Amaziah

King living at the time of Divided Monarchy

Amaziah was a king of Judah who lived during the time of the Divided Monarchy. He is first mentioned in 2 Kings 12:21. Amaziah was the son of Joash and Jehoaddan, and he was married to Jecoliah. He was the father of Uzziah.

Amaziah’s reign is recorded in 2 Kings 14 and 2 Chronicles 25. He started his reign by executing those who had murdered his father, Joash. Amaziah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord but not wholeheartedly, as he did not remove the high places where the people still offered sacrifices.

One significant event during Amaziah’s reign was his decision to go to war against Edom. He hired a hundred thousand troops from Israel but was warned by a prophet not to allow them to go with him. Despite this warning, he took them, and when he returned victorious, he brought back the gods of the Edomites and worshiped them, angering the Lord.

As a result of his disobedience, a prophet warned him of his impending defeat if he continued to trust in his own strength rather than in the Lord. Amaziah did not heed the warning and was indeed defeated in battle by Israel.

Ultimately, Amaziah was captured by his enemies, brought to Jerusalem, and assassinated. He was not honored with a burial in the tombs of the kings. His son, Uzziah, succeeded him as king.

From a biblical perspective, Amaziah’s story serves as a cautionary tale about the consequences of not fully trusting in and obeying the Lord. It emphasizes the importance of seeking God’s guidance and following His ways wholeheartedly. The downfall of Amaziah highlights the dangers of pride, reliance on human strength, and turning to idolatry instead of worshiping the one true God.

References:
2 Kings 12:21; 13:12; 14:1, 8-9, 11, 13, 15, 17-18, 21, 23; 15:1, 3
1 Chronicles 3:12
2 Chronicles 24:27; 25:1, 5, 9-11, 13-15, 17-18, 20-21, 23, 25-26

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