2 Kings Chapter 15

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2 Kings 15

1 In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign.

2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.

3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

5 And the Lord smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

6 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

7 So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

8 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months.

9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

10 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.

11 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

12 This was the word of the Lord which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.

13 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full month in Samaria.

14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.

15 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

16 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.

17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria.

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

19 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.

20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in the land.

21 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.

23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years.

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

25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king’s house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.

26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years.

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

29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.

31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign.

33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.

34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done.

35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.

36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

37 In those days the Lord began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah.

38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

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37 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 15

  1. Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5 MSG‬‬

    For some this is a very hard thing to do, for others not so much. It is a consistent pressure for me to keep all my trust in God and His plan. I am a control enthusiast, not so much a freak, just an enthusiast. To release control of things that I am capable of controlling just does not seem normal. Of course the logistics of God controlling things for me will always work out better. In fact, in most cases, my efforts tend to make things worse than they have to be.

    Still we are capable humans. God put these urges within us to control things ourselves. If He wanted us to fly He would have given us wings. While we do not have wings we do have the desire to control our lives and surroundings.

    So, why does He then require us to ignore the urges He gave us?

    Is it His sense of humor? No. I believe it is a sign of ultimate surrender when we deny our natural urges. The same principle applies to fasting. Specifically, we humbly deny something of the flesh to glorify God, enhance our spirit, and go deeper in our prayer life. I believe the purpose of fasting and completely trusting i God is to take our eyes off the things of this world and instead focus on God.

  2. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    We can’t make God number one in our lives we don’t remove the things that are trying to take God’s place in our lives.

  3. LIVING RIGHT WITH GOD WITHOUT SINCERE REPENTANCE

    32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign.
    33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.
    34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done.
    35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.

    The sub title of this chapter could be REPEAT or RERUN. It seems to be for Israel and Judah easier and more convenient to follow the sins of their fathers than to follow the WORD and WILL of GOD.

    Jotham reveals a principal that we see quite often today. Following the rules without repentance. People make idols or high places of numerous things in life. People, places, things, positions, situations, circumstances, hurts, ministry, family, money, jobs, possessions, prestige, status and on the list could go.

    The question in my mind is how could Jotham do what is right in the sight of the LORD, but not remove the idols. The LORD revealed to me that it is like an individual who makes good choices in life but fails to worship and glorify GOD. It is possible to do RIGHT and live WRONG.

    May JESUS help us to tear down the walls of idolatry and destroy all the idols in our lives. Someone today has made an idol of a hurt or offense. Your only hope is to stop glorifying that pain or hurt and begin to WORSHIP JESUS.

    iRepent
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  4. 34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done.

    35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.

    Living for God is not a half way thing. Here you see that we can do everything right by God but if there is just ONE thing (the high places) that we don’t surrender at His feet, living right is not enough. Lord help us not to surrender some but surrender ALL TO YOU.

  5. 2 Kings 15
    In this chapter we find the the kings of Judah doing right in the sight of the LORD, except one think – they don’t remove and destroy the high places, and the people continue to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.
    In this chapter we find the kings of Israel doing evil in the sight of the LORD, and they do not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

    So, who’s living whole-heartily for the LORD?

    St. Mark 12:29-30, “… The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind, and with ALL thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

    The LORD wants us to live for Him with ALL our Being. He wants us to live for him Whole-Heartily.

  6. 35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.

    Again we see the same progression of not completely eliminating sin, and tolerating some of it. If any of these leaders could ever fully come against and eliminate the sin in the kingdom God’s full glory could be revealed, but because of their lack of willingness to hold up a standard many times people’s ways did not please God.

  7. 12 So the Lord’s message to Jehu came true: “Your descendants will be kings of Israel down to the fourth generation.” (NLT)

    The same yesterday, today and forever, the Lord’s word will stand true.

  8. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;
    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    The people have followed this tradition for so long that they don’t even think of it as a sin. It is a religious tradition of man and it’s what we bind every day in our daily prayers so that the region of Ft. Worth can experience the truth of the apostolic doctrine. We cannot follow family traditions but must follow God through his word; it’s a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

  9. These kings would almost do what was right, but wouldn’t go “all in”. In living for God, there is no half way. Like Bro Johnny James preached, “Almost right is always wrong.” And as the old saying goes: He who rides the fence just ends up with splinters in his britches.

  10. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

    9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

    What you do now does affect future generations, never think it will only affect you!

    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    If we truly want to whole heartedly live for God there are some things in our life we are going to have to remove! Lord help us to get rid of anything that would hold us back from you!

  11. 34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done.

    35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.

  12. 2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.

    3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    5 And the Lord smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

  13. 12 This was the word of the Lord which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.

