[Linux4christians] Wednesday - 2 Kings 13:14 - 14
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Tue Feb 22 22:13:40 EST 2011
2 Kings 13:14 - 14
Elisha Makes One Final Prophecy
13:14 Now Elisha had a terminal illness. King Joash of Israel went down
to visit him. He wept before him and said, "My father, my father! The
chariot and horsemen of Israel!" 13:15 Elisha told him, "Take a bow and
some arrows," and he did so. 13:16 Then Elisha told the king of Israel,
"Aim the bow." He did so, and Elisha placed his hands on the king's
hands. 13:17 Elisha said, "Open the east window," and he did so. Elisha
said, "Shoot!" and
he did so. Elisha said, "This arrow symbolizes the victory the Lord will
give you over Syria. You will annihilate Syria in Aphek!" 13:18 Then
Elisha said, "Take the arrows," and he did so. He told the king of
Israel, "Strike the ground!" He struck the ground three times and
stopped. 13:19 The prophet got angry at him and said, "If you had struck
the ground five or six times, you would have annihilated Syria! But now,
you will defeat Syria only three times."
13:20 Elisha died and was buried. Moabite raiding parties invaded the
land at the beginning of the year. 13:21 One day some men were burying a
man when they spotted a raiding party. So they threw the dead man into
Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the dead man came
to life and stood on his feet.
13:22 Now King Hazael of Syria oppressed Israel throughout Jehoahaz's
reign. 13:23 But the Lord had mercy on them and felt pity for them. He
extended his favor to them because of the promise he had made to
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has been unwilling to destroy them or
remove them from his presence to this very day. 13:24 When King Hazael
of Syria died, his son Ben Hadad replaced him as king. 13:25 Jehoahaz's
son Jehoash took back from Ben Hadad son of Hazael the cities that he
had taken from his father Jehoahaz in war. Joash defeated him three
times and recovered the Israelite cities.
Amaziah's Reign over Judah
14:1 In the second year of the reign of Israel's King Joash son of
Joahaz, Joash's son Amaziah became king over Judah. 14:2 He was
twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for
twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother was Jehoaddan, who was from
Jerusalem. 14:3 He did what the Lord approved, but not like David his
father. He followed the example of his father Joash. 14:4 But the high
places were not eliminated; the people continued to offer sacrifices and
burn incense on the high places.
14:5 When he had secured control of the kingdom, he executed the
servants who had assassinated his father. 14:6 But he did not execute
the sons of the assassins. He obeyed the Lord's commandment as recorded
in the law scroll of Moses, "Fathers must not be put to death for what
their sons do, and sons must not be put to death for what their fathers
do. A man must be put to death only for his own sin."
14:7 He defeated 10,000 Edomites in the Salt Valley; he captured Sela in
battle and renamed it Joktheel, a name it has retained to this very day.
14:8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz son of
Jehu, king of Israel. He said, "Come, let's meet face to face." 14:9
King Jehoash of Israel sent this message back to King Amaziah of Judah,
"A thornbush in Lebanon sent this message to a cedar in Lebanon, 'Give
your daughter to my son as a wife.' Then a wild animal of Lebanon came
by and trampled down the thorn. 14:10 You thoroughly defeated Edom and
it has gone to your head! Gloat over your success, but stay in your
palace. Why bring calamity on yourself? Why bring down yourself and
Judah along with you?" 14:11 But Amaziah would not heed the warning, so
King Jehoash of Israel attacked. He and King Amaziah of Judah met face
to face in Beth Shemesh of Judah. 14:12 Judah was defeated by Israel,
and each man ran back home. 14:13 King Jehoash of Israel captured King
Amaziah of Judah, son of Jehoash son of Ahaziah, in Beth Shemesh. He
attacked Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of
Ephraim to the Corner Gate -- a distance of about six hundred feet.
14:14 He took away all the gold and silver, all the items found in the
Lord's temple and in the treasuries of the royal palace, and some
hostages. Then he went back to Samaria.
( 14:15 The rest of the events of Jehoash's reign, including all his
accomplishments and his successful war with King Amaziah of Judah, are
recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 14:16
Jehoash passed away and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
His son Jeroboam replaced him as king.)
14:17 King Amaziah son of Joash of Judah lived for fifteen years after
the death of King Jehoash son of Jehoahaz of Israel. 14:18 The rest of
the events of Amaziah's reign are recorded in the scroll called the
Annals of the Kings of Judah. 14:19 Conspirators plotted against him in
Jerusalem, so he fled to Lachish. But they sent assassins after him and
they killed him there. 14:20 His body was carried back by horses and he
was buried in Jerusalem with his ancestors in the city of David. 14:21
All the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and
made him king in his father Amaziah's place. 14:22 Azariah built up Elat
and restored it to Judah after the king had passed away.
Jeroboam II's Reign over Israel
14:23 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Judah's King Amaziah, son of
Joash, Jeroboam son of Joash became king over Israel. He reigned for
forty-one years in Samaria. 14:24 He did evil in the sight of the Lord;
he did not repudiate the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who
encouraged Israel to sin. 14:25 He restored the border of Israel from
Lebo Hamath in the north to the sea of the Arabah in the south, in
accordance with the word of the Lord God of Israel announced through his
servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher. 14:26 The
Lord saw Israel's intense suffering; everyone was weak and incapacitated
and Israel had no deliverer. 14:27 The Lord had not decreed that he
would blot out Israel's memory from under heaven, so he delivered them
through Jeroboam son of Joash.
14:28 The rest of the events of Jeroboam's reign, including all his
accomplishments, his military success in restoring Israelite control
over Damascus and Hamath, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals
of the Kings of Israel. 14:29 Jeroboam passed away and was buried in
Samaria with the kings of Israel. His son Zechariah replaced him as king.
Lord, when we don't listen we miss Your promises. May I be a good
listener, to You and to others.
Elisha's last miracle/promise/prophesy was to King Joash of Israel.
Joash did not respond to his instructions correctly, so the promise was
less powerful than Elisha had intended.
After Elisha died, and King Hazael of Syria died, Joash fulfilled the
limited promise by driving Ben Hadad of Syria out of three regions in
Israel which Hazael had conquered.
Amaziah became king of Judah and led a very successful battle against
the Edomites and then he challenged King Joash of Israel. Joash warned
him to not be too bold after only one victory but Amaziah continued to
threaten them so Israel attacked and defeated Judah.
Joash tore down part of the wall around Jerusalem and sacked the temple
and royal palace for gold and silver, then took Amaziah and several
Joash died and his son Jeroboam replaced him as king of Israel. Amaziah
also died and his son Azariah became king of Judah. Although he failed
to discourage false gods Jeroboam was successful in restoring Israelite
control of border regions.
Jeroboam possessed military skills and God desired to restore much of
the coastline which Israel had lost, so despite his failure to purge
evil from Israel the Lord God used him.
Why would Amaziah of Judah threaten Joash of Israel?
Had Joash listened closely to Elisha and obeyed fully he would have been
empowered to obliterate Syria as an enemy.
When have you experienced or observed the Lord God blessing someone
either in spite of their limited obedience and not as completely as He
might have because of their limited obedience?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place where you are not listening
closely and not obeying fully.
Today I will pause and pray and listen closely to the Lord God for what
He has been trying to tell me. I will do so several times during the day
and make time to reflect upon what I believe He is saying and to consult
my Bible. As appropriate I will ask a fellow believer to listen to my
reflections, to pray in-agreement for wisdom, and to share anything the
Lord may reveal to them.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Thursday's text will be:
2 Kings 15
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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