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October 23, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 14 (ESV)

In the second year of Joash the son of Joahaz, king of Israel, Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddin of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not like David his father. He did in all things as Joash his father had done. But the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. And as soon as the royal power was firmly in his hand, he struck down his servants who had struck down the king his father. But he did not put to death the children of the murderers, according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, where the Lord commanded, “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. But each one shall die for his own sin.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 9And Jehoash king of Israel sent word to Amaziah king of Judah, “A thistle on Lebanon sent to a cedar on Lebanon, saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son for a wife,’ and a wild beast of Lebanon passed by and trampled down the thistle. 10You have indeed struck down Edom, and your heart has lifted you up. Be content with your glory, and stay at home, for why should you provoke trouble so that you fall, you and Judah with you?”

  2. 27But the Lord had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, so he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.
    The recurring pattern in the Old Testament – Israel’s disobedience, finally crying out to the Lord, and our Lord, the long-suffering, gracious, and merciful God that He is, rescues them… and us.

  3. I expected that God would grant the victory to Judah over Israel since Amaziah was a more righteous king than Jehoash. But Amaziah was not righteous in the fullest. He did not destroy the high places of false worship and thereby didn’t lead the people of Judah in the way he should have. And Jehoash wasn’t purely evil as well as we saw he had regard for Elisha in chapter 13. He also warned Amaziah not to mess with Israel in the words shared by Melanie above. So we can presume there was pride that God was addressing by handing Judah defeat.

    I too was struck Bob by the merciful and gracious expression of God’s character that He would rescue Israel through Jeroboam II even though he did evil in the sight of the Lord. How good He is!!!

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