2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 26

We are going downhill today…

Azariah-King of Judah- (see above)  By the way Azariah also goes by the name Uzziah.  (2 Chron Uzziah is Azariah)  Azariah was one of Judah’s most popular, effective, and influential kings. He expanded Judah’s territories, fortified several Judean cities, including Jerusalem, and reorganized the army.  Unfortunately, Azariah (Uzziah) became proud, and in disobedience, to the Law and performed functions only the priests could perform:

Chron. 26:16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.

For this sin God punished him with leprosy


Look at the left column when we talk about the horrible kings of Israel….

Zechariah-King of Israel- Zechariah reigned only six months before Shallum assassinated him. Zechariah was the last king of Jehu’s dynasty. Shallum was the son of Jabesh (not a natural successor)…it’s falling apart at the seams!

2 kings 10:30 ““Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” 


Shallum-KIng of Israel- another assassination. So evidently Menaham was not happy about Shallum bring the new king.  After all Menaham was the commander in chief.  He thinks it should have been him.   It’s chaos! Shallum only sat on the throne (kingship not the toilet) for only 1 month.


Menahem-KIng of Israel- He reigned 10 year but then Pul, king of Assyria attacked the land.  Let me repeat that: the king of Assyria attacked the land!  This is the first mention of Assyrian kings as they have been growing to he a world power.  The year is 742 (only 20 years to go) and we now see this rise in power of the enemy nation beginning to infiltrate the Israelites.  Not good I tell ya!


Pekahiah-King of Israel-In 742 B.C., Pekahiah began his two-year reign (742-740 B.C.). It ended when Pekah, one of his military officers, assassinated him in Samaria, in addition to Argob and Arieh, who were probably Israelite princes and influential friends of the king


Pekah-King of Israel “In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser (Pul) king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel Beth Maakah, Janoah, Kedesh and Hazor. He took Gilead and Galilee, including all the land of Naphtali, and deported the people to Assyria. 

So Pekah made an alliance with Pul, and attacked Judah.  They started deporting people to Assyria?  What? What is beginning to happen here!  (If you have read the Bible already you know…if not you will)


KIng of Judah-Jotham-he is the last “mediocre” king.  After this, we have 2 revival kings and 7 evil kings.  He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years…The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the Lord.

 

Look at your schedule.  Tomorrow we start Isaiah.  Anyone want to take over the blog for Isaiah? 😬

7 thoughts on “2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 26

  1. thank you for all of the visuals!…I am a visual learner and it so helps me what reading this part of the Bible, but can I say I am so looking forward to your insight on Isaiah, I feel like there is so much we can learn from this book.

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    1. Karla…I JUST texted someone that I was hoping everyone would fall off the bible read so that I didn’t have to do Isaiah! I am a hot mess! It’s not my wheelhouse!

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  2. So I keep the Blog scholarly and don’t insert any application for a reason. BUT if you ask me a question I can. So I received an awesome text from someone today.

    1. What is the Book of Annals? (Yes I am a child and giggled), The books of Kings and Chronicles are HIstory books. So how did an author (who did not live during that time) write these books? This time period (like today) keeps detailed records. There were many “sources” the author could use when God wanted to write these books through the author, but God chose the recordings in the Annals.

    2. What sins did the kings commit or cause the people to commit and how do they compare to today. The kings and the people committed lots of sins according to the law. Even if we narrowed it down to just the 10 commandments:

    You shall have no other gods before Me.
    You shall not make idols.
    You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
    Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    Honor your father and your mother.
    You shall not murder.
    You shall not commit adultery.
    You shall not steal.
    You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    You shall not covet.

    I could summarize that they struggled with them all. A king was supposed to carry the Book of the Law with him and read it daily (like your Bible today). Ummmmm, I don’t think many Americans do that. I even think to myself “next year will I still be getting in the Word”. But when I read the Kings/Chronicles one verse stands out to me “they didn’t tear down the high places”. The high places were places of worship that did not follow the instructions God gave them for proper worship. They did it “their way”, a convenient way, a copied way, a false way. God is very specific about offerings and worship (it is no different than today, maybe worse). We pick and choose which parts of the Bible we want to live by or listen to and we ignore, twist, or rationalize the ones we don’t want to. Sin is sin but I have to say that reading this month the one thing I see God get most hurt or angry with is idolatry. What is the most important thing in the world to you? I know we all desire to say “God is”, that is why in the NT when Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was he decided to add “sell all your stuff and go”. Ummmm what?? He was showing us everything we deem more important (and where our trust is) Money, Job, Kids, Security, Time….etc.

    So now we pray that as we read the scriptures, we let our Holy Spirit point out our High Places so that we can tear them down! This is why I don’t do this on the blog…they would be 10,000 words. 😁

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  3. Didn’t we say that 1 chronicles was like the “let’s not write anything too bad about our team,” book?

    I keep getting the feeling 2 chronicles doesn’t have the same sentiment

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