Idolatry and Insanity! #3

Saturday, September 14, 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?

In addition to assembling an army from his own kingdom, Judah, Amaziah recruits military assistance from apostate Israel (northern tribes). Almighty God, of course, frowns up this, and Amaziah changes course

Again: “[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. [9] And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.

“[10] Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim [northern tribe], to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger. [11] And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir [Edomites] ten thousand. [12] And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.”

Amaziah obeyed God’s Word and separated from the apostate Jews up north. Thus, the LORD was with him as he ought against the Edomites to the south. These descendants of Esau—Jacob’s twin brother—are relatives of the Jews (Genesis 25:19-26; Genesis 36:8,9). JEHOVAH God causes Amaziah to triumph over the Edomites, but, as today’s Scripture shows, Amaziah is not at all grateful….