Read 166.) II Kings 13:20 thru 14:24, and II Chronicles 24:27b thru 26:15. We read the account of one final miracle Elisha performed after he died! A dead body was summarily dumped into Elisha’s tomb, out of fear, but the man that was tossed touched Elisha’s bones, and he came back to life! With this account, we read a fulfillment of that which Elisha had requested of Elijah, that he might receive a double-portion of Elijah’s spirit, as there are some twice as many miracles attributed to Elisha, than there are to Elijah. Look for, and count them all next time through. I find some 16 to Elijah’s 9.
Beginning with II Kings 14, we meet King Amaziah of Judah. Will he be a good king, or bad? It looks to be about 796 BC. He came to the throne at the age of 25, and ruled for 29 years, to age 54. He was said to have been a good king, but not entirely. It appears he became lifted up with pride, due to a military victory, but was greatly humbled in defeat by Jehoash of Israel. When we read of Amaziah’s passing, we come to about 767 BC. However, with verse 23, we back up to 781 BC, and the beginning of the reign of one Jeroboam II in Israel. We read that he was as bad as all Israel’s kings before him.
Going to II Chronicles 24, we take up at verse 27. We learn a particular story about Amaziah of Judah, beginning at 25:5. He had hired 100,000 mercenary soldiers from Israel, violating the necessity of the righteous to remain separate from the wicked, a particular weakness of good king Jehoshaphat’s before him. We also learn next of how Amaziah became lifted up with pride because of his military victory, and then broke God’s first two Commandments. A prophet brought him warning, but he would not listen, and through this he provoked Jehoash of Israel that God might destroy Amaziah through Jehoash. So, Amaziah, like his father, Joash, before him, started out well, but ended up badly. We may take a lesson to heart in all of this. We may be faithful now, and think that we will never turn away from the Lord. But, we can never stop being diligent, and rest. Our corrupted and sinful human nature is ever-ready and willing to turn back on God and take us our own way, far from the Lord. We must never get over the wonder of all the God has done for us, through His Son, Jesus Christ, in purchasing us unto Himself, by the precious Blood of Christ. Draw near to Him, and actively seek to stay close! And should you ever feel yourself turning… repent, and turn back to Him. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell