My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

2 Chronicles 25

King Amaziah

Amaziah ruled for 29 years. He was an okay king. He killed those who had killed his father, and built a big reorganised army, including buying some soldiers from Israel. A prophet warned against using Israel's men, because God had rejected them. So he sent the Israelites away, who weren't too pleased.

Amaziah's men womped Seir, while the angry Israelites took some of Judah's towns. Amaziah took Seir's gods and worshipped them, so God sent a prophet who warned Amaziah of his destruction.

Amaziah picked a fight with Jehoash, king of Israel. Judah lost. Amaziah was later killed in a conspiracy.

Key verse:
9. Amaziah asked the man of God, "But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?"
The man of God replied, "The Lord can give you much more than that."

My thoughts:
Just to be clear: a major theme of Chronicles is that if you follow God, good stuff happened, and if you reject him, bad stuff happens. It's clear through all the good and bad kings.

Sounds like prosperity gospel to me. But it's in the Bible. Hmmm...


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