2 Kings Chapter 14

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2 Kings 14

1 In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.

He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

And he 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.

Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.

And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father.

But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the Lord commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.

Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.

And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

11 But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.

12 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man to their tents.

13 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.

15 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which 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?

16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.

17 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

18 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

19 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

20 And they brought him on horses: and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David.

21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.

22 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

23 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 reigned forty and one years.

24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

25 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the Lord God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.

26 For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.

27 And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

28 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

29 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel; and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.

34 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 14

  1. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    The challenge.., “ya lookin’ at me?”

    8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.

    10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

    Pride before destruction

    Stay humble after a victory and be careful who you look at.

  2. 26 For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.

    27 And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

    The Nation of Israel will always be a great nation, for God’s Promises are always true and He promised from the beginning to Abraham .

    Genesis 12: 1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

    2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

    3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

    No matter what God will always stay by Israel and never take it away from the descendants of David.

    2 Sam. 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

    13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

    14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

    15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

    PRAY FOR THE NATION OF ISRAEL, FOR THE TRUTH TO REIGN OVER THEM.

  3. Even when the kings “did right ” in the eyes of the Lord, so many times they left the groves and/or high places. These always came back to haunt them or their children. Too many times we are doing what is right, but we have held back that little something from God and it will sooner or later be to our hurt. We must give it all to God.

  4. 14:27 The sin of the Israelites had not yet reached its full measure , and the Lord mercifully extended to the nation an additional period of grace in which there was opportunity to repent . Persistence in apostacy , however,would bring certain judgement .

  5. Pride Goes Before Destruction
    v10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

    It’s no wonder that GOD hates pride.

    v11Pride will not hear the Word Of The LORD
    v 10 Pride will cause Judah to fall. That’s our praise for our Great GOD, and it affects the following generations to come.
    GOD knows how to knock the pride out of out of man. When the spirit of pride gets a hold of us we need to repent and pray.
    I don’t think it’s wrong to say that among the
    Apostolic people all over the world there should be a revial of humiliation and prayer.
    Humbling our-selves before GOD and thanking HIM that HE ever had anything to do with us
    Much less give us the greatest TRUTH this world has ever known.

    There is power in obedience to the Word Of GOD.
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  6. This chapter illustrates arrogance. Amaziah believed he was invincible after his victory and therefore he was overconfident with Jehoash. One must be very careful not to let pride blind one’s actions, for haughtiness will lead to destruction; “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”. We must continually seek the Lord (through prayer and the Word) and what he would have us to do, we must also listen to the counsel of the man of God. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  7. Amaziah started his reign well. He removed the bad seeds from among the people; the ones who killed his father in Chapter 12. However, as with most of us, when we start something with a bang we sometimes trip and mess things up. Ever heard the phrase “History repeats itself”? Well, here Amaziah made poor decisions in dealing with Jehoash that caused the scattering of the people and the destruction of Jerusalem. Today we have people that make great strides toward the Lord with proper decisions and actions to build a closer walk. Then we make a series of bad decisions and it tears down everything we worked for. Where were Amaziah’s advisors?

    Let’s use the resource which God gave us. Include Pastor in major decisions in your life. He has our best interest in his advice. Thank you Pastor for helping guide me through new territory in life.

  8. 26 For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.

    27 And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

    I’m thankful that the Lord see our afflictions, knows our strengths and our weakness, grants grace and mercy and correction in our lives. So many times He could have blotted our names out of the book of life for attitudes just like the kings we have been reading about – doing right in our own eyes and evil in the sight of the Lord.

    Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found – was blind but now I see!

  9. Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but not like his ancestor David. Amaziah never destroyed the pagan shrines; therefore, sin was still there. He did have victories; but, through those he let pride set in. As verse 10 NLT reads….“You have indeed defeated Edom, and you are very proud of it. But be content with your victory and stay at home! Why stir up trouble that will only bring disaster on you and the people of Judah?” We should not let pride puff us up into making bad decisions that can not only destroy us; but, others too.

