2 Kings 3* Jehoram, king of Israel. (1-5) War with Moab, The intercessionof Elisha. (6-19) Water supplied, Moab overcome. (20-27)1-5 Jehoram took warning by God's judgment, and put away theimage of Baal, yet he maintained the worship of the calves.Those do not truly repent or reform, who only part with the sinsthey lose by, but continue to love the sins that they think togain by. 6-19 The king of Israel laments their distress, and the dangerthey were in. He called these kings together, yet he charges itupon Providence. Thus the foolishness of man perverteth his way,and then his heart fretteth against the Lord, #Pr 19:3|. It waswell that Jehoshaphat inquired of the Lord now, but it had beenmuch better if he had done it before he engaged in this war.Good men sometimes neglect their duty, till necessity andaffliction drive them to it. Wicked people often fare the betterfor the friendship and society of the godly. To try their faithand obedience, Elisha bids them make the valley full of pits toreceive water. Those who expect God's blessings, must dig poolsfor the rain to fill, as in the valley of Baca, and thus makeeven that a well, #Ps 84:6|. We need not inquire whence thewater came. God is not tied to second causes. They thatsincerely seek for the dew of God's grace, shall have it, and byit be made more than conquerors. 20-27 It is a blessing to be favoured with the company of thosewho have power with God, and can prevail by their prayers. Akingdom may be upheld and prosper, in consequence of the ferventprayers of those who are dear to God. May we place our highestregard upon such as are most precious in his account. Whensinners are saying Peace, peace, destruction comes upon them:despair will follow their mad presumption. In Satan's serviceand at his suggestion, such horrid deeds have been done, ascause the natural feelings of the heart to shudder; like theking of Moab's sacrificing his son. It is well not to urge theworst of men to extremities; we should rather leave them to thejudgment of God.
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