a young boy, Amaziah was educated in the Five Books of Moses. He read
the history of Joshua, Judges and the stories of the kings and prophets
When Amaziah became
king, he had to consolidate his power since his father had been
assassinated by servants working in the palace. Once he felt secure, he
ordered the execution of the perpetrators.
He supported worship
in the temple in Jerusalem, but failed to destroy the high places of
Baal worship. Amaziah wanted to please the godly people and still be on
good terms with the Baal crowd. Amaziah was just like any modern
Christian, observing certain things in the Bible, but living a life of
He knew that he
should trust God for all things, but lacking adequate faith, he made the
same mistake as King David in numbering his troops. As a result, he
hired 100,000 mercenaries from the northern kingdom.
He was confronted by
a prophet and begrudgingly sent them back to Israel, all while
complaining about the money he had lost. God blessed him in the war with
Edom, but once it was over, he killed survivors and had them thrown over
a cliff to be crushed against the rocks below.
curious about the groves of the Edomites and decided to return to
Jerusalem with them. He opened himself up to demon possession and wasn’t
too happy when a prophet of God told him his days were numbered.
He decided to do
something religious to make the situation better. What did he choose to
do? Declare war on Israel! Amaziah challenged King Jehoash to a fight in
order to stem the tide of Baal worship in Israel. He was subsequently
defeated and led back to Jerusalem as a captive. Jehoash plundered the
temple and the palace and tore down a 600-foot section of the city wall.
The people lost
confidence in Amaziah and descended to a dark personal place where he
walked away from the Lord. A conspiracy against his life forced him to
flee to Lachish, but the assassins caught up to him. His dead corpse was
tossed on a horse and that is how he returned to Jerusalem. This is a
tragic story of a man who had a lot of potential but wasted his time on
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Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell