2 Kings – Chapter 14

2 kings chapter 14

Verses 3, 4 – These high places were probably used for illegal worship of Yahweh rather than pagan gods and they were not shut down.
Verses 5, 6 – Amaziah obeyed the law when he punished his father’s assassins since he did not also kill their children.
Verse 7 – Sela was the ancient stronghold of Petra, a city carved into a rock cliff. It was not only a stronghold for Edom, but also a wealthy outpost for trade with India.
Verses 9, 10 – King Amaziah of Judah had become proud after defeating the Edomites. He was trying to pick a fight with Israel because he was sure his army was stronger. Jehoash tried to warn Amaziah not to attack by comparing his army to a thistle and Israel’s army to a cedar tree. Amaziah had overrated his strength; his ambition was greater than his ability. He didn’t listen and was soundly defeated.
Verse 13 – A broken-down city wall disgraced the citizens and left them defenseless against future invasions.
Verse 25 – During this period of history, many prophets-such as Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah, and Isaiah, began collecting their prophecies and writing them under God’s direction. God would use Israel’s moral and spiritual decline to prepare the way for the Messiah’s coming.
Verse 28 – Jeroboam II had no devotion to God, yet under his policies and administration Israel enjoyed more national power and material prosperity than any time since the days of Solomon. The prophets Amos and Hosea however, tell us what was really happening within the kingdom (Hosea 13:4-8; Amos 6:11-14). Jeroboam’s administration ignored policies of justice and fairness. As a result, the rich became richer, and the poor became poorer. The people became self-centered. The poor were so oppressed that it was hard for them to believe God noticed or cared. Some think that material prosperity is an indication of God’s blessing. If this were true, then does this mean the poor are cursed—I think not!

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