Monday, April 8, 2013

A lesson from the Kings of Judah

King Asa: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (1 Kings 15:11).  He did not remove the high places that the people used for worship (1 Kings 15:14).  At the end of his reign he was "diseased in his feet" (1 Kings 15:23).

King Jehoshaphat: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (1 Kings 22:43)  He did not remove the high places that the people used for worship (1 Kings 22:43).  At the end of his reign he had a whole fleet of ships destroyed (2 Chronicles 20:35-37).

King Joash (or Jehoash): He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 12:2)  He did not remove the high places that the people used for worship (2 Kings 12:3).  At the end of his reign he was murdered (2 Kings 12:19-20).

Side Note: High Places were where the people of Israel worshiped false Gods.  God had commanded they all be destroyed (Deuteronomy 12)

King Amaziah: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 14:3)  He did not remove the high places that the people used for worship (2 Kings 14:4).  At the end of his reign he was taken captive in battle (2 Kings 14:11-14).


King Uzziah (or Azariah): He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 15:3)  He did not remove the high places that the people used for worship (2 Kings 15:4).  At the end of his reign he was struck with leprosy (2 Kings 14:11-14).

King Jotham: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 15:34)  He did not remove the high places that the people used for worship (2 Kings 15:35).  At the end of his reign he was in a war with two enemy kings allied against him (2 Kings 15:37).

Feel free to check my work on this, but the pattern here is nearly undeniable.  My takeaway:

Doing what is right on your own but not having any regard for the people around you and how they are following God leaves a lot to be desired.

King Hezekiah: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 18:3)  He did remove the high places that the people used for worship (2 Kings 18:4).  At the end of his reign he was given 15 extra years to live and reign (2 Kings 20:6).

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