2 Kings 14

2 Kings 14 has a new king for Judah.  “Amaziah….he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not like David his father”.  Mostly obedient to God’s ways, but “the high places were not removed”.  Partial obedience is not good enough as “the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places”.  God is not at all pleased.  He demands our total obedience.  Amaziah went part way in his following of God’s rule, but did not lead the people all the way to full obedience.

But “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 again Amaziah did not take complete action as he didn’t put the children of these people to death as God required.  He was busy doing battle with Israel.  The king of Israel warned Amaziah to “be content with your glory, and stay at home”.  He warned him not to try and create an issue but “Amaziah would not listen”.  He decides to do battle with Israel and was defeated.

On another front, “Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, began to reign in Samaria….he reigned forty-one years….he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam”.  It baffles me how these kings that decide to walk in the evil ways of their fathers and grandfathers couldn’t see the price for that decision.  Sin always carries a big price tag.  It takes us further than we want to go and costs us more than we want to pay.  It is never a little price tag.

The children of Israel we’re really walking with God either.  But “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”.  God used an evil king to save His children from destruction.  God works in mysterious ways.  He uses unholy things to accomplish His mission and plan.  We should never wonder what resources God has at His disposal.  All things are in His hands.  We can’t forget that.

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