King Ahaz of Judah-Walking In The Ways Of The World

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Ahaz: Walking In The Ways Of The World

2 Chronicles 28

We have spent a lot of time on the Northern Tribes of the divided Israel lately but the Southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin also had their problems. King Ahaz of Judah was the most wicked King of Judah!

During the time of King Ahaz, God used the prophets Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah, among others to carry His message so we can be sure King Ahaz knew the warnings of God.

King Ahaz made friends with many of his enemies which brought great injury to his kingdom and even his own humiliation.

Over and over again we have seen as a nation, we must be very careful who we call our friends!

We have only one true friend and that is Israel.

Ahaz begin his rule at the age of 20 but he was dead by the time he reached 36 years old.

He is remembered for bringing even more evil and idolatry into his own nation of Judah.

The greatest thing Ahaz produced was his son Hezekiah!

We can say that King Ahaz walked in the ways of the world!

King Ahaz walked in the ways of the Kings of the Northern Tribes even sacrificing his own in the arms of the fire god Molech. The priests of these false religions were called Chemarim.

Zep 1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
Zep 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
Zep 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

If we had a theme for King Ahaz it could be summed up in one Scripture:

2Ch 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

In my opinion the same could be said for our own president!

Let’s begin:

*****2Ch 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:
2Ch 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.

The biggest misconception about the human race is the thought that all people are good but occasionally do bad things when the truth is, we are all bad and occasionally do good things.

People just do no like to think we all have a depraved heart but the truth is the truth, whether we believe it or not!

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

And the truth of every human being is that we are all sinners!

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

We all come short of God’s glory.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

King Ahaz was an utterly wicked and totally depraved human being who also was a king with power to do his own will, or so he thought!

When Ahaz became King of Judah, Judah had reached it’s peak in prosperity and was the envy of many nations.

Sounds like the America from a few years back.

But in the 16 years of King Ahaz Judah came to ruins, he bankrupted the economy, he decimated the military, and he brought terrible suffering to the citizens of that nation.

King Ahaz turned loose a stream of wickedness that rushed to do terrible damage to God’s people by bringing on Judgment by the hand of God!

*****2Ch 28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
2Ch 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

Judah was the last theocratic society left at that time because Ahaz ruled with absolute authority totally ignoring the Word of God.

He promoted and led his nation into the worship of false gods.
He also committed the abominable sin of human sacrifice, even with his own son.

Over 1 million babies were aborted in America last year and this is non other than human sacrifice to a wicked behavior and our own tax dollars are used.

Jer 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Every Democrat in office just this year voted to allow abortion even up to the 9nth month, just before those precious babies are to be born. This to is an abomination to the Lord! This is an abomination to the human race!

King Ahaz followed after the religious practices of the Canaanites which God had already commanded Israel to exterminate for these very same reasons.

Today we live in a nation that is trying it’s best to totally kick God out of existence and in so doing, wickedness is abounding unhindered.

People either deny the existence of God or they just refuse to accept the Lord Jesus Christ while claiming to know God.

Either way they are lost!

The greatest sin of all is the sin of unbelief!

Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

To reject the Lord Jesus Christ is to worship some false god!

The Living True God is God the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ whose Spirit is the God who will reprove this world of the sin of unbelief!

What is the truth of Father God?

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

King Ahaz was a depraved man with a depraved heart and a heart such as this can only be cleansed by the “Blood of Jesus”!

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Though the world deceive you this is the truth of the Scriptures!

To ignore these things will bring the “Judgment of God”!

*****2Ch 28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
2Ch 28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

When God’s “Judgment” comes He uses things in His created world.

When God’s “Wrath” finally comes He will uses all the means He chooses!

Judgment and Wrath are not the same!

When we see the word “wherefore”, God is saying that the previous Scriptures list the reasons for His actions.

Wherefore because of what Ahaz had done in verses 1-4 now God allowed His “Judgment” to take place.

We here in America better get use to seeing that word “Wherefore”.

We already stated that the military of Judah was the envy of many other nations but it did not matter how strong they were, God delivered them into the hand of the King of Syria.

We can see that the Northern Tribes had also formed an alliance with Syria and took advantage of that at this time.

History calls this the Syro-Ephramite War.

The army of the King of Syria defeated the army of Judah and carried a great multitude of captives back to Damascus Syria.

But the King of Israel took advantage of the situation and caused a great slaughter of the people of Judah.

These things are the beginning of the great prophesies of Isaiah Chapter 7.

The slaughter of 120,000 people of Judah in one day was a terrible thing to take place!

When God removes His hedge of protection from a people terrible things can happen!

The Scripture is specific “because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers”!

This slaughter also included many heads of the government.

*****2Ch 28:7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king’s son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.

Maaseiah would have been the next King of Judah, but that now fell to Hezekiah.

Azrikam was the palace manager, and manage the affairs of the King.

Elkanah was second in command, or we would say today the “Vice-President”.

We can see that King Pekah of Israel was also a ruthless leader who had already seized the throne of Israel and would liked to have ruled Judah also as he tried to restore power to Israel.

Then he did something foolish.

*****2Ch 28:8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.

King Pekah’s army ransacked the cities of Judea and took over 200,000 women and children back to Samaria as
exiles and stole as much of the wealth of Judea as they could carry.

BUT, This thing was seen in Heaven.

*****2Ch 28:9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.

Notice God always has someone in the right place at the right time and God’s prophets stood up to Kings, Generals, or anyone else without any fear.

There are no great things mentioned of the Prophet Oded except in this Scripture.

The one great lesson we can learn is that “one person with God on their side” can stop a mighty army and a foolish national leader!

Oded made this army aware that they were only victorious because the Lord had allowed this army a great victory but this army had gone much to far and had made God angry!

1) They had used excessive force.
2) They had shown brutality and cruelty.
3) They had slaughtered the army of Judah in a rage.

They had shown no mercy and God is a God of “mercy”. Remember “all vengeance belongs to the Lord”!

This should be a warning to every military unit and especially to ISIS and ALL TERRORIST organizations.

God will not allow His people to become slaves to anyone other than He and God does not make slaves, God makes families!

Lev 25:46 And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: “but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour”.

God never forgets what He has written down. We must always know to whom God is speaking to and keep God’s Word in the context it was written!

It was time for the government of Israel to make a choice!

*****2Ch 28:10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?
2Ch 28:11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.

The leaders of Israel must return the people of Judah to their land or face the wrath of God. God’s wrath rested on the next decision they made and God was ready to strike them down at that very moment if they failed to show mercy.

In order to know the compassion of the Lord, we must show compassion to all others!

In order to know the mercy of the Lord we must show mercy to all others.

In order to be forgiven by the Lord we must be willing to forgive all others.

We can see that God never misses an opportunity to teach us more about His ways!

This military had to decide if they served the government or if they served themselves.

*****2Ch 28:12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,
2Ch 28:13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the LORD already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
2Ch 28:14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.
2Ch 28:15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

King Ahaz was full of wickedness and human depravity and he had completely turned away from the Lord and led the nation of Judah into false worship and the abomination of human sacrifice especially of babes and small children.

This should be a warning to all who do such things!

We see what is going on in America by our own government.

We see what is going on in America with all the rioting and rebellion because of our government.

We see the ruthlessness of terrorism world wide because governments allow this to happen.

We see the compromising church into false and abominable worship influenced by the government.

We read what God does in all these situations, why would we not expect the “Judgment” of God to come at any time?

Jesus spoke these words by the Holy Spirit to the Apostle John.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Jesus spoke these words by the Holy Spirit to Luke

Luk 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
Luk 17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Luk 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

The truth is, there is no one on this earth that lives in isolation which means we all have some influence on others!

When we reject the Lord and compromise on the Word of God, or participate in false worship, we become a stumbling block to our friends, our neighbors and especially our families!

When we give our stamp of approval for anything that goes against the Word of God, we are misleading others to the truth of God!

We should clearly understand, if God loved this world enough to send His only begotten Son to save this world, then God loves this world too much to allow the suffering of His people to go on very much longer.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

As we will see when a nation plunders and destroys, it opens the door for the ruthlessness of society to do as they please!

*****2Ch 28:16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.
2Ch 28:17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives.
2Ch 28:18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there.
2Ch 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

King Ahaz was too foolish to repent and turn to the Lord and he was also foolish enough to turn to another enemy for help.

While a nation who once had a military that was the envy of other nation and been decimated and sat defenseless, those old life time enemies took advantage of that situation!

The Edomites, the descendants of Esau still carried that bitter hatred.

The Philistines who had always been aggressive toward Israel took advantage of Judah at this time.

All these things had taken place because of King Ahaz but he still refused to repent!

Even the Assyrians showed their true colors.

*****2Ch 28:20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not.
2Ch 28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

As we have seen in other lessons, money simply cannot by your way out of all your troubles!

Especially when that money robs the House of God!

Time after time our own government threatens to take or hinder the money given to the House of God, they should also learn yet another lesson from the Word of God!

King Ahaz was wicked enough, but the people of Judah had followed after him in wickedness.

This another thing we see in America today!

Assyria did actually attack Syria and conquered them but never helped Judah at all.

In other words King Ahaz had financed the Assyrian King enough that he had become the dominate power in the region. The Syrian threat may have been removed but all King Ahaz had accomplished, was to bankrupt his own nation.

King Ahaz had inherited a strong and wealthy nation and he had brought his own nation to it’s knees and sat very vulnerable to the world of evilness.

King Ahaz had looked for a Savior other than the Lord, even though the Lord had delivered his nation since they had escaped from the bondage of Egypt.

The lessons of the history of Israel were ignored!

Today our own leaders are looking for a Savior other than the Lord, (in fact Allah), and they have forgotten the history of America and in fact are trying to erase the history of America.

We should not expect God to offer a different result than what He has proven He has done in the past!

On a personal level, if we seek salvation from any source other than the Lord, that salvation will never be found.

It is only the Lord Jesus Christ who has the power to deliver us from the wickedness of sin!

It is only the Lord Jesus Christ who has the power to carry us to victory in this life and on into the eternal life of Heaven!

