At his death, Hezekiah was buried “in the highest place of the sepulchers of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor” (2 Chronicles 32:33). He is in every respect different from his father Ahaz. Here are some differences between the two.
—His father turned entirely to idolatry, and even sacrificed one of his sons to these horrible idols. Hezekiah, he turned wholly to the Lord his God, and celebrated the Passover which speaks of the sacrifice of the Son of God for the salvation of whosoever believes in Him.
—His father set aside the altar of brass and made another, modified the house as he wanted and finally, he closed the doors of the temple. Hezekiah opens the doors of the temple, and has the house sanctified and cleansed.
—Ahaz turned to the king of Assyria and his idols for help, and got none. Hezekiah turned to the Lord and they were miraculously saved from their enemy, the king of Assyria.
—When his father died, he was not even buried in the sepulcher of the kings of Israel. But Hezekiah was given the highest place.
Hezekiah did “what was right in the sight of Jehovah, according to all that David his father had done” (2 Chronicles 29: 2). And “his good deeds” (2 Chronicles 32:32) are also reported to us. Just like us Hezekiah was not perfect, but his heart was really for God. He learned his lessons and we also grow in the things of God.
Here are three lessons taken from the reign of Hezekiah to continue to grow in the ways of God.
Uzziah and Jotham had worked to build cities in Judah, to equip the army, and to build war machines. All these things were impressive, but we see that even the best preparations, without God, are useless. There were 300,000 soldiers of the time of Amaziah, 307,500 of the time of Uzziah, and probably not less in the days of Jotham and Ahaz. But 120,000 of them, so valiant, so well equipped that they were, were killed in a single day by Pekah!
Isaiah had said, “If ye believe not, surely ye shall not be established.” (Isaiah 7: 9) When we see the state in which Judah was left after the passage of the king of Syria, of Israel, of the Edomites, and of the Philistines, the word of God came to pass. Jerusalem was not taken and their plan to overthrow royalty in Judah did not come true (Isaiah 7:7), and the king of Assyria came (7:17). And as Ahaz did not believe the word of God, he was not established. The army was greatly diminished, the wealth of the country was lost to the benefit of the Assyrian, and they lost their autonomy largely by the Assyrian. Prosperity? Peace? If we want to persuade ourselves!
When God speaks, it happens. Jeremiah said, “Who is he that saith, and there cometh to pass, what the Lord hath not commanded?” (Lamentations 3:37) But for us, let us take courage and receive the Word of God in full assurance of faith knowing that the promise of His coming is near! “Wherefore be of good courage, men, for I believe God that thus it shall be, as it has been said to me.” (Acts 27:25)
In this video you will find three other practical lessons learned from Ahaz’s reign.
It is very interesting to compare the two accounts of Jotham’s reign in Kings and Chronicles. In Chronicles we have a general mention that the people still acted corruptly (2 Chron. 27: 2). For the rest, we have a positive presentation of his reign and his works, as well as his walk before the LORD. In the book of Kings we have a more succinct description, mentioning only the construction of the upper gate of the house of the LORD. But we find a more detailed description of the people’s corruption (2 Kings 15:35). Therefore, we also read that in that time the LORD began to send against Judah Rezin and Pekah. In other words, it was because of the corruption of the people, not because of the king himself. Thus, no evil thing is mentioned concerning the reign of Jotham. He was even buried in the city of David, his father!
Yes, Jotham walked in the ways of David in this regard. So, God honoured him with this positive account of his reign, while dealing, in discipline, with the state of the people. Let us be encouraged by the words of the Lord Jesus: “If anyone serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also shall be My servant. And if anyone serve Me, him shall the Father honour.” (John 12:26)
Here are three practical lessons we can learn from Jotham’s reign.
The apostle John takes great care to write to young people not to love the world or the things that are in the world, including the pride of life. We see the ravages of the pride of life with Uzziah. His father Amaziah also had this problem. Uzziah, however, started very well, and he became very strong, but it was for his loss, because of the pride of life!
