2 Chronicles 25

2 Chronicles 25 has another look at Amaziah and his foolishness as king of Judah.  “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart”.  So he sort of did what was right – but not all in – not wholeheartedly – not in a way that truly pleased God.  How unfortunate to come close but not go all the way.  He did assemble a mighty army of 300,000 men and hired another 100,000 from Israel who were all fit for war.  Unfortunately – that was not God’s plan.

God sent a prophet to tell Amaziah “do not let the army of Israel go with you”.  He had just paid 100 talents of silver to get their service.  But God said no.  Rather than respond appropriately to God’s direction – Amaziah misses the opportunity again.  “But what shall we do about the hundred talents that I have given to the army of Israel”?  Wrong question after being told not to use them.  Amaziah focuses on the money – not on obedience.  That is always the wrong choice.

So he got past that and took only his own men and had victory.  But he makes yet another blunder, this one bigger yet.  “After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them”.  He just defeats 20K enemy soldiers and then decides to ignore God and do idol worship of the idols that were taken from the people they just defeated.  Hello – what are you thinking Amaziah?

Three strikes and things aren’t going well.  He tries for a fourth stupid move and challenges Joash king of Israel to come out and meet him face to face.  When Joash refuses, Amaziah decides to attack and is captured and killed.  He went from partial obedience, to failure to focus on obedience, to blatant disobedience.  And the end result was defeat, capture and death.  Not a very good outcome for a guy who started out doing what was right in the sight of the Lord – at least partially.  God demands obedience.  We must never forget that!

2 responses to this post.

  1. […] 2 Chronicles 25 (asorensen.wordpress.com) […]

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: