(25 verses, 2:56 to read)
What I’m about to READ
- The reign of Amaziah, a confused King of Judah.
MARK & LEARN
- 1-4: Summary of Amaziah’s reign. He’s a mixed figure – doing “what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart.” (2)
- 5-13: Amaziah assembled armies from Judah and then hired out other men from Israel. A man of God warns Amaziah that the hiring of extra men was both not needed and was dangerous because of their false worship. Bad alliances have and will continue to be a sign of distrust in the Lord. What is another 100,000 men if the Lord is not with them? Though Amaziah initially objects to sending them away (after all, he had already spent the money), he does dismiss them. He trusts in this promise given to him: “The Lord is able to give you much more than this.” This section ends with the extra men who were initially brought in, but then sent away, ransacking and destroying parts of Judah. This happened either 1.) To show how they would not have been faithful soldiers, or 2.) As a punishment for bringing them to fight in the first place. Or something else or both. God doesn’t reveal the why this time.
- 14-16: After showing faith in the Lord’s promise, Amaziah now shows utter rebellion by worshiping the gods of the people whom were just defeated by the Lord. 15 “Therefore the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” Sinful rebellion often does not make sense. Had Amaziah threw down and destroyed the idols, this temptation might not have overtaken him. Nevertheless, the Lord does continue to send His Word to Amaziah. This time, however, it is met with hardheartedness and silenced.
- 17-28: The Lord gave Amaziah over to his sin and punished him through Israel. The house of God is ransacked.
- Lord Jesus, you have defeated sin, death, and the devil for me. Yet, too often, I look for certainty and pleasure in the very things I have heard have been defeated. Protect me from this temptation and lead me always to hear Your Word of repentance so that my heart is continually softened and I learn to fear, love, and trust in You above all things. If I lose something because of my worship of You, help to trust in this promise: “The Lord is able to give you much more than this.”
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC