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Amaziah: Doing good with a not good heart–dumb

July 12th, 2009 by Vic

2 Chronicles 25

25:1-2 Amaziah started to rule in Jerusalem around 800 b.c.  He was 25 when he became king.  He did good, but not with good motives.

25:5-6 When he got the kingdom firmly under his control he took a census and assembled a big army.  He hired 100,000 soldiers from Ephraim for $10 each.  Ephraim was the neighboring tribe to the north of Jerusalem, but they were part of the 10 tribes of Israel.  They were like an enemy.

25:7-9 God sends a prophet to point out his mistake.  Don’t pursue close relationships with ungodly people.  Be careful of partnerships with the ungodly.  There will be conflict and you will get stabbed in the back.

The Lord is able to give you much more than this.  Money is no big thing in the Bible.  The world thinks money is a big deal.  But any money you have is from God and He has more where that came from.  My God shall supply all your needs.  The Bible says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”  It never says, “money with contentment is great gain.”

25:10-13 Amaziah takes his army south of the Dead Sea and slaughtered the Edomites.  When he left Jerusalem, the men he sent home did not go home.  They raided Judah, killed 3,000, and plundered the cities.

25:14-15 God sent a prophet to confront Amaziah.  Why are you worshiping gods who did not deliver their original owner?  Amaziah threatens to kill the prophet.  If he would have repented God could have forgiven him.  Instead he becomes arrogant and goes to battle with Joash, king of Israel in the north.

25:27 An important insight into God’s ways.

26:1-5 Amaziah’s son is another interesting story.  As long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him.  He loved the soil (10).  But when he became strong, his heart became proud and he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Lord (16).  God struck him with leprosy and his son Jotham became king in his place.

Follow the Lord with a pure heart.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  Pray that God will continue to create in you a clean heart.  Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself.  He was a man of purpose and principles.

Sometimes it does not make sense to give someone something.  We don’t want to cast our pearls before swine.  We want to be good stewards.  But the woman who broke the Alabaster box was not being smart according to Judas.

Read and listen to the word of God.  Don’t get distracted with the corporate ladder or prosperity.  God has much more to give you than this.

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