2 Kings 6:8-8:15
In the following section of Kings, we find some fascinating, tragic, and somewhat comedic stories. You were probably not told about these stories in Sunday School! Many of the stories in Scripture are difficult to understand and stomach, but that does not mean we need to avoid them, or that we cannot make sense of them. We simply need to try to understand them. From these stories, it is clear that God is “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty” (Ex 34:6-7). God’s divine mercy and justice has been most gloriously displayed in the cross of Jesus. There, the sinless one bore the judgment that we deserved, in order that we may experience everlasting mercy and grace. Look to him, and flee the wrath to come. In Christ, you are safe. In Christ, you are free from condemnation.