Thursday, 02 January 2020 19:27

The Lord heard Jehoahaz prayer

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Jehoahaz did evil in the lord's sight.He followed the example of Jeroboam and the lord was angry with Israel.God allowed King Hazel of Aram and his son Ben Haden to defeat them repeatedly. Aram which was in the north of Israel was always Israel's enemy. "Jehoahaz prayed... the Lord heard" 2 kings 13:4-5

So Jehoahaz cried for help to the lord.God graciously answered his prayer. He never turned away from other Gods but He looked to God for help but never realised the need to worship only Him.God helped him in spite of his sin_ evidence of God's grace.God saw that the oppression was severe and helped him

Lord provided someone to rescue the Israelites from the tyranny of the Armaneans. Israel lived in safety again.

Lord, Help us to depend on You to save us from the people who harm us.Help us to live trusting You for everything. Amen


The Israelite Kings 

Joash was the king of Israel who did all that was right in the eyes of the Lord. The important thing he did was to repair the temple.

Kings, who did evil?

All the other kings mentioned in this passage did evil in the sight of the Lord. Jehoahaz the king of Israel did evil and the Lord's anger burnt against him. He kept them under the power of the king of Aram who was severely oppressing them. Later the covenant keeping God with compassion delivered them and they escaped from the power of Aram.

Azariah - According to 2 Chronicles 26:1, it is likely Uzziah was his throne name while Azariah was his personal name. The Lord afflicted Azariah the king with leprosy. This was a punishment for usurping the priestly function of burning incence on the altar in the temple.

Zachariah did evil in the sight of the Lord. He was assassinated by Shallum. Shallum was assassinated by Menahem. Menahem did evil in the sight of the Lord and made a treaty with the king of Assyria.

The other kings Pekahiah, Hoshea were also wicked kings. Ahaz was a king who followed detestable practices and even sacrificed his son. He removed parts of the furnishings of the temple.

Only two kings Joash and Jotham in this passage pleased the Lord. The Lord's heart was terribly grieved when He saw all the evil done by the Israelite kings as they forgot all the laws and commandments of the Lord and all the miracles He had done on behalf of His people.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa, Chennai



 

My Insights
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12:2 - Jehoash(also called Joash began well —even restoring the temple (2 Kin.12:4-15). But after Jehoiada the godly priest died, Jehoash listened to dishonourable advisors, committed idolatry, and greatly displeased the Lord. This illustrates that we must make our faith our own. We must each choose to make Jesus Christ the Lord over our heArts, because the faith of others will never suffice.

12:15 - God looks for faithful men and women to do His work. The Bible asks, “Who can find a faithful man? (Prov. 20:6). Are you such an honourable person?

13:4 - It is the Lord’s nature to show mercy and and to respond with compassion to suffering. And yet He will not tolerate rebellion forever. We must respond to His grace with obedience.

13:14 - Elisha performed twice as many. Miracles as Elijah, yet he died of an illness while Elijah “went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kin 2:11). Lack of faith? Hardly, God endorsed his ministry by performing one final miracle through him after his death (2 Kin 13:21).

13:19 - When King Joash of Israel was instructed to strike the ground, it meant that he was to shoot the arrows into the ground. He should have shot all the arrows he had taken up— signifying a complete trust in God for a total victory. Unfortunately, when Joash held the arrows back, it showed he didn’t have a wholehearted trust in The Lord. The same is true for us. We must use all our resources in God’s service, not holding any back (2 Tim 4:6). Everything we are and have belongs to Him.

13:23 -we owe our very lives to the promises of God. He shows us compassion, grace and favour not because we earn it, but because His loving nature does not change (Mal.3:6).

14:10 - Pride can cause us to do foolish things. God tells us, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Prov.16:18). The Lord used a wicked King to admonish Amaziah, but he refused to listen.

