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2 Chronicles 19

Jehoshaphat the king of Judah having escaped from the Syrians was confronted by Jehu the prophet of God and warned against helping the wicked.  

Brethren, consider this matter very carefully: Should we help those who teach idolatry of men and exalt men above the Word of God, cleaving to past error rejecting the truth of the Word of God, or should we help those who stand on and live by every Word of God? 

2 Chronicles 19:1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.

19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.

Jehoshaphat seems to have learned a valuable lesson and proceeds to lead the people back to God. 

Brethren, we should learn from Jehoshaphat and David, that sometimes the righteous make mistakes, but the godly will learn from those mistakes and sincerely repent to get back up and serve God with an even greater passionate enthusiasm.  Right now many of our beloved brethren are making certain mistakes having been led astray;   many of them will also sincerely repent when they learn the truth; and will then wholeheartedly turn to God

19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.

19:5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, 19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. 19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem. 19:9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

19:10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD [must not sin against the word of God], and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.

19:11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you.

Brethren, deal courageously in all matters and serve the Eternal with gladness and joy; for his ways are Holy and Good!  Never, Never, Never, compromise with the Word of God, [as the called out do today] no matter the physical cost and you will have an eternal priesthood and kingship with Jesus Christ and God the Father!

Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.

 

2 Chronicles 20

When the enemy came up against Judah and Jehoshaphat was afraid, he did not compromise with the Word and ways of God to try and alleviate his situation like many do today.  He did not say that God’s way is too hard and God understands and will forgive of we turn aside to try and save themselves by their own ways. 

NO!  Jehoshaphat ran to the Eternal God to deliver him! 

This is a lesson for us today; that we should cleave with all our might to the Eternal God and trust in His deliverance, instead of compromising with our zeal to live by every Word of God to try and do as we think is right.

2 Chronicles 20:1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 20:2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the [dead] sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

Jehoshaphat prayed before the nation of Judah

20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 20:8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

20:10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 20:11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

20:13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

Then God responded by his prophet with these awesome words of encouragement. 

These words are recorded for us, to teach us that if we rely on our Mighty One in our battle against sin, he will also deliver us from our battle against all sin and raise us up victorious on that day!.

20:14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat,

Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

20:16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

We need not try to fight the battle against sin by ourselves, for if we trust in Him and follow our Great God with all our hearts, HE shall go before us and lift us up!  Even if we suffer in this life to learn those things that are needful to prepare us for the future; The Mighty Deliverer of spiritual Israel shall raise us up on that day!

20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. 20:19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

They did not just ask for help:  They obeyed the voice and Word of the Eternal!  Let us do likewise and not only read and hear the Word of God, but also obey and live by every Word of God the Father and our Living Sacrifice who overcame all sin!

20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

Jehoshaphat went out to see the victory in full faith with singing and rejoicing BEFORE the battle.

20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD [God went out to fight against the enemy] set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir [Edom], which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

God set the Ammonites against the Edomites and they destroyed each other, so that Judah was left alone in the land! 

How wise and mighty is our God who also goes before spiritual Israel to provide victory against all sin; if we would only follow him as Jehoshaphat did.

20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir [Edom], utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

Judah saw the enemy totally destroyed as God delivered them

20:24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

On the day of our change we shall also be made kings and priests of the Most High forever; if we will only be faithful and live by EVERY Word of God (Mat 4:4). 

If we trust and follow the whole Word of God to learn it and to faithfully keep it in this life and the next, we shall be delivered by our Victorious Master into eternal life.

20:25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

20:26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah [The valley of Bracha where Israel crossed the Jordan to enter the promised land]; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day [the day this was written].

Judah returned to Jerusalem rejoicing before the LORD.

20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies. 20:28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.

The fame of the Eternal God of Judah was spread throughout the area; and God gave Judah peace in their land. 

After the change and resurrection to spirit by the Eternal,  the fame of God will resound around the world, and all nations shall submit to the Word of God; so that a millennial Sabbath of peace will fill the whole earth!

20:29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.

20:30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about. 20:31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

20:32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.

20:33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

20:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

A second time Jehoshaphat makes a league with a wicked king, and God destroyed all the plans of that agreement.

20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: 20:36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber. 20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

Brethren, the spiritual called out are NOT to join ourselves with the wicked in spiritual matters. 

 

2 Chronicles 21

2 Chronicles 21:1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead [In Judah].

Jehoram’s brothers were given cities in Judah, but Jehoram was given the kingdom.

21:2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 21:3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

Wicked Jehoram murdered all his brothers.

21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

Jehoram allied himself to Ahab and married Ahab’s daughter.  Jehoram followed the ways of Ahab and Jeroboam of Israel and was a very wicked king of Judah.

21:5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.  21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.

21:7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

God did not destroy Jehoram totally but caused the Edomites and other vassal states to rebel from paying tribute to Jehoram and so diminished Judah.

21:8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

Jehoram then tried to fight Edom on his own instead of turning to God.

21:9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.

21:10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day [the day this was written].

The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.

Jehoram compelled Judah to fornicate which was part of the idol fertility rites of Easter and Baal worship.  In the spiritual sense fornication and adultery is any departure from the Word of God to follow others. This is the same as the church of God groups do today, as they spiritually fornicate against their espoused Husband Jesus Christ, by following false teachings and idols of men 

21:11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

Then Jehoram of Judah received a letter from Elijah in Samaria, informing that he will see a great plague on himself and Judah for his many great sins. 

Today the Ekklesia is also being warned of a very great correction to come upon them for their spiritual fornication and idolatry; because their leaders have led them away from any zeal to learn and live by every Word of God.

21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, 21:13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself: 21:14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods: 21:15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

21:16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians: 21:17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king’s house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

21:18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.

21:19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning [mourning] for him, like the burning of his fathers.

21:20 Thirty and two years old was he [Jehoram of Judah] when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

 

2 Chronicles 22

2 Chronicles 22:1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah  his youngest son king [of Judah] in his stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest [sons]. So Ahaziah  the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.

He maintained his father’s evil counselors and did evil as his father had done.  It is said that in many counselors there is safety.  That is true only if we seek counsel from wise and godly counselors; if we surround ourselves with sycophants, yes men and flatterers, afraid to speak up or offend with the truth; our counselors will lead us to our destruction.  To find true spiritual safety our first and most important counselor is God and every Word of God. 

We are to honor others especially our father and our mother “in the LORD” being very careful to put God and his Word first and our physical parents second.

Matthew 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

2 Chronicles 22:2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri  [the wicked king of Israel].

The counselors of Ahaziah were his wicked mother, and the wicked advisers of king Ahab of Israel; and so they taught and led Ahaziah into wickedness.  It is very important that we make sure the teachers we turn to are zealous for all the things of God; and that we do not knowingly seek after those who have no zeal for God and God’s Word.

22:3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly. 22:4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction. 22:5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram [Jehoram of Israel] .

When the king of Israel was wounded fighting with the Syrians, then Ahaziah the wicked  king of Judah  went to visit him and was also killed by Jehu [because his mother was Athaliah the daughter of Ahab of Israel and God had commanded Jehu to extirpate the family of Ahab]  who was appointed by God to destroy the wicked family of Ahab out is Israel and evil out of the land.

22:6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was sick.

22:7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.

22:8 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them.  

The king of Judah was killed for his wickedness, yet out of respect for his parentage, righteous Jehoshaphat they buried him honorably.

22:9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.

Then the daughter of Ahab of Israel killed all the remaining family of David in Judah and proclaimed herself Queen.  Please also go to and study 2 Kings 10-11 for the context and parallel version of this account.

22:10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.

Only Joash was saved by the courage of Jehoshabeath, and he was kept hidden in the Temple by the high priest who taught the child to love God and his Word.  What courage! for these people faced certain death for their actions, yet they were faithful to God’s will and worked to save the House of David and all Judah from the wickedness of Athaliah the daughter of Ahab. 

Where is the courage of the called out today?

22:11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.

22:12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land.

 

2 Chronicles 23

In the seventh year the high priest and his agents went across Judah to rally the people to make the descendant of David the king, and destroy the wicked queen.

2 Chronicles 23:1 And in the seventh year Jehoiada [the high priest 2 Kings 11:15] strengthened himself, and took  [sent for and made an agreement with] the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him.

23:2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.

23:3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king [Joash] in the house of God. And he [the high priest] said unto them, Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.

The high priest then commanded them as to the king’s coronation and the destruction of the wicked queen Athaliah the daughter of Ahab.

23:4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you entering [the Temple] on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of [guard the doors] the doors; 23:5 And a third part shall be at the king’s house; and a third part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the LORD.

23:6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD.

The Levites became the king’s body guard for the coronation.

23:7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out. 23:8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the courses.

23:9 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king David’s, which were in the house of God. 23:10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king round about.

Then the high priest proclaimed Joash the descendant of David king according to the word of the LORD.

23:11 Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.

Now when Athaliah the wicked daughter of Ahab heard the tumult, she knew her end had come and cried treason, when it was she who was the real traitor against he true King of Israel their Mighty God.

23:12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the LORD: 23:13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.

Then the high priest commanded that Athaliah be slain with all that would support her.

23:14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of the LORD. 23:15 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the entering of the horse gate by the king’s house, they slew her there.

After this wicked queen had been destroyed, the people committed themselves to the Eternal and the descendant of David.

23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD’s people. 23:17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.

The high priest renewed the appointed sacrificial offerings and the courses of the Levites and priests to serve God in the Temple.

23:18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.

No person called into spiritual Israel will be resurrected to eternal life if they are unclean in ANY sin.  That is what Almighty God thinks of the tolerating sin blasphemy in the COG today.

23:19 And he set the porters [guards] at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.

23:20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and they came through the high gate into the king’s house, and set the king upon the throne of the kingdom.

23:21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.

I cannot but he awed by the incredible courage of the maid who saved the child and of the high priest who taught the child and then rebelled against wickedness to keep the Word of God regarding David and to reform the nation of Judah!  If only the church of God brethren were as courageous and zealous for the whole word of God today! 

 

2 Chronicles 24

The reign of Joash. This child was saved at the age of one, and was declared king at the age of seven.  The faithful high priest continued the education of Joash and would have ruled the nation of Judah as regent until Joash came of age. Then later after the high priest Jehoiada died, Joash apostatized and fell into great wickedness. 

The reformation and revival of true religion in Judah was largely the doing of this remarkable high priest Jehoiada!  King Joash being faithful only until the death of Jehoiada; after which Joash turned aside into wickedness.

This is an example of a man who started off right and then went astray for our instruction today.  Being called and baptized and even ordained a leader does not guarantee ultimate success.

2 Chronicles 24:1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Zibiah of Beersheba. 24:2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

It was important that the high priest chose godly wives for Joash; to save Joash from wicked influence later in life.  Even so it is important that we also choose godly wives. And we should know that Jesus Christ will choose only those godly people who are absolutely dedicated to God the Father and to him; to become a part of his bride! 

No person who exalts men or organizations or any other above his love for God and the Word of God, will NOT be changed to have a part in the spiritual bride of Christ.  That means that without sincere repentance the vast majority of  brethren WILL NOT be in the resurrection to spirit. 

Nevertheless even having good wives did not dissuade Joash from apostatizing from God after the death of Jehoiada the high prtiest.

24:3 And Jehoiada took for him [for Joash] two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.

Joash decided [doubtless convinced by the high priest Jehoiada] to repair and restore the Temple.

24:4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.

Joash sent the Levites out to take offerings to repair the temple, but they went about their own affairs like Vashti [Book of Esther] when she was called by the king to be an example for the nations. 

Today the COG groups are called upon by Almighty God to restore zeal for the Word of God in their groups; and would rather resist that call in order to go about their own business.  Today we will not turn away from our corporate idols to revive and restore the dying church of God to a passion for learning and keeping  the Word of God.

24:5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief [high priest], and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

Athaliah and her sons had robbed and damaged the Temple and substituted Baal worship for the worship of God so that the Temple fell into great neglect. 

Just as today the spiritual Temple has been neglected and let go to ruin because the leaders would rather be about their own business of leading the brethren to follow themselves, instead of focusing the brethren on a zeal to build our spiritual temple through learning and living by every Word of God. 

Today the COG groups  spend millions building monuments to their idols and neglect any zeal to keep the Word of God in their practical lives and to build up the spiritual Temple of God.

24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.  [Just like the Ekklesia are doing today.]

The Joash commanded that they place an offering box at the Temple gates for the refurbishing of the temple. 

This blog has offering boxes for the work of cleansing and restoring the spiritual Temple of God.  Please help us to do this most important work of restoring and cleansing the spiritual Temple of the Bride and helping to prepare the Bride for the coming of the marriage of the Lamb which is now at the door.  Do you love God and his people as much as ancient Judah did, to help in his work?  Please pray for this work! 

24:8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD. 24:9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

Then the people of Judah rejoiced and gave their offerings to restore the Temple of God.

24:10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end. 24:11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

Then the work to restore the Temple got underway with vigor.

24:12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD. 24:13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.

24:14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.

24:15 But Jehoiada [the high priest] waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died. 24:16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house [Temple].

Then Joash continued the work of restoring the Temple.

24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

But the people left off from their zeal for God and returned to their idols.

24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.

Then God sent his prophets to warn the people and turn them away from their sin, but they would not be turned.

24:19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

24:20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the [high] priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them,

Then the new high priest warned the people

Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.

Then Joash the now apostate king stoned the son of the high priest; the son of the man who had saved him, taught him and made him king 

24:21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. 24:22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father [of the stoned man] had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.

In spring when the kings went out to war around the first month of the new year.

24:23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.

24:24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.

Joash was killed for his apostasy and sin against the high priest

24:25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

24:26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.

24:27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Chronicles 25

Amaziah was a godly king but not fully wholehearted towards God.

2 Chronicles 25:1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

Amaziah executed justice on the rebels.

25:3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father. 25:4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.

25:5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.

Amaziah, king of Judah also hired fighters from Israel.

25:6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

Then the prophet of God warned the king of Judah to go up alone and depend on God and not the wicked of Israel.

25:7 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.

The prophet of God warns that if God be for them they shall succeed, but if God be against them they shall surely fail. 

This is a very important lesson for us today.  If we are zealous for God and put our trust in Him, he will be for us; but if we think we can trust in alliances with the wicked, or  get away with doing as we think best, we become separated from our God and he will be against us.

25:8 But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy [you shall fall if you take the wicked  with you]: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.

Amaziah asks about his money and the prophet tells him that God can restore and give much more.

25:9 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.

Then Amaziah obeyed the servant of God and sent Israel home, only to have these wicked men that he had hired turn against him.

25:10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.

25:11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir [Edom] ten thousand. 25:12 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 [the captives were killed by casting them off a high cliff], that they all were broken in pieces.

Then while Amaziah was fighting with Edom, the men of Israel attacked his cities in Judah.  Imagine how frustrated Amaziah felt after he had obeyed God and sent these men home letting them keep his money. 

25:13 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, [coming from] from Samaria even unto [to attack]  Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.

Here we have the reason that God allowed Israel to vex Judah!  Amaziah did not give credit to God for his victory; instead he took the credit to himself; and if that was not bad enough, he set up the gods of the defeated Edomites as HIS OWN gods!

25:14 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 [the Edomites], and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.

25:15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?

Amaziah then rebuked the prophet saying that he was not the king’s counselor and commanded him to shut up lest he be thrown in prison.

25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king’s counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.

Then Amaziah sent to the king of Israel to war against him, because of the men of Israel who had attacked his cities.

25:17 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one another in the face.

The king of Israel sought to dissuade the king of Judah from a war, and told him that he was puffed up with pride from defeating a little people [the Edomites]  and should not come up against a strong nation like Israel.

25:18 And Joash 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.

25:19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

Amaziah would not repent of his sin against the God of Moses, and was given to the sword of Israel by the Eternal

25:20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.

25:21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face [in battle], both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah. 25:22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.

Amaziah defeated by Israel and was later killed by conspirators 

25:23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits. 25:24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king’s house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

25:25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. 25:26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

Then a conspiracy in Judah slew king Amaziah.

25:27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.

25:28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.

 

2 Chronicles 26

King Uzziah of Judah [who fell into pride and was made a leper].

2 Chronicles 26:1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.  26:2 He [Amaziah had built] built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept [Amaziah died after having built Eilat]  with his fathers.

26:3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 26:4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.

26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.

26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines. 26:7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.

Uzziah rose in fame and the Ammonites gave tribute.

26:8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

Uzziah fortified Judah and built a powerful military.

26:9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them. 26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry. 26:11 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king’s captains.

He had 2,600 commanders for his army of 307,500.

26:12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred. 26:13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. 26:14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. 26:15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal.

And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

When Uzziah saw himself as strong, he was lifted up with pride; and he usurped the duties of the priests.

26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense [which was the exclusive prerogative of the priests]

The priests then withstood the king and Uzziah was greatly angered at being told the truth by these men. 

Today the COG leaders are very angry at being told the truth of God, having their great pride offended.

26:17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men: 26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.

Then in his pride and anger God humbled Uzziah king of Judah  with leprosy; as God will humble today’s Ekklesia with much tribulation..

26:19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.

Uzziah was thrust out of the temple and remained a leper all of his life, to remind him of his sin of pride and anger at the word of God.

26:20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.

Uzziah as a leper was unclean and could not enter the Temple again, therefore his son Jotham became regent over the kingdom.  This should be a strong reminder to US, that we should NEVER depart from the Word of God to do what we decide we want. 

And if we do depart from God’s Word to follow our own ways and our idols of men, we shall lose our place in the resurrection to spirit as kings and priests of God.  As it is written:  “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty heart before a fall.”

26:21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.

26:22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write. 26:23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Chronicles 27

Jotham did right, but did not enter the temple after his father had been struck with leprosy there.

2 Chronicles 27:1 Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jerushah, the daughter  [a descendant of Zadok the priest] of Zadok. 27:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.

Jotham was a great builder who served God.

27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much. 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.

As physical blessings were the promise for faithfulness to the physical Mosaic Covenant; it is spiritual blessings that are the promise for faithfulness to the spiritual New Covenant.

27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God. 27:7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. 27:8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.

27:9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Chronicles 28

Then Ahaz the wicked, became king of Judah.

2 Chronicles 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father: 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim. 28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

This is a lesson for spiritual Israel that if they become full of pride and persecute the zealous for God and turn aside from zeal for God to idolize men; they shall also be rejected by Christ. 

Oh, the foolishness of allowing men to come between us and God, so that we blindly and unquestioningly obey men as if they were God, and do what they say when it is contrary to the Word of God! 

28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.

God allowed Judah to be humbled by her enemies; because of their departure from the Eternal to live as they thought right, contrary to living by every Word of God.  Great tribulation is coming imminently on the Ekklesia today, because they have exalted the words of men, ABOVE the whole Word of God!

28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. 28:7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king’s son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.

28:8 And the children of Israel [of the tribe of Judah were] carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.

Then God’s prophet came out to correct Judah AND Israel which were both full of sin.  God is NOT a respecter of persons and will condemn all sin, no matter who commits it.

28:9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them,

Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven. 28:10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God? 28:11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives [set them free] again, which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.

Then some of the commanders of Israel accepted the words of the prophet and persuaded the others to let the captives of Judah go.

28:12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war, 28:13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the LORD already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel. 28:14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.

Then the commanders did kindly to the captives of Judah

28:15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren:then [Israel] they returned to Samaria.

28:16 At that time did king Ahaz [the wicked king of Judah] send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.

Ahaz of Israel had defeated and occupied Judah but was now facing attacks by the Philistines and Edomites

28:17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives. 28:18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there. 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

Then the king of Assyria refused to strengthen Israel, because God was against king Ahaz of Israel for his many sins, and the Assyrians joined with the adversaries of Ahaz king of Israel.

28:20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not.

Ahaz paid the Assyrians with much, but failed to get help.

28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

Ahaz became desperate and sought out the gods of all the surrounding nations, but would not repent and serve the Eternal.

28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz. 28:23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

Even so, our idolatry of men and corporate organizations, and our spiritual adultery against the espoused spiritual Husband of our baptismal commitment, by following others contrary to God and his word;  is our ruin.

28:24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem. 28:25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.

28:26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 28:27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Chronicles 29

Hezekiah was a righteous king in Judah

2 Chronicles 29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. 29:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.

As soon as the throne was secure Hezekiah  opened up the temple and began its repair.

29:3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them. 29:4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,

Today, we have put out the LIGHT of the Eternal!  By quenching the Holy Spirit to do as we think best, idolizing men and organizations above the Word of God; and so polluting and damaging the spiritual Temple of God.

The speech of Hezekiah to the priests and Levites.

29:5 And said unto them,

“Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place. 29:6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs. 29:7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.

29:8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes. 29:9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this. 29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us. 29:11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.”

Does it take a king with his armies and swords at our throats, to turn us, the called out; back to zeal for our God and his Word?  To cleanse our spiritual house to make us a fit Temple for the Holy Spirit?  For most of the Ekklesia today it seems so, and the sword of great tribulation seems to be required to turn us to God in wholehearted zeal to live by His Word.

29:12 Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah: 29:13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah: 29:14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.  29:15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.

Spiritually if we do not cleanse ourselves from the sin of following idols of men and corporate entities, and letting men come between us and God, to pollute the Sabbath and reject the increase in knowledge that God has promised for this last day: Jesus Christ will surely cast us from him (Rev 3:16) and out of his Father’s spiritual Temple as he cast the Money Changers out of the physical temple!  

Almighty God will cast us into great correction to save the spirit by afflicting the flesh, if we will not cleanse ourselves by sincere repentance from our sins.  Neither God the Father nor Jesus Christ will  tolerate any uncleanness of sin in God the Father’s house and God’s Spirit will depart from us for our sins! 

2 Corinthians  6:16   And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Jesus Christ is entering into the called out, to remove all spiritual uncleanness and sin from his bride; and if we will not cooperate and turn from our idolatry and spiritual adulteries; He WILL REJECT US from the resurrection to eternal life and from having a part in his collective bride!

2 Chronicles 29:16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.

They cleansed and purified the physical temple for eight days, and then after another eight days they completed the job.

29:17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.

29:18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table, with all the vessels thereof. 29:19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.

Then king Hezekiah of Judah rose early to re dedicate the physical Temple on the next morning.

29:20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.

First he offered a SIN Offering for the nation; signifying sincere repentance and the application of the Mosaic Covenant Passover sacrifice for the sincerely repentant nation.

Brethren, the vast majority of the called out brethren of Spiritual Israel today, need to sincerely repent of our idolatry of following men and exalting the false traditions of men above the Word of God! 

We need to sincerely repent of calling the Sabbath holy and then willfully polluting it, to sincerely repent of our idolatries and of our rejection of the increase in knowledge that God has provided in the last day, and from our spiritual lukewarmness and complete lack of zeal for learning and living by every Word of God! 

We need to reconcile with God the Father and have the blood of Jesus Christ the ultimate Passover Lamb of God  our sin offering, again sprinkled on us; to sanctify [to set us apart from worldliness, uncleanness and sin] us to God the Father! 

The temple is dedicated and sanctified

29:21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD. 29:22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.

The king and nation are cleansed and the sin offering is applied to them.

29:23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them: 29:24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all [Judah and all Israel] Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel [not Judah only].

And the priests and Levites were returned to their service; and the musicians were again set up to praise God and teach his ways in song and music. 

Let the sincerely repentant forgiven rejoice in the tender mercies of our mighty God!

29:25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.

29:26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

Then after the sin offering cleansed and justified the sincerely repentant; the burnt offering was made symbolizing a wholehearted dedication to the whole Word of God.

29:27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar.

The burnt offering was made with singing and rejoicing and trumpet blasts before the Eternal.

And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel. 29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. 29:29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped. 29:30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.

29:31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the LORD. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were of a free heart burnt offerings. 29:32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD. 29:33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.

Only some of the priests had cleansed and sanctified themselves; and so there were too few to officiate over all the sacrifices.

29:34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart [quicker] to sanctify themselves than the priests.

29:35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.

29:36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

Brethren, we desperately need this kind of revival in the brotherhood today, a sincere repentance from our uncleanness and sin of lack of zeal for learning and living by every Word of God.  We desperately NEED  a turning to follow the whole Word of God! before we are cast out by our LORD into great tribulation, which is now at the very door.  

As you see these things happening: AWAKE!  and turn back to a passionate loving zeal for our Great and Mighty God!

 

2 Chronicles 30

Hezekiah invites all Judah and all the tribes of Israel to come and keep the Passover at the rededicated Temple in the second month as the law allows.

2 Chronicles 30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh [In Israel], that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel. 30:2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.

This because the temple was being cleansed and rededicated in the first month.

30:3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem. 30:4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.

Neither Judah nor Israel had kept the Passover at Jerusalem for a long time, as the commandment required.  How long will it be before we keep the Passover as God has said?  

See “The Biblical Spring Festivals: From Passover to Pentecost” book for an explanation of the New Covenant Passover Service.

30:5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written. 30:6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king [of Judah], saying,

The invitation of Hezekiah to ALL Israel:

Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 30:7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.

30:8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

30:9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

I likewise invite all the called out of God to keep the Passover in sincerity and truth on the date that God commands, and to turn from our idolatry and rededicate ourselves in sincere repentance to the Mighty One of Moses and Abraham. 

30:10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.

Israel rejected the invitation, as many of the Ekklesia also do today; yet a few did turn to the Eternal in sincere repentance and went up to keep the Passover.

30:11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.  30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD. 30:13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation.

Let us destroy all idolatry of men out of our Spiritual Temple, and turn to the Eternal in sincere repentance to have the sacrifice of the Lamb of God applied to us.  

30:14 And they arose and took away the [pagan] altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.

Then the priests and Levites who were still wavering were ashamed that the people were more zealous than they were and sanctified themselves.  Spiritually we sanctify ourselves [set ourselves apart from worldliness] through sincere wholehearted repentance and a dedicated commitment to live by every Word of God.

30:15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD. 30:16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.

Each family is to kill their own Passover lamb but in this case the Levites killed the Passover for the unprepared and unclean of Israel who had decided to turn to the Eternal too late to be properly cleansed.

30:17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD. 30:18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written.

But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying,

The good LORD pardon every one 30:19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not [physically] cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. 30:20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

Brethren, Oh if only we would turn to the Eternal with all our hearts and sincerely repent of departing from Him;  He would forgive and accept us in his matchless and tender mercy for his beloved called out!

30:21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD. 30:22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.

As we see the terrible events unfolding towards the burning correction of the proud and lukewarm, let every one return to an enthusiastic zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God.  Let us all return to that first passionate love of the Word of God and the joy of discovery that we had at the first beginning of our calling; when we thirsted an  d hungered after the knowledge of truth, and rejoiced at each new discovery!

30:23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness. 30:24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.

If we rejoice to embrace the knowledge and truth of God, to extirpate all idolatry of men and the sin of lukewarmness: and if we turn to our Mighty One with all our hearts and if we continue in overcoming: Then we will be given an eternal life of the same godliness and have a part in the collective bride with the godly men of old!  The rejoicing on that day will be great!

30:25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced. 30:26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.

30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.

 

2 Chronicles 31

Then the people who rejoiced before the Eternal at His Temple, went home and utterly destroyed all the idols; to return with a whole heart to the Mighty God that had called and delivered them from the bondage of men, satan and sin! 

2 Chronicles 31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the [pagan] altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.

Then the proper service of the Levites and priests was restored and they began to keep and to teach the ordinances of God, instead of doing their own ways and whatever was right in their own eyes. 

May God grant that we may do likewise!

31:2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings [representative of wholehearted service] and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents [dwelling place, temple] of the LORD.

Then Hezekiah gave animals for the sacrifices, including the New Moon sacrifices commanded by God to sanctify the new months.  Observation of the new Moon is commanded by Almighty God!

31:3 He appointed also the king’s portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.

Hezekiah also commanded the people to tithe and bring their first fruits to the priests and Levites.

31:4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they [the priests and Levites] might be encouraged in the law of the LORD [encouraged to teach the law by receiving their proper wages].

31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.

The people brought their offerings and gave them to the priests and Levites to work with

31:6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.

The rebuilding of the broken parts of the Temple began in the third month and was completed in the seventh month.

31:7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. 31:8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the [heaps of offerings] heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.

31:9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps [of offerings] . 31:10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.

Hezekiah them built store houses for all the offerings of the people.

31:11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them,

The administrators over the dedicated things

31:12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next. 31:13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.

31:14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the LORD, and the most holy things. 31:15 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in their set office, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to the small:

Each Levite and Priest throughout all Judah was given his portion of the tithes and offerings for himself and his family.

31:16 Beside their genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even unto every one that entereth into the house of the LORD, his daily portion for their service in their charges according to their courses;

31:17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their charges by their courses; 31:18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their set office they sanctified themselves in holiness:

31:19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were expressed by name, to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the Levites.

31:20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

Hezekiah led Judah to serve God with all their hearts!

31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

 

2 Chronicles 32

Then the enemy arrived to tempt Judah away from their God through threats, fear and persecutions. 

Satan will send his arrows against those who are pleasing God. 

The godly way is not a difficult way; it is the adversary’s  attacks on us, as he does his best to discourage us into believing the LIE that God’s ways are difficult and bad, that are hard to bear.  It is not God’s ways that are difficult and bad, but it is satan’s attacks on God’s faithful that make our lives seem difficult!

2 Chronicles 32:1 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.

Hezekiah stopped up the Gihon spring’s outlet outside the city and built a conduit from the spring into the city.  To his day this tunnel is called Hezekiah’s Tunnel or the Siloam Tunnel.

See also the account in 2 Kings 18.

32:2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, 32:3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him. 32:4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?

After denying the Assyrians water, they strengthened the city’s defenses.  These activities make it clear that they had plenty of warning.

Brethren, we also have had plenty of warning to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming trial and for the resurrection of the bride.  God has not left us without any warning, only to be shocked at the appearance of the two servants with a sudden message. 

No, we have been warned and prepared for these past years, to turn back from our lukewarmness to a true and passionate zeal for our God.  

Many forgotten things have been restored, new knowledge has been provided, and a continual warning has been trumpeted for years, in preparation for the servants of God and the trial to come.

32:5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance. 32:6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,

Brethren, be STRONG and COURAGEOUS in our battle against sin; for the battle is not ours but the LORD’s; if we run to our MIGHTY REFUGE and HIGH TOWER OF STRENGTH! 

Let us put our trust [faith] in the Eternal and take refuge in a passionate love and enthusiasm for every Word of God!

32:7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Then the servants of the adversary come up to threaten the faithful people of God.  Just as they do against spiritual Israel today, because satan is vexed by their faithful zeal for the whole Word of God.

32:9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,

Then the adversary spoke to Hezekiah and Judah through his messengers.

32:10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem? 32:11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

The Assyrians condemn Hezekiah for destroying the idols out of the land and exalting the God of Abraham! 

This is the very same thing that Satan HATES today:  The destruction of the idols and false teachings in Spiritual Israel

32:12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?

Then the adversary boasts of his own strength, to frighten the people; just as the adversary seeks to instil fear in the spiritually weak in faith, to prevent them from taking a stand against idols and false teachings, and to live by every Word of God today. 

If we are HOT and zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God and to trust in Him; we have nothing to fear at all!  Our God is greater than millions of the finest armies  to ever march on this earth!  For he can raise the dead and change them to spirit, giving them eternal life!

32:13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand? 32:14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?

Satan is the adversary of the Eternal God; and he is as nothing before the Mighty One of Jacob! 

Let us love,trust in and respect our God, to learn and to passionately love and keep his holy truth; fear not what men or devils can do; for they are as nothing before the might of our God! 

Be strong and courageous in the LORD and in faith in his Word; and you shall stand alive for eternity on that day!

32:15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand? 32:16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.

32:17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.

32:18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city. 32:19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.

Then the faithful of God cried out to the Eternal, and he delivered them all; destroying the army of the adversary;  just as the Eternal shall defeat the spiritual Adversary and give to his faithful eternal life. 

