Recently the Lord brought me to a certain portion of scripture that struck me with just how much revelation can be packed into a few verses. The portion is in 2 Kings 25: 22-26. It reinforced the foundational truth that feeding and always being under Gods Grace and not going back under law or even mixing Grace with Law is the only way to attaining Christian maturity (1 Peter 2:2, Hebrews 6: 1-3). If God were to do anything apart from his Grace then I admit that I can never qualify for anything from him. Praise Jesus for his Grace. In Galatians, the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul compares Law and Grace by using Isaac (child of the promise) and Ishmael (son born of ordinary way). Galatians 4: 28 – 31
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
The book of Romans which is the Apostle Paul’s masterpiece on God’s Grace presents God’s Grace as the antidote to sin and all its effects. God’s Grace is what we need to reign in life. Romans 6:14
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The following takes place right after Judah is conquered by the Babylonians and their officials executed by Nebuchadnezzar at Riblah: 2 Kings 22 – 26
And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.
23And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men.
24And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you.
25But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldeans that were with him at Mizpah.
26And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.
It’s interesting to note that the people came to Gedaliah at Mizpah, a place where Jacob and Essau had gone their separate ways in earlier times. It is the equivalent of rightly dividing the word rightly between law and Grace (2 Timothy 2:15). The names of those who came to him reveal an important truth. I will focus on two of the names:
Ishmael (as mentioned earlier, a picture of a person under Law) and Johanan (YAHWEH has graced or Grace of God)
It may have seemed a noble thing to Gedaliah to have both of them together until you realize the effect of having both in verse 25:
“25But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldeans that were with him at Mizpah.”
Notice that Ishmael is of royal line. This implies that the law is from God. Just and good it is but it can never make anyone holy. Instead, by it is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
That is why he came with ten men which is symbolic of the law which includes the ten commandments that we are delivered from. The effect was that all the people went to Egypt. Egypt is a picture of the world and God does not want us to get our nourishment from Egypt
Hope this encourages you to continue receiving his Grace and Truth from the word.
2 Peter 1: 2-4 puts it this way:
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.