2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36

This read is a short but you need to sit still for a minute and read every word.  231 days ago you started this read and this just might be one of the hardest reads on your heart and the most uplifting at the same time.

Four months ago we started the books Chronicles and 3 months ago we started Kings.  We weaved the History books with most of the Minor and Major prophets. Today we are closing 2 Books as we wrap up the end of the Captivity.  We close both Kings and Chronicles today.

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Ok, this visual is amazing!  By the end of the week I will post it in “Handout”- I promise.  Take a minute to study this!  Find where we are.  The year is 586 BC.

This is the climax of our Summer reading.  I really have no words.  We can sit here and read it from the view of His chosen people being brought into captivity, the priests and the Temple being burned and destroyed, the prophets giving their life to warn the people, or from Nebuchadnezzar as he takes the land OR  we should look at it from’s God’s view.  Re read the ending one more time.  God is Love.  People are so undeserving of His promises.  You can read this as the Fall of Jerusalem or you can read this as God made a promise; a covenant that he will never break.

The Fall of Jerusalem

15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. 17 He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and did not spare young men or young women, the elderly or the infirm. God gave them all into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. 18 He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials. 19 They set fire to God’s temple and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.

20 He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power. 21 The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.

22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

23 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’”


150 years ago God sent Isaiah to preach a word of Repentance.  BY NAME God said in Is. 45:

13 I will raise up Cyrus  in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

I have tears reading this.  When God makes a promise He keeps it.  We live with a Peace that no matter what mistakes we make God will never let us out of his hand.  John 10:28 says: 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”


I pray that you are forever changed by this read.  I pray we never see the captivity as a punishment.  When you hear the words “taken into exile” or the “Babylonian Captivity”, you will now hear “Covenant, Promise, Remnant, Love, Restoration”. 

2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chron 34-35

On April 9th we read about the Hebrews asking for a king!  116 days ago!!

The Lord WARNED them that it was not what they needed, they needed God to be their King.  They said no thanks, and God gave them what they asked for to show them they were wrong.  That was in 1046 BC.  500 years has passed and we are about to read the last 5 kings of Judah.

Last 5 Kings of Judah

03 last five kings of juda

Click here if you want to print this one.  But I will post it again this week.


2 Kings 22 “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.”  Ok…so you know I need my trusty line graph to prepare myself!  So Manasseh and Amon were his father and grandfather….terrible role models. BUT Josiah comes on the scene at a mere 8 years old so obviously he wasn’t’ old enough to follow in their footsteps.  He shoots straight up to the “revival” section…BUT we can see he is the LAST good king…

It saddens me that since Hezekiah the Temple has to be repaired again after the damage Manasseh and Amon did making alters to foreign gods in it.  Young Josiah puts the task to repair the temple when the Book of the Law was found.  WHAT???  I honestly didn’t realize it was lost.

Who remembers when I used to repeat Deuteronomy 17 over and over…What was a King supposed to do??

The King must:

  1. He must be the one the Lord chooses
  2. He must not multiply his horses for military purposes
  3. He must not acquire many wives
  4. He must make a copy of the Law and have it with him at all times.  He will read it every day.

So imagine finding the Book of the Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and reading ALL that they are not doing according to God’s plan and then realizing that the King should have been reading it everyday.  (Kind of like me finding my dusty Bible in December)

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Entering stage left is a prophetess!  Yaaaasssss!  Huldah.  BUT her message was bittersweet.  Judah will be destroyed, but I will wait till after your death to do it.

Chapter 23- It takes 20 verses to describe how many pagan altars Josiah had to demolish in the Temple area.  The only thing he left from the “yester-year” were the bones of the prophets that disobeyed God’s commands in 1 kings 13.

Josiah makes an atonement for their sins:

2Josiah slaughtered all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

This was the same atonement that was made when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai to find the people  worshiping the golden calf!.

Exodus 32:  27 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

(if this confuses you…let me know).


NOW let’s start putting all the pieced together.  ALL those prophecy books…all the splintered facts we have…they all fit.  Remember I was talking about the world powers in the prophecy books…who can remember them??

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Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon.

