Idolatry and Insanity! #2

Friday, September 13, 2019

“Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them” (2 Chronicles 25:14 KJV).

How are King Amaziah’s actions here most absurd? What application can we make?

Second Kings 14:3 says: “And he [Amaziah] did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his father did.” We re-read the following: “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart” (verse 2, the context of today’s Scripture). Pay attention to the description, “but not with a perfect heart.” Amaziah served the one true God only halfheartedly.

Joash/Jehoash his father walked in the ways of the LORD God as long as his priestly mentor lived. Second Kings 12:2: “And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.” Joash was responsible for a major religious reform and spiritual awakening in Judah. Chiefly, he oversaw repairs to the Jerusalem Temple (see 2 Chronicles 24:4-16). However, he drifted from JEHOVAH God, led the Southern Kingdom (Judah) to be likewise idolatrous, and his servants ultimately conspired and assassinated him (verses 18-27).

At age 25, Amaziah became King of Judah. Unfortunately, he followed in his father’s footsteps: he started off right but waxed apostate. After Amaziah assembled an army of the two southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin (verse 5—the context of today’s Scripture), we read: “[6] He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver. [7] But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim. [8] But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.”

JEHOVAH God thus rebukes foolish Amaziah….

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