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September 13, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Ezekiel 43-45
Audio: Ezekiel 43-45

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2 Chronicles 22 (ESV)

And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, his youngest son, king in his place, for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing. He even followed their counsel and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead. And the Syrians wounded Joram, and he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was wounded.

But it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram. For when he came there, he went out with Jehoram to meet Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab. And when Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he met the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers, who attended Ahaziah, and he killed them. He searched for Ahaziah, and he was captured while hiding in Samaria, and he was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He is the grandson of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” And the house of Ahaziah had no one able to rule the kingdom.

10 Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family of the house of Judah. 11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were about to be put to death, and she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Thus Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of Jehoiada the priest, because she was a sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah, so that she did not put him to death. 12 And he remained with them six years, hidden in the house of God, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

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  1. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly (2 Chronicles 22:3).

    Bad Counsel

    A common character trait in people is blame-shifting. Instead of taking responsibility for our actions when we have done something wrong, we typically blame someone else (or we justify our actions because of what someone else did). Interestingly enough, we don't typically do this when it comes to something good we have done!

    When was the last time someone affirmed something good in you or something good you did and you gave credit to someone else? 

    In today's chapter, the Chronicler reminds us of the story of king Ahaziah and his mother Athaliah. We learn that Ahaziah "walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly" (2 Chronicles 22:3) and he "did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing" (2 Chronicles 22:4). 

    2 Chronicles 22:5 tells us that he followed their counsel. This is why Ahaziah is responsible for his "undoing" while his mother is responsible for giving him bad counsel. 

    We are not absolved of responsibility when we do wrong because we have been wronged (or we have been taught wrong). You can certainly see the disadvantage a child has when a parent gives bad counsel (or advice) but ultimately we are responsible for our own actions regardless how we were taught. 

    The same can be said of raising children with good and godly counsel. It does not guarantee they will grow up to be good and godly. The proverb "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6) is true in principle and as a general rule. But children are not robots who do only as we train them to do. They have a sin nature, sinful desires and have a lot of input from teachers, peers and even the Internet, TV and movies. No matter how much we train and pray, they will be responsible for their decisions. 

    This brings to mind what will happen on the Day of Judgment.

    When someone who has not been reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ stands before God in judgment, there will not be anyone there to blame. They will be judged according to their sin. 

    For the Christian, when we stand before God in judgment, our sins will be pardoned because Christ's righteousness has been imputed on us. We will not be judged according to our sin because Christ's death paid the price for us and by faith we receive a "not guilty" verdict even though we have sinned. In other words, Jesus takes the blame for us!

    By no means does this mean we can do whatever we want and sin as much as we want. If we have genuine faith, we won't do whatever we want and we won't keep sinning as we did before. God's Spirit, in combination with His Word, will transform our lives – not so we are sinless (perfect) in our flesh but so we sin less…and less…and less, as we mature in our faith and become more like Christ. Sanctification is a perfecting work of God in the life of those who have been born again. 

    If there is no change in your life after you put your faith in Jesus Christ, then perhaps the faith you have is only intellectual since saving faith is always transformational.

    1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 says, "Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you."

    In closing, just as Jesus takes the blame for us, He gets the glory for this transforming work in us. We don't take credit for the work of God in our lives. It doesn't come from us but it's God sanctifying us until we are in glory with Him forever.

    And yes, even though this transformational work doesn't come from us, we have a responsibly to submit to it, nurture it, fight the urge to resist it and surrender to it because we submit to Him, nurture our relationship with Him, fight the urge to resist Him and surrender completely to Him

     

  2. I have most definitely been transformed! It's the most wonderful thing that's ever happened to me. 

    Once you've really received Jesus, your priorities, wants, needs, perspective, all of it, changes. 

    My eyes have been opened, and I'll never be the same. 

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