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Legacy

Legacy is defined as anything handed down from an ancestor. It can be a legacy to evil or to good. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, had reigned for twenty-five years and had a storied rule because he worshipped the Lord. Jehoram was made king after his father's death receiving this position of honor "because he was his firstborn son". (2 Chronicles 21: 3) But Jehoshaphat also gave many gifts to his other five sons including cities in Judah to rule over. Upon taking the throne, God brought pain upon Jehoram because he chose to walk in the ways of the Kings of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) and because he murdered all his brothers.  After eight years as the King of Judah, Jehoram died in great pain, "his people made no fire in his honor, as they had for his fathers." "He passed away to no one's regret." (2 Chronicles 21:19-20) King Jehoram did not have a positive legacy. He was not honored. He was not respected by his people. He died and no one wept for hi…

Grace Versus Works

We often talk of a "gracious act" or even might say to someone, "You were 'gracious' to do that for me." This is a word that is rich in meaning and provides strong pictures of a heart that is kind, loving, patient and more. Paul wrote several chapters in the book of Romans (9-11) to the Jewish people specifically explaining what God was up to with them. He uses the opposing terms of "grace" and "works" to contrast their understanding. Being under the Old Testament Law, they felt that outward evidences of works would bring them favor with God, but Paul showed them that grace produced unmerited favor, and their works could not bring about the blessings they'd received from God. He said, "And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace." (Romans 11:6) God's grace was evident to them but they felt it only came because of the works they were doing. Grace could no longer be defined as …