2 Chronicles 25 Outline
– Amaziah executed the men who assassinated his father (2 Chronicles 25:1-4)
– Amaziah recruited armies (2 Chronicles 25:5-6)
– A man of God warned Amaziah not to go into war because God will not be with him (2 Chronicles 25:7-9)
– Amaziah dismissed the troops (2 Chronicles 25:10)
– Amaziah attacked the Edomites from Seir (2 Chronicles 25:11-12)
– The Ephraimites raided the Judean towns (2 Chronicles 25:13)
– Amaziah brought back and worshiped the Edomite gods (2 Chronicles 25:14)
– A prophet rebuked Amaziah for worshiping the Edomite gods (2 Chronicles 25:15-16)
– Amaziah challenged Jehoash into battle (2 Chronicles 25:17-19)
– Jehoash defeated Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25:20-22)
– Jehoash broke down Jerusalem wall and carried away the palace and temple treasures (2 Chronicles 25:23-24)
– Amaziah was assassinated at Lachish (2 Chronicles 25:25-28)
2 Chronicles 25 Summary
Amaziah reigned over Judah for 29 years. The mother of Amaziah was Jehoaddin from Jerusalem. Amaziah only half heartedly carried out God’s commandments. He punished the murderers who assassinated his father, Joash on the bed but he did not sentence their children to death. This is in accordance to God’s commandment that fathers should pay for their own sins, so do his children.
Amaziah recruited 300,000 soldiers from Judah and Benjamin, who are 20 years old and above and can handle a spear and shield. He also hired 100,000 fighting men from Israel with 100 talents of silver. The man of God came to him and warned him not to go in war because God will not fight the war for him. Amaziah asked what about the 100 talents of silver he had paid to the fighting men. The man of God replied that God is able to give him more.
Later, Amaziah mustered his army and traveled to Valley of Salt to attack the Edomites from Seir. He killed 10,000 Edomite soldiers from Seir. He also had 10,000 Edomintes men thrown down from the cliff alive so that they were dashed into pieces. He brought the Edomite gods back and set them up and bowed down and burnt sacrifices to them.
In the meantime, the Edomites whom Amaziah sent back were in rage. They raided the towns of Judah from Samaria to Beth Horon and carry away a large amount of plunders.
God was angry with Amaziah because he had bowed down and worshiped the Edomites gods. He sebt a prophet to rebuke him. Amaziah was angry and he said he would kill him if he continue to rebuke him. The prophet then prophesied that God will destroy him because he refused to listen to him.
Later, Amaziah challenged King Jehoash of Israel to war. Jehoash mocked Amaziah with the parable, ‘The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.’ (2 Chronicles 25:18 KJV) to discourage him for fighting him. Amaziah was stubborn so they faced war with each other at Beth Shemesh. All these happened as part of God’s plan because he want to hand Amaziah over to Jehoash to punish him for worshiping the Edomite gods.
Amaziah lost the battle. Then, Jehoash brought him to Jerusalem, where he broke down 600 feets of wall from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate. He carried away all the gold, silver and temple articles that were in charged by Obed Edom. He also carried away the palace treasures and hostages. After that, he went back to Samaria.
Amaziah lived for another 15 years after Jehoash died. Some officials conspired against him and he ran away to Lachish but they found and killed him there. His body was brought back by a horse and he was buried with his fathers, in the City of Judah.
2 Chronicles 25 Bible Study
1. Walking in obedience to God
Amaziah walked in obedience to God by sentencing those who assassinated his father to death. However, he didn’t sentence their children to death in accordance to God’s law that each individual is to bear the punishment for his own sin. Later, Amaziah recruited armies to go into a battle but a man of God warned him not to go so he didn’t go. Because of his obedience, God blessed him. Amaziah successfully defeated the Edomites at the Valley of Salt. If you do God’s will and abide in him and walk in his commandments, God will bless you. In Matthew 6:33, if you seek God’s kingdom first, all things else will be added unto you. In 1 Timothy 4:8, godliness has value for all things. Godliness allows you to inherit the promises of the present life and after life. In Isaiah 33:6, the fear of the Lord is the key to a rich store of salvation, wisdom and knowledge.
2. Greed is a sin
The Ephraimites soldiers from Israel, who was hired by Amaziah for 100 talents of silver were dismissed after the prophet informed Amaziah that God will not be with him in the war. The Ephraimites were greedy. Because of their greed, they raided the Judean towns to earn more beyond their soldier wages. Greed for things such as food, money, power, position, and etc is a sin. In Matthew 23:25, Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for being hypocrites because they look godly on the outside but they are full of greed and self indulgence inside. In Luke 12:55, Jesus warned the people to keep themselves from covetousness because life is not about having lots of possessions. People that are greedy will not inherit eternal life (Romans 1:28-32). In Colossians 3:5, greed is a form of idolatry. Since you are a new creation in Christ, you should nailed the old self of greed to the cross and be conformed to the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). In 1 Timothy 6:10, the love of money will cause more troubles for you afterwards. Some people have walked away from God because they love the world. We must be contented with what we have (Hebrews 13:5; Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:8).
3. Worship only God
Amaziah brought back the gods of the Edomite people and set them up at Judah. He bowed down and worshiped the Edomite gods. This aroused God’s anger and he sent a prophet to rebuke him but Amaziah threatened to kill the prophet. As a result, God executed judgment on him and he made him challenged King Jehoash of Israel into war. In Exodus 20:4, God prohibits bowing down and worshiping idols. In Acts 15:20, we are to abstain from things polluted by connection to idolatry. In 1 Corinthians 10:14, we must flee from idolatry. In Galatians 5:19-21, those who practice idolatry will not inherit the kingdom of God.
4. Pride can ruin a person
Amaziah was proud in his defeating against Edomites. He didn’t know that it was God who helped him win the battle. Instead of attributing the victory to God, he attributed it to himself. In Philippians 2:3, nothing should be done in vainglory but in lowliness of mind, we should esteem other better than ourselves. In Proverbs 16:18, pride always go before destruction. In Proverbs 18:12, before destruction, a man’s heart is haughty. Before honor comes, a man is humbled.