2Ti 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

The truth is King Ahaz just became more wicked even after all these things.

*****2Ch 28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.
2Ch 28:23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

The truth is, when we have not learned from the chastisement of God, then God does not make it easier, God just makes it harder.

Chastisement either brings to our knees or just makes us mad at God for not allowing us to enjoy our sin and sin can only bring pleasure for a season, or a short time!

We will return to those old false gods searching for relief or we will make our own selves a god and continue to think we know better than God.

This, in “typology”, this attitude of King Ahaz, will be the attitude of all those who have rejected God after the “Rapture” of the Church and we are beginning to see that now in the attitude of the world, where good is called evil, and evil is called good.

Isa 5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
Isa 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isa 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Isa 5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Isa 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Isa 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Remember Isaiah also prophesied in the time of Ahaz.

It even seems that King Ahaz, even more tried to destroy his own nation because he was mad at God.

This is the attitude of Satan himself!

The gods of Syria had defeated him so he prayed even harder to the gods of Syria to see if he could change things, which is impossible because they had no power to begin with.

King Ahaz sunk as low as a ruler can go!

*****2Ch 28:24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
2Ch 28:25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.

The guilt of King Ahaz drove him to madness.

King Ahaz mutilated the artistry of the vessels in God’s house and destroyed them.

He took away the brazen lavers. The Brazen Lavers are considered a “type” of Christ. The water in those lavers are in “typology” the Word of God.

The first step for consecrating the Temple Priests was to wash them with the water of the brazen laver.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

He altered the great laver King Solomon had made by taking down the brazen sea from the oxen on which it stood and set it upon a pavement of stones.

Here is what King Solomon had constructed:

1Ki 7:23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
1Ki 7:24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast.
1Ki 7:25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.

Here is what King Ahaz did to it:

2Ki 16:17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon a pavement of stones.
2Ki 16:18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the LORD for the king of Assyria.

And King Ahaz did everything that he could to provoke the anger of the Lord and it cost him his life!

*****2Ch 28:26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
2Ch 28:27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

All these things of King Ahaz were written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and at the young age of 36, God had ended his life.

There were very few rulers at that time who had lived lives as wicked and who had brought so much destruction to their own nation as had King Ahaz.

But today we cannot say that as we have seen many who have brought great destruction to their own nations and who had also rejected the Living God.

King Ahaz was buried in Jerusalem but he was not buried in the sepulchres of the Kings which began with King David.

King Ahaz forsook the Lord and fell in the depths of unbelief but we see an entire world heading in that same direction today!

We have seen as this results in a tragic life.

A life without God is a life of misery and it is usually a short one.

King Ahaz not only rejected the Lord but he caused all worship to cease in the Temple for all others who would want to worship the Lord.

King Ahaz again is a “type” of the people and the governments of the end times and we are beginning to see these things take place and we have for awhile.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

We all know that King Hezekiah was a great King of Judah but not many of us realize the state of Judah was in when a young Hezekiah became King of Judah.

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

King Uzziah And His Transgression

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Uzziah: Transgression Against The Lord

Book of 2 Chronicles 26

When the word “transgression” is used in the Old Testament, it most always speaks of treachery, revolt, and rebellion.

It is sin in any case, but when it is specifically against the Lord or the Word of God, “it is terrible sin”.

God says that all evil men always seek transgression and open rebellion.

Pro 17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

In our lesson today we will see where another King of Judah who was helped in every way by the Lord allowed his own self-pride to come between himself and the Lord and it cost him dearly.

The name Uzziah is a form of the name Azariah and we see both names for this king used in the Word of God.

Uzziah was the son of King Amaziah who we studied about recently.

In his younger years Uzziah was guided by the Prophet Zechariah and under Zechariah’s influence, Uzziah did what was right in the sight of God but never more than his own father Amaziah had done before him.

Uzziah prospered while he was seeking the Lord and in the end his prospering led to self-pride and we will see again that pride can change any man.

We will see that Uzziah even attempted to be King and High Priest but that position is reserved for Jesus Christ!

Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Heb 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
Heb 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

Uzziah brought on his own downfall, just as Lucifer did!

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isa 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
Isa 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

So let’s see how Uzziah failed as a King of Judah.

*****2Ch 26:3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
2Ch 26:4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
2Ch 26:5 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 prosper.

After the assassination of his father Amaziah, Uzziah was immediately made King of Judah and he began by restoring the commerce of Judah.

It is possible the reason Uzziah had such a long reign was that while his father was in captivity in Samaria, he was made co-regent and ruled in his fathers place but he did reign for 52 years.

Uzziah also had a Jewish mother and in in his young years he was placed under the care of Zachariah and we can see that this is Zechariah the prophet because he had understanding in the visions of the Lord.

Uzziah was instructed in the Word of God.
Uzziah was taught the commandments of God.
Uzziah was taught the duties of King according to the Word of God.

The truth of Uzziah is that as long as he sought the will of the Lord, he was a successful King of Judah!

God made him to prosper.

Uzziah accomplished many necessary things for his nation but we see it was only by the “Grace” of God.

*****2Ch 26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
2Ch 26:7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
2Ch 26:8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

Uzziah immediately repaired the damage to Jerusalem brought on by the invasion of the army of the Northern Kingdom.

Uzziah not only restored the wall that was broken down but he installed towers on top of those walls.

Uzziah then brought the Philistines back under control.

Uzziah established fortresses throughout the land to hinder access by any invading army such as happened to his father Amaziah.

Uzziah brought all the borders of the Southern Kingdom under his direct control.

It seems that our own president does not think this is such a big deal but as national protection we need to control all our borders.

Open borders work only for honest people!

Uzziah was even able to control the Ammonites who then paid taxes to Uzziah for his protection.

We never hear of nations paying any tax for the protection that America offers to them. We only hear of America offering free protection and then paying those nations for being allowed to protect them.

Makes no sense at all!

These achievements made the name of Uzziah a king to be honored and feared throughout the known world of that day.

Even Egypt respected the strength of this king.

Uzziah built one the strongest and most well trained armies since the time of David and Solomon.

Uzziah also developed war machines and machines used in defense of his nation

Uzziah restored the Southern Kingdom to a prosperous place of commerce and restored the economy to the Southern Kingdom.

These are all things that a good leader can do who is following in the will of God!

It is obvious that when a good leader seeks the will of God and then follows up on that will, they can do great things for the people of any nation.

What is one of the most over looked Scriptures in the Bible that we read and then ignore?

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Add to that:

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

When are doing things according to the will of God, He will then provide the things that we need to accomplish that will!

Psa 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

BUT, we soon see what happens when we take the credit for ourselves and forget it was God that provided all these things.

In our world today “pride” is seen only as a positive thing and it is true that we need a healthy self-esteem and a positive image of ourselves to be successful in today’s world.

If we stay focused on our weaknesses we will not accomplish very much and we tend to be this way as we get older.

We should take pride in the abilities God has given to each of us!

Pride becomes sin when we feel like we are better than others. When we use our abilities or our appearance to shame and humiliate others or to dominate or enslave others, it has become sin.

So let’s see Uzziah’s slide to sin.

*****2Ch 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

Uzziah became so full of self-pride and self-exaltation, it brought his destruction!

When God has done great things in your life and then you take all the credit without giving God the glory you have committed a grievous sin that will bring the “judgment” of God!

Many national leaders are guilty of sexual immorality, or murder, or of oppressing their people, or of persecuting the people, and even the worship of idols but you will not find that Uzziah was guilty of any of these things.

The Scripture says it plainly, when God had made Uzziah a great king, his own heart was lifted up to his own destruction!

Uzziah then tried to make himself High Priest.

The truth of the Scriptures is that Uzziah knew this was a grievous sin because he had been trained in the Books of Moses which explained these things.

Num 18:1 And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.
Num 18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.
Num 18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.
Num 18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.
Num 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.
Num 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Num 18:7 Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for every thing of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Uzziah exalted himself to be the God appointed priest and he entered into the Temple to burn incense to the Lord.

Azariah was High Priests at that time and he caught Uzziah as he entered into the Temple.

*****2Ch 26:17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:
2Ch 26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.

Notice Azariah was not alone but there were 80 priests of the Lord with him.

Azariah was God’s appointed intercessor and no one approached God in that day without going through God’s intercessor, not even the King!

We also know that this position was eliminated on Mount Calvary by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

The part that an earthly priest played in the Old Testament was eliminated at the cross and we can now go directly into the throne room of God with our request.

It took a dying Savior to take away all things that block our access to the One True God, our Heavenly Father!

The truth even today is, that when we try to have our own way in this world, we are going against the Word of God.

Jesus Christ did not die on Mount Calvary just so we can have our own way!

God did not raise up King Uzziah to his position just so he could have his own way!

When the priest burned the incense, the priests were symbolizing the need for an intercessor to stand between the Lord and His people.

Today we have that Perfect Intercessor, our own Perfect Mediator.

Heb 8:3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
Heb 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
Heb 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

It was very important before the time of Christ, that the Books of Moses be followed to the letter in the acts of the priesthood.

It is just as important today that we allow the will of God to rule in our hearts!

Luk 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

King Uzziah was confronted by the priesthood to stop him from committing this terrible act.

When they ask him to leave the Temple, Uzziah became very angry and broke out in a verbal rage against God’s called men.

Up to this point in his life Uzziah had been successful in all that he had done.

The truth about prosperity is “that it is dangerous”!

Prosperity will seldom draw men to God, in fact is is just the opposite, as most will make themselves to be gods of their own realms.

Wealth can be a terrible affliction to the body and mind of any person!

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

If Uzziah had left peaceably nothing else would have been done that day but he did not.

*****2Ch 26:19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar

There will never be a time when we can approach God other then in a reverent fashion!

We simply will never be able to make demands of God!

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

It does not matter how rich or how powerful you are in this world, to go against the Word of God can bring your death.

Had Uzziah completed what he set out to do, he would have certainly died but he was then punished with the living death, leprosy.

Sin in high places must be rebuked and treated harshly!

