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July 14, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Proverbs 4-6
Audio: Proverbs 4-6

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2 Kings 15 (ESV)

In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah the son of Amaziah, king of Judah, began to reign. He was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. And the Lord touched the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, and he lived in a separate house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the household, governing the people of the land. Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? And Azariah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Jotham his son reigned in his place.

In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done. He did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin. 10 Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him and struck him down at Ibleam and put him to death and reigned in his place. 11 Now the rest of the deeds of Zechariah, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 12 (This was the promise of the Lord that he gave to Jehu, “Your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” And so it came to pass.)

13 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah king of Judah, and he reigned one month in Samaria. 14 Then Menahem the son of Gadi came up from Tirzah and came to Samaria, and he struck down Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria and put him to death and reigned in his place. 15 Now the rest of the deeds of Shallum, and the conspiracy that he made, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 16 At that time Menahem sacked Tiphsah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah on, because they did not open it to him. Therefore he sacked it, and he ripped open all the women in it who were pregnant.

17 In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem the son of Gadi began to reign over Israel, and he reigned ten years in Samaria. 18 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart all his days from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin. 19 Pul the king of Assyria came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that he might help him to confirm his hold on the royal power. 20 Menahem exacted the money from Israel, that is, from all the wealthy men, fifty shekels of silver from every man, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back and did not stay there in the land. 21 Now the rest of the deeds of Menahem and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 22 And Menahem slept with his fathers, and Pekahiah his son reigned in his place.

23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned two years. 24 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin. 25 And Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him with fifty men of the people of Gilead, and struck him down in Samaria, in the citadel of the king’s house with Argob and Arieh; he put him to death and reigned in his place. 26 Now the rest of the deeds of Pekahiah and all that he did, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.

27 In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twenty years. 28 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin.

29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and he carried the people captive to Assyria. 30 Then Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah and struck him down and put him to death and reigned in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. 31 Now the rest of the acts of Pekah and all that he did, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.

32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, Jotham the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, began to reign. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok. 34 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done. 35 Nevertheless, the high places were not removed. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord. 36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 37 In those days the Lord began to send Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah against Judah. 38 Jotham slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father, and Ahaz his son reigned in his place.

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  1. History

    Today's chapter looks back in time chronologically with the focus shifting from the nation of Israel and Judah and the murders of several kings. I like what author Dale Davis wrote for this chapter in his commentary on 2 Kings:

    "Fast Forward to Oblivion – It’s a gift to the impatient. Whether one is listening to an audio cassette or watching a video cassette (both of which may soon be destined for technological-dinosaur land) one can arrive, rather quickly, at the precise spot one wants to hear or see. So, if I’m settling down to watch ‘Gettysburg’ and don’t want to wait for all the preliminaries and read the dire warnings about copyrights and so on, I simply punch the fast-forward button and, at hyper-speed, go to the beginning of the movie. Now it seems as though the writer of 2 Kings 15 had his finger on the fast-forward all through this chapter. No sooner had all the solemn speeches been made at Jeroboam II’s funeral in 753 BC but we are placed on a literary roller coaster and rushed at fast forward speed through the last thirty years of the northern kingdom. In thirty years it was all over, and Israel was all but flushed down the sewer line of history, a line then maintained by the Assyrians."

    Davis, D. R. (2005). 2 Kings: The Power and the Fury (p. 217). Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications.

    The ESV Study Bible offers this insight:

    "Israel’s respite from foreign oppression is as temporary as her domination of Judah. With the passing of Jeroboam II, the nation has reached the “fourth generation” of the divine promise to Jehu (10:30) and has returned to the unstable government of the northern kingdom implied by 1 Kings 14:15 and illustrated in 1 Kings 14–16 (before the houses of Omri and Jehu were established). Reign now follows reign in quick succession, as the reader moves toward the end of Israel’s story."

    Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 673). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

    There's a famous saying, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." As we have seen in our readings, there are many people who did what was evil in God's sight. Even those who did right often fell short when it came to leading people away from sacrificing and making offerings on the high places. (We'll learn about high places in 2 Kings 17). 

    One lesson we can walk away from is that leaders are not only responsible for doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord personally but are also responsible to lead others to do the same. This is lived out in the context of the church (well, it's supposed to be).

    Too many churches today refuse to hold anyone (including other leaders) to standards set in the Bible. Many churches refuse to talk about (let alone deal with) sin in the congregation. Like the people in history, we will fall short but we should aspire for godliness and holiness in all we do and encourage each other to do the same.

    When people refuse to submit to the authority of God and His Word, leaders must be willing to make the difficult choices to confront – and when necessary, remove those who continue to do evil in the sight of the Lord without any interest in repenting.

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