2 Kings 14-15 part 8
Tonight we will start out by looking at Amaziah’s reign over
2 Chronicles 25:1 Amaziah
was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned
twenty-nine years in
Amaziah begins his reign at age 25 and 2 Kings account tells us that he followed in his fathers footstep and was not faithful like David. He took revenge on those that murdered his father, but he did not kill their sons because of the Law Moses found in Deut 24:16. This is an important statement because it proves the Moses Law and book of Deuteronomy existed before this time. The reason this is important is because some people try to say that the first 5 books of the Bible were written some time after the book of Kings.
2 Chronicles 25:5
Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together and set over them captains of
thousands and captains of hundreds, according to their fathers' houses,
throughout all Judah and Benjamin; and he numbered them from twenty years old
and above, and found them to be three hundred thousand choice men, able to
go to war, who could handle spear and shield.
6 He also hired one hundred thousand mighty men of valor from
So, Amaziah is ready to
go battle and he doesn’t feel like he has enough men on his side so he hires
these 100,000 men from Israel to help, but this unnamed man of God tells him
not to take these men of Israel because God is not with them and if he does
then he will lose against the Edomites. As we read Amaziah was worried about
the money he had already spent, but the man of God of assures him that God can
provide him much more money than he lost buying the
10 So Amaziah discharged the troops
that had come to him from Ephraim, to go back home. Therefore their anger was
greatly aroused against
Amaziah listens to the
man of God and sends the Ephraimites back home and he goes and attacks and
kills 10,000 men at the
13 But as for the soldiers of the army which Amaziah had discharged, so that they would not go with him to battle, they raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth Horon, killed three thousand in them, and took much spoil.
These men of Ephraim
decide to take their anger out on
2 Chronicles 25:14 Now it was so, after Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the people of Seir, set them up to be his gods, and bowed down before them and burned incense to them. 15 Therefore the anger of the LORD was aroused against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet who said to him, "Why have you sought the gods of the people, which could not rescue their own people from your hand?" 16 So it was, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, "Have we made you the king's counselor? Cease! Why should you be killed?" Then the prophet ceased, and said, "I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not heeded my advice."
Here were we see Amaziah following in his farther’s footsteps because his father good during the first part of his reign, but in the end he turned to worshiping idols. Now, Amaziah is showing that he is not faithful to God alone. He takes these foreign Gods and he worships them. God gives him a chance to redeem himself, but he would not listen to the man of God and now he is going to be punished. 2 Kings account doesn’t give us this information and so this answer the question of why this king would be punished by northern kingdom even though God is not for them.
2 Chronicles 25:17 Now
Amaziah king of Judah asked advice and sent to Joash the son of Jehoahaz, the
son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, "Come, let us face one another in
battle." 18 And
Joash king of
Whoever Amaziah got advice from, it wasn’t from God and now he wants to fight the northern kingdom. Joash, King of Israel warns him not to make this mistake because if he does he will be destroyed.
2 Chronicles 25:20 But
Amaziah would not heed, for it came from God, that He might give them
into the hand of their enemies, because they sought the gods of
2 Kings 14:13 Then
Jehoash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash, the
son of Ahaziah, at Beth Shemesh; and he went to Jerusalem, and broke down the
wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate -- four hundred
cubits. 14 And he took all
the gold and silver, all the articles that were found in the house of the LORD
and in the treasuries of the king's house, and hostages, and returned to
Just as Jehoash said, he defeated
2 Kings 14:17 Amaziah
the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of Jehoash
the son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel. 18
Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the kings of
So, 15 years later his own people kill him and they put his son Azariah, a 16 year old, in his place as King. We learn more about him in chapter 15.
2 Kings 14:23 In the
fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of
Joash, king of Israel, became king in Samaria, and reigned forty-one
years. 24 And he did evil in
the sight of the LORD; he did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son
of Nebat, who had made
Here we are given a little bit more information about
Jeroboam. Basically, he was like all the other kings of
This should speak volumes to us today. If God had that much mercy on these sinful people, think about how much mercy he has for us who are striving to serve him. This should give us confidence in our salvation because even when we mess us from time to time we can know that God will show us mercy because he knows that we are not perfect. God’s mercy and his grace is not license for us to sin freely, but it should cause us to rejoice knowing that he will have mercy on us and will extend his grace toward us.
Finally, we learn that Zechariah becomes the next king of
Once again, 2 Chr. gives much more detail of this king and what he did so we will be focusing in on 2 Chr. account.
2 Chronicles 26:1 Now
all the people of
Uzziah had long reign of 52 years and he did a lot of good
2 Chronicles 26:6 Now he
went out and made war against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of
As you can see Uzziah had
done many great things for
2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the LORD his God by entering the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 So Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him were eighty priests of the LORD -- valiant men. 18 And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from the LORD God." 19 Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the incense altar. 20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place. Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the LORD had struck him. 21 King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD. Then Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land. 22 ¶ Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz wrote. 23 So Uzziah rested with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial which belonged to the kings, for they said, "He is a leper." Then Jotham his son reigned in his place.
Uzziah had let all his success go to his head. Now, he was trying to burn this incense in the temple, which was supposed to be done by the priest. When Azariah, the chief priest, points this out it just makes Uzziah mad. While he was standing there with the incense in his hand, God struck him with leprosy. Then 80 priest threw him out of the temple and he had to live the rest of his life as a leper because of what he had done and he was cut off from the house of the Lord. Even when he died, he was not allowed to be buried with the kings. Instead, he was buried in the field close to the kings and his son Jotham reined in his place.
There are least 2 main lessons we have learned tonight. First, God is a very merciful God and He doesn’t want His people to suffer, but if they continue to turn their backs on Him justice will eventually be served. Second, we learned that a person must give all of themselves to God and they must remain faithful because if you don’t you can find yourself as a enemy of God. We saw this with King Amaziah and Kind Azariah of Judah as both of these men started out faithful to the Lord, but in the end, they found themselves facing the wrath of God. So, if we want to be pleasing to God today, we must love God with whole mind, heart and soul and learn to fight the good fight of faith until the day we die.