Had this High Priest yielded to this king, he would have certainly been punished.

To be honest this is where the Church is failing today.

The world is always ready to try to tell us how to worship!

One of our presidential candidates has even said all Christians need to lay aside the Word of God and listen to what the government is saying and as Christians we cannot allow this to happen!

We are always being told what doctrines can be preached, what the duties of the church are, and what sins are to be rebuked and the Church is folding under this pressure through fear.

The world simply cannot dictate how we are to worship our God and we cannot approach God without going through the Lord Jesus Christ and that is just the facts!

Anything less than this is being lukewarm toward God!

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

God has already said that a lukewarm church and a lukewarm Christians makes Him sick!

There is another thing that I will mention.

When we were in the Book of Amos we read of an earthquake.

Amo 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

At the moment King Uzziah lifted that censer, God struck Uzziah with Leprosy and according to the history as written by Josephus, this is the exact time of that earthquake mentioned in the Book of Amos.

Amos was saying it was 2 years before Uzziah became a leper that he was called of God.

*****2Ch 26:20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.

SO, We see that sometimes God will bring “discipline” immediately for our sin!

There are many things that God just will not tolerate and this was one of those things.

Uzziah may have stood up the those priests but rage and threats do not work with God!

Uzziah had not transgressed against those priests, Uzziah had transgressed against the Word of God.

As those priests looked on, the leprosy first appeared on the forehead of the king.

Leprosy was a symbol of defilement and it did not matter if it costs the priests there job, they were required by the Word of God to remove this defilement from the Temple grounds.

Lev 22:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 22:2 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD.
Lev 22:3 Say unto them, Whosoever he be of all your seed among your generations, that goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD.
Lev 22:4 What man soever of the seed of Aaron is a leper, or hath a running issue; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he be clean. And whoso toucheth any thing that is unclean by the dead, or a man whose seed goeth from him;
Lev 22:5 Or whosoever toucheth any creeping thing, whereby he may be made unclean, or a man of whom he may take uncleanness, whatsoever uncleanness he hath;
Lev 22:6 The soul which hath touched any such shall be unclean until even, and shall not eat of the holy things, unless he wash his flesh with water.

The truth is, King Uzziah could not retaliate against the priests because he knew this thing came from God.

AND, King Uzziah was forced to live in isolation the rest of his life.

Uzziah could no longer sit in public to judge his nation.
Uzziah could no longer worship in the Temple.
Uzziah had to put his son in charge of the government.
Uzziah could no longer live with his family.
Uzziah was an outcast not only from his own family but also the family of God!

*****2Ch 26:21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.

A “several house” is what would be called today a hospital or an infirmary and Uzziah was separated from all others even in this place.

In that day leprosy was incurable and for the most part it remains incurable even today.

One could say, why was God so harsh and unforgiving.

One: Uzziah was King of Judah.
Two: Uzziah defied the Word of God, he had swore to uphold.
Three: the position of King-Priest was reserved for the Lord.

Zec 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Zec 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

There was only one other in the Scriptures that was mentioned and we must notice his qualifications.

Heb 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
Heb 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
**Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

This is a whole other lesson for some other time, but Melchisedec was a type of Christ, if not the person of Christ in the Old Testament.

*****2Ch 26:22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
2Ch 26:23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

In the Book of Isaiah we can find no record of the acts of Uzziah.

It is believed that it was the prophets that recorded the acts of the Kings in the 2 Books of the Kings and it is believed that Isaiah was that prophet in his day.

It is believed it was the priests that recorded the Chronicles of the Kings in the 2 Books of Chronicles and we can see how accurate both books are and how close they are in comparison. It is believed that Ezra wrote the Books of Chronicles.

Our lesson is the fact that pride and exalting ourselves instead of giving God the glory, can bring our downfall.

When we exalt ourselves we are saying that we are better than all others and that makes them lesser humans in our own eyes.

Pride says “I am the best”! More worthy of attention, more worthy of recognition, more worthy of honor, than all others.

BUT, Our skills are the gift of God.
Our talents are the gift of God.
AND, There are those who have been given great beauty but it to came from God.

None of these things should we glory over but we should give God the glory.

In fact not one blessing from God should ever be used to degrade others!

God says those with the most talent, beauty, and skills may lack in the most important thing.

Pro 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

And we know that wisdom comes only from the Lord.

It pays more to be wise than to be full of pride!

Pro 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
Pro 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

It is only those who are wise that will inherit the “Glory World”!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Our Hearts Should Be Perfect To Serve The Lord

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Amaziah, The King With An Imperfect Heart

2 Chronicles 25

We have been in the New Testament Book of Luke for several months now so let’s spend some time in the Old Testament and look at some kings other than David and Solomon and some others we do not hear much about.

According to the Bible, our heart is not only the center of our spiritual activity but also the center operations of the human life.

Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

So the heart is then the home of our personal life!

Psa 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Psa 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

The heart is also the seat of our conscience.

Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

All these things are true but the greatest truth of our heart is that since the sin of Adam, we each carry within our selves a wicked heart that has to be over come daily.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

So the process of salvation that leads to discipleship of all others must begin in the heart!

Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psa 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psa 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psa 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Today we will see a King of Judah who had an imperfect heart.

The bottom line is that when our heart is not right with God we will loose the opportunity to serve Him and this is the greatest purpose we have in this life!

But there are terrible things that happen when are hearts are not right with God and right with each other!

There is also a secondary thing we will see in these Scriptures and that is as a nation grows weak the opportunity to have to defend itself against an enemy increases and war is most likely!

All these things lead to an increase in wicked behavior and this is evident in our own nation today!

*****2Ch 25:1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2Ch 25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

Amaziah was 25 years old which even today seems too young to be a national ruler but his father King Joash had been assassinated.

In reality Amaziah had already ruled the last year of his father’s reign because Joash was deathly sick and unable to rule and there may be an actual reason that he was killed.

2Ch 24:24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
2Ch 24:25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

To me this seems like these Syrians used some king of biological warfare substance to kill Joash and his family all except Amaziah, maybe just poison but it’s the same thing.

Amaziah’s mother was Jewish and the better kings of Judah all had Jewish mothers.

There should be little doubt that Amaziah had made a commitment to the Lord early in life but it will be also obvious that he had not committed with his whole heart. Without a total commitment to the Lord our life will never be as it could have been.

This describes the modern day church of today!

The modern day church is not totally devoted to the Lord and getting farther away all the time!

In 2 Kings we can see that Amaziah failed to remove the places of false worship from Judah and even allowed people to continue to build worship centers to pagan gods.

No matter how our constitution is viewed today, America was established on the principles of the Bible and it was never intended to allow the places of worship to false gods that we see today.

When these things take place there will always be those who will allow some practices of false worship to seep into the worship of the true God and this is an abomination to God!

Psa 81:9 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

1Co 8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

The early settlers to America used this truth as their guiding principle!

This is called compromising and we simply cannot compromise in the things of the Lord nor on the Word of God.

To allow worldly activities to go on in the Church can lead to immorality and deadly sin!

But, the first thing Amaziah did was to revenge his father’s death.

*****2Ch 25:3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.
2Ch 25:4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.

It’s fair to say that those that killed Amaziah’s father deserved punishment. In that day that punishment would extend to the entire family but the Word of God says different and Amaziah followed the Word of God in this instance.

The one rule of God we should be able to see is that, when we face God it will be for our own sin and not the sin of others!

We also cannot pray for God to forgive the sin of others, this is something that they must do themselves.

So we are to be obedient to God in all things.

*****2Ch 25:5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
2Ch 25:6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

As any good leader should do, Amaziah began to establish an army to protect his kingdom. Judah had become weak militarily in the last years of Joash.

He took a census of all men over 20 years old.

He selected officers according to the leaders of all the clans of Judah and Benjamin which was the wise thing to do and not install officers that he hand picked for his own political agenda as is what happens today here in America.

He found that he could have a 300,000 man standing army.

It is then that Amaziah got stupid.

Israel was a divided nation at that time and had been since the death of Solomon.

The Northern Kingdom called Israel were enemies to the Southern Kingdom called Judah.

God had withdrawn His hand from the Northern Kingdom because they now worship false gods and had rejected Jehovah God.

To hire mercenaries from Israel could have never been a good idea!

But to hire mercenaries from a nation God has already withdrawn from is totally ridiculous

A hundred talents of silver may not sound like a lot but when you consider that this was 3 and 3/4 tons of silver, you can see that this was an awful lot of money in any day.

These are the stupid things that governments waste money on when it could have been better used for the people of Judah.

Any money or any other thing provided to things that go against the Word of God is a total waste of God’s provision for His people!

And God was not happy with Amaziah!

*****2Ch 25:7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.
2Ch 25:8 But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.

Today we have the complete Word of God with all His commandments and many examples of how we are to do things but Amaziah did not at this time and God would send His prophets.

So before Amaziah did this foolish thing, God sent a prophet to inform Amaziah of his mistake.

It’s not important who this prophet was, it is only important that he brought the Word of God, he was only the messenger the words he used came from God.

God was not with Israel because He had been rejected by them, to hire an army from Israel would cause God to withdraw His right hand of power and Judah would lose the battle.

If Judah was going to win a war, then they needed God on their side and not an enemies army.

Amaziah hesitated for a moment.

*****2Ch 25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.

What is the truth of the Scriptures? If we love the Lord God with all our heart, our mind and our soul, He will provide our needs to fulfill His purpose.

It was a great sum of money Amaziah had paid and it could effect the economy of Judah but God will always provide for His people and our God has deep pockets when necessary.

We can also be sure that the life of a child of God is not in material things and we cannot depend on material things to solve our problems.

But as we know mercenaries are ruthless men who are all about money and riches and anyone can be their enemy can any given day.

*****2Ch 25:10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.

These ruthless men who would hire out their services became very angry because they had planned to plunder and steal anything they could get there hands on wherever they fought. They absolutely had no morals at all.

They served the god of riches and the god of power.

Psa 52:7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

These are the same types who are in control of our government today and most other governments in this world!

Power and riches are destroying our nation and will completely destroy it!

