- Trusting in the Lord is
the key to national success. Israel had time and time again fallen away
from the Lord and suffered the consequencews of their failure to live in
obedience. The prophet let Asa know that as long as he was obedient to the
Lord that he would live at peace in the land.
- Asa took the word of the
prophet to heart to such a degree that he removed his own mother from her
position as Queen Mother because she had an image of Asherah in her home.
Asa was not messing around when it came to obeying the Lord. Asa a result
Asa enjoyed 35 years of peace in the land.
- Toward the later six years
of his reign Asa placed trust in the foreign King of Syria for his
deliverance from the northern Kingdom of Israel than he did in the Lord.
As a result the Lord caused him to have a disease in his feet. Asa refused
to trust in the Lord during the later years of his life.
- Jehoshaphat followed the
law of God and rid the nation of idolatry. He also had teachers go
throughout the land of Judah in order to instruct the people in the word
- Micaiah proclaimed the
word of God in spite of the opposition that he knew would come. Micaiah
was placed in the stockade after prophesying contrary to what Ahab desired
- Jehoshaphat wanted to
hear from the Lord no matter what that word was. Ahab only wanted to hear
positive things that reinforced him from the Lord.
- Whenever Jehoshaphat relied
on any alliance other than the one with the Lord he put his reign in
jeopardy. The Lord wanted Jehoshaphat to rely upon Him alone!
- Jehoshaphat continued to
provide leadership in the area of public worship and the instruction of
the Word of God to the people of Judah.
- When peril came at Engedi
Jehoshaphat had learned that the key to victory was relying on the Lord
alone. He immediately recognized that without the Lord in the battle that
he had no chance of victory. When the Word of the Lord came and told
Jehoshaphat that he need not worry – he didn’t worry, but waited on the
Lord to fight the battle for him!
- Jehoram, who had married
the daughter of Ahab, followed after the ways of Ahab rather than the ways
of his own father Jehoshaphat. The only reason that God did not destroy
the kingdom of Judah was because of the covenant that the Lord had made
- The arranged marriage that
Jehoshaphat made with Ahab for his son Jehoram was the direct cause of
Jehoram’s downfall. Had Jehoshaphat not made such an arranged marriage
with his son then perhaps Jehoram would have followed in the ways of his
father rather than in the ways of his father-in-law.
- Jehoiada waited seven
years to ensure that he had a plan in place that was backed by all of the
people and that would be sure to succeed. The more time that Jehoiada took
to plan the more certain he could be of its success.
- Walking in the way of the
Lord does not mean that we no longer make plans. We walk in His ways, but
at the same time do everything that we can do to make sure that His plans
for us succeed.
- Jehoiada made sure that
the people had committed to his cause. This was not something that
Jehoiada did on his own. He made sure that the people were invested in his
decision as well.
- Joash was not a leader so
he listened to whoever seemed to have the greater influence at the time.
When Jehoiada was alive Joash listened to his advice. The moment that
Jehoiada died Joash did not fill the vacuum of power. Instead he allowed
others to fill that vacuum and he followed their advice. As a result the
nation of Judah was defeated in battle by their enemy.
- Zechariah was killed
within the Temple grounds and with the full consent of King Joash.
- Amaziah served the Lord
half-heartedly. Amaziah was willing to serve anyone or any god that he
thought might give him the upperhand.
- When we approach worship
and obedience to the Lord in a halfhearted manner we are guaranteed to
have disastrous results.
- Uzziah “was greatly helped
until he became powerful (2 Chronicles 26:15). Uzziah reached a
point at which he no longer felt it necessary to place all of his trust in
the Lord. He came to a moment when he felt that he was self sufficient and
he had forgotten that it was the Lord that had elevated him to the
position that he held. It can become very easy to forget our humble
beginnings and that it was the Lord that brought us each step of the way.
It was from the Lord that we required our knowledge and experience it was
not of our own doing. Had I made all of my own decision I would not be
where I am at today and would not have acquired the knowledge and
experience that I have required. We can never forget our humble roots.
- Ahaz failed everyone. He
failed the Lord by shutting the temple and serving other gods. He failed
the people by allowing 200,000 of them to be carried off with no concern
for their welfare. And, he failed himself in that his disobedience denied
him all of the blessings of a kingdom that was founded on the Lord. Every
one realized this and refused him burial in the tombs of the kings.
- Obed the prophet stood for
righteousness when no one else would. He confronted the northern kingdom
of Israel with her unrighteousness in his demand for the release of the
200,000 captives of Judah. He went up against tremendous odds and did not
back down for a moment. Praise should also be given to those in Israel
that listened to him and sent the captives back well clothed and well fed.
- Hezekiah spared no expense
and went to tremendous lengths to make sure that everything was done as it
should be. He even delayed the celebration of the Passover for an entire
month in order to make sure that enough priests had been consecrated for
the celebration to take place in accordance with the Law of God. He did
not rush things.
- he fact that the people
left the celebration at Jerusalem and immediately went throughout the towns
of Judah and smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and
destroyed the altars in the high places was an indication that they had
truly turned from their wickedness. They were not worshiping the Lord
simply because a tremendous festival was taking place. They had truly been
- Hezekiah made certain
that every aspect of Temple worship was provided for and he went to great
lengths to make certain that the priests and their families were well
taken care of. As a result of the provisions he made for those that
ministered in and in support of the Temple, Hezekiah’s reign was blessed.
- Hezekiah met opposition by
trusting in the Lord. He put all of his confidence in the Almighty God.
- It was only when Hezekiah
began to place confidence in himself that he was judged by the Lord. Pride
tried to raise its head up against Hezekiah. Fortunately he was quick to
repent and to avoid disaster. Quick repentance is key to blessing!
- You name it – Manasseh did
it! Everything that God hated – Manasseh restored. Everything that God had
previously destroyed other kingdoms for practicing – Manasseh worshiped!
- The Lord caused Manasseh
to be carried off in captivity by a roped attached to a ring in his nose!
The Lord will do whatever it takes to bring those that he loves to a
position of repentance no matter how much pain they may have to endure in
- Manasseh restores temple worship, but unlike Hezekiah does not go all the way by demolishing every place of worship outside of the Temple itself. Manasseh did not take the leadership role necessary to lead the entire nation in repentance.