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2 Kings 15 – 16

2 Kings 15

Azariah becomes king of Judah

2 Kings 15:1 In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign. 15:2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.

Azariah another good king of Judah, except that the people continued to worship at pagan locations instead of coming to the Temple in Jerusalem.

15:3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; 15:4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

God smote Azariah king of Judah with leprosy for this sin of worshiping God at pagan high places which represented worshiping God as we think right and not as God has commanded us  His loyalty to God was not complete, so God mottled his flesh. 

Even today many congregations of the Ekklesia meet in pagan “high places” [pagan places of worship] and claim that they are worshiping God because they meet there on the Sabbath when they are actually defying God by meeting in such places.

15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

15:6 And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 15:7 So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

Zachariah the son of Jeroboam 2 began to reign in Israel. He was evil like his namesake Jeroboam I, teaching the idolatry of Jeroboam I; just like today’s spiritual Ekklesia teaches idolatry of men and false traditions.

15:8 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months. 15:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Shallum replace Zachariah as king of Israel through intrigue.

15:10 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead. 15:11 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

15:12 This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.

Shallum reigned over Israel for one month before he himself was killed by a usurper.

15:13 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full month in Samaria. 15:14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in his stead. 15:15 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Menahem became king of Israel and destroyed Tiphsah on the Euphrates for not supporting him as king of Israel.

Tiphsah and Tirzah on the Euphrates marked the northern extremity of the dominions ruled by Solomon, Gaza being the limit on the South (1 Kings 4:24). 

15:16 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.

Menahem king of Israel was evil in idolatry like his father and like Jeroboam 1.

15:17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria. 15:18 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Menahem then paid the dominant regional empire Assyria, to confirm him as king of Israel.

15:19 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand. 15:20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in the land.

15:21 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 15:22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.

After Menahem, Pekahiah became king of Israel, and he also followed the idolatry of Jeroboam 1; just as today’s spiritual  Ekklesia is full of idolatry of men and corporate organizations.

15:23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years. 15:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Then Pekahiah’s own captain Pekah overthrew him and reigned over Israel in his place.  In spiritual terms this sounds exactly like the Ekklesia today, with all of its conspiracies and splits.

15:25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king’s house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.

15:26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

The new king of Israel, Pekah, also followed the idolatry of Jeroboam 1, like his fathers.

15:27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years. 15:28 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

Then in a first wave of captivities the Assyrians took away all of northern Israel; including Naftali, Zebulon and Issachar in Galilee and Israel [Manasseh, Gad  and Reuben] in the Golan.

And the God of Israel stirred up a spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tigathpileser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe [half of Joseph] of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.[the day this was written] (I Chronicles 5:26).

15:29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

Then Hoshea conspired and became king of Israel.

15:30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. 15:31 And the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Jotham then reigned in Judah exactly as his father had reigned, being faithful to God except in the matter of the High Places.

15:32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign. 15:33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok. 15:34 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. 15:35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.

15:36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 15:37 In those days the LORD began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah. 15:38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

Yet today’s spiritual Ekklesia does exactly the very same thing when they meet in pagan houses of worship to supposedly worship God [contrary to the Word of God], which is indicative of a lack of zeal [Laodicean lukewarmness] to live by every Word of God.

 

2 Kings 16

Then Ahaz reigned in Judah

2 Kings 16:1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. 16:2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.

Ahaz king of Judah led the people into idolatry like the kings of Israel had done in the Ten Tribes.

16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel. 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree [worshiping wherever he wanted, instead of where God commanded, just as most of the Ekklesia does today].

Then Israel and Syria made war with Judah.

16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him. 16:6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath [Eilat was a key seaport at that time]: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day [the day this was written].

Then Ahaz king of Judah sent to the Assyrians for help against Israel and Syria, and paid Assyria well.

16:7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me. 16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

Assyria conquered Syria.

16:9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

Ahaz then made a copy of a pagan altar that had been found in Damascus.

16:10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof. 16:11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the [high] priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.

The high priest Urijah feared the king and perverted the true religion of God with the pagan altar.

16:12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon. 16:13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.

Then the king brought God’s altar from its commanded place to put it at the north side of this pagan altar.

16:14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar.

Then the king commanded that the daily and all the sacrifices for Israel should be offered on this pagan altar.

16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

16:16 Thus did Urijah the [high] priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded. 

This is a clear example of a high priest of God falling away from his calling.

16:17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea [basin for water] from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

16:18And the covert [covered resting place] for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and [in] the king’s entry [gate] without, turned he from the house of the LORD for [he took and gave to] the king of Assyria.

16:19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 16:20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

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