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July 13, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

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2 Kings 14 (ESV)

In the second year of Joash the son of Joahaz, king of Israel, Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddin of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not like David his father. He did in all things as Joash his father had done. But the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. And as soon as the royal power was firmly in his hand, he struck down his servants who had struck down the king his father. But he did not put to death the children of the murderers, according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, where the Lord commanded, “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. But each one shall die for his own sin.”

He struck down ten thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt and took Sela by storm, and called it Joktheel, which is its name to this day.

Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, “Come, let us look one another in the face.” And Jehoash king of Israel sent word to Amaziah king of Judah, “A thistle on Lebanon sent to a cedar on Lebanon, saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son for a wife,’ and a wild beast of Lebanon passed by and trampled down the thistle. 10 You have indeed struck down Edom, and your heart has lifted you up. Be content with your glory, and stay at home, for why should you provoke trouble so that you fall, you and Judah with you?”

11 But Amaziah would not listen. So Jehoash king of Israel went up, and he and Amaziah king of Judah faced one another in battle at Beth-shemesh, which belongs to Judah. 12 And Judah was defeated by Israel, and every man fled to his home. 13 And Jehoash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash, son of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh, and came to Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem for four hundred cubits, from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate. 14 And he seized all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of the Lord and in the treasuries of the king’s house, also hostages, and he returned to Samaria.

15 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash that he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel, and Jeroboam his son reigned in his place.

17 Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel. 18 Now the rest of the deeds of Amaziah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 19 And they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. But they sent after him to Lachish and put him to death there. 20 And they brought him on horses; and he was buried in Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David. 21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. 22 He built Elath and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers.

23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, began to reign in Samaria, and he reigned forty-one years. 24 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin. 25 He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher. 26 For the Lord saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter, for there was none left, bond or free, and there was none to help Israel. 27 But the Lord had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, so he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

28 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam and all that he did, and his might, how he fought, and how he restored Damascus and Hamath to Judah in Israel, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 29 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, the kings of Israel, and Zechariah his son reigned in his place.

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  1. But the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. (2 Kings 14:4).

    Not Removed

    Unlike David, Amaziah did not follow the Lord completely. He disregarded the commands in Deuteronomy 12:2-7, 13-14 which says, "You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place. 4 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way. 5 But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, 6 and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. 7 And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you."

    13 "Take care that you do not offer your burnt offerings at any place that you see, 14 but at the place that the Lord will choose in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I am commanding you."

    There are people today in their zeal for the Lord try to apply God's covenant with Old Testament Israel to America. Under the old covenant, there was no separation of church and state as the people of God were established as a theocracy ruled by divinely-appointed kings. 

    Deuteronomy 17:14-20 says, "When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ 17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.

    18 "And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel."

    Under the new covenant of Christ, God establishes a theocracy in the life of every single Christian (where He rules as the ultimate authority). Our government can't be Christian because it's a thing. Only people who surrender to the Lordship of Christ and by faith receive salvation through Him can be a theocracy under God's control. 

    We do not force people to become Christians, act like Christians or follow the Word of God against their will. We are a distinct group of people who exist in a government established for all people. 

    Furthermore, Jesus didn't overthrow the ungodly, corrupt government of his time but said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:21). He even subjected Himself to Pilate's authority when He was arrested but said to him, "You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above" (John 19:11).

    As followers of Christ, we do have obligations to our government. Romans 13:1-2 says, "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."

    We also must obey the laws instituted by our government except when our government tries to force us to disobey God or go against His Word. 

    Acts 5:27-32 says, "And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, 'We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.' 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.'"

    While it's a good thing to vote for politicians who are believers and are representing God and His Word, our faith is not in our politicians but in God. As voters, we should only vote in accordance with God's Word and not for politicians whose policies oppose what Scripture teaches is right. 

    It is a sad day when Christians vote for politicians who oppose God and His Word and legislate in direct opposition to God's Word. How anyone who claims to know Christ could vote for the mass killing of millions of babies is hard for me to understand. I've heard people say it's not the governments job to stop abortion but that's a false argument as the government should never have voted to legalize it. 

    With that said, I intentionally remove myself from making this or other issues my focus (and it easily could be). My focus is on preparing God's people for the return of Christ (and warning unbelievers of the coming judgement). On a personal level, even though I feel strongly about the horrific nature of abortion, I'm more concerned about the horrific nature of my own heart and all the sin that still exists in it.

    My focus is not on removing the ungodly things in our society (or the ungodly people in it) but the ungodly things that are in my own heart and mind which influence my attitude and actions.

    I may not be on the front lines trying to convince mothers not to murder their children, or entering politics to change the law allowing the mass slaughter of millions of lives who can't defend themselves against this brutality, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing I can do. I can be on the front lines of prayer – not only for those who are planning on taking the life of their child but everyone . . . including our government leaders.

    1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, "I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."

    Let's pray . . . 

  2. I'm often confused by Christians who can stand by government that goes against God. I can't understand how they can't see when a politician is blatantly disobeying God, when it's so obvious to me. 

    I guess it goes back to how some people's eyes are closed and others are open. 

    I pray that God always keeps my eyes open, and that everything I learn is absolutely Biblical. 

     

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