Melachim II Fourteen: Amaziah and Jehoash

We hear about more kings, as is obviously the theme of this book. And, in an interesting turn of events, we once again hear about the mother of a king. I wonder what these women had to do in order to merit mention in the text, while so many others are passed over. But we don’t hear any details beyond the name in this case before moving back to the narrative of Amaziah. “And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, however, not like his father David; like all that Joash his father did, he did (Kings II 14:3).” But once again the altars to other gods aren’t removed, and pagan sacrifices are still made.

“And it was, when the kingdom became well established in his hand, that he slew his servants who had assassinated his father (Kings II 14:5).” He avenges his father’s untimely death. Then, Amaziah sends messengers to the king of Israel, asking for a meeting between Israel and Judah. The meeting turns into a confrontation, and Israel beats Judah. “And Jehoash the king of Israel seized Amaziah the king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, in Beth-shemesh, and he came to Jerusalem and breached the wall of Jerusalem at the gate of Ephraim until the corner gate, four hundred cubits (Kings II 14:13).” Jehoash takes the treasure from the Temple and the king’s palace, and then he dies and is buried in Samaria along with the kings of Israel. Amaziah outlives him by fifteen years, but is assassinated after a rebellion in Jerusalem. More kings are cycled through, and I’m wondering how long it’ll be before the people are reunited under one leadership.

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