July 30 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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There is a lot of political news these days that is polarizing. We can love it or hate it, but regardless of our feelings, today’s Romans passage lets us know that, as believers, we have an obligation to be faithful. Faithfulness is not always easy, but it is necessary.

2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27:

  • 1 – Uzziah and Azariah are the same person. Sometimes kings would have a throne name as well as a personal name.
  • 3-15 – This section chronicles the faithful days of Uzziah.
  • 16-21 – Like the chronicler tends to do (i.e. Joash) he splits the account of the faithful days of a king from the unfaithful days of a king. This section chronicles Uzziah’s unfaithful days.
  • 19 – Having leprosy meant that King Uzziah was unclean and would need to be separated from the rest of the Israelites.
  • 23 – He was buried in a field owned by kings instead of in the burial tombs where the rest of the kings were buried.
  • 2 – The chronicler here is commending Jotham for not entering the temple. That was the sin Uzziah committed. He entered the parts he was not allowed.
  • 1-4 – Ahaz is basically the worst of the worst.

Romans 13:1-14:

  • 1-7 – This passage applies whether you agree with the authorities over us or not. Regardless, we are called to do the faithful thing.
  • 11-14 – Darkness and light are often symbols for the things we hide versus what we do when we know people are around and watching. Once again, the analogy of being awake or asleep is used to represent being ready for Jesus’ coming or not.

Psalm 23:1-6:

  • This psalm is so comforting because it reminds us of all the things God does to support, surround, and provide for us.

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