July 17, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 2 Kings 11-15

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Commentary:  Ahab and Jezebel raised their children to be much like them.  Their son, Ahaziah died a year after he became king, however their daughter Athaliah married the King of Judah, Jehoram.  Athaliah sought power, killing her grandchildren to become queen.  Only one young royal prince survived, Joash.  Joash, as he was approximately seven years of age, and had several advisors ruling in his place, including a Godly priest.  Together, they helped restore Judah to the worship of the Lord God and dedicated money for the rebuilding and restoration of the Temple.  Chapter 13 demonstrates God’s willingness to forgive all sin and the final miracle of Elisha…after his death.  The remaining chapters are summaries of the numerous kings of Israel and Judah.  Very few were considered good kings and even the good kings made mistakes, such as Uzziah (Asariah), whose death was mourned by Isaiah.  Uzziah greatly suffered after attempting to intrude on the office of priest.

Focus Verses:  15:9,18,24,28  The majority of the kings who ruled “did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”  Why do you think more disobeyed, rather than obeyed, the Lord?  Does that same reasoning apply to society today?  How is your relationship with the Lord?