Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 54 Tuesday

II Kings chapter 14

Amaziah, king of Judah, had a measure of success against Edom and in his militaristic pride he challenged Jehoash, king of Israel, to a battle. The king of Israel warned Amaziah not to pursue this matter any further but Amaziah would not listen. Israel was successful against Judah. Jehoash carried the battle from Bethshemesh to Jerusalem where he took treasures from the LORD'S house, the king's house, as well as hostages before returning to his capital in Samaria. Yet he did not kill the king of Judah. Amaziah outlived Jehoash by 15 years. Then he also succumbed to the conspiracy of assassins just as his father had.

Does God issue any commands?

  • In this chapter we read of Judah's king, Amaziah, following the law as given by Moses when dealing with those who had conspired to assassinate his father, King Joash.

Does God make any promises?

  • Mention is made of a promise made through Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet from Gathhepher (better known as the Jonah who was swallowed by the great fish), to restore the coast of Israel. This was fulfilled in the days of Israel's king, Jeroboam, the son of Joash (not to be confused with this country's first king who was also named Jeroboam).
  • The LORD promised that he would not blot out the name of Israel so He rescued them during the days of this king Jeroboam to fulfill this promise.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • As the righteous judge, Amaziah was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge each individual and hold him or her accountable for sins and will not be a respecter of persons or family ties.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

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