So Amaziah led his own army into battle.

*****2Ch 25:11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.
2Ch 25:12 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.

Since the time of King David the Edomites had been under control but when Israel became divided and spent most of their time in war with each other, the Edomites had escaped and again began to harass Judah.

Some of these same descendants are what are called the Palestinians today who continue to cause turmoil in Israel but the world is blind to these things and see them only as refugees.

The war was fought and the battle was won but to capture another 10,000 to simply brutally murder them was truly unnecessary and certainly not the will of God.

They themselves acted just like the lawless hoodlums that were the Edomites and God teaches us to never sink down to the level of our enemy!

It is God Himself who will avenge His people!

While Amaziah was ruthlessly murdering his enemy, another enemy was seeking revenge on his nation.

This is a sure proof that our leaders are really stupid when they give all our military plans to our enemies!

Just as our leaders should very careful in joining with our enemies and announcing red lines or any such plan of action on our part.

But stupid is what stupid does!

*****2Ch 25:13 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.

While the army of Judah was busy with the Edomites, those mercenaries of Israel had free reign to do as they wished and they wished to plunder and maim in Judah every city on their way home to Samaria.

Because all the fighting men were called into the army, 3000 of the children and older folks in Judah gave up their lives to these ruthless men hungry for riches and would hire out to anyone with money.

These men were simply terrorist in reality who attacked women and children and older folks.

It should obvious that we as a nation and as a people, should avoid associations with our enemies and evil people.

The Lord Himself had ordered Amaziah to have nothing to do with unbelieving enemy soldiers.

When we join regularly with unbelievers, it is we who will be pulled down, we are witnessing all these things today as the Church has lost it’s influence on our society of today.

That the reason God gives us a commandment to stay away from such associations.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Yes we are to witness to the uttermost but we are certainly not to fellowship with the world!

Christians should be the most loving, the most kind, and the most caring people on this earth but we are not to be the most foolish and we certainly are not to be a door mat for the evil of this world.

We are not to form close alliances, or covenants, or associations with the wicked and evil of this earth!

But Amaziah did another even more foolish thing.

*****2Ch 25:14 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.
2Ch 25:15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?
2Ch 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king’s counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.

Amaziah went to battle in the name of the Lord.

Amaziah was directed and encouraged by the prophet of God.

Amaziah conquered the Edomites only because of the “Grace” of God.

Then Amaziah deserted the God of Israel, who gave him the victory, to worship the false gods of a defeated people.

Besides unbelief, not believing in God at all, the worst sin for any of us is to say we are Christians and worship some other so called god!

God is very serious about who we are to worship!

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

There are people in this world that actually believe in the false gods that they worship, but as Christians we are simply not to recognize them or that they have any power to do anything at all, for they are all powerless because they exist only in the minds of those who worship them!

It is now very evident that Amaziah’s heart was not perfect before God.

But how many of us place our little gods before God on a daily basis?

False worship is false worship no matter how it takes place!

To explain why this thing happened, it was common practice to take away the false gods of the enemy to show them how powerless they were to defend them, but to take them home and begin to worship them was utter foolishness but throughout history this has happened many times.

So what happens when we do these foolish things?

We will see that God gets angry.

Psa 44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
Psa 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

What did God first do? First we will always see God’s warning.

But God will only warn us so many times because he is always true to His Word!

When God sends His messengers and we do not treat them as the truth of God or as the Word of God then we will feel the wrath of God!

At the time of Amaziah God spoke through His prophets.

Today we have the complete Word of God and God’s messengers speak using this as their guideline.

The truth is why would we dare worship material things that can only rob us of the truth of God?

But Amaziah reacts in rage to God’s man and threatened the man of God to keep his mouth shut or die.

Is this not what our own government is telling God’s people today. Well maybe not threatened with death but certainly with jail, and taking away deductions given to the Church and any other way they can cause harm to the Church.

The Edomites were another group that sacrificed their own children among the many other sinful ways they had, which included terrorism.

God’s prophet still told Amaziah that God would destroy him if he would not listen to the Word of God and this is what will happen to all those who do such things.

This is God’s Word and not my idle threat.

We can see that not only did Amaziah worship false gods, but he was also full of arrogance and pride and he hated the Word of God therefore hating God’s people.

Jesus said:

Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

We live in a world today where even our own government hates God’s people and the governments of most nations also, especially those that surround Israel.

Is God angry with America, I believe we can see the evidence of that now.

God will certainly not stay where He is not welcomed.

God will not force Himself on anyone at least during this period we call “Grace”, the Church Age!

What did Amaziah do but ignore the Word of God and follow the counsel of ungodly men maybe even from some religious leader of those false gods he had taken from the Edomites.

Religion will destroy you!

Only Christianity can save you!

*****2Ch 25:17 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one another in the face.
2Ch 25:18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

In the language of us in the south, we would say that Amaziah’s victory over the Edomites had made him cocky, as in a strutting rooster.

Amaziah had essentially declared war on the Northern Kingdom of Israel.

King Amaziah may have been angered at what those mercenaries for what they had done on their way back to Samaria but that was something he would have to accept the responsibility for causing.

Jehoash, King of the Northern Tribes, informed Amaziah that he was too filled with pride and arrogance and he was only asking for trouble to meddle in the affairs of the Northern Tribes and he was right.

Jehoash was not threatened at all by Judah and Amaziah was to full of arrogance to back down.

My friends this is how wars get started even today!

Arrogance and pride and stupidity by governments that were put in place to protect their people.

When we get puffed up with pride and feel that we are superior to others or better than others, or worth more than others, this is the driving force behind the effort in bringing others under your control.

What do we see in American politics today?

We see men and women who think that normal people are just not smart enough to make their own decisions and because of their arrogance and their pride and their upper crust value of themselves they have become power hungry and will do anything to achieve it.

They will not accept the Word of God because He points out their faults and they hate anyone that does not see things their way.

They make promises to others that they have no intention of keeping nor do they have the power to keep!

This was the world of the Jew under King Amaziah.

This is the world of America under those in power in our day!

What is the truth of the Scriptures?

Pro 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

All those that are worried about some one unknown should better worry about those we know that are already power hungry because of their arrogance and pride.

Pro 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Pro 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

King Amaziah could not see the truth in the Word of God.

*****2Ch 25:19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
2Ch 25:20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.
2Ch 25:21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
2Ch 25:22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.

The truth of Joash is that at this time he had no reason to go to war with Judah. He did not want to cause harm to those people who were innocent of the arrogance of their king.

Amaziah simply “would not hear”, and God had said He would punish Amaziah for his idolatry.

If can just imagine Pharaoh in the days of Moses, Amaziah was given to blindness and hardness of heart as he was in his day.

You see it was “they” not just the king but many others that had taken up with the false gods of the Edomites.

In fact Joash had to defend his own nation but he did so by moving his army into the land of Judah which means his army was already prepared well ahead for Amaziah who had just fought a conflict that was simply to easy for his army.

In this surprise action Joash quickly routed the army of Judah and they withdrew from the battlefield and ran for their lives.

It is then that King Joash decided to teach Amaziah and Judah a lesson.

*****2Ch 25:23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
2Ch 25:24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king’s house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

Joash captured King Amaziah and then marched into Jerusalem which was left undefended and broke down about 600 feet of the wall that was there for protection against the enemies of Judah.

Joash was not satisfied with these things and he then looted the house of God, the Temple of all it’s gold and valuables and he then looted the King’s palace, and he then took the King and other hostages and went back to Samaria, his own capitol city.

Amaziah’s arrogance had costs Judah greatly and also impeded the worship of the One true God!

*****2Ch 25:25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
2Ch 25:26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

After Amaziah was allowed to return to Jerusalem, he lived another 15 years but we find not one other thing that he accomplished in all that time.

Amaziah had a great opportunity to do good for his nation, after ridding them of the terrorists of Edom.

He could have done many things worthwhile but he chose to leave the One True God and worship the falseness of idols, and false gods.

The truth is we have a president who had a great opportunity to do good for all Americans but especially those of his own color but he turned to false gods and has tried his best to remove the One True God from the eye of the public.

America has suffered greatly and may not ever recover.

Judah suffered greatly and truly never recovered from the time of this king.

But the same thing holds true for us all when we fail to seize the opportunities that God has given us.

Great opportunities almost never present themselves again in our lives!

The truth is that we age a little everyday and we all reach a point to where we are not much use to God. Now He does not abandon us, but we have certainly missed many benefits of serving Him if we miss the opportunities He has provided to each of us before that time comes.

But how many opportunities have we missed with our children because we felt like work was more important.

How many opportunities have we missed in our family because we chose other things instead.

How many things have we missed out on because we chose a life of sin in our younger days.

How much damage have we done to our bodies because we chose drugs, or drink, or the many other sins instead of the opportunity to live a moral life.

Many of those still out in the world are like King Amaziah and they will go to their grave without one good thing to be remembered for left behind them.

It will be as though they accomplished nothing as what this king was remembered for was nothing except that he had been king and had no legacy at all.

But that was not all.

*****2Ch 25:27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.
2Ch 25:28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.

Amaziah discovered a plot against his life and he fled to no avail and he was assassinated.

His life was ended while he was still in his prime years but he was a nothing that died still being a nothing.

What is the truth?

In verse 16 we read that he knew that God had already determined to destroy King Amaziah because he led Judah into false worship.

It is very true that God will punish all sin but without a doubt when a national leader goes against God and leads the people away from God the results can certainly be deadly!

When national leaders reject the Word of God or twist it to mean something entirely different from God’s intent, they are walking on perilous ground.

Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Oba 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

Those that conspired against Amaziah proved these things were over by bringing the dead body of Amaziah back to Jerusalem.

The only way to escape the wrath of God is by Jesus Christ and that takes a heart that dwells on the truth of the Word of God.

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Jehoiada Brings Revival To Judah

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Jehoiada God’s Priest In Revival

2 Chronicles 22-24

What is the greatest need in America today?

It’s not new climate control laws, it’s not a better defence of terrorism, and it’s not the economy, it’s not even a new president!

America needs revival!

What is revival?

The revival that is needed in America is a renewed and a more active attention to the Word of God and an awakening of all Americans to their spiritual concerns!

America was founded by a people seeking the freedom to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the Bible, and we need to return to our roots!

America is beginning to see the wrath of God and there is only one way to avoid that wrath and that is through true repentance and a returning to the Word of God!

How can revival come? We must first pray for revival!

Hab 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

As we know God uses people to do His work until He returns and we will meet a true Priest of God that brought revival to Judah at a time of darkness and downfall.

We will also see how Satan made an attempt to prevent prophesy from being fulfilled!

Jehoiada was the Jewish High Priest at the time of Queen Athaliah’s reign over Judah.

Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel of the Northern Kingdom who married Jehoram of the Southern Kingdom and she had every trait of her evil mother if not more.

Once Jehu had caused the death of her son Ahaziah, she was determined to rule Judah and did so for several years.

The High Priest Jehoiada was married to Jehosheba who was the daughter of King Jehoram but probably not the daughter of Athaliah.

It was Jehosheba, the wife of this High Priest who had the courage to preserve the life of the only remaining legitimate heir to the throne of Judah, Joash who was only a baby at that time.

Let’s begin:

*****2Ch 22:10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.

Ahaziah was a wicked king himself who followed not the counselors of Judah but the counseling of his mother and of his grandparents who were King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of the Northern tribes in King Ahab’s attempt to unite all of Israel under his rule.

2Ch 22:4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.

Athaliah was maddened by the death of of her son Ahaziah but she was even more so by the death of Ahab and Jezebel which were her parents.

Athaliah was so maddened by the death of all the royal house of Ahab that she decided the royal house of King David would suffer the same fate!

Athaliah set out to destroy the remaining house of King David!

What had God promised King David?

2Sa 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

This was an oath that was sworn by Jehovah to King David and will not be totally fulfilled until King Jesus sits on the throne of David at His Second Coming!

God made this promise and God never breaks a promise!

Act 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Act 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

It is for this reason that we can see the hands of Satan and his use of Athaliah in an attempt to thwart the Word of God!

God simply will not allow the Word of His mouth to be so easily discarded!

God simply will not allow His plan of salvation to cease by some mere human!

And Satan can never win a battle with the Lord, we are on the winning side!

We should also see that this evil woman had decided to murder her own grandchildren.

God has only one answer to those that would cause the harm to children and Jesus Christ said it best.

Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

The wife of Jehoiada who was a sister to King Ahaziah, preserved the youngest of Ahaziah’s children.

*****2Ch 22:11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.

Just as baby Moses was protected from the evil government of Egypt so was baby Joash protected from the evil government of Judah, as was baby Jesus protected from the evil government of King Herod.

God will always intervene in the things of this world that affect the Scriptures and the truth of them!

And, God will certainly not allow any government of this world to change the outcome of prophesy!

God does not do evil things but He certainly will not allow evil to triumph in a way to change the outcome of prophecy!

*****2Ch 22:12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land.
When King Solomon built the Temple, there were certain rooms built into the outer wall but within the outer wall and certain persons of the priesthood had the right to occupy those rooms.

1Ki 6:5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:

Jehoiada and his family resided in what could be called the apartments of the Temple.

And Queen Athaliah became the only sitting Queen of Judah and she actually ruled for 6 years.

2Ki 11:3 And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.

The morals of Judah sank to their lowest level under this Queen.

All the things of Baal worship came to the forefront.

The sodomites roamed freely.

The children were sacrificed in the name of worship.

She steered the people away from Jehovah God.

Kind of sounds like the America of today does it not?

During the reign of her husband Jehoram she had already caused the death of all royalty who favored the God of the Bible.

2Ch 21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and “slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel”.

Before the death of her sons she had ordered the ransacking of the Temple.

2Ch 24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.

We can only imagine the evil that she accomplished as absolute monarch.

But God brought an end to her evil reign!

It was time for revival in Judah and God had a Priest who would cause things to change.

*****2Ch 23:3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.

Jehoiada stood in the gap that day between the people and a Holy God and reminded them of God’s national covenant with Israel when it was Moses who had also stood in the gap.

God had made a covenant with Israel in the days of Moses:

Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

God had made a covenant with King David that it would be one of his descendants that would sit on the throne of Israel until the Messiah came.

It was time for Israel to decide if they would follow in the ways of Satan or in the ways of Jehovah.

Great men of God have stood in the gap throughout the history of Israel to remind them of the covenants of God.

We have great men of God today who stand in the gap, such as our own pastor, to remind us of the covenant promises of God to the Church, but the truth is there is only one true Mediator between God and God’s people and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Mediator of the New Covenant simply because He offered the only sacrifice that could please God, which was Himself!

Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

It was only after this covenant was made with the people, that Jehoiada brought out the child, who would be King, Joash.

*****2Ch 23:11 Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.

Joash was only 7 years old and had been hidden and protected all the days of his life and was finally presented to the people.

The crown was placed on his head and a copy of the Word of God was placed into his hands.

Deu 17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
Deu 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
Deu 17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

The original scroll of the ancient Scriptures were kept in the sanctuary under the custody of the priests.

Each new king was furnished with a true and faithful copy of the preserved Word of God, which he was to keep by his side to study and read that he might rule God’s people accordingly.

It was the Word of God that was to be each kings scepter!

Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Since that day the phrase “God save the King” has since become a custom in several kingdoms that exist today and a song by that title is the national anthem of Great Britain, where it is said that the ruling monarch still receives a copy of the Word of God, when they are crowned.

That phrase has the meaning of “that the desire of the people was that his reign might be long, fruitful and blessed by Jehovah God”!

Queen Athaliah, who had murdered her own grandchildren to obtain the throne cried treason, treason!

These would be the last words she spoke!

*****2Ch 23:18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.

How does revival come to a nation?

The leader of that nation must be obedient to the written Word of God!

This includes our own President, but it also includes the Governors and all the way down to the Mayors of our cities and should include everyone in a leadership position!

It takes a very foolish people to vote ungodly people into positions of power!

How does revival come to the Church?

God’s chosen men must take the Church back to it’s roots.

1) Jehoiada restored worship in Judah, according to the Laws of Moses.

2) Jehoiada restored the courses of the priest and the musical arrangements according to the arrangements of King David.

The Church must return to the written Word of God and not some of the butchered up versions that exist today that twist the truth into something false!

Tit 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

The Church must be led by the right people.

1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
1Ti 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

The people must be reverent in the House of God.

1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

The people must not be ashamed of the Gospel.

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

The Church must have the right music.

King David had written many Psalms that told the wondrous things of God!

The music in every Church should be inspirational but also contain the truth of the Word of God!

The music used in every Church should be able connect us to the Lord Jesus and the “Gospel”!

Act 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

The Lord Jesus said to look for Him in the Psalms of the Church!

Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, “and in the psalms, concerning me”.

And we must all rededicate ourselves to the Lord!

*****2Ch 23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD’S people.

Earlier we saw where the government, the priests, and the people had made a covenant to return to the Lord.

This was a renewal of the national God had made with Israel in the time of Moses!

Deu 27:9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.

This was also a promise that the government of Joash would rule according to the Word of God!

Now we see that Jehoiada himself makes a personal covenant with the people and also with the government.

This covenant assured the government and the people, that the Church would abide by the laws of man as long as those laws were according to the written Word of God.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Real revival begins with the individual believer, but true revival can only come when we are all in one accord!

No revival can begin until God’s people repent of their sins and forsake all the evil that is among them!

It is only then that the Church can be led into a right relationship with the Lord!

It is only after that that the right people will be put in the place of leadership!

There was only one other thing to do!

*****2Ch 23:17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.

Once the government had removed itself from sponsoring false religion, it was time for the people to put an end to false worship and this began by tearing down those places of worship.

Ordinarily we of the Church are to be at peace with all people!

Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

If those of false religions will allow the Church to live in peace then there can be peace but that is not always possible!

SO, God also says there will come times when we must do other things!

Ecc 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Ecc 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
Ecc 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

It was time to tear down these things in Judah that brought that nation into the wrath of God!

It was the people, the believers that tore down the house of Baal and destroyed the sacrificial alters where not only animals had been sacrificed but also children had been sacrificed.

They not only destroyed the altars but they also broke those idols into pieces, and even destroyed the false priests.

This could only be done after the government quit sponsoring false religion and no longer protected those false things.

We can see that Baal had no power to stop these things because all false religions are a thing dreamed up in the minds of foolish people!

It was then that those same people could return to the building up of the Temple and restore proper worship to Jehovah God.

We must remove all the obstacles that come between us and God or we are no more than idol worshipers ourselves!

The most import thing that keeps revival going is to remain obedient to God!

*****2Ch 24:15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

God had extended the life of Jehoiada far beyond the average life span of that day which was much like it is today of about 70 years.

Jehoiada had spent his entire life in the service to the nation and the people he loved and he had honored God all his life!

Jehoiada was “almost” solely responsible for preserving, under the guiding hand of God, the heritage of the House of King David.

Jehoiada was “almost” solely responsible of preserving the true worship of Jehovah God.

God again, as He had already done so many times in the past, took one dedicated man and turned Judah back to the Lord.

The downfall brought on by Ahab, Jezebel, and Athaliah finally ended and Judah had been restored to true worship of Jehovah once again!

One family had brought the Jewish people to the brink of extermination and one man had turned those things around in Judah.

Because Jehoiada was just a man, even his days were numbered and it was time for him to go to be with the Lord and he then joined Abraham in Paradise.

Jehoiada lived to be 130 years old which means he lived 10 more years than even Moses had lived.

Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

We must all remember our life on this Earth is only a pilgrimage.

Jehoiada’s name might not have been mentioned in the Book of Hebrews but he had the same faith as these others!

His work did not go unnoticed by the people!

*****2Ch 24:16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

The epitaph of the High Priest Jehoiada was very short: “He did good in Israel, both toward his God and toward his own house”.

All who read these words could get a clear understanding of what kind of man Jehoiada was, all the days of his life.

There is not one of us, who knows the Lord Jesus as our Savior, who would not like to be remembered in this way as Jehoiada was!

This great man of God was buried amongst the good kings of Israel in the city of God!

God will certainly honor those who love Him and show it in the way they live!

Psa 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

But as we know, the world suffers every time a great man of God goes home to be with the Lord!

Every child of God brings a joy in Heaven but each one is a terrible loss to this world!

Psa 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

*****2Ch 24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

These, who by family heritage, are now the political leaders of Judah came to the King seeking to have freedom to worship as they please.

Israel was born as a nation to serve Jehovah God and Jehoiada had made sure the Laws of God were followed.

We also know that America was born as a nation to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, who is Jehovah God and our own politicians continue to insist that America follow the ways of the world that can only lead to death and destruction.

We have elected men who are fools who are just like these of Judah in that day!

These who would destroy Israel, induced the King to abandon God and worship idols and idolatry was once again restored in Judah.

Joash had only been a follower only because of Jehoiada much like those of today that worship the pastor and not the God of that pastor.

Pastor worship reigns in many houses of God today!

Their can be no doubt that this king knew the Word of God, but he had just never accepted the Word of God as the supreme law of the land!

Under his own power, without God’s man at his side, he succumbed to the will of the politicians.

What does God say?

Luk 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Joash’s apostasy was a sin of willful rebellion against God!

When Joash had an opportunity to be a true King, he became a people pleaser and being popular is never an accurate test of being right or wrong!

Anything that goes against the Word of God is always the wrong thing to do!

And, anytime we rebel against the Word of God we fall into the hands of a very jealous God!

Jos 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
Jos 24:20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

Again the Jewish people returned to idolatry.

*****2Ch 24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.

They left off the worship at the House of God as described in the Laws of Moses.

What does God say?

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Many will tell you that attending the house of God is not necessary but that goes against what God says.

And if we believe we are in the last days, then we need to attend more often and not less often.

Those “groves” were places of worship to particular false gods who were said to be so powerful that they could not be bound within buildings and the worship of such things was forbidden by the Word of God and Joash knew this!

And we know that an idol is anything that is worshiped in place of our true God!

There is only one thing that can follow such things in the eyes of God and that is the wrath of God!

We must not be fooled!

The wrath of God is always the just thing and the right thing to do!

God’s love and God’s compassion for His people is always closely connected to God’s divine anger.

Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Jer 10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

God simply does not want to see any part of His creation end up in Hell!

Even during His wrath, God will always send some one who can teach us the truth of the Word of God!

*****2Ch 24:19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

God will always offer an opportunity to repent of our sin, but only God knows how many opportunities He will allow!

Thank goodness, God always has more mercy than He has judgment!

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”:
Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Those that question the love of God do not know how much love God actually has for each and every human being!

God will teach us and warn us time after time until God finally has to bring “judgment” but even “judgment” is a sign of God’s love!

What is God’s ultimate goal with His created beings?

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, “not willing that any should perish”, but that all should come to repentance.

Over and over again we see that in order to end up in a burning Hell, a person would have to totally disregard the Word of God!

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

God had not only sent Elisha and his many miracles.

God had also sent Micah, Jehu son of Hanani, Jahaziel son of Zechariah, and Eliezer son of Dadavah but their words were refused and ignored.

SO, Those that end up in Hell can blame no one but themselves!

And God sent Zechariah.

*****2Ch 24:20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.

Zechariah explained why the Lord would forsake His people but in the downfall of King Joash, he allowed Zechariah to be stoned in the Temple.

Zachariah was the last of the Old Testament martyrs who died simply because he preached the truth!

The Lord Jesus Christ remembers everyone of His saints that died because they taught the truth by name!

Luk 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

In the end those that have forsaken the Lord “will be forsaken by the Lord” and those that question the love of God simply do not know God!

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Salvation is a simple thing.

BUT, Revival can only come to a people who truly understand the “Love Of God!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

The Divided Kingdom Of Israel

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Splendor To Splinter

The Divided Kingdom

2 Chronicles 10

After the death of King Solomon, Israel became two distinctive political states which eventually led to the destruction of Israel as a nation for more 2000 years.

The Northern kingdom was known as Israel and the Southern kingdom was known as Judah and they operated as two separate countries from about 924 BC until 722 BC about 200 years.

Sometimes they would war with each other and sometimes they were friendly enough to aide each other.

The Northern kingdom came to an end in 722 BC at the hands of the Assyrians when the capitol city of Samaria was destroyed.

The Southern Kingdom fell to to the Babylonians in 587 BC when Jerusalem and Solomon’s Temple were destroyed.

It was the Assyrians who caused the mixed breed, called the Samaritans to come about, when all the Jewish men were removed and Gentile men were brought into the Jewish women.

The Jews of Judah hated the Samaritans from that time forward.

2Ki 17:23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
2Ki 17:24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.

We can see that God had His hand in all these things by allowing them to happen.

The Jewish remnant in Samaria made Mount Gerizim their own chosen place of God and adhered to only the Books of Moses called the Pentateuch.

Jerusalem and Mount Moriah, where the Temple once stood, will always be the place chosen by the Jew as the capitol city and God’s chosen place for them to worship.

But Jesus had these words for all Jews, all mixed cultures and all Gentiles as he taught the woman at that well in Samaria:

Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, “when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him”.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The place of worship is not near as important as knowing the truth of God!

And the Lord Jesus adds that “where two or three are gathered in His name, He will gather with them”,

King Solomon was the wisest man to have ever lived!

King Solomon was the richest of all Monarchy to have ever lived!

SO, What else does history give the most credit to King Solomon?

It was King Solomon that cause the downfall of the nation of Israel and he late in life realized this himself!

Ecc 2:18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
Ecc 2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
Ecc 2:20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

It was these actions of King Solomon in his sin that brought the wrath of God upon Israel!

1Ki 11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

America has fallen away from the truth of God and our own leaders and government have contributed greatly to this but there is never any excuse for God’s people to lose their faith and trust in things other than our true God Jehovah, the Lord Jesus Christ!

So lets see how these things came about:

*****2Ch 10:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.

Rehoboam was the first born son of Solomon from Naamah the princess daughter of the King of Ammon.

The Ammonites worshipped Milcom, the false fire god of the Ammonites which required human sacrifices.

Shechem was the place where Abraham had pitched a tent and built his first altar in the Promised Land and the very place where Abraham received the covenant of God.

In fact Shechem has a great history in the writings of other nations including Egypt.

Gen 12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
Gen 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Shechem was well remembered by the children of Israel and had a great history and it was at Shechem where Rehoboam decide to give his inauguration speech.

Unlike Solomon who was a teenager, Rehoboam was 41 years old when he became King of Israel.

*****2Ch 10:2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

Jeroboam had once been a supervisor over a large work force for King Solomon.

1Ki 11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.

Jeroboam evidently disagreed with King Solomon in the duties of his job and how the people were treated and King Solomon removed Jeroboam from service and Jeroboam fled for his life to Egypt but only after a meeting with a prophet of God named Ahijah.

These things happened in the years when Solomon had forsaken the Lord and had fallen into idolatry!

1Ki 11:40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

Upon the death of King Solomon, Jeroboam had returned to Israel and sought to fulfill the prophecies of God.

It is important for us to know that God does not need our help to fulfill the things He has said He will cause to happen!

Many in Israel knew the truth of Jeroboam and they sent for him to be present to hear the words of Rehoboam in Shechem.

*****2Ch 10:3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
2Ch 10:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

It is also important to consider that it was the people of Israel who had made Saul and David kings of Israel.

It had been David who had caused Solomon to be king and he had been accepted by the people.

Rehoboam had just assumed that he would be the next King because he was the first born son of Solomon and without any input from the people.

It is the people who should always have a say in who will lead their nation!

God had already set the standard for selecting the kings of Israel.

1) God must appoint him.

2) The people in a proper assembly must approve him!

Israel did not have an absolute monarchy but Israel was intended to have a monarchy with a democracy, until the true King of Kings returned!

Jeroboam had been selected by Jehovah to be king of 10 of the tribes of Israel, leaving Rehoboam to be king of Judah which included the tribe of Benjamin at that time and all those that refused to follow Jeroboam.

1Ki 11:29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:
1Ki 11:30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
1Ki 11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
1Ki 11:32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)
1Ki 11:33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.
1Ki 11:34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:
1Ki 11:35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.

God had also given Jeroboam a standard that he was to keep as the new King of Israel:

1Ki 11:38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
1Ki 11:39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.

This is the real reason that Solomon had decided to kill Jeroboam!

The first twenty years of Solomon’s rule were as they should have been, but the last twenty years were Solomon’s downfall and he had financed the building of many false places of worship to suit his many wives and by taxing and causing the servitude of all of Israel, he had all of Israel his personal servants.

Not so much different than what is happening in our own nation today!

This is something that David had not done nor Solomon at the first.

Even King Saul had not sank to this level of sin!

If Rehoboam had addressed this issue he could have remained king of all of Israel and he first sought the counsel of the same men who had advised his father Solomon.

*****2Ch 10:5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
2Ch 10:6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
2Ch 10:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

Rehoboam showed some wisdom in seeking the counsel of these men.

SO, What are the facts?

People will not submit quietly to a tyrant!

This is a problem we have in America today. Men become president and forget they are there to serve the people and become tyrants seeking to impose their own will on all people.

There are already 26 states who have refused to allow this to happen along with more than 50 percent of the people in America.

Rehoboam got some real good advise from these experienced statesmen.

1Ki 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

If Rehoboam had a servants heart and not the heart of a tyrant, all of Israel would have remained united!

This is the same advice that every national leader needs to hear!

1) Leaders are put in place to serve the people!

2) Leaders are put in place to do the good things they say they will do!

3) Leaders are put in place to benefit the entire nation and not just a select few!

4) Leaders are put in place must believe that God has placed them in that position, and for His own reasons and it is not to suit themselves!

Any leader in any position whether it be president, king, governor, judge or legislator who does not serve the people they were elected to serve, are not entitled to the respect of the people and they will not have it!

What these wise old men said still hold true throughout time!

Rehoboam could have solved all his problems if he had just listened to this good advice but instead these were words that did not suit him.

*****2Ch 10:8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
2Ch 10:9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
2Ch 10:10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
2Ch 10:11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

Rehoboam had been raised in the riches of royalty that had been provided by his father Solomon.

For twenty years he had witnessed his father’s luxurious life style.

Rehoboam discussed these things with others who had also lived in the luxury of royalty and had not seen the real world of ordinary people.

Note: Most of our own government are lifetime politicians who have never known the trials and the tribulations of ordinary people!

What is a despot?

A despot is a tyrant who craves absolute power and who seeks to rule without any control of people, any control of laws, or by any constitution decided on by the people.

Rehoboam became a despot.

Our own President has also become a despot!

Wake up America!

Our leaders do not own us nor are they to rewrite our constitution on a whim!

Nor is that the job of our judicial system.

It is the God fearing people who are to make the laws they want to be governed by!

These young inexperienced men advised Rehoboam by saying “Do not begin your reign as king by giving in to the people” which might be interpreted as weakness on your part!

They advised King Rehoboam to tell these people that only he, Rehoboam, knew how best to deal with the affairs of state and he did not need their input.

All of Israel just needed to accept that he knew what was best for all of Israel.

Where have we heard all these things before? We hear this from our own government!

The meaning of being chastised with scorpions can only mean one thing.

Chastisement came by the whip in those days.

There were two types of whips in that day.

1) One had a handle attached to twisted leather or in some cases a rod similar to a thin cane.

2) Then the other one, similar to that used on Jesus, had a handle with several leather thongs that had attachments of wire, such as fish hooks and pieces of bone known as the “cat-o-nine tails”.

If the whipping by King Solomon as by the first whip, then the whipping of King Rehoboam would be as the whipping of the “cat-o-nine tails”, “the whip of the scorpion”.

What does God teach us about these things?

Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

And Jesus added these words:

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Luk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luk 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Any leader that adheres to such a policy, is an enemy to the nation they were put in place to serve!

The people of Israel had come to this same conclusion about Rehoboam!

And many today feel this same way about our own president!

When a people cannot trust their government they will also refuse his policies.

*****2Ch 10:15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
2Ch 10:16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

God had not caused these things to happen. God just knew these things were going to happen and God gave Israel a means to escape this tyrant, while also showing this tyrant Rehoboam that it was not he that was in charge.

Both these men Rehoboam and Jeroboam were given great opportunities to do a good work for God and we will see that they both failed.

Rehoboam was to remain King of Judah only because of the covenant God had made with his grandfather King David.

1) David was to have a child named Solomon that would establish his kingdom.

2) Solomon would build the Temple.

3) The throne of David would be established forever.

4) The throne would not be taken away from Solomon even if his sin required it.

5) It was David’s house that would be established forever. “House” here means the royal dynasty of King David!

The ultimate fulfillment of these things would be in King Jesus who was the legal descendant to the throne of David by his adoptive father Joseph, and not only through a continual blood line passed down through Solomon but also through another of David’s son named Nathan, from whom came the blood line of Mary the mother of Jesus.

Jesus Christ is the direct heir to the throne of Israel and He can never die!

God always does what He says He will do!

Psa 89:3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
Psa 89:4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

Jeroboam was also given a great opportunity to restore the glory of Israel, if he had just followed the Word of God!

The nation of Israel abandoned Rehoboam and chose Jeroboam as their King.

If we just look back on our own history we would see that the 13 colonies had exhausted every method of seeking relief from the heavy burden that came from England, but to no avail, and the only thing left was open rebellion to the throne of England.

We can also see that America is again reaching that same point of rebellion with an administration that intentionally and continuously tries to destroy the truth of American freedom!

So Israel departed from the government of Rehoboam and prepared to defend their own homes by their own means as many in America are doing today.

This one of the reasons that there more than 8 billion arms in the hands of the American citizen making them the most armed army in the entire world and the true reason our government insist on gun control!

*****2Ch 10:17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

For many years those that had lived in the days of the united kingdom would remember these days the nation of Israel was divided, as the most tragic days in the history of Israel, though Isaiah had prophesied of a future time period that would be even worst than this one.

Isa 7:17 The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.

***The pure truth is, that it is “the sin of every nation” that will bring with it an invasion from foreign lands along with all kinds of trouble on the home front!

This is the fact of all sinful generations and history has proven this to be true!

The Lord allowed Assyria to take down Israel but it was the Lord Himself who caused the downfall of Judah who was held to an even higher standard.

Isa 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
Isa 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.

***God also said that every other nation that has turned against Him would be treated the exact same way

Isa 8:9 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
Isa 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
Isa 8:11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

Rehoboam decided to force the issues of his government by first forcefully collecting taxes.

Does it not seem that our own IRS has been given powers that it was never intended to have!

The IRS has now become just another arm of a tyrannical government!

*****2Ch 10:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

***A people who have lost their trust in and have given up on their government will not be brought under control by force!

Rehoboam first tried to forcefully collect the taxes and the tribute.

The reply of the people was death to the tax collector!

Hadoram had been at that job since the time he was appointed by King David but this made no difference to the people of Israel and they hated the tax collector all through the time of Jesus.

To be quiet honest we all detest the tax collector!

So the Israelites of that day rebelled against the house of David, meaning Israel no longer acknowledged the line of the royal family of King David!

*****2Ch 10:19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

The period of the divided kingdom lasted about 253 years.

The line of David continue to reign in Judah and there were never any changes to this royal line!

In all there were 9 dynastes in Israel.

The leadership of Israel was always changing for one reason or another, without the input of the people.

***There was never a settled government of those ten tribes in all those years!

***There was not one good king of Israel in all those years!

***BUT, God never stopped sending to them the Word of God.

God sent Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Hosea, and Amos just to name a few and many of these have their Holy Ghost inspired words preserved forever for us to learn from Israel mistakes.

There was even a school for the prophets located in this area called Israel so God kept the Word of God alive during all this time.

These prophets of God, always prophesied against the kings of the Northern Kingdom, because they all had one thing in common.

2Ki 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”.

Not one king of the Northern Tribes ever sought to serve the Lord!

Jeroboam realized that Judah still had some advantages over his new government.

1. The Temple was located in Jerusalem and all of Israel were required to go there on at least 3 occasions each year.

2. It would be the Temple where the priests and the Levites and the scholars and the teachers of the Word of God were located.

3) It was Judah and the line of David that had those marvelous promises of God and even in that day, they knew God had kept every promise He had ever made to them!

And Jeroboam decided he needed to create a religion that was enticing enough to be in direct competition with the truth of God, as so many still do today!

We will expand on these things as we go along.

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

The Construction Of The Temple

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The Construction Of The Temple

Text; 1 Kings 5:1-7:51; 2 Chronicles 2:1-4:22

Focus: 2 Chronicles 2:1, 3-5; 3:1-10; 4:1, 2, 6-8, 19-22

Solomon’s Temple was built in 960BC and we should understand that the Temple had a specific purpose.

Most of the world may disagree but the truth is that Jehovah God made this world we live in and it is our Creator who has established all the rules of life!

When God made Adam, God told him that the results of not obeying His rules would result in death. Not the death of the body but the eternal death of the soul!

Adam disobeyed and sin, death, and disease entered our world!

In spite of this our God still loved all His creation and God had mercy on His people.

God had already made a plan of salvation even before He sent His Son Jesus.

God provided a way to atone for sin so that all people could still remain close to God!

God allowed the blood of a perfectly healthy animal to temporarily take the place of the sinners life. Note this was only temporary until the true sacrifice was to come.

Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

It is by the blood of Jesus that the final sacrifice was made!

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

Since these things are true and they are, then it ought to be a fearful thing to not acknowledge the sacrifice that was offered by God Himself!

Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The Temple took seven years to build and this place of worship was to be a quiet place to worship so with that theme, all materials were manufactured in other places, and then delivered and assembled on the threshing floor of Ornan in the place that was purchased by King David.

The truth is that the Temple was the most holy sight on this planet until it was destroyed by Titus in 70AD.

Now the most holy sight on this planet is the the believer, the Holy Ghost filled Body of Christ!

1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Let’s begin:

2Ch 2:1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

The duty of building the Temple was reserved for Solomon even before he was born of King David and Bathsheba.

God told Moses.

Deu 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
Deu 12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
Deu 12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

God told David.

2Sa 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
2Sa 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

Solomon realized that to build the Temple was his purpose in life and as soon as Solomon became King of Israel, he committed himself to the work.

And just as Solomon had this purpose, this is the same purpose for each believer to build upon the House of the Lord!

Since the time of Seth the third born son of Adam, certain men have called upon the name of the Lord.

Gen 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

The Temple that Solomon built was the first time a specific building had been set aside to worship in the name of the Lord!

We would be foolish not to see the hand of God in all these things because God Himself had a purpose for the Temple.

Solomon was also determined to build his own house but the building of the Temple was to come first.

Just as Solomon we as Christians we need to keep our priorities in order. As the “living temples” of God we will never be able to properly build our own homes and families until we have determined to be a living house of God.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So Solomon gathered his work force together to build the Temple and if our minds are right with God we can see that God is in fact using this time of Grace to gather His own work force together to build His temples!

*****2Ch 2:2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
2Ch 2:3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.

This verse is also important because we can see that Solomon first gathered Gentiles to build God’s Temple.

2Ch 2:17 And Solomon numbered “all the strangers” that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.

And, What is God doing today?

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

God is using Gentiles to build His Church!

The Temple that was to be built was to be a solid structure and as permanent as man could make it.

The materials were to be durable to last as long as humanly possible.

The Temple was to be built by experienced builders as directed by the King.

How does God build His Temples?

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

God uses permanent materials that will last through eternity!

God uses Holy Ghost experienced builders directed by God Himself!

This is the purpose of our own King Jesus!

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world”, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

And we must dedicate our own temple to the Lord!

*****2Ch 2:4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

Notice this house that was built in the name of the Lord and it was not built to live in.

This House Was Built To Worship The Lord In!

Jesus said these words:

Mar 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Woe to us all when we make our own temple a den of thieves which robs God rather than a temple of worship in the name of the Lord and a house of prayer.

The Church can only survive in this world because we serve a Great Big God!

*****2Ch 2:5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.

Psa 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Our God is great, so to the Christian we are very aware that God is in control of not only our lives but God also has absolute control of the happenings in our world.

We all know that there are many bad things that happen in our world and God does not do bad things but God does allow them to happen when He could stop them if He so wanted to!

God has a plan in place and He will not allow anything to alter that plan!

It is also a fact that our world would destroy itself if God allowed it to!

The Lord Jesus Christ is to be our example in everything in life and the Lord Jesus Christ never ignored God. Jesus Christ always lifted up His Father that is in Heaven!

We need to be more like Jesus and we need to seek the Lord daily for we serve a Great Big God!

Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, “and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation”;
Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Act 17:28 “For in him we live, and move, and have our being”; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

So Solomon began to build the House of the Lord.

*****2Ch 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

The location of the Temple was very important.

1) Where do we first see Mount Moriah?

Gen 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Mount Moriah was the same place where Abraham was sent to sacrifice his promised son Isaac by his wife Sarah.

What was the truth of that sacrifice?

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Abraham and Isaac both went up to Mount Moriah and they both returned because God’s plan for God to provide “Himself” to be that sacrificial Lamb!

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Jehovahjireh means “Jehovah will see to it”. In other words our salvation was a personal thing to God and He would handle this thing Himself and not allow any human to be that sacrificial lamb!

2) Next it was this same location where the Lord met with King David

2Sa 24:18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.
2Sa 24:19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.
2Sa 24:20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground.
2Sa 24:21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
2Sa 24:22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
2Sa 24:23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.
2Sa 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
2Sa 24:25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

3) David had realized that this was the very place where the Temple would be built and King David began then setting aside some the materials that would be needed.

Notice David also used Gentiles and not Jews to prepare the stones for the house of God!

1Ch 21:18 Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

1Ch 22:1 Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.
1Ch 22:2 And David commanded to gather together “the strangers” that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

What did the Apostle Paul preach to the early Church?

Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Gentile and Jew alike will one day live together in the House the God Built!

Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

The time to build was also important.

*****2Ch 3:2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.
2Ch 3:3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

It had taken Solomon 4 years to gather all the material his father David had provided and other things that he knew would be needed and to make the arrangements for the Temple construction.

We should immediately see that as wise as Solomon was, Solomon was still instructed in how to build the Temple of God.

Solomon had a set of plans and specifications that had been provided by his father King David who had received these instructions himself by the Holy Spirit!

God still uses this same method today. Every temple is to be built according to the direction of the Holy Spirit!

About 35 acres of land had to be prepared.

A water supply had to be provided such as the Pool of Siloam.

And we should know that no matter what the deceivers of our world try to tell us, it would be this Temple as built by Solomon that would set the standard for all places of worship in the ancient world!

Every foreign government wanted a part of this Temple.

Every army considered the artifacts of the Temple to be the greatest spoils of any war.

Many nations including Rome and even the Muslim made it their own goal to build things to try to surpass the Glory of the House of God and as none could do so, they then strived to destroy the House of God which they finally did in 70AD and the Muslim world will still rise up in war, if there is any attempt to rebuild God’s Temple.

God had a great purpose for allowing the Temple to be built.

God had a great purpose in allowing the Temple to be destroyed.

God has a great purpose for the Temple will be rebuilt again one day!

In reality the main structure of Temple of Solomon was about twice the size of the Tabernacle of Moses.

There were many other great structures in that day including the pyramids but we should remember that the pyramids were only tombs for the dead.

The Temple of God was built for all those who are seeking eternal life!

*****2Ch 3:4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

This porch later called Solomon’s porch was on the East side of the Temple.

This porch faced the Courtyard of the Gentiles and was a place that the Lord Jesus used to teach His disciples.

Joh 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

Here is what Josephus wrote about Solomon’s porch:

“there is a porch without the Temple, overlooking a deep valley, supported by walls of 400 cubits, made of four square stone, very white, the length of each stone was 20 cubits, and the breadth 6 cubits; the work of King Solomon, who first rounded the whole Temple.”

Even the porch of the House of God was a magnificent place!

And even the porch of the House of God is to be a place of safety!

And even the porch of Solomon’s Temple faced the courtyard of the Gentiles!

*****2Ch 3:5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.
2Ch 3:6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim.
2Ch 3:7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.

The lumber material was not found in Israel so it had to come from somewhere else and the best wood came from the forest of Lebanon.

Since that time of the Temple, the forest of Lebanon became a victim of greed and irresponsibility!

Many nations including Rome harvested the forest of Lebanon.

During the time of the Muslim and the Ottoman Empire these wonderful forest practically disappeared!

Today these forest are almost all gone. The world we live do not want to claim Jehovah but this world sure does crave the things that Jehovah provides!

But even this marvelous wood with it’s beautiful carvings and was then covered with gold.

Remember Gold suggest the deity and the glory of God!

Those precious jewels were remind us of the New Jerusalem.

Rev 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
Rev 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
Rev 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Those cherubim are a marvelous subject in the Bible. The first time we see them is in the Book of Genesis.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

We know that Adam once walked with the God in the cool of the day, but after sin entered into the world there has since been only one way to approach God and that is through “Faith” in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ!

We know that Enoch walk with God by “Faith” even after the Cherubim were placed by the Lord at the garden of Eden.

Those Cherubim were actually placed at the Garden by the Lord, so it could be said that those Cherubims were not just keeping the way to the place to walk with God “but to actually show the only way to approach the throne of God”.

In the Holy of Holies, the Cherubim hovered over the “Mercy Seat” which we know represents the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our “Mercy Seat”!

Exo 25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
Exo 25:19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

It is very possible to consider that these Cherubims are more an emblem of the Godhead than they are of angels.

We know that an emblem is only a representation of the real thing!

Act 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

It is the Cherubim that will lead us to the Holy of Holies!

*****2Ch 3:8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents.
2Ch 3:9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold. 2Ch 3:10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold.

The Holy of Holies was four square.

God is building a new Holy of Holies:

Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Rev 21:16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

All believers will one day live with God in His new Holy of Holies!

Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Which is the New Jerusalem!

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

We already know that the material for the Temple was manufactured in other places and assembled on sight without the sound of the hammer.

1Ki 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

So Those nails would have been wooden pegs.

And here again we see that those two Cherubim over shadowed the “Mercy Seat”!

These two Cherubim were colossal, reaching from wall to wall inside the Holy of Holies.

The combined wing spread of these two cherubim was 20 cubits or at least 30 feet and they completely covered with gold.

Then there was the veil.

*****2Ch 3:14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.

It was the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place, where the Ark of the Covenant rested.

It was the veil that separated a holy God from sinful people.

Once a year only the High Priests could go beyond that veil.

But because Jesus became that perfect sacrifice for all of our sin that veil no longer exists!

When Jesus died that veil was ripped into by God Himself and we can now go boldly into the throne room of God Himself!

Then

Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Now

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Then came the altar.

*****2Ch 4:1 Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.

God required the children of Israel to regularly sacrifice a perfect animal whether they be lambs, goats, doves or bulls for their sins but remember, this was a yearly thing.

It was “the blood” of that animal that justified the people before God and their relationship with Him was restored for one more year!

But now we have have the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ, and no more sacrifice of animals is required!

Heb 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

At the Temple people would lay their hand on the head of that animal, symbolically putting his sins onto the animal and that animal would die in his place.

Now we know that Jesus was the Lamb of God who carried the burden of all our sin.

Today, in this time of “Grace” we are to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice!

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

And there is still one other sacrifice that we must make after being accepted into God’s family!

Heb 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

We cannot live to ourselves, we must be bright and shining lights for Jesus Christ!

And then there was the sea.

*****2Ch 4:2 Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

This was the great bronze basin where the priests would wash themselves.

This basin in Solomon’s Temple would have held more than 10,000 gallons of water.

BUT, today it is each believer who is to be God’s priest:

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Who are washed in the blood of Jesus:

1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

And then the ten lavers:

*****2Ch 4:6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

These lavers were intended to wash those sacrificed animals.

The priest must be washed.

The people must be washed.

The sacrificed must be washed.

The child of God must be washed!

1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

The number 10 represents perfected universality!

The ten commandments contain God moral laws.

The tenth is the tithe which all belongs to God.

The ten lavers were to wash the sacrifice but they also represent those that are justified and those that will be sanctified!

To be washed is to become the New Man.

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Then there was the ten candlesticks.

*****2Ch 4:7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.

These ten candlesticks reflect on the perfect light in the Holy of Holies.

Today it is Jesus Christ who is the light of the world!

Joh 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Jesus Christ is the Light to the world as well as the Light of the world!

It is only the light of Jesus that can open the eyes of the blind so they can see the truth of God!

Psa 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

It is only the Word of God that can teach us of His magnificent light!

Then there was the 10 tables.

*****2Ch 4:8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold.

These tables were intended to hold the bread that was made for the Temple priests.

But today we have the complete bread of life, His name is Jesus Christ!

Joh 6:48 I am that bread of life.
Joh 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
Joh 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

It is impossible to see the construction of the Temple and not see the construction of the Born Again child of God!

And then there are all the remaining vessels for the house of God.

*****2Ch 4:19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set;
2Ch 4:20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
2Ch 4:21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
2Ch 4:22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.

We should never forget the purpose of the Church is to make disciples who will then carry the “Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Isaiah said it like this:

Isa 60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

People from all walks of life who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and who come into the church, will be changed for the better!

And the exactors were for the tribute to be collected which would be righteousness!

Not only would the Church be peaceable and righteous but the Church is to administer peace and righteousness to all this world!

And what would happen in our world if the Church would do it’s job?

Isa 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

The Temple was destroyed because it was not doing it’s job.

It should be obvious to us that the Church up to this point has also not done it’s job, in this time of “Grace”!

But this does not mean we are to stop trying!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!