29 While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Necho faced him and killed him at Megiddo.

And then finally we read about the next 2 kings…who did evil in the eyes of the Lord…

  • Jehoahaz King of Judah
  • Jehoiakim King of Judah

2 Chron 34-35-  SOoooo I was a little lazy and read only kings before I wrote this and then I listened to 2 Chronicles.  It’s been a while since we read these side by side and I forget that I like the detail from the Chronicler.  Just know when you read it you are reading it from the Priestly view so you will definitely see more of the Temple “workings”.


Thank you for all the encouragement.  I love you guys.-  Patricia Szymanski

2 Kings

2 Kings 20-21

Oh visuals….how I missed you!!

So this reading is going to be VERY familiar…we read it in Isaiah 37 so we can read it in 2 Kings and recall where we are in History.

Hezekiah is king.  He restored the Temple.  Consecrated the furniture.  Cerebrated the Passover Feast….Life is Good!!  God blesses Judah’s faithfulness with riches.

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Well, life is good for the southern nation,  Judah.  Israel has been taken captive and the capital has been taken over by Assyria.

Hezekiah, the king of Judah is given a message that he will die.  It is time for Judah to begin their Judgement as prophesied in Isaiah.  We know Babylon will take them captive.  However, a sign was given that the sun’s shadow will go back 15 steps as a sign that he will also push back time for Judgement.  The diplomats of Babylon come and visit Hezekiah (after his battle victories, Babylon was probably seeking an ally against Assyria (totally game of thrones going on here) and Hezekiah shows him all they were blessed with…(was he showing off God or his wealth?)

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and then the Lord says:

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. 18 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

(a Eunuch as a man that has been castrated so that he can be a slave or employed to work in the the palace without fear of having a “date night” with the ladies in the palace).  If you think about it symbolically,  God was making “Judah a Eunuch” by cutting them off from the Land they were to prosper and populate.


Chapter 21:  Hezekiah’s son becomes King…Manasseh

 

Oh the apple fell far from the tree!!  He goes down in History as one of the WORST kings!  How can you remember this??  Manasseh!

  • Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king
  • He did evil in the eyes of the Lord
  • He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed
  • He also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done.
  • He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. 
  • He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.”
  • He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. 
  • He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.
  • Manasseh led the people astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.

12 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 13 I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance and give them into the hands of enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their enemies; 15 they have done evil in my eyes and have aroused my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day.”


And then we have Ammon…like father like son….

2 Kings · Psalm

2 King 18:9-19:37, Psalms 46,80,35

FEEL FREE TO SKIP STRAIGHT TO THE PSALMS!!

We start with a flash back.  It took me a minute of flipping around the Bible thinking I messed up because “we just read this”.  It was trippy for a minute).  So this will be a cool recap:

  • The king of Assyria: Sennacherib attacked and deported the Northern tribes.
  • The king of Judah: Hezekiah feared Assyria- and paid them tribute so they didn’t get attacked
  • The Assyrian’s in a speech basically said “You might as well surrender, you can’t put your confidence in your God”
  • Hezekiah goes to the Temple to pray to the Lord about the situation (about time someone did)
  • Much is said about Jerusalem will be attacked BUT will be delivered
  • Isaiah prophesies about Sennacherib’s fall

Psalms!!!!  Oh I need a Psalm!!

When I read “familiar” Scriptures in context, it always freaks me out! (In a good way)  When we read “Be Still” it is not when you are at a “thinking point” it is when you are under attack from Assyria and you run to the Temple to put it before the Lord.  You can’t hear him if you are not still!  ( trust me, I try it all the time)

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.


10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”


I just need this

https://youtu.be/gUH_NzfRmbs?t=45

2 Chronicles · 2 Kings · Psalm

2 Kings 18:1-8 and 2 Chonicles 29-31 and Psalm 48

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THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE READS TODAY!  I hung on every word.  Two reasons:

  1. I get to take som many details and see if the ‘make sense’ to the whole story.  I truly think you are going to read this and realize you have absorbed a lot more than you thought.
  2. This read is not about Hezekiah.  It is about God’s Mercy, Grace, Patience, Love, and Forgiveness!!

OK…I am pumped!  2 kings the first 8 verses only.   Hezekiah King of Judah.  (refresh: The nation that has the Davidic Covenant, the nation that will be exiled BUT a remnant of people will survive, the nation that every once in a while has a good King).

I am Team Hezekiah!!

He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)

Nehushtan - Sunset Church of Christ in Springfield MO

I could make a sermon out of this!  What God made for good, man made evil.  Anything that we worship, even in the “Church world” is idolatry.    (You can skip this part if you remember the story)

On March 4th (that was 136 days ago!)—wait, that was when the Pandemic started.  Oh, the irony of this story!

Numbers 22

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

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Well, who has John 3:16 memorized besides Tim Tebow?  Well what is the scripture JUST before it??

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

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What was a beautul foreshadow of healing through FAITH became an act of idolatrous worship.  And YES every time I see an ambulance I am reminded to PRAY for Healing through my Faith (even though the copied symbol is from Greek mythology, Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing)

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Sorry, I fell down a rabbit hole on that.


2 Chronicles 29- Same story…a lot more words.  Why?  Who wrote it?  (Yes I know God wrote it silly) I mean who did God use to write it?  Ezra.  Ezra was a priest, and the Chronicles were written for the remnant people that return after the captivity to rebuild the Temple.  So look for all the beautiful details in this chapter:

  • He brought in the priests and the Levites (we had kings bring “anyone” in to be a priest years ago.  ONLY the Levites were priests.   (Trivia: Which Levite family was the High Priest from?)
  • They also shut the doors of the portico and put out the lamps. They did not burn incense or present any burnt offerings at the sanctuary to the God of Israel.
    • All of the Temple has been ignored.  Hezekiah is resorting the Cross Temple.
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  • 10 Now I intend to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel so that his fierce anger will turn away from us. 
    • What is needed for a “covenant”?  The shedding of blood.  The New Testament Covenant is the shedding of Jesus’ blood,
  • The king commanded the priests, the descendants of Aaron, to offer these on the altar of the Lord. (Now do you remember the above Trivia question?  The descendants of Aaron are the High Priests.)

So the service of the temple of the Lord was reestablished. 36 Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.


Chapter 30.-The Passover.

It feels like we have read 1000 names in the Bible.  Who are the 12 tribes again?  Who are the enemies?  Who are the Kings?.  When you read the Passover and who is being invited to celebrate God’s deliverance from Egypt, here is a reminder of who The Tribes of Israel are:

  • Reuben
  • Simeon
  • Ephraim
  • Judah
  • Issachar
  • Zebulun
  • Dan
  • Naphtali
  • Gad
  • Asher
  • Manasseh
  • Benjamin

18 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.


chapter 31-  Read the ABOVE IN BLUE and then read this.  I could write a book on this topic (I won’t, I promise).  I actually started writing quite a bit BUT it may have translated wrong (my biggest fear) so I deleted it.  Maybe I will try again in the comments.

When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns and to their own property.

The chapter ends with:

20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. 21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

Can 1 person make a difference??


A perfect ending for a Sunday Morning.  Finally, the Sons of Kora write this to be sung in the Temple:  Click here for Psalm 48.

 

2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 Chronicles 28 and 2 Kings 16-17

Look closely at the King’s names for the Kingdom of Israel.  Today is the day we read about Hosea.  The last king.  

On the Judah side, we are still at Ahaz.

Ahaz (KIng od Judah)

He’s awful! Let’s list a few things: Think about this for a minute.  He lived in the Southern nation, in Jerusalem- where the TEMPLE was located yet he…

  • offered pagan sacrifices including sacrificing his own son to foreign gods
    • 2 Chronicles the first 9 verses read like a ‘Cause/Effect’ document in my social studies class. (Merideth my science teacher, for every action, there is a reaction..See I pay attention in class!)
    • effect-Therefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hands of the king of Aram. The Arameans defeated him and took many of his people as prisoners and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hands of the king of Israel, who inflicted heavy casualties on him. 
    • effect
  • when the king of Aram came to fight Jerusalem who did Ahaz cry out to for help?  The Lord?  NO!!!  To the King of Assyria!
  • when Ahaz went to Damascus to pay the king of Aram (with the gold he took from the Temple) he told his priest to sketch their altar of worship so he could build a replica of it and make sacrifices to it
  • When he went back to Jerusalem he deconstructed the Temple to look like their temple! Removing parts and rebuilding other parts

“Listen Linda”, If I were a preacher…I would make a series out of this!  SO MUCH APPLICATION here…and I am guilty of all of it…so let’s move on 😕


Now let’s look at the Northern Tribe (Israel)

Chapter 17…HERE IT IS!  The last king of Israel.  The Israelites are taken captive and removed from the Promises Land!