  10. LIFE ALTERING DECISIONS

    3 And he 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.
    4 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.

    Amaziah was content to live as so many people live today.
    2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:

    He did that which was right in the sight of the LORD; the outward expression of his FAITH and the appearance of godliness; however total righteousness was absent. It was the hidden that remained. The “lust” he allowed to live on in his heart. The MSG version brings more understanding:

    3-4 He lived the way God wanted and did the right thing. But he didn’t come up to the standards of his ancestor David; instead he lived pretty much as his father Joash had; the local sex-and-religion shrines continued to stay in business with people frequenting them.

    The reason he allowed them to remain was the fact that he did not have the heart, passion or desire to confront the spirit of this idol worship.

    Psalms 97:10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil:

    To totally destroy evil there must be a LOVE for GOD so deep that we are willing to confront any idol, false doctrine or idol worship.

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  11. ILove to eat salt with Jesus in the desert

    “In the Valley of Decision be a Valley of Salt”

    7 He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.

    Let’s be the salt of the earth and take the earth by force… But if you try to take Selah before she’s 30, there’s gonna be trouble.

  12. 27 And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

    Gods mercy is shown here in this verse. God could have wiped them out but instead he had mercy on them time and time again. I am so grateful for the mercy of God in my life over the years im thankful he did not “blot” my name out.

  13. It has come to my mind that the 1,000 year millenium will not be a time of total peace,but quiet resignation. People will still be fighting inwardly but hold their peace for the laws sake. The Bible says at that time Jesus wiuld return and rule “With a Rod of Iron”. In otherwords by force. After the millenium Satan will raise his head again for another war. I would rather be in Heaven with the Saints then be on earth in this situation.But not my will but His will be done! I don’t want to study war no more!!

  14. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. KJV
    Proverbs 16:18

    Pride: It means that the next step after being all puffed up with arrogance could be falling flat on your face.

  15. But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.

    I think one of the biggest downfalls anybody shows when dealing with a spirit of pride is not hearing. Sure they hear what is being said but they refuse to listen or apply it. Pride hardens the heart of a person so that they do not think they need advice even from those who have been through it. We need to check our spirits when spiritual advice is given or a message from the pulpit comes across and we push it aside thinking we don’t need that. Give us ears to hear o Lord.

  16. Seeing the hurting.

    26 For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.
    27 And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

    The Lord saw that Isreal was hurting, and that they did not have a repentant heart. We must have a heart for the hurting in our city. If we don’t than we have failed our own city. I have had the opprotunity to share with a few my own vision for Fort Worth, and what God has shown me about the city. God wants to do many great things, but are we willing to give up what is most important to us. There has to be a sacrifice before there is ever a blessing. So I ask,” What are you willing to give to God in order to see what He wants done in this city?’

  17. 26 For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.

    27 And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash

    Pride went before destruction but still God had compassion for the remnant and would not let the people be utterly destroyed. Again, for the sake of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob- God saves his people.

  18. Vs. 6 says, “But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the Lord commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put ot death for the fathers; But Every Man Shall Be Put To Death For His Own Sin.

    We are all personally responsible for the things we do. One day, we are going to stand before the judgement seat of Christ and be held accountable for our own lifes. He will judge us, and we will either hear him say “Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant or Depart From Me I Never Knew You.”

    Romans 14: 10-12 says, “But why doest thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgement set of Christ. For it is written, As I live saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

    2 Cor. 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or evil.”

  19. 2 He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

    3 And he 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.

    It is good that he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not as good as David. Who we choose to emulate, or be like will determine our future.

    The greatest example we have is Jesus Christ. The words of the new testament show us how he lived, and what he did. This outlines his expectations for our lives.

    The best visual example we have is Pastor. God chose Pastor to have the vision for this city. I believe that God wants to see us catch ahold of what Pastor has, and go after the fulfillment of the vision. Then God will lead us toward the vision he has for our lives.

    God wants us to be like his chosen man, not like the celebrity preachers of our day.

  20. 10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

    Rejoice, don’t sit around in discontent. It will only lead to the death of you and your family. If we could really hear what Jesus is trying to teach us in the beatitudes we would live differently. Our Pastor is preaching his guts out trying to get us to understand how to be blessed and there are still ( like in this passage) people that will not hear it and end up in trouble because of disobedience to the word of God. Go ahead and give God glory for all the situations and things he has given us victory over! It seems to be a much happier life to surround myself with happy people than those who complain all the time and meddle in their hurts. Everone hurts, everyone feels the pain of life and it’s struggles, but we have a choice daily whether to rejoice in the victories of our life and seek to bring victory to someone else by the example shown thru our light given to us by the most victorious Jesus or to let ourselves be swallowed up by the taunting of hurts and the adversaries attempts to get us out of the will of all mighty God.

    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

  21. 21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.

    22 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

    Young people can be fired up too!
    In this case this 16 year old king lead his country and put God’s reverence back in order. The young can lead the old when they listen to God and do what he commands. Even though he was king I am sure that he had some Godly influences or he would have gone in such a way that God would have been displeased. Young people, even when you are leading the older crowd, remember to listen to God and to follow your sable examples that you know are already listening to God.

  22. 4 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.

    Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. -James 4:17

    The King had a responsibility to take away everything that was contrary to the worship of the one true God.

  23. Vs 8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.

    For a current application Amaziah king of Judah = Praise. Praise is not a physical fight its a spiritual one (Eph 6:12). For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom 14:17). And those that are sold out to Christ in living blessed live without sin are truly blessed. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth (Matt 5:5 MSG).

    This verse is also an example of some ” Christian” walks with God. It’s a shallow relationship. They really think they’re walking close to God but yet they haven’t surrendered all sin to Him. They have been deceived by pride and think they are living right. But in the end find themselves flat on their face.
    2 Chorn 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will
    *humble themselves and
    *pray and
    *seek my face and
    *turn from their wicked ways,
    I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

    • Also in 2 Chron 7:14 it say seek my face and THEN turn from their wick ways.
      I have heard many say when I get right or get things in order THEN I’ll seek God. But we can see that’s not the order.

  24. 8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.

    9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

    I think all too often we, the children of God, lack this attitude with the enemy. He comes up and tries to mess with us and all we do is get intimidated and ask him timidly to leave instead of standing in Apostolic authority and commanding him to get out. When he comes to try to pick a fight, there should be something in us that rises up and says “What? You want a piece of me? I know who I am, you fool imp, I’m a child of the Most High! If you mess with me, you’re messing with my Daddy also, and we know how that worked out for you last time. So get down under my feet where you belong!”

    We must be careful to not have more respect for the devil than for the truth of who God said we are and the victory and authority he has given us.

  25. 25 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the Lord God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.

    Jonah

    In the Biblical book that bears his name, Jonah appears as the reluctant prophet who runs from God’s will. In these verses he is identified, in a better light, as an effective servant of the Lord- one who prophesies about the increase in Isreal’s territory that occurs under Jeroboam II’s rule. Though little is known about Jonah here, this verse sheds some light on his life, identifying his home in Gath, Hepher, an Israelite town in Zebulun, about two or three miles away from Nazareth.

  26. Admiting that you need help doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It just means that your humble enough to ask for help. There is guidance all around us some of us just can’t see it because were too full of pride. We need to ask God to remove the scale from our eyes and allow us to change and become humble in the Lords eyes.

  27. In this chapter the Lord sees how bitterly everyone is in Israel whether slave or free, was suffering, there was no one to help them.

    God saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash.

    How awesome is God. He loves us so much, he takes care of his people.

  28. 26 For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.
    27 And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

    God has made many promises to His people all throughout his word, and though we pain him many times, He will keep His word rather than allowing any of it to fail….

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