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Day 137 of the podcast, reading 2 Chronicles 25-28 NET, read along at:
This is day 137 of our journey.
Today we read about the reigns of 4 kings of Judah. The religious life of Judah during these reigns was a roller coaster. King Amaziah started out well by following the Lord as he led Judah into battle, but, after defeating Edom, he took their gods back home and began to worship them. King Uzziah followed the Lord well as long as his advisor Zechariah was alive, but then he decided to go into the temple and offer incense before the Lord (a job assigned only to the priests). God struck him with a skin disease until the day he died. King Jotham finally served the Lord for his whole life and grew strong because he was determined to serve God. Last, we see King Ahaz. King Ahaz followed the ways of the surrounding nations worshiping other gods, as a result, the Lord humiliated Judah. They were defeated over and over. These defeats caused Ahaz to move further and further from the Lord as he worshiped gods from the nations that defeated him.
Join me in 2 Chronicles 25-28 to see the roller coaster of religion in Judah.
2 Chronicles 25:2
He did what the Lord approved, but not with wholehearted devotion.
2 Chronicles 26:16
But once he became powerful, his pride destroyed him. He disobeyed the Lord his God. He entered the Lord’s temple to offer incense on the incense altar.
2 Chronicles 27:6
Jotham grew powerful because he was determined to please the Lord his God.
2 Chronicles 28:19
The Lord humiliated Judah because of King Ahaz of Israel, for he encouraged Judah to sin and was very unfaithful to the Lord.
All Scriptures are from the NET.
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