2 Kgs 14:1-29
Amaziah the son of Joash, began to reign in Judah at twenty five years old. We learnt that he did what was right in the sight of God, though not like David did. The high places were still not removed and people continued to offer sacrifices there.
As soon as Amaziah was established, he slew those who murdered his father, though he preserved their children. He also had victory in war over Edom, taking Selah and renaming the land. Amaziah then challenged Jehoash the king of Israel to war, but the latter declined, warning Amaziah to revel in his victory over Edom but not get his hear lifted up unnecessary. When Amaziah insisted, the two kings went to war, and Jehoash defeated Amaziah. though he did not kill him, he broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and also took away much treasures from the temple and the kings house.
Jehoash returned to Samaria, died there, with Amaziah reigning in Judah fifteen years afterwards. Amaziah was eventually conspired against and murdered. Azariah, his sixteen year old son, was made king in his stead. He had a major achievement of building Elath and restoring it to Judah before his death.
The chapter ends by talking briefly of Jeroboam, the son of Jehoash, who was reigning in Israel. Like the first Jeroboam, he also sinned against God. It was however surprising that despite this, because of God’s mercy on his people, he still used Jeroboam to save his people, for he saw their afflictions.
God works in diverse ways, some mysterious at times. Amaziah a “good” king was defeated by Jehoash, Jeroboam a “sinful king” was used to rescue his people. God’s wisdom pass understanding, he works according to his purpose, and is no respecter of men, he could use anyone, even the evil, to accomplish his purpose and bring glory to his name.
Some verses to remember
13-14 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits. And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
26-27 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.