Dangerous Messages

Their courage and integrity is inspiring

2 Kings 9:1-37

Reference: “Then take the flask and pour the oil on his head and declare, ‘This is what the Lord says: I anoint you king over Israel.’ Then open the door and run; don’t delay!”” ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭9:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I live in a Western country that accepts Christianity. There is a vocal but small minority that tried to eradicate it from our schools and culture, but as a rule Christians are not persecuted.

In fact, our greatest critics are other Christians, who disagree with the way we worship, how liberal or conservative our faith may be and different interpretations we have of the Bible. While this divisiveness is sad and destructive for the Church as a whole, we are not having to risk our lives for it.

There are some countries where the message of Jesus is a dangerous one. People risk their lives and their futures by being honest about their faith.

Their courage and integrity is inspiring.

Application: In 2 Kings 9 we hear of a prophet who is given a dangerous message. He’s to go and anoint someone King. And then he is told to RUN!

If your brave leader is telling you to run then you know you must be on high alert. I wonder what was going through this prophet’s mind.

He did go, and after he delivered his message he did run, and I’m sure he was relieved when his task was complete.

There are times when we have a task to do that is less than desirable. And sometimes we’d like to do the running before we get to the point of delivery.

But let’s be brave like this prophet. Let’s not shy away from our call and our responsibilities and stand firm with our tasks. And let us have clarity about when it is time to stay and when it is time to run.

Prayer: Lord, You are our greatest example of enduring hardship. You did not run away but took on the weight of the world for us. May we stand firm in the challenges that come our way so we, too, can live as You did. Amen.

What challenge are you facing at the moment?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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