2 Kings – Chapter 15: Azariah King of Judah

After a short break to delve into the book of Jonah, we move back to the book of 2 Kings where we continue learning about the rise and fall of kings, regardless if they do good or evil in the eyes of the Lord.

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. The Lord afflicted the king with leprosy until the day he died, and he lived in a separate house.” – 2 Kings 15:3-5

This is my point. The king does what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but oh wait, no he didn’t, so God gives him leprosy. A stupid god.

“He (Zechariah) did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his predecessors had done.” – 2 Kings 15:9

Let’s see what happens to a king that does evil in the eyes of the Lord.

“Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against Zechariah. He attacked him in front of the people, assassinated him and succeeded him as king.” – 2 Kings 15:10

Doing evil gets you killed. But so does doing good. So what is it that keeps you living? Hmmm.

“Then Menahem son of Gadi went from Tirzah up to Samaria. He attacked Shallum son of Jabesh in Samaria, assassinated him and succeeded him as king.” – 2 Kings 15:14

Another violent death.

“At that time Menahem, starting out from Tirzah, attacked Tiphsah and everyone in the city and its vicinity, because they refused to open their gates. He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.” – 2 Kings 15:16

The god Christians worship and love allowed pregnant women to be ripped open. Did these women do anything other than lack a penis? Nope!

In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem son of Gadi became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria ten years.  He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. During his entire reign he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. Then Pul king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talents[g] of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom. Menahem exacted this money from Israel. Every wealthy person had to contribute fifty shekels of silver to be given to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria withdrew and stayed in the land no longer.” – 2 Kings 15:17-20

Menahem does evil in the eyes of God, but I can’t see that he was really punished at all!

I’m going to stop here. The chapter continues for another 15-20 verses of more kings doing evil and getting assasinated. The point I’m making in this chapter is God is not consistent in his punishment. Some kings are assassinated, others are not. And a king who was righteous according to God was given leprosy! As I’ve said many times, this is not a god worthy of anyone’s worship.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 26: Uzziah King of Judah

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