07/06/2018 — 2 Kings Chapter 14; 2 Chronicles Chapter 25

I was struck by two aspects of today’s reading.

(1) The first is that be reading Kings and Chronicles concurrently we see details we may otherwise overlook.  In today’s reading 2 Kings 14:19 speaks to the assassination of Amaziah

19 They conspired against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish, but they sent men after him to Lachish and killed him there

I thought this sounded very harsh and unexpected but then 2 Chronicles 25:27 explains the reasoning — Amaziah had turned away from the Lord:

27 From the time that Amaziah turned away from following the Lord, they conspired against him in Jerusalem and he fled to Lachish, but they sent men after him to Lachish and killed him there

(2) The second aspect that caught me was God’s continuing grace and love for the rebellious nations.  He continues to reach-out even to the wicked kings of Israel as detailed in 2 Kings 14:26:

26 The Lord had seen how bitterly everyone in Israel, whether slave or free, was suffering; there was no one to help them. 27 And since the Lord had not said he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash.

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