“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) “God sets Himself against the proud, but to the humble gives grace.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Here is a short video about Uzziah with three practical lessons for us. Let’s look at the Lord and learn from Him.
Amaziah chose to do things his own way, after having experienced the help of God. When a prophet was sent to him from the Lord to make him realize the absurdity of what he was doing, Amaziah made it plain that he had better keep quiet. We see that he was determined to continue doing things his way.
There is definitely an element of pride and self-will in his answer to the prophet. He will then taste the consequences of his choice to continue on his own path. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25.)
This video on Amaziah presents three practical lessons for us. Let us persevere and be encouraged by the Lord to follow Him faithfully.
Tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine
There is much to learn from Joash’s character; but one particular thing emerges from his reign: it is his radical change of attitude after the death of Jehoiada. There is a lot to think about in this. A very interesting question is to try to understand how he came to listen to the princes of Judah who seemed inclined towards evil.
One thing is certain, Joash, though educated for years by Jehoiada, seems to have never grown in strength spiritually. It reminds us that the Lord gave gifts to his assembly precisely so that “we all arrive at the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, at the full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ; in order that we may be no longer babes, tossed and carried about by every wind of that teaching which is in the sleight of men” (Ephesians 4:13 -14).
Unfortunately Joash was well misled by these princes of Judah, and the consequences were disastrous for him. May the Lord give us to grow in Him, as full-grown man, not to be deceived by men, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, but attached to the Lord Jesus!
This video about Joash presents three practical lessons for us. May the Lord encourage us all to follow Him faithfully.
Ahaziah was born into a family whose father did not follow his father’s ways. Jehoram has departed from God in a terrible way. When Jehoram died, Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, was his counselor, as well as his in-laws, the house of Ahab. Ahaziah, however, knew his grandfather; He was 14 when Jehosaphat died. But the environment in which he grew up was spiritually wicked. There was no one, it seems, to advise him to good.
We can really see the grace of God intervening, even in His judgments, to cleanse the house of David from all that evil that was introduced. God was going to fulfill his purpose. But on the spot, we could have believed the opposite, while Athaliah reigns over the kingdom of Judah. Judah under the reign of Ahab’s house! These are all consequences of Josaphat’s choices. This choice to ally by marriage with the house of Ahab had terrible consequences for his son and his grandchildren son his sons and grandsons.
This new video presents us with three lessons to learn about Ahaziah. May we learn from what brought about the necessity of such a judgment on the part of God.
Jehoram’s reign was only 8 years. Why only 8 years? When we take the time to think about all that is described of his reign, 8 years is very short for all the troubles he caused in Judah, and for all the miseries that have happened to him. We tend to remember two things about him. First, that he died in cruel sufferings. What a striking and unique expression! (The other who comes closest to it is in Matthew 17:15.) And, the height of misery, we read that he departed without being regretted! This is the second thing we remember about him. Why all this? Was it avoidable? In this new video, we will remember three practical lessons for us that also answer these questions.
In this new video we see the great events of Jehoshaphat’s reign and three practical lessons for us. In writing these few lines, it strikes me: it seems that Jehoshaphat could simply not say no to those who solicited him. This leads to associations for which there will be unfortunate consequences and for which God will have to chasten him by his prophets.
At least, in 1 Kings 22:49, we see that he finally understood. When the project of the ships failed, he refused the new proposal of Ahaziah: “But Jehoshaphat would not.”
Don’t we see our own walk in Jehoshaphat as believers? We love the Word of God, we walk in it, we grow in faith and trust in God, but it also happens that we do contrary to the Word when we fail to walk by the Spirit. Then, we learn sad lessons.
This video is released with confidence in the Lord that it will be useful to us all.
This new video, of less than 10 minutes (this is the goal), quickly outlines Asa’s reign and three lessons for us. Of course, there are many lessons to be learned, but I hope you will like and be attracted to search the scriptures to find out more about this king.