Mr. Chris Judson
Ahab to Josiah and They Did Good in the Eyes of the Lord
The history of the two kingdoms, Judah and Israel, is spotted with those kings who forget that they are in power by the grace of God and those kings who “do good in the eyes of the Lord” (The Holy Bible). Ahab initiates the down fall of the time of peace through his abandonment of the covenant. Josiah is the young king to regain favor with God and restore the convent between God and the people of Israel. Ahab, king of Israel, son of Omir and father of Athaliah marries Jezebel a Phoenician. She then convinces him to abandon the worship of his God for the worship of her gods. Then tainted by evil Ahab and Jezebel plan and kill a man for his processions. Michaiah the prophet of God came to Ahab and told him to repent or they shall both die; Jezebel by dogs feasting upon her flesh and Ahab by an arrow in battle (Ahab). After Jezebel's death Ahab's family murders each other for the right to the kingdom. Jehu arrives on the scene and has all the ministers of Baal put to death. Jehu did what was good in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 10, The Holy Bible). Athaliah mother of Ahaziah took the thrown after Ahab; she ordered that whole royal line be cut down by the sword. Jehoiada a priest stole away Joash and anointed him as king when he came of age. Joash worked to repair the temple and what is right in the eyes of the Lord (The Holy Bible.) Jehoahaz took the kingdom forty years later and did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Jehoash followed in the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 13: 11, The Holy Bible). Amaziah tried to do what was right and succeeded but not as his father David had done. He was good just not good enough. Jeroboam the Second did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit (2 Kings 14: 24, The Holy Bible). Azariah king of Judah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father had done. Zechariah, Menahem, and Pekahiah all did evil eyes of the Lord. Israel and Judah are falling into war and on their way down the proverbial toilet was they have abandoned the covenant of God. Jotham did what was right, a small grace to Judah. Ahaz and Hoshea both did evil in the sight of the Lord. Ahaz going as far as sacrificing his own son to a false god of fire. “He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the Israelites” (2 Kings 16:3, The Holy Bible). Hezekiah returned to the light side and did what was good in the sight of the Lord. Every king that follows God is a shot at redemption for the Israelites, but no one ever takes the bait. Manasseh and Amon the last of the evil kings before the Book of the Law is found are described as “he forsook the Lord, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord (2 Kings 21: 22, The Holy Bible). Josiah the boy kings takes the thrown at the young age of only eight. Interesting how a hero for God's people and the villainous king are of the same lineage. Josiah means “Yahweh supports”. Though he took the kingdom at age eight he did not turn to God until age sixteen, upon finding the Book of the Law in the Temple after ordering it be restored Kelly). After dedicating himself to God he enacted war upon the idols, false gods, and sins of both Judah and Israel. Josiah's rampage is commonly known as the Deuteronomie Reform (Josiah). Ahab and Josiah are seen as polar opposites but have very similar parallels in their lives and deaths. Ahab is likened to Adam being the as Israel's “first sin” or the one to begin and bring the downfall of the kingdom. Ahab's major flaws were his non-devotion to Yahweh and his allowance of Jezebel to take the lead in the area of spiritual matters,...
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