Jeroboam’s Evil Reign in Israel

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Accountability

While Amaziah was being held prisoner in Israel, Jehoash, king of Israel, died. When this happened, Amaziah was released and returned to Judah. Azariah (referred to as Uzziah later), his son, had been acting as king while he was in prison. Now Amaziah resumes his reign over Judah and makes his son vice-regent.Soon Amaziah discovered a conspiracy against him and fled to Lachish, thirty-five miles southwest of Jerusalem, on the southern border of Judah. This conspiracy may have been the result of growing dissatisfaction with his leadership because of the senseless war with Jehoash. He could have fled the country but his enemies caught up with him and he was killed. Amaziah was returned to Jerusalem where he was evidently given a king’s funeral.

Azariah had begun to reign at the age of 16 when his father Amaziah was taken prisoner. Now when his father was killed he began his sole reign. His most significant accomplishment was the rebuilding of Solomon’s important Red Sea naval base (v. 22) (l Kings 9:22-48). Meanwhile, after the death of Jehoash, king of Israel, his son Jeroboam II (who had been co-regent with his father) began to reign for 41 years. Spiritually he followed in the footsteps of his predecessors but politically he was Israel’s strongest king. He restored Israel’s boundaries to approximately the same way in Solomon’s time. This territorial expansion had been prophesied by Jonah, the man who traveled to Nineveh with God’s message of repentance.

Application

Material property is not always an indication of God’s blessing. It can also be a result of self-centeredness as in the case of Jeroboam. I must never forget that God holds me accountable for how I obtain success and how I use my finances.

II Kings 14:15-29 (English Standard Version)

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? And Jehoash slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel, and Jeroboam his son reigned in his place. Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel. Now the rest of the deeds of Amaziah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 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. And they brought him on horses; and he was buried in Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David. And all the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. He built Elath and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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? And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, the kings of Israel, and Zechariah his son reigned in his place.

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