 The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria.

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In Deuteronomy 28 God told them if you obey me….if you disobey me.  HE WARNED THEM.  (over and over and over again)  So what did they do? (Basically, I am copying the whole chapter)

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

  • They worshiped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced.
  • The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right.
  • 10 They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.  
  • 12 They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”

13 The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

  • 14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God.
  • 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep.
  • They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.”
  • 16 They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole.
  • 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.

18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left…… So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there.


To make matters worse:

  • 24 The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites.

But they did not know how to worship our God….so Lions ate them.  Ha!  Well, that was freaking them out so they came up with a plan…have one of the captured priests go back and teach them how to worship God.

  • 33 They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.
  • 40 They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. 41 Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.
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Middle East Then n Now

If that post was confusing please let me know.  My brain is everywhere today, they announced the “School Plan” last night (which was fine), just not focused right now.

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? 😬

2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 Kings 14 and 2 Chronicles 25

So as soon as I see “Amaziah king of Judah” I immediately need to look at my visual”.  The two reads fit like a puzzle piece.  So if you already read and totally got it you can skip today’s post.  It is just a recap of the read.

Amaziah of Judah reigned over Judah for 29 years (796-767 B.C.). He began reigning when Jehoash was king over Israel and died during the reign of Jehoash’s son and successor Jeroboam II.

One of Amaziah’s acts of goodness that the writer of Kings included was his obedience to the Law in the matter of not executing children for their fathers’ crimes (Deut. 24:16). Kings of other ancient Near Eastern countries commonly practiced such executions. Amaziah instead trusted God to control the potential rebels.

Amaziah was victorious over Edom and become prideful. (Have they not learned that any victory they have is from the Lord.  So Amaziah (Judah) picks a fight with Jehoash (Israel).  So like children the tease each other and Jehoash calls him a little thistle compared to himself as a cedar in Lebanon.  He warns him not to pick a fight but to just go home.  (In my head I can see people standing around saying “fight fight fight”.”)

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God permitted this situation to punish Amaziah, because after subduing the Edomites, he had brought some of their idols into Jerusalem and worshipped them. (2 Chron. 25:14, 20)  The army of Israel took Amaziah prisoner.

When Jehoash died, they released Amaziah who returned to Judah. But….we end on a sad note:

From the time that Amaziah turned away from following the Lord, they conspired against him in Jerusalem and he fled to Lachish, (a former royal city) but they sent men after him to Lachish and killed him there. 28 He was brought back by horse and was buried with his ancestors in the City of Judah.

Israel - Ancient History Encyclopedia


Jeroboam II’s reign of 41 years was the longest in Israel’s history (793-753 B.C.).   

“He was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher”.

Soooo guess what book we read tomorrow???  Jonah and the Big Fish God!

2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 kings 12-13 and 2 Chron 24

The reading starts with:

In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

So we see JERUSALEM and DID RIGHT…therefore we KNOW this must be a king from Judah (all the kings of Israel were level) BUT he did not take down the “high places”.  High places were man-made places to make sacrifices, which copied pagan ways, to make sacrifices.  Judah had no excuse to do this since the Temple was in their territory.

Jehoash was the youngest king to mount Judah’s throne. He began reigning at age seven and ruled for 40 years (835-796 B.C.). His father was Ahaziah, the most recent male ruler of Judah, and his grandmother was Athaliah. Joash was mentored by a priest named Jehoiada.  His claim to face was bringing the Temple back to the Holy Sanctuary God had intended it to be.  JUST in case you read 2 Kings BUT skimmed 2 Chronicles (who would do that…ummmm me!) I will pull in a line or two that you may have missed.

So why did the temple need repair (besides years of neglect)?

