Second Kings 15 Commentary
We have six kings in a period of fewer than thirty-two years. Four assassinations. Two of the assassins are themselves assassinated. A newly born baby will have seen all of this and he will still be a youth!
Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah, and Hoshea; that is the order of their reigns. It is a cast of coup plotters and assassins.
The narration gathers pace and by the end of the chapter, we are looking at King Hoshea. He is the last king of the northern kingdom of Israel.
The chapter starts with Uzziah, also known as Azariah, king of Judah. He can be graded as a good-bad king. The book of Chronicles gives us more details. He was succeeded by his son Jotham.
Again the name of Jeroboam, son of Nebat, features quite prominently. It is representing a marked departure from the worship of the Creator God, the God of Abraham. Israel has broken the first Commandment. The nation has breached the Abrahamic contract. So we are looking at the consequences. Confusion after confusion; the train is going to derail completely. The writing is on the wall.
But how much confusion is enough confusion to help a man understand the times? A man born under confusion may not easily tell the difference. However, the word of the LORD does tell us of one who loved the world so much that he sent His son to save it. The son speaks kindly and lovingly to the troubled soul. If you hear His voice, you can definitely tell the difference. You can know the difference.
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