2 Kings 14

2 Kings 14 has a listing of a number of kings that led their nations.  There is a variety with “Amaziah…..twenty-five years old….did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not like David his father” to Jeroboam who “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.  We see both extremes here, but it is interesting that the writer here notes partial obedience from Amaziah who did right, but was not completely sold out to God like David.  He allowed certain things to remain and continue that were not in God’s plan.

Amaziah was a warrior who struck down those who had killed his father, and then went on and “He struck down ten thousand Edomites”.  A great victory that is known throughout the land.  Jehoash king of Israel was asked by Amaziah to meet him and have a showdown.  Jehoash declines, but Amaziah pursues and insists.  He should have quit while he was ahead but finally he meets Jehoash, king of Israel, face to face in battle.  Jehoash captures Amaziah and goes to Jerusalem and loots the city and the house of the Lord.

The obvious thing in the story of all these kings is that when they walk with God, they cannot lose, but when they take things on themselves, they cannot win.  God is the source of victory, or defeat.  So the lesson here is pretty clear.  We need to be tuned into God’s plans.  We need to walk in His ways and His strength if we want to live victoriously.  God is the source of all great things that happen.  He is the author of our lives and the creator of our future.  With Him we cannot fail.  Without Him we cannot succeed!

But the thing that we learn here is that even when Israel chooses to walk without God’s hand, they are still spared.  “The Lord had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, so he saved them”.  God is faithful to the word he gave to David and Abraham.  He took care of His people and saved them over and over in Scripture from destruction.  God is a God of His Word – and we can depend on what He says!

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