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A Lesson In Finding Grace
Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 4: Results - Day 4
“WHEN THE NEWS REACHED THE KING OF NINEVEH, HE ROSE FROM HIS THRONE, TOOK OFF HIS ROYAL ROBES, COVERED HIMSELF WITH SACKCLOTH AND SAT DOWN IN THE DUST.” —JONAH 3:6
At eleven, Leijila Allison had seen more trauma than most American children will experience in a lifetime. Growing up in war-torn Bosnia, poverty and violence were a daily part of her life.
Like her heart, the little she possessed was battered and worn. Her shoes, tied together with wire, could hardly protect her feet from the harsh temperatures and the hour-long walk to school.
But one day that all changed. When she arrived at school, she was directed to a nearby room where boxes were stacked against the wall. “Pick a package,” she was offered by an aid worker, a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child. Leijila reluctantly took a package, and tore open the lid. Inside, among the small toys and toiletries, was a brand new pair of sneakers. ‘It was if God himself sent me those shoes,” she said in a later interview.
Someone, somewhere was obedient to God’s nudge to purchase a pair of sneakers for that box. For Leijila, that act of obedience led to eternal life. That afternoon at school, Leijila heard the message of Jesus and chose to believe. And fifteen years later, Leijila was able to be a messenger of God’s love back to her Bosnian hometown.
Operation Christmas Child is an organization that serves millions of children every year, reaching kids with God’s love. That one act of obedience by an American individual became a powerful tool of salvation in God’s hands, for one little girl in Bosnia.
Today we are going to explore the wonder of God’s plans. So often, He asks for our obedience without any other explanation. But let’s take a closer look at two bad-news kings and the result of many acts of obedience around them.
In 1 Kings, we learn about a king with a dubious title.
Read 1 Kings 16:30. What does it say about Ahab?
King Ahab broke all the commandments and more! 1 Kings 16:31-34 gives a number of reasons that Ahab provoked God to anger. List some of them here:
Here is a man who flaunts his stubbornness in God’s face. He commits the most atrocious of sins. He is known as the most evil of kings. His temper and wickedness might only be superseded by his wife Jezebel, the name that has become a catchphrase for a sexually promiscuous and controlling woman. If you like drama, check out her story throughout this section of 1 Kings!
For our purposes together, let’s focus on one section of text about Ahab, Jezebel, and a man named Naboth. Read 1 Kings 21 to get the story.
What happens to Ahab after Elijah pronounces God’s judgement upon ...
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