Peggy Knudsen preached. “God doesn’t start something he won’t finish.” Someday, I will write posts again.

1 Kings 22:14, “But Micaiah answered, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.'”

Common English Bible
April 15, 2020: 2 Chronicles 18; Psalm 44; 1 Kings 22.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 32

Journal, 4-16-2020: “My eyes are worse – swollen and bright red. When Pastor Gary Van Nyhuis called, I told him something triggered the allergies last fall. He asked if that was when David stopped drumming. I checked with David. No, that was in January.”

2 Chronicles 20:17, “You don’t need to fight this battle. Just take your place, stand ready, and watch how the Lord, who is with you, will deliver you, Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. Go out tomorrow and face them. The Lord will be with you.'”

Common English Bible
April 16, 2020: 2 Chronicles 19; Psalm 82; 2 Chronicles 20.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 33

Journal, 4-17-2020: “No relief. I didn’t dress. I listened to TV. My eyes are constantly tearing.”

Psalms 118:1, “Give thanks to the Lord because he is good because his faithful love lasts forever.”

Common English Bible
April 17, 2020: Psalm 118; 2 Kings 12.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 34

Journal, 4-18-2020: “I woke up with my eyelashes mattered together. I waited for David to wake up and asked for a washcloth with warm water. After soaking them for a few minutes, I could open them. I took pictures and emailed them to my doctor. I explained my symptoms and how I was treating them. An infection has set in. … I’m struggling with my faith. Will my eyes ever heal? Why isn’t God giving me posts?”

2 Kings 4:26, “…She said, ‘Things are okay.'”

Common English Bible

Her world is falling apart and she still trusts.

“Both Elisha and the woman use the Hebrew word Shalom, which, in this context, implies well-being. Yet all is not well. In her distress, the woman exhibits extraordinary trust in the ability of the prophet to address her new situation of need. … It seems as though Elisha doesn’t understand the problem. The woman’s reply in 4:28 recalls her earlier plea (2 Kings 4:16) and evokes Elisha’s personal involvement.”

Common English Bible Notes on 2 Kings 4:26

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Proverbs 17:3, “A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”

Common English Bible
April 18, 2020: 2 Kings 3, 4.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 35

Journal, 4-19-2020: “The doctor never replied. I got up to watch church online and went back to bed. My sister-in-law, Melinda dropped off a box of cupcakes and cookies. I wanted to eat the whole box.”

2 Kings 6:33, “While Elisha was still speaking with them, the messenger arrived and said, ‘Look, this disaster is the Lord’s doing. Why should I trust the Lord any longer?'”

Common English Bible

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“Given the overall theme of the prophet stories – the Lord’s supervision of Israel’s history – this question is the heart of the matter. Doesn’t the siege contradict the Lord’s presence and power? … The prophet’s immediate response indicates that the prophetic word continues to shape Israel’s story. His answer indicates that the economy will again flourish and that the inflation reported in 2 Kings 6:25 will end. Salvation is on its way…”

Common English Bible Notes on 2 Kings 6:33-7:1

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Proverbs 18:7, “The mouth of fools is their ruin; their lips are a trap for their lives.”

Common English Bible
April 19, 2020: 2 Kings 5, 6.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 36

Journal, 4-20-2020: “The doctor ordered an antibiotic and Prednisone. The pharmacy was out of the second one. They’ll get some in the morning. … The waterbed mattress arrived – 3 days late. I will leave it on the floor for 5 days because of COVID-19.”

2 Kings 8:6, “… Return everything that belongs to her, as well as everything that the farmland has produced, starting from the day she left the country until right now.”

Common English Bible

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Proverbs 20:22, “Don’t say, ‘I’ll repay the evildoer!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will save you.”

Common English Bible
April 20, 2020: 2 Kings 7, 8; 2 Chronicles 21.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 37

Journal, 4-21-2020: “David picked up the Prednisone at noon. I should have waited until the morning to take it. I had insomnia for 3 hours!”

2 Kings 9:11, “Jehu went out to his master’s officers. They said to him, ‘Is everything okay? Why did this fanatic come to you?’ Jehu said to them, ‘You know the man and the nonsense he talks.'”

Common English Bible

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“Fanatic: The word is sometimes translated ‘Madman.’ It describes the behavior of the prophets (cf. Jeremiah 29:26; Hosea 9:7). A related noun form appears in 2 Kings 9:20, where it is translated ‘madman.'”

Common English Bible Notes on 2 Kings 9:11

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2 Kings 9:20, “…Jehu drives like a madman.”

Common English Bible

Madman. Fanatic. Acting like a prophet. Jehu drove as if under prophetic influence. He heard the prophecy Elijah made about King Ahab, 2 Kings 9:25, 36. Did he know he would be the one carrying it out?

Proverbs 21:5, “The plans of the diligent end up in profit, but those who hurry end up with loss.”

Common English Bible
April 21, 2020: 2 Kings 9, 10.

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