Second Chronicles 25 Commentary
Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?” Without this income from this or that wicked church member, how do we operate? Without this occupation or this transaction, how do I survive? The man of God replied, “The Lord can give you much more than that.” Amaziah stands down. We all admire him for it.
True to God’s word, Amaziah takes up the courage and defeats Edom. But we are shocked at the way Amaziah treats the captives. This kind of ruthlessness is extreme, even by Old Testament standards. Part of the loot are gods of Edom. Amaziah begins to worship these gods. You can easily tell that his heart isn’t right before the LORD.
This is clearly a huge mistake. But his ego is so inflated that no one, not even the man of God, can counsel him. As already observed, there is never a better time to watch yourself than when the LORD has blessed you. Amaziah is a time bomb.
Pride makes a man foolish. Pride is never satisfied. It always wants more. So King Amaziah wants to brag more by attacking the King of Israel. He doesn’t mind committing innocent troops to a mindless war. Who cares about the consequences? Pride is always blind. Like all proud men, Amaziah’s end is horrible.
Amaziah’s life presents us with many lessons. Lack of contentment drove him to want more. He didn’t mind if this ‘more’ came from the gods of Edom. We are caught in this kind of scandal when we think the provisions of the LORD are not enough. We begin to admire what the gods of Edom can provide. We begin to worship the gods of Edom. It is always a disaster.
Or like Amaziah, pride takes us to mindless but very costly undertakings. When did you last listen to advice? How do you feel when confronted with facts of your mistakes? When did you last admit to being wrong? It is actually easy to tell when pride has taken over your life.
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