2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26
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Please forgive me for my late entry. Since this is a day late, rather than my trying to play catch up I am simply going to use this for today’s entry. If you are reading along with the blog and have printed out a schedule….we will now be a day behind. In the past when I got behind due to family emergencies I hurried to get caught up. However, I received several emails from you guys asking if that ever happened again…. just to do one day at a time, even if it meant we were behind. So I have heard you, so ONLY one entry for today.
The Kings of Judah in this chapter were few. Azaiah King of Judah (also known as Uzziah) who ruled 52 years (became King when he was 16 years old!!) Azariah did “right in the eyes of The Lord” BUT the high places were still not removed and the people CONTINUED to worship other gods and idols!! 2 Chronicles 26:4-5 says: “He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. AS LONG AS HE SOUGHT THE LORD, GOD GAVE HIM SUCCESS.” Azariah/Uzziah had great success while he obeyed The Lord; however, when his PRIDE became his focus The Lord stuck him with leprosy for the remainder of his life and he lived alone in a separate house. Azariah/Uzziah even tried to enter the Temple to DO the work of the Levites…BIG NO NO!!! (Remember ONLY the Levites were supposed to do this by God’s command!!… and he was no Levite)…. BIG PRIDE issues and pride became his downfall!! The second King of Judah we read about today was Jotham, Azariah/Uzziah’s son.
The Kings of Israel were MANY. Jeroboam ruled 27 years. Zechariah, son of Jeroboam (remember J=Jerk??) ruled for SIX MONTHS, Z was assassinated by Shallum who succeeded him. (Prophesy was fulfilled as The Lord had said to Jehu “Your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” Shallum reigned ONE MONTH!! The next King of Israel was Menahem (he assassinated Shallum and succeeded him.) Menahem reigned 10 years and was quite evil….did you notice he ripped open the bellies of the pregnant women!!!??? Pekahiah, his son succeeded him as king and reigned for TWO YEARS!! Pekah killed Pekahiah and succeeded him as king and reigned 20 years. Hoshea assassinated Pekah and succeeded him as king.
Azariah/Uzziah was the reigning King in Judah during all the kings of Israel listed above!!! However in Pekah’s second year as King of Israel, Azariah/Uzziah died and his son Jotham became King of Judah!!
So why were the reigns of the Kings of Israel so short??? THEY WERE NOT FOLLOWING THE LORD!! We are getting very close to the total destruction of the Nation of Israel.
If you ever have time to look World History and its correlation to the Bible….you’ll be BLOWN away. EVEN if you just look at current events and what is happening in the land NOW…you can see how the Scripture we are reading REALLY IS HISTORY!!
God gave us a hint as to what will happen to the Nation of Israel once they are totally destroyed in 2 Kings 15:19 (sadly, Judah will soon follow.) Here is verse 19: “Then Pul (also known as Tiglath-Pileser) king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talents of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom. Menahem exacted this money from Israel. Every wealthy man had to contribute fifty shekels of silver to be given to the king of Assyria.”
HOWEVER…..King Pul of Assyria is conquering an enormous amount land. Verse 29 says: “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.”
In our reading, Assyria is becoming a HUGE world power. The reason they want the Promised land is because it lines the coast of the sea and the real power and money is to control the trade routes. Keep an eye on the ASSyrians. They are REALLY wicked people rising to take over the world (does this sound like reading a newspaper today!!)
What was the Capital of Assyria? Nineveh (from Jonah)!!! So doesn’t it make sense WHY God wanted Nineveh converted to follow him…..before the fall of Israel?”
The Scriptures about Azariah/Uzziah are a GREAT message for us today. Uzziah’s success switched his focus from GOD who gave him the success, on to himself. He began to feel that he was the reason for the success. NO one but a prideful person would have EVER have gone into the Temple to do the work of the Levite Priests!!! This happens to so many people…even today!! What has been the MOST talked about sin in the Bible? Murder? Lust? Homosexuality? Stealing? Coveting? Adultery? NO, NO, and NO. Pride and worshipping anything other than The Lord are the TOP 2 sins God wants us to NOT do. Want me to repeat that? PRIDE AND WORSHIPPING ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE LORD are the MOST talked about sins in the Bible and the most we are warned about.
Today was a pretty heavy reading, and if you are like me you need to KNOW what the NT has to say. The following scripture comes to mind and brings me great comfort. Romans 8:”26 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. 27 And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. 28 We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. AMP.
I praise GOD that He is and that Jesus wanted to and did come/live/die/was resurrected for one like me.
Sharing HIS love and thanking each of you for your understanding~~