14:27 - The sovereign Lord uses both good and evil men to fulfill His holy purposes. In this case, the time was not yet right to Judge Israel’s wickedness, so God preserved His people through the skill of Jeroboam II. What He has said, He will do, but we must take care not to misrepresent or misconstrue His Words.

15:5 - Why did God strike King Azariah (also called Uzziah) with leprosy? Second Chronicles 26:16-21 tells us that after the king had many military victories, he became proud and attempted to usurp the duties of the priest. God immediately made him a leper. Pride truly has terrible consequences.

15:12 - This was in fulfilment of the promise God made to Jehu in 2 Kings 10:30. Even though Jehu ended up an evil king, the Lord still blessed what he did in obedience to Him.

Yet why does the Bible often point out that the predictions made by God’s prophets came true? So that we would have confidence that whatever the Lord speaks is absolutely trustworthy.

15:29 - As God prepares to judge His rebellious people, He usually first gives them a taste of the judgement to come, giving them a further opportunity to repent. But Israel ignored His warnings, and the result was capture and exile to Assyria.
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Clara Radhakrishna



 

I AM THE FAITHFULNESS AND LOVE

Jehoash Repairs the Temple

Throughout his life he did what pleased the LORD, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Joash called the priests and ordered them to save up the money paid in connection with the sacrifices in the Temple, both the dues paid for the regular sacrifices and the money given as freewill gifts.

Each priest was to be responsible for the money brought by those he served, and the money was to be used to repair the Temple, as needed.

But by the twenty-third year of Joash's reign the priests still had not made any repairs in the Temple.

The priests agreed to this and also agreed not to make the repairs in the Temple.

⏳ Jehoahaz Reigns in Israel
Then Jehoahaz prayed to the LORD, and the LORD, seeing how harshly the king of Syria was oppressing the Israelites, answered his prayer.

⏳ Death of Elisha
The prophet Elisha was sick with a fatal disease, and as he lay dying, King Jehoash of Israel went to visit him. My father, my father! he exclaimed as he wept. You have been the mighty defender of Israel!

Get a bow and some arrows, Elisha ordered him. Jehoash got them,*

Shoot the arrow! Elisha ordered. As soon as the king shot the arrow, the prophet exclaimed, You are the LORD's arrow, with which he will win victory over Syria. You will fight the Syrians in Aphek until you defeat them.

Elisha died and was buried.

⏳ Israel Recaptures Cities from Syria
But the LORD was kind and merciful to them. He would not let them be destroyed, but helped them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has never forgotten his people.

⏳ Jotham Reigns in Judah
Jotham did what was pleasing to the LORD.

⏳ Ahaz Reigns in Judah

The bronze altar dedicated to the LORD was between the new altar and the Temple, so Ahaz moved it to the north side of his new altar.

Show faithfulness and love as I AM
I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"

Sudhir



 

Comfortless Comforters

2 Kings 15:14 introduces us to one of the most evil kings of Israel, Menahem. He killed Shallum who reigned for a month after killing the last descendant of Jehu.

Menahem came to power to stop Shallum's conspiracy but instead of putting someone from Jehu's family on the throne, he ruled ruthlessly for 10 years. He was so evil that he ripped open pregnant women, something that I cannot associate with God's people.

I thought that Menahem would be a root of the word mayhem but I was so surprised to see that this Hebrew name means the comforter or One who consoles.

When he killed Shallum, I can imagine the people thinking that he would bring in peace but he ruled with brute force; instead of bringing comfort to the people, he brought evil.

However, God promises true comfort for the weary: I, even I, am He who comforts you. (Isaiah 51:12). Today, the Holy Spirit is our Comforter (John 14:26) and just as He comforts us, we are called upon to comfort others (2 Cor 1:4).

Trying to find comfort in humanity is vain. But when we place our faith in God, He not only comforts us but makes us channels of comfort to others in this hostile world we live in.

Let us pray that we do not become false comforters like Menahem, but that we be strong in the presence of the true Comforter and learn to truly comfort others.

Stay blessed.
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