Texts: 2 Kings 15:29-38; 1 Chron. 5:23-26, 2 Kings 17:1, 2; 2 Kings 16:1, 2; 2 Chron.28:1-4
Today’s reading catches us up on the kings reigning in Israel and Judah. In the North it is basically a time of anarchy. The last stability of any type was king Jeroboam (the 2nd) who was the 4th generation of Jehu (who wiped out the house of Ahab). Following him a series of kings reign each for a short time. Finally Hoshea becomes king and he will be Israel’s last king. During these days the Assyrians are beginning to take Israel into Assyrian captivity.
In Judah, good king Jotham is followed by his son Ahaz who is very evil. One result of his evil is a God sent conflict with Syria and Israel (1 Kings 15:37).
This history verifies what Solomon had written years earlier: “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). It was true then and it is true now. It is true of nations and also of individuals. What does Galatians 6:7-8 tell us about this? Note especially what verse 7 says about the nature of God.