Even so, we are not to compromise with the Word of God so much as a speck of dust’s worth! 

Let us be valiant in the Eternal to fight the good fight against all sin and compromise with the whole Word of God!  Let us put our trust in our Mighty Deliverer and stand up to see the power of our God! 

As he opened the Red Sea for Israel and destroyed the enemy; so he will open the graves for his faithful on that day of Wonder and Rejoicing!

32:20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven. 32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels [his own children] slew him there with the sword.

The Eternal shall deliver all those who are full of faith and HOT for him and all his ways: and will correct in great affliction, all those who have quenched any zeal for learning and living by every Word of God and follow idols of men!

32:22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side. 32:23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

Hezekiah’s sickness, which God healed

32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

Yet, Hezekiah was overcome with pride and correction came upon him.

32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

Then Hezekiah and Judah humbled themselves in sincere repentance before God.

Brethren, this pride is the state of the church of God groups today and their principle sin; they will not hear God because their hearts are lifted up to think that they are spiritually rich and have need of nothing.  They cannot grasp how spiritually blind and wretched and naked of righteousness they really are (Rev 3:15). 

They think: “We are God’s people and therefore anything that does not come from us, is at best unimportant and at worst heresy!”  Therefor they reject the knowledge that God is giving;  to remain rooted in their errors!  And we equate physical things with our spiritual condition, which is a great delusion.

Yet a great, wise  and merciful God will humble our pride in the furnace of affliction, that the spirit might be saved.

32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

32:27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels; 32:28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks. 32:29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.

32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

Hezekiah used as a warning prophecy of the captivity of Judah to Babylon.

32:31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart. 

See Isaiah 36-39 link

32:32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.  32:33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Chronicles 33

Manasseh turned away from his father’s zeal for God and again turned to idols.  Idolatry is a recurring theme in Israel and Judah as it is in the church of God today.

2 Chronicles 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem: 33:2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.  33:3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves [groves are phallic  symbols like the Xmas tree and obelisks], and worshipped all the host of heaven [Astrology which is Satanic], and served them.

Manasseh went so far as to build pagan altars inside the Temple of God, bringing in paganism into the very house of God; as the Ekklesia do spiritually today, by teaching the idolizing of men to the called out spiritual Temple.

33:4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. 33:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

Manasseh was terribly wicked to depart from the Word of God; just like the called out do today in exalting their idols of men above the whole Word of God.

33:7 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: 33:8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.

33:9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.

Then the one who became Jesus Christ warned the people by his prophets

33:10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.

Then was Manasseh corrected by God through the hand of the Assyrians.

33:11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh [from hiding] among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

Then Manasseh repented of his evil and turned to the Eternal God of Moses. 

Brethren, Manasseh is a warning and prophecy of the COG Groups today.  This is exactly what is happening to today’s Ekklesia; they are full of idolatry today and will be rejected by Christ to be cast into great tribulation; and when they have been humbled many will sincerely repent and turn to the Eternal God with true passionate wholehearted zeal.

33:12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 33:13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.

33:14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.

33:15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. 33:16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.

33:17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places [instead of going to Jerusalem to sacrifice at the Temple, yet unto the LORD their God only.

33:18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.  33:19 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.

33:20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

Then king Amon did evil in Judah.

33:21 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem. 33:22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them; 33:23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.

Then Amon was killed by his servants and the people made Josiah king of Judah.

33:24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.

33:25 But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.

 

2 Chronicles 34

Josiah the good king of Judah.

2 Chronicles 34:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. 34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.

34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young [16 years old], he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year [when he was 20 years old] he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. 34:4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.

34:5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

Josiah went into the land of  Israel destroying idols as he went

34:6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.

Then Josiah returned to Jerusalem to repair the Temple.

34:7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem. 34:8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.

Money was given to the high priest for the repair and cleansing of the Temple.

34:9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem. 34:10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and amend the house: 34:11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.

34:12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick.

34:13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.

The long neglected Word of God is discovered in the Temple.

34:14 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses. 34:15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.

A progress report was made to Josiah and the Word of God was delivered to him.

34:16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do it. 34:17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.

Then the Word of God was read to Josiah.

34:18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. 34:19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.

34:20 And the king commanded Hilkiah [the high priest] , and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king’s, saying,

Josiah immediately turns and humbles himself before God and asks the high priest to inquire of God as to what they should do.

34:21 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.

The high priest then went to Hulda the prophetess to inquire of God.  How many COG folks today would go to a woman to inquire of the LORD?

34:22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect.

She told them the will of God

34:23 And she answered them,

Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me, 34:24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah: 34:25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.

34:26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard; 34:27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

34:28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same.

So they brought the king word again.

Then J9osiah read the Word of God to all the people

34:29 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 34:30 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD.

Then the king of Judah, Josiah,  made a public covenant to keep the whole Word of God and made the people to do so as well.

34:31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book. 34:32 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.

34:33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.

The history of Judah was an ongoing process of repentance and turning away and revival as the various kings good and bad led the people. 

This is an example for us, that we should be zealous for our God and keep his Word wholeheartedly at all times; not turning to idols and our own ways as we have done today! 

Oh, spiritual Judah; our fierce correction is even at the door; will we not return to the LORD with a whole heart as Josiah did?    Josiah loved the Eternal and humbled himself to submit to and live by every Word of God; let us do so as well.

 

2 Chronicles 35

Josiah’s Passover

2 Chronicles 35:1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.

35:2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD, 35:3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel, 35:4 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son. 35:5 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.

Josiah provided Passover lambs and goats to sacrifice.

35:6 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 35:7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids [of goats], all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks [for burnt offerings]: these were of the king’s substance.

35:8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah [the high priest] and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

35:9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle [small cattle that is lambs and kids], and five hundred oxen [for burnt offerings].

35:10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king’s commandment. 35:11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.

35:12 And they removed [took] the burnt offerings [to the altar of burnt offerings], that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.

The Passover lambs and kids were roasted on the 14th day by the families as God had commanded; while the burnt offerings were completely burned, and the peace  offerings cooked and eaten.  The burnt and peace offerings were probably made during the whole Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread.

35:13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.

The people were served first and then the Levites and priests provided for themselves.

35:14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.

The musicians played and sang the Egyptian Hallel .  See The Passover Psalms Expounded

35:15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer; and the porters [The door guards made sure that no stranger or unclean person entered the Temple] waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.

35:16 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the LORD, according to the commandment of king Josiah.

35:17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.  35:18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

35:19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.

Then Josiah rebelled against Egypt which actually ruled over the whole region.  Judah was in fact an autonomous kingdom within the Egyptian sphere of influence and Josiah saw a chance to rebel against Egypt and become completely independent.

35:20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

Egypt gave Josiah due warning which was from God, but Josiah would not give up his rebellion.  We see here that God does use the Gentile kingdoms to fulfill his will.

35:21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

35:22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

Josiah is severely wounded

35:23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.  35:24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.

35:25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day [the day this was written , and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.

35:26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to that which was written in the law of the LORD, 35:27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

 

2 Chronicles 36

Then the Egyptians removed the son of the rebel Josiah from being king of Judah after three months; doubtless because Jehoahaz was rebellious like his father Josiah.

2 Chronicles 36:1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father’s stead in Jerusalem. 36:2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 36:3 And the king of Egypt put him down [defeated his rebellion] at Jerusalem, and condemned the land [to pay a tribute of] in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

Jehoahaz  was taken to Egypt as prisoner for his rebellion against Egypt. 

The Egyptians then made Eliakim king of Judah and changed his name to Jehoiakim

36:4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz [who Necho had dethroned]  his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

Jehoiakim may have been submissive to the king of Egypt, but he rebelled against the Word of God and did wickedly.

36:5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.

At that time Palestine was a battle ground between Egypt and Babylon, the head of the statue of Daniel 2.  Then God brought up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon who destroyed Judah in a series of wars, and finally went down into and conquered Egypt to destroy the Jews who had fled there as is recorded in Jeremiah.

Jehoiakim was taken in the first wave of exiles to Babylon.

36:6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon. 36:7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

The son of Jehoiakim was named Jehoiakin; be careful not to get confused.  Jehoiakim reigned for 11 years and his son Jehoiakin reigned only three months and ten days.

36:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.

One might ask how an eight year old could do either good or evil, and the answer is found in that he did as his wicked father had done and had taught him; and followed the advice of his wicked advisers.

36:9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

At the end of the year [c 598 B.C.] in the new year near Passover, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon removed Jehioakin from the throne of Judah and replaced him with Zedekiah his brother.  This event indicates that Babylon had replaced Egypt as the regional power.  

Ezekiel was taken to Babylon at this removal of king Jehioachin c 598 B.C..  Josephus claims that three thousand leading Jews were removed to Babylon with king Jehioachin.

Ezekiel dates his first Divine encounter and the beginning of his prophetic calling as five years after the exile of Jehioachin (Ezekiel 1:1-3).

Since Zedekiah ruled in Jerusalem for eleven years after the removal of Jehioachin, and Ezekiel began his ministry in the fifth year of the removal of Jehioachin; Ezekiel was called to be a prophet six years before the final fall of Jerusalem in c 587 B.C..  

36:10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah reigned over Judah as Babylon’s vassal for eleven years doing wickedness, and rejecting the warnings from God by Jeremiah.

36:11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 36:12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD.

Zedekiah rebelled very much against the Word of God; and then finally rebelled against Babylon.

36:13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel. 36:14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.

36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

God corrected wicked Judah for departing from his Word, to exalt their idols; even so God will correct his called out to the spiritual New Covenant, for their lack of zeal for his Word and for our idolatry in allowing men to come between us and Almighty God. 

What happened to Judah by Babylon will happen to the latter day physical AND spiritual Israel who have departed form any zeal to keep and live by every Word of God and instead do what is right in our own eyes.

36:17 Therefore he [God] brought upon them the king of the Chaldees [Babylon], who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. 36:20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: 36:21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

Then God moved Cyrus to send the repentant among Judah to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. 

36:22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

36:23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

Scriptural history was recorded for OUR instruction so that we could learn from the mistakes of others and would not make the same mistakes as the ancients.  Yet we have in spiritual terms made the very same mistakes of these physical nations. 

Every physical thing has a spiritual corollary: from the physically clean and unclean, being a lesson to discern between the spiritually clean and unclean; to physical adultery teaching us about spiritual loyalty and disloyalty to Christ; to physical idolatry teaching us about spiritual idolatry through exalting anyone or anything above the true God of Moses and the Eternal Father in heaven! 

Loving God enough to seek to please God with a whole heart, and to DO what he says in His Word so that we can become like Him, is true godly faithfulness; and allowing  men or anything else, to come between us and our zeal for the whole Word of God: Is IDOLATRY! 

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