2 Chron 24:7- Now the sons of that wicked woman Athaliah had broken into the temple of God and had used even its sacred objects for the Baals.

I AM COMING SOON! : Joash Repairs The Temple

Click here for a bigger copy or a printable one of this: you can find her just above Joash on the right side.

Joash started off so strong but he ended on a sour note.  He made 2 big mistakes.  Remember the other day the map of Aram.  Aram wanted to be able to use the coast for trading.  King Hazael of Aram had defeated Israel during the reigns of Jehu and Jehoahaz (chapter 13). He then pressed south along the Mediterranean coast toward Judah. He captured Gath and then sent soldiers against Jerusalem who killed many Judean leaders.

  1.  Joash: Rather than turning to God for deliverance, Joash bought Hazael off with gold from the renovated temple. (12:17-18)
  2. He went the way of the world and eventually worshiped like they did. I am not kidding, he abandoned the Temple project as well as the Temple itself! (2 Chon 24-17-19 if you want to go back to read it)

2 Kings Chapter 13

Don’t let the names overwhelm you.  Look at the subtitle.  King of Judah or King of Israel.  That will help you.  We are getting close to the end of Israel so you will see them getting weaker and weaker.

Nothing had been left of the army of Jehoahaz except fifty horsemen, ten chariots and ten thousand foot soldiers, for the king of Aram had destroyed the rest and made them like the dust at threshing time.

Follow your King chart, next is Jehoash (Israel side)

Elisha is dying (did anyone stop and think…did he see it coming?)  Jehaosh weeps over this.  Why?   Because Elisha is the only reason they have not fallen into enemy hands.

14 Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

Look at some of your visuals.  Now that both Israel and Judah are falling apart, God still loves them so much,  that He is going to start sending prophets with strong messages to try to get them to turn from their evil ways.

30. Understanding the Writing Prophets

2 Kings

2 Kings 9-11

2 Kings

Before today’s read Israel and Judah were kind of able to co-exist in the land, they even at times made small alliances to fight enemy territory.    This will come to an end now.  The year is 841 BC when Jehu takes the throne.  The Northern Kingdom will be taken into captivity in 722 BC.  Time is running out for the Israelites to get it together.  (But God is going to try everything to get them to turn from idol worship and let them see He is the one true God.)

We begin today with the fulfillment of prophecy from the Lord to Elijah.  1 Kings 19:

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Elisha sent the man to anoint Jehu and told him to run for his won safety!  Just as Elijah and Elisha were used as instruments from God so was Jehu in this case.

Question: Do you think Jezebel put makeup on as a pagan ritual, did she know she was going to die and prepared herself to look pretty for it,  or do you think she was going to try to seduce him?

1 Kings 21:17-

“I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. 21 He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free.[22 I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.’

23 “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’

Infamous Queen Jezebel And Her Ancient Seal | Ancient Pages


So read Chapter 10…it’s like a scene from a Hollywood movie!   The Lord is using Jehu to clean house so why in this is he considered a bad king, not a good king?

2 Kings

Stay with me….don’t get overwhelmed.  You got this!  Do you remember when Jeroboam and Rehoboam divided the kingdom over the tax issue?  One went North and one went South.  So if the temple was in the South…where was the North going to worship?

1 Kings 12:

25 Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.

26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. 27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.”

28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 29 One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. 30 And this thing became a sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.

They built an altar to the Lord. Look at this:

Jehu is currently in the political capital of the nation.  Jehu was good to burn the Baal worship….BUT if he tears down the golden calves he is committing political suicide! 

So Chapter 10 ends with: (I hope this makes sense now)

30 The Lord said to Jehu, “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.” 31 Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit.


Chapter 11- We switch to the tribe of Judah now.  The Davidic Line. The Covenant.

We began this story the other day in Chronicles but we never knew what happened after the baby was hidden.  The entire family of Ahaziah was killed.  What…can’t be.  God promised a king through the line of David to bring the Messiah.  Oh wait, there is a woman on the scene to save the day!  She takes Joash as a baby and hides him for 7 years!

Long Live the KIng!!!

Joash made king and the wicked queen Athaliah killed

 

20 All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the palace.

21 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign.