3 Kings

 

  A good king is so hard to find.

As we progress along on our journey through 2 Chronicles, it is difficult to not see the clear pattern before us. Israel, the once glorious kingdom of God’s people, firmly strengthened under King David and then built into prosperity under Solomon, has fallen into complete rebellion and disarray. Divided into 2 smaller kingdoms – with Israel (also known as Ephraim) to the north and Judah to the south – we see a long lineage of kings come and go. While the northern Israel never had a king who did “what was right in the sight of the Lord” – it was the southern kingdom of Judah who occasionally had good kings who sought the Lord and ushered God’s people back to Him in revival. (That is why 1-2 Chronicles focuses mostly on Judah).

In 2 Chronicles 25-27 we see 3 kings highlights… with each becoming progressively better – relying more and more on the Lord and seeing the direct results of that in their perspective kingdoms.

Amaziah

He did right in the Lord’s sight, but not with a perfect or blameless heart.” 2 Chr 25:2 AMP

After watching his father, Joash, usher in a revival under the godly counsel of Jehoiada the priest, only to end up in ruin after that priests death – Amaziah begins his reign in a good direction. He “did what was right in the Lord’s sight”, yet the Bible also says that his heart wasn’t really into it. This is all too common – and proves that it isn’t the outward actions which make a leader – but the inward state of his heart (which will lead to his outward actions). While Amaziah begins well, the true state of his heart is revealed once he is provided the opportunity. Looking to other means for his strength (instead of God) – Amaziah seeks the assistance of the apostate northern kingdom… incurring the wrath of God as a result. Despite victory in battle, Amaziah’s troublesome heart continues to get in his way – eventually leading him to make an unwise decision – culminating in his humiliating defeat.

Uzziah

He did right in the Lord’s sight, to the extent of all that his father Amaziah had done.”2 Chr 26:4 AMP

Like his father, Uzziah also began his reign on the right foot… but notice how the Word tells us that he only did it “to the extent that his father had done”. Children learn how to love the Lord and obey His Word from their parents. That is how it was back then and that is still how it is today (for good or bad)! Uzziah had his father as his example… and he began by doing what was right in God’s sight. With Zechariah the priest at his side as counsel – Uzziah “set himself to seek God” and the result of that correct heart was “as long as he sought (inquired of, yearned for) the Lord, God made him prosper”. (2 Chr 26:5). BUT – they say power corrupts, and what began in the right direction – ended in misery for this king as well. Once he became strong, he turned away from the very One who had brought his strength – ignoring the counsel before him – and straying outside of his boundaries. This brought disease upon him (as disobedience does) and ended his life in darkness. In the end – good king Uzziah wasn’t even buried in the tombs of his fathers – but in a field outside of the city as a leper.

Jotham

He did right in the sight of the Lord, to the extent of all that his father Uzziah had done. However, he did not invade the temple of the Lord…”2 Chr 27:2 AMP

As a child, I am sure young Jotham saw the mistakes of his father, and sought to go a different direction (as to not end in the same situation himself). Jotham did “right in the sight of the Lord” and did not go the poor way that his father had gone… yet the damage was done. The above verse continues in that “The people still did corruptly”(vs 2). Sin has a lingering effect – and the sins of the father’s can be visited to successive generations. (Deut 5:9). And yet – God’s mercy is ALWAYS ready to respond to obedience (Deut 5:10). Good King Jotham did his best to turn the tide of the examples he had before him… obeying the Lord and walking in his ways… even beyond those of his fathers. The result of that is his reign was prosperous and his legacy strong.

So 3 kings… with so much to teach us. For starters – we fathers must take our role seriously. Young men are watching us and will learn who God is by our example. Unwise and selfish decisions will hurt not only ourselves, but them and future generations as well. Secondly – our obedience must come from a pure heart. God isn’t looking at our actions – but the root of those actions. If you ask Him, He will give you a pure heart and the ability to please Him. But, it is the third lesson that stands brighter here. Jesus came to break the lingering effect of sin! As we saw in Jotham – it IS possible to turn the tide of the foolish generations before us by seeking the Lord and doing what is right. Genesis 4:7 tells us If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” My wife and I made a choice years ago to turn the direction of our family line by “doing well” and trusting in Jesus to reverse the Curse over our lineage…

Perhaps you would like to join us?

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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