Condemned by Conformity
II Chronicles 25-27
July 25, 2004
(Please Study this with II Kings 14-15 - it was originally
one lesson but I have separated them - it has the same
The Bible does not say "People who do not know
history are doomed to repeat it" - I think it was
Santana that said that - it just reinforces that principle!
The Bible says in I Cor. 10:11-12 - "Now all these
things happened unto them for ensamples: and they
are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends
of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh
he standeth take heed lest he fall"
I say this because of the idea that if
of milk & honey", I say
I also would like to use the scripture in Ezekiel 23
about Aholah -
Aholah means her tent - points to the worship in Samaria
Aholibah - my tent is in her - magnifying her privilege
and aggravating her guilt
Thus our lesson today is still about history. I marvel
at the parallel how
I John 2:18-19
Deut. 13:13a - "Certain men, the children of Belial,
are gone out from among you"
I John 4:3-6
II Chronicles 25
v. 2 - a qualifying clause - Amaziah
v. 4 - influenced by Scripture
President Bush & John Ashcroft -
Mr. Ashcroft, a Pentecostal according
to last night's Jeopardy & the criticism
they get - I wonder if the secularist leadership
of Amaziah's day complained.
I will tell you where secular humanism is
leading us - McNair -
cases - law - judges - they may be innocent
but the rational used by judges is very suspect
except in this day of anarchism through judicial
Friend on golf course yesterday asking about
connection of abortion playing a positive role in
controlling overpopulation - A DIRECT
CONTRADICTION OF GOD'S WILL -
POPULATE THE EARTH - (He formed it
"to be inhabited" - See Isaiah 45:18)
In those days as now, people did what they
wanted, irregardless of what the Bible says
or what God's will is???
vs. 5-9 - standing army & mercenaries.
vs. 8-9 - read & comment
v. 11 - "And Amaziah strengthened himself" - (self help)
No doubt he looked deep within and proceeded
to do what he wanted to!
v. 14 - A mistake - Amaziah's devout gratitude to God
and the acknowledgement of Him in the name
Joktheel was soon gone and in his self-help loses
all and realizes the fulfillment to the prophet
of God's prophetic denunciations.
v. 17 - "took advice" but who from
vs. 19-20 - "But Amaziah would not hear"
Notice the word "they" - this takes a little weight of
guilt of idolatry from the shoulders of Amaziah - shared
by the people & the princes - ch. 24:7
Where a man's ways leads him - Amaziah embarrassed
when Joash ignominiously brings him to
deposits him there with a present of his life in all his fallen
glory and leaves him to meditate on "the wages of sin"
To sum up Amaziah - he lacked a perfect heart or fixed
attention to God's will - he was proud & boastful - he gave
way to idolatry in his later years - he despised the reproof
of God's prophet and although better than most of his
predecessors, he did not reach a high standard - both he
and his dad, Joash, began better than they ended - they
roused conspiracy by their misconduct and were
murdered by malcontents.
II Chronicles 26
v. 4 - learned from his father???? - Amaziah reigned
29 yrs - two frightful stains, (the civil war with
to the gods of the children of Seir) fearfully visited
with a long punishment and a fatal end is
recognized here for the good that was in it.
v. 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
v. 7a - "and God helped him against the Philistines &
against the Arabians"
v. 15 - "he was marvelously helped, till he was strong"
v. 16 - "but......he transgressed"
v. 17 - his intention to simulate the self-assumed
religious ways of the neighboring Gentile kings???
v. 18 - The priests withstood Uzziah
v. 20 - "they thrust him out"
In earlier years Azariah was a pattern - in his later years
The reign of 52 years spoiled in an hour - How could he
have been so ignorant?
Numbers 18:7 - Read with emphasis
THE SEVERITY OF THE PUNISHMENT MEASURES
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SIN!
II Chronicles 27
v. 2 - Jotham - pedigree, reign & character
v. 6 - moral habit