Today’s reading will close out the second book of Kings. Then we get to read the “rest of the acts as written down in the book of the chronicles.” Yay. An extension of most of the kings of Judah.
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2 Kings 16
Ahaz became king of Juda. He did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He committed despicable practices… even sacrificing his son.
2 Kings 17
Finally, because of all the evil and sin and because they had forgotten God, even though He was patient with them for so long, God removed Israel from out of His sight. Only Judah remained. Assyria resettles in the area. Even Judah failed to obey all of God’s commands, but they were not totally exiled.
2 Kings 18 – 19
Hezekiah is king in Judah. He trusted in the Lord more than any king before him. He held fast to the Lord. Assyrians attacked and Hezekiah calls to the Lord for safety. Isaiah comes to Hezekiah and reassures him that the Lord will defend them. He does. For his own sake and for the sake of David. The Assyrians died that night. 185000 of them.
2 Kings 20
Hezekiah became sick. God tells him to put his house in order because he will die soon. Hezekiah asks God to remember him. God decides to heal Hezekiah and add 15 years of life. Wow. We see an amazing sign given where time goes backward. Very cool stuff.
2 Kings 21
Manasseh becomes king in Judah. He did evil. Rebuilt altars to other gods and did despicable things. God promises Judgment. Amon becomes king. Also did evil.
2 Kings 22
Josiah becomes king in Judah. He does what is right. In fact, he starts to rebuild the temple and finds the Book of the Law! The king heard the word and tears his clothes.
“For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book.” Wow. The law had not been read. It was literally lost. Now it was discovered, and Josiah realizes its importance. I feel that our country has lost the word too. It will take someone like Josiah to rediscover it and act upon it.
Josiah goes to task destroying all foreign god altars and practices. He cleans house. He restores passover. There was no king like him who turned to the Lord with al his heart, soul and might.
STILL… The Lord DID NOT turn from his wrath because of all the sins of former kings. Josiah will die in peace, but God’s wrath is against the sin of this world. We must also remember this. Our nation is corrupt. Even leading it back to God will not forgive us. God has another plan for the world that offers forgiveness. Only through Jesus.
2 Kings 23 – 25
Josiah dies. Other kings lead. They return the nation to evil. Stiff necked people.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon captures Jerusalem. Burns the temple. The people of Juda was taken into exile out of its land.