Today we are continuing in Romans, and read the last four chapters in 2 Kings.
Romans 14. Some are weak in faith and those who are strong and can eat everything should not look down on vegetarians and vegans. Some observe the Lord’s day on the first day of the week, others still say “Sabbath is Sabbath.” Tolerate each other according too the law of liberty, for whatever is not of faith is sin, and it is not for you to judge. The law of love tells us not to flaunt one’s free drinking in front of an alcoholic among other things, for that could cause him to stumble.
2 Kings 22, Josiah is king of Judah and Hilkiah the priest finds the book of the law. The reading of the law pricked their conscience.
2 Kings 23. Having repented Josiah restored the worship and even tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes and ended idol worship,but alas, too late. There still came impending judgment on Judah, Josiah died in battle at Megiddo. After that came the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, after which Jehoiakim became king of Judah.
2 Kings 24. Things go from bad to worse, Judah was overrun by enemies, Jehoiachin becomes king of Judah and is taken captive, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and made Zedekiah nominal king of Judah.
2 Kings 25. Then came the fall and captivity of Judah. Gedaliah was made Governor of Judah and Jehoiakin was released from prison. Thus ends 2 Kings.