Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading we learn that Amaziah, the king of Judah, goes into battle with three hundred thousand men hired men of Israel. A prophet warns him not to fight and he is faithful. The Lord provides him a victory. Eventually, Amazaiah turns away from the Lord to the gods of Seir. Amaziah then challenges Israel to battle, but Israel soundly defeats Judah and seizes all the gold, silver and vessels that are in the Temple. They also seize the treasures of the king’s house and take hostages.
We later see the transition from Elijah to Elisha. The eldest son typically inherits a double share of the father’s property. Elisha asks for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Elisha regards himself as the son of Elijah and therefore asks for his inheritance.
Elijah replies that this will be done if Elisha dees him taken up to heaven. Elishe does see Elijah taken up by fiery chariots. Elisha picks up Elijah’s coat and he can then do what Elijah did. He returns to Bethel where he is jeered at and shown no honor.
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2 Kings 2
2 and Elijah said to Elisha, ‘You stay here, for Yahweh is only sending me to Bethel.’ But Elisha replied, ‘As Yahweh lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you!’ and they went down to Bethel.
16 ‘Look,’ they said, ‘your servants have fifty strong men with them, let them go and look for your master; the Spirit of Yahweh may have taken him up and thrown him down on a mountain or into a valley.’ ‘Send no one,’ he replied.
18 They then came back to Elisha who had stayed in Jericho; he said, ‘Didn’t I tell you not to go?’
19 The people of the city said to Elisha, ‘The city is pleasant to live in, as my lord indeed can see, but the water is foul and the country suffers from miscarriages.’
20 ‘Bring me a new bowl,’ he said, ‘and put some salt in it.’ They brought it to him.
21 Then he went to the source of the water, threw salt into it and said, ‘Yahweh says this, “I make this water wholesome: neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it any more.” ‘
22 And the water became wholesome, as it is today, exactly as Elisha had said it would.
25 From there he went on to Mount Carmel and then returned to Samaria.
2 Chronicles 25
1 Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he came to the throne and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 He did what Yahweh regards as right, though not wholeheartedly.
4 But he did not put their sons to death; this was in accordance with what is written in the Law, in the book of Moses, where Yahweh had commanded, ‘Parents may not be put to death for children, nor children for parents, but each must be put to death for his own crime.’
5 Amaziah summoned Judah and organised all Judah and Benjamin by families under commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. He also made a register of those who were twenty years old and upwards, and found there were three hundred thousand picked men, ready for service and capable of wielding spear and shield.
13 Meanwhile, the troops whom Amaziah had dismissed and not allowed to go into battle with him rased the towns of Judah, from Samaria to Beth-Horon, killing three thousand of their inhabitants and capturing great quantities of plunder.
14 On returning from his slaughter of the Edomites, Amaziah brought the gods of the Seirites with him; he set these up as his gods, bowing down before them and burning incense to them.
15 Yahweh’s anger was aroused by Amaziah and he sent him a prophet, who said to him, ‘Why do you consult those people’s gods when they could not save their own people from your clutches?’
16 He was still speaking when Amaziah interrupted him. ‘Have we appointed you a royal counsellor? Stop, as you value your life!’ So the prophet stopped, and then said, ‘I know that God has decided to destroy you for having done this and for not listening to my advice.’
18 Joash king of Israel sent back word to Amaziah king of Judah, ‘The thistle of Lebanon sent a message to the cedar of Lebanon, saying, “Give my son your daughter in marriage”; but a wild animal of the Lebanon ran over the thistle and squashed it.
20 But Amaziah would not listen, for this was an act of God to deliver them up for having consulted the gods of Edom.
23 The king of Judah, Amaziah son of Joash, son of Ahaziah, was taken prisoner at Beth-Shemesh by Joash king of Israel who led him off to Jerusalem, where he demolished four hundred cubits of the city wall between the Ephraim Gate and the Corner Gate;
26 The rest of the history of Amaziah, from first to last, is this not recorded in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel?
27 Some time after Amaziah had defected from Yahweh, a plot having been hatched against him in Jerusalem, he fled to Lachish where he was murdered.
1 [For the choirmaster Of David In commemoration] Be pleased, God, to rescue me, Yahweh, come quickly and help me!
4 But joy and happiness in you to all who seek you. Let them ceaselessly cry, ‘God is great’, who love your saving power.