    Generational blessing! God I pray that I become the best example for generations to come after me ! That I follow in your path and do the will you have destined in my life! So the day my great grandchildren are old enough they can say my great grandfather was blessed, my grandfather was blessed, my father was blessed , and I shall be blessed! I will serve you mighty God and always put you first! May the young people put you at the center of their lives to follow in obedience and humility to do YOUR will!

  14. iLove to Grow in the Word

    “Jotham did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight. He did everything his father, Uzziah, had done. But he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there. He rebuilt the upper gate of the Temple of the LORD.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭15:34-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    This is a reaccuring

    • Reoccurring theme that continues to be highlighted over and over again. They did what was pleasing in the Lord sight…but…

      I wonder what idols we have erected in our lives. The truth of the matter is, we can be pleasing in the Lords sight and yet still be lacking.

  15. 35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.
    Keeping sin in your life and not living for God with you whole heart never works. You can hide your sins from people sometimes, but you can’t hide from God any time! God knows your motives and intentions.

  16. 9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

    We need to be obedient by listening to God’s commandments and doing what’s right in the Lord’s sight!!

  17. 2 Kings 15:3-4 (GNT with Deuterocanon)
    3 Following the example of his father, he did what was pleasing to the Lord. 4 But the pagan places of worship were not destroyed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

    The people suffered because of the neglect of the king. Although he did what was pleasing to the Lord he didn’t he did not destroy the pagan places of worship.

    In living for God we must never forget that we are not in this alone. Everything that we do affects all of those around us. We cannot be selfish and only focus on ourselves.

    Jesus told those who didn’t visit those in prison, didn’t give clothes to the needy, and didn’t feed the hungry to depart from him.

    No man is an island to himself.

  18. 35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.

    How long will the “high places” remain? Theses were often used for idol worship. Let us cleanse ourselves from anything that we place before God and do what He has called us to.

  19. So looking into the book of your life…what is it going to say? Did you lead others to sin? Did you do right, but not remove the high places/ the things that take God’s place in your life? Did you give it all to God and follow His narrow path? Where are you now? Where do you need to be?

  20. I believe it’s pretty simple to see. For the kings who did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, they were blessed. For those that did evil, they suffered God’s wrath. Blessings come to those who are obedient. We must not allow ourselves to do the things that would harm us spiritually.

  21. “Uzziah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. But the high places weren’t removed. The people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭15:3-4‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    As parents, leaders and mentors we must set a high standard. We are being watched. We must lead at ALL times.

  22. 2Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.

    3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    5 And the Lord smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

  23. We are being watched! Our every moment! Our every step we take is being watched! We must be careful what we say as well! Don’t think others aren’t watching you! It could be your very coworker watching you to see if you are a true apostolic person or a true christian!

  24. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    About twice in todays chapter we see they did what was right in the sight of the Lord yet the high places where not taken down.. This should make us say ok Lord you said it more than once maybe we should examine ourselves as christians. We may do what its right in his eyes: pray, read, worship, witness, outreach….but are there any high places ij our lives that we have not surrendered? Any personal idols or areas we have not taken down or burned off in full trust to God? We can still be doing what is right in the sight of God but some high places (idols) may be robbing us from true riches and blessing. Lord examine us, examine me and see what must be taken down and distroyed… All for the honor and glory of God.

  25. “And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord”. “And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord”. The word of the Judge (God) records “in the sight of the Lord” for all too read. There were many that had achieved great accomplishments, which others had performed extraordinary acts; however one can see what was recorded, and apparently what was important to God (Judge). Dear God, let our ways be pleasing unto you rather than self. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  26. “In those days the Lord began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah.” The key here is that the Lord sent them, and no one else. The Lord’s ways our not our ways, which is all the more reason why we should strive to please him. God awaken us to our own actions, in Jesus name.

  27. The backstabbing kings of Israel. They listed after the thrown and conspired against King after King as usurpers. With this track record, an Assyrian takeover is almost welcomed.

  28. There were many kings discussed in this chapter; they all did their best to reign effectively according to their standards, but humanity is not perfect and each king made a mistake or two. As a leader, we should notice that we are being watched and evaluated for our actions. We will not be perfect, but with God as our guide we can do great things for His glory

  29. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    5 And the Lord smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

    Song of Solomon 2:15
    Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

  30. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done;

    4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

    5 And the Lord smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

    The king did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but he must not have held the people accountable that they did right in the Lord’s sight as well because they still worshipped in the high places their gods.

    Accountability in every area of our life is so important. We cannot get to heaven on the coat tail of anyone we must worship the One True Living God for ourselves and walk in His ways ourselves.

  31. In this chapter we see king after king after king, some doing good in the eyes of the Lord and some not so good. They kept failing to get rid of the local sex-and-religion shrines. Sometimes we try to do what is right; but, we refuse to let go of some things or deal with them. The beginning of 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT says “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him….”. Same portion in CEV “The Lord is constantly watching everyone, and he gives strength to those who faithfully obey him….”.

  32. 35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.

  33. 12 This was the word